Legislative Action Update

Steve Zemke and Sarajane Siegfriedt have been appointed as co-chairs of the Legislative Action Committee. Steve and Sarajane are two of our most experienced advocates, and have co-chaired this committee in the past. They are committed to greatly increasing opportunities for our PCOs and members to advocate for a better King County and Washington state during the legislative session.

Our annual Lobby Day in Olympia will be held this year on Presidents Day, Monday, February 16th, prior to the State Party’s Crab Feed, which starts at 5 PM.

We are also offering a list of 2015 Lobby Days events sponsored by kindred organizations, consistent with both our platform and our Draft Legislative Agenda, the first of which will be the Martin Luther King Lobby Day, this Monday (register here)

December 15 Healthcare Enrollment Deadline

(From our friends at HealthCare.gov)

3 days left until the deadline

Attention:  Time is running out. You only have 3 days left to enroll for coverage starting on January 1.

Find out if you’re eligible for a premium tax credit – it’s like cash back to help you pay for health coverage. 

You can’t afford to wait.  Last year, 8 out of 10 people who signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov got financial assistance.

Go to HealthCare.gov and start your application today.

We want to help.  Visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov if you want help with your application.

Rich Erwin elected chair of the King County Democrats for 2015-2016

The King County Democrats began the 2015-2016 election cycle yesterday with an exciting, well-attended reorganization meeting at the IAM Hall in Seattle’s South Park, at which more than two hundred Democratic precinct committee officers gathered to choose the party’s leadership for the next two years.

By a final vote of one hundred and five to eighty-nine, Mercer Island Democratic activist Rich Erwin was elected as the new chair. The runner up candidate, Omaha Sternberg, was subsequently elected by acclamation as First Vice Chair. Outgoing King County Chair Karl de Jong was not a candidate, having announced in October he would not seek another term.

The power went out in the midst of the voting for chair, causing the overhead lights and microphones to quit working, but the meeting went on and all business was successfully concluded. The power came back on just as Erwin was taking over the meeting as the newly-elected chair.

Erwin, fifty-three, has been active in Democratic politics for over a decade. He supported Howard Dean’s campaign for the presidency in 2003 and joined Democracy for America when it was formed the following year. He helped organize a portion of the media campaign against I-1240 (charter schools) in 2012, and has served in the party primarily as a vice chair of the 41st District Democrats.

“I am deeply honored to be elected to this position,” said Erwin. “I look forward to working with my fellow Democrats to win more victories in November and advance the ideals of the Democratic Party as we work toward improving the lives of the citizens of King County.”

Nine positions were filled at the reorganization meeting, which is required to be held at the beginning of every election cycle by state law and party rules. Only precinct committee officers elected at the August 2014 Top Two election and taking office on December 1st, 2014 were eligible to vote.

Five of the individuals elected are returning as officers for new two-year terms; four are joining the leadership. The following is a complete list of the King County Democrats’ new officers (parentheses indicate the area of the county each individual is from):

Chair: Rich Erwin (Eastside)
First Vice Chair: Omaha Sternberg (South County)
Second Vice Chair: Joel Ware (Seattle)
Third Vice Chair: Christina Lewis (Seattle)
Fourth Vice Chair: Julius Caesar Robinson (South County)
State Committeeman: Javier Valdez (Seattle)
State Committeewoman: Ann Martin (Seattle)
Treasurer: Dave Fish (Eastside)
Secretary: Roger Crew (Eastside)

About the King County Democrats
The King County Democratic Central Committee is the face and voice of the Democratic Party in King County, working to elect Democratic candidates to office at every level of government and advocating for public policies rooted in Democratic values.

2015 Legislative District Reorganizations

The remaining reorganization meetings for the 2015-2016 term for the legislative district organizations of King County are scheduled as follows.

Go here for proposed agenda and rules for these meetings.

LD When Where
5th Wednesday, January 21, 2015
King County Library Services Center 960 Newport Way NW
11th Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Renton Carpenters Hall 231 Burnett Avenue North
33rd Monday, January 19, 2015
Normandy Park Congregational Church 19247 1st Avenue South
Normandy Park
36th Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Phinney Neighborhood Center (lower building) 6615 Dayton Ave N
41st Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tyee Middle School 13630 SE Allen Rd
43rd Tuesday, January 20, 2015
University Heights Community Center 5031 University Way NE

Saturday, December 6, 2014 Reorganization Meeting

The organization meeting for the 2015-2016 term of the King County Democratic Central Committee will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at

IAM Machinists Hall (in South Park)
9125 15th Pl S, Seattle

Call to order will be at 9:00 am (sign-in will open by 8:30am).  This meeting is for PCOs elected in the August 2014 primary election, who will choose the leadership of the King County Democrats for the next two years, holding elections for all officer positions (Chair, 1st-4th Vice-Chairs, State Committee representatives, Secretary, Treasurer)

Go here for the full Proposed Agenda and Rules

Go here to view the list of elected PCOs for each Legislative District

Update (11/22/2014): The original agenda+rules posting inadvertently omitted clause 6d (an amendment providing for a forum, approved at the 10/28 Executive Board meeting); the correct version is now posted.

Saturday, November 8, Spirit of King County Volunteer Awards & Reception

You are invited to join us for the “Spirit of King County” Volunteer Awards and Reception Saturday, November 8th, from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the Washington Athletic Club.

This is an evening not to be missed!
Register NOW.

Through sharing their time, talent, and treasure, our volunteers dedicate thousands of hours each year to carrying the message of the Democratic Party and our candidates to voters all across King County. This evening is to recognize those who have gone above and beyond working to advance Democratic candidates and causes.

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October 28 Executive Board Meeting

Our monthly Executive Board meeting will be Tuesday, October 28, 7pm at Renton Carpenters Hall (231 Burnett Avenue N, Renton). The agenda will include consideration of

  1. Campaign contribution requests (details in email)
  2. Proposed Rules for the Dec. 6 KCDCC Reorganization Meeting
  3. Proposed Rules for the subsequent Legislative District reorganization meetings

As per our endorsement rules, additional endorsements will not be in order at this meeting.

The full meeting program is available here.

Citizen Koch (Documentary), Tuesday 9/30

“Behind every Tea Party, there’s a billionaire. Or Two.”

The 30th District Democrats are hosting a one-time private screening of “Citizen Koch”, a documentary by the directors of “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11″ with Michael Moore. Q&A immediately following the film.

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7pm-9:30
Century Theater, The Commons, Federal Way
$10/ticket (purchase online here)
For questions, call Pat (253)941-0113

September 23 Executive Board Meeting

The agenda for our September 23 Executive Board meeting (7pm, Renton Carpenters’ Hall) will include consideration of additional KCDCC endorsements for the November General Election.

Please note that received candidate questionnaires are available here and that, as per KCDCC Bylaws 11.3 (passed in February), the only legislature, county, or local candidates who may be voted on for endorsement at this meeting are those whose questionnaires were received by Tuesday, September 16; this rule cannot be waived or suspended.

The agenda will also include consideration of two resolutions:

  1. To Confine our Party’s Guidance to Matters Political, not Religious
  2. Opposing the Seattle Housing Authority’s Plan to Raise Rents on Low-Income “Working Age” Households that Receive Vouchers or Live in Public Housing

The full meeting program is available here.

2015-16 PCO Filing Results

As of the close of business on Friday May 16, we had a total of 873 PCO candidates filing. There are 51 contests to resolve in August, and we’ll be starting the term in December with 820 elected PCOs. The breakdown by legislative district is as follows:

Candidates Precincts New People
46 119 112 27
36 115 110 17
43 99 87 21
37 81 74 18
34 80 76 9
41 68 65 11
33 47 45 2
32* 45 42 5
30* 40 37 5
11 38 37 4
48 36 35 6
45 35 35 3
5 31 31 8
47 16 16 1
1* 13 12 1
31* 4 4 0
ALL 873 820 141

Go here to see the full list of candidates/precincts.

* The 1st, 30th, 31st, 32nd, and 39th are split across county lines. Only King County precincts are included in these totals.