Jeffco Dems To Reorganize on December 6, 2:00 PM Quimper Grange, PT


On Saturday, December 6, the Precinct Committee Officers and general membership will convene at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona Street in Port Townsend, at 2:00 PM and elect and appoint new officers and standing committee chairs. Our bylaws stipulate we must do this every two years.


You do not have to be a PCO to be an officer, but the PCOs vote for Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, State Committee man and woman, and District Committee men and women. If you would like to serve in any of these positions or standing committees, please let George Yount know.

Please attend the meeting.


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Jefferson Health Care Hospital Commission to Consider Single Payer Plan


On Wednesday, November 19th, the Hospital Commission will hear a presentation on the House Bill 1085, Washington Health Security Trust. It would amend the RCWs to allow a single payer health care system. These meetings are open to the public starting at 3:30 PM in the hospital auditorium.

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Special General Meeting Tuesday, November 18, 7:00 PM PT Community Center

by George Yount

The Jefferson County Democrats E-Board has called a special general membership meeting for Tuesday, November 18 at the Jefferson County Community Center in Port Townsend for the purpose of considering three resolutions:


  1. Commenting on the proposed Navy Electromagnetic Warfare Range;
  2. Considering state legislation on establishing a Washington State Health Security Trust (a single payer health care system);
  3. And a resolution urging the legislature to raise new revenue to support new education spending.


The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM.




A public meeting is scheduled in Port Townsend to discuss proposal to add 36 Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – Thursday, December 4th at 3:00 PM at the Fort Worden Commons.  


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Preserve State Funding Safety Net For Essential Services

With the passage of I-1351 for Class Size and the Supreme Court’s ruling that state is in contempt regarding the McCleary Decision, the state will need to significantly increase spending in the near term. Bruce Cowan concerned that the legislature will look to cutting higher ed, social services, and support for local government. His resolution urges our legislators to raise new revenue to support increased education funding. Since we have such a regressive tax structure, it also urges legislators to look to the wealthy individuals and highly profitable businesses who do not now currently provide support to the state in proportion to their means.

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Some Points To Consider On The Election

by Deborah Pedersen

Although we had painful losses last week, you still gotta love the Jefferson County electorate.    


  • Jefferson County’s turnout is over 70%, third in the state after tiny Garfield and Columbia Counties. The  statewide turnout is about 51%.   
  • Jefferson County is first, by a wide margin, of 12 counties in its Yes vote on I-1351, 60.61%.  Statewide, the Yes vote is 50.69%. 
  • Jefferson County is third of 15 counties in its Yes vote on I-594, 66.99%, after King and San Juan Counties.  Statewide, the Yes vote is 59.12%.
  • Jefferson County is third of 10 counties in its No vote on I-591, 62.43%, after King and San Juan Counties.  Statewide, the No vote is 55.05%.
  • Jefferson County voters did not second-guess the Legislature and voted “Maintained” on Advisory Votes 8 (55.99% and 9 (59.13%).
  • The Quilcene Fire District’s Maintenance and Operations Levy is passing with a resounding 66.85%.

Every winner in a partisan race on our ballot “Prefers Democratic Party.”  

We re-elected three unopposed Democrats: Rep. Kevin Van de Wege, Assessor Jeff Chapman, and Clerk Ruth Gordon.  We elected one new unopposed Democrat, Treasurer Stacie Hoskins.

In races in which a Democrat was opposed by a Republican or “States No Party Preference,” Democrats have strong margins:


  • 71.35% for Kilmer (62.99% 6th Congressional district-wide)
  • 67.19% for Tharinger (56.49% 24th Legislative district-wide)
  • 57.19% for Kler (County-wide)

In the races in which our endorsed candidates did not win, our endorsed candidates trail by tiny margins of less than 1%.   


In local races in which the JCD did not make an endorsement (PUD, District Court Judge, and Prosecutor), the electorate made clear choices following fair and open campaigns.


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More Links to Information on Navy’s Electronic Warfare Range

Please take some time to read through these articles – stay informed and speak out!

A comprehensive article by Dahr Jamail on, a national independent news and commentary website:

November​ 6, 2014 meeting of the Navy/Forest Service in Port Angeles at the City Council chambers. Covered by KOMO news from Seattle (this is about a 3 hour trip for them). Dr. Bev Goldie is main speaker.

11/9/14 Peninsula Daily News on the 11/6 meeting:

November​ 6, 2014 meeting of the Navy/Forest Service in Port Angeles at the City Council chambers.  RainDagger Productions videos of the individual questions and comments.

10/16/14_Seattle Times_Front page above the fold:

Videos by RainDagger Productions of the comments and questions at the 10/14/14 meeting in Forks with the Forest Service and the Navy, comments to Jefferson County Board of Commissioners, Navy meeting on Whidbey 10/28:

More jets for Whidbey/Noise for PT (no mention of warfare training in it)

Make sure to read the COMMENTS under each of the PDN articles:

The better of the articles in PDN, goes into health effects:

First article done by Christi Barron, Forks Forum:

3227  signatures on the petition against as of 

Nov  ​12​


2​347​  “likes” as of Nov 12 to the Facebook page that was set up after the Forks meeting to cover the issue:

Also covering events as they occur is the Olympic Peninsula Environmental News available by e-mail subscription (not through FB)

Letters that have been submitted to the Forest Service can be viewed here:

The ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT that the Navy has submitted and the Forest Service initially approved as a FONSI (Finding of Not Significant Impact) is here:

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Navy Electronic Warfare Range in Jefferson County


by Linda Sutton

At the Jefferson County Democrats Executive Board meeting Tuesday evening, I reported to the board on the proposed Navy Electromagnetic Radiation Warfare Range to be located in western Jefferson County.   


The comment period has already been extended twice, and there is no assurance that there will be an additional extension specifically for Port Townsend.    


Michelle Sandoval has said that the Navy planned to have a meeting her; however, it was specifically related to the addition of Growlers on Whidbey. The warfare range and Growlers are two inextricably related issues that the Navy has masterfully compartmentalized and forced the public to comment on separately. (See Navy’s public meeting notice at end of this article.) 


The method of entering a comment changed for this extended period and requires people to enter their comments through the website noted. It is important that any letters to the Forest Service be “substantive” and directly address the Environmental Assessment.   


Included below are news articles and videos concerning the training area proposed by the Navy and awaiting the final approval of the Forest Service for use of their roads. The articles are in date order. The physical location is in the National Forest immediately adjacent to the Olympic National Park. See maps in articles. Flights would originate from Whidbey Island and go over the North Olympic cities to reach the West End.


The Navy’s environmental assessment for the project:   



Public Comment Deadline of November 28, 2014


Those wanting to add their voices need to address “substantive” issues in (and NOT in) the Environmental Assessment. The Forest Service is  not interested in anything else. Put the name of the project in heading: PACIFIC NORTHWEST ELECTRONIC WARFARE RANGE. To be part of the process, it is extremely important that you do this NOW to “have standing” which means that you will be able to comment LATER if/when there are appeals concerning the decision.     


 Here’s the Forest Service paragraph:



Those wishing to provide input and have standing (eligibility) during the future Objection period for this project can be submitted to the project website,, and click on the “Comment on Project” link on the right side. If you have any questions regarding the details of this proposal or have comments, please contact Greg Wahl at (360) 956-2375.



We suggest that you also email to Greg Wahl at or send to Wahl at 1835 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia, WA 98512. Please focus on the environmental assessment in your comments to them.    





To read the most comprehensive article on the topic to-date, please see local OP resident and journalist Dahr Jamail’s well-researched article on, a national independent news and commentary website:  


More articles on our website at Jefferson County Democrats.  


Please also visit the Facebook page for: Protect Olympic Peninsula.   





A public meeting is scheduled in Port Townsend to discuss proposal to add 36 Growlers at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island – Thursday, December 4th at 3:00 PM at the Fort Worden Commons.


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Let’s Party! Join Us on Election Night!

On Tuesday, November 4th:
1. From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM or so, please join us, Wendy Davis, Judy Maves-Klatt and their campaign teams at one of Fort Worden’s military officers historical homes. Food and refreshments will be served. Look for Wendy’s and Judy’s signs on the officers’ homes street.
2. From 5:30 to whenever, please join Kathleen Kler and her campaign team at the Public House in Port Townsend.  Many of us will be at Wendy’s party until after we get the election results (shortly after 8:00 PM), and then will head over to the Public House.
On Friday, November 7th: 
We would like to thank everyone who helped on all the campaigns and our wonderful voters. The Jefferson County Democratic Executive Board is hosting a potluck gathering at the Port Townsend Yacht Club2503 Washington Street, Port Townsend, beginning at 5:30 PMThe yacht club is in the Port of Port Townsend boat haven right next door to CJ’s Café. The capacity is 150 standing room only or 110 seated.
On Wednesday, November 5th:

The tradition lives on. Wednesday morning we will canvass the county, picking up all the Dem yard signs for all candidates who have authorized us to pick up theirs. We will then take them to the park adjacent to the Tri Area Center where they will be sorted and “decomposed” for storage for the next campaign season. Decomposition starts at 11:00 AM sharp. If you would like to help, bring power and hand screwdrivers with multiple tips, square or otherwise.

The Kathleen Kler campaign will handle District 3. The rest of us will do the other two districts. If we don’t get all the signs, you can contact any E-Board member or your local Precinct Committee Officer. Their contacts are noted on the Jeffco Dem website.

Please bring your favorite sharing cuisine and a libation of choice. Connie Gallant reminds us to bring our own dishes and silverware to reduce the trash and recycling.

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Union Workers Endorse Wendy Davis!

News from Wendy Davis:

United Food and Commercial Workers – Local 21 has endorsed my campaign!  That’s great news because there are over 650 UFCW members in Jefferson County.  Their members include grocery workers at QFC and Safeway, Jefferson Healthcare and Jefferson Mental Health, Jefferson County and various retail businesses.


I am proud to have this endorsement because I consider myself to be a voice for Working America, too, and I promise, when elected, that I will never forget the hard-working and dedicated people in Jefferson County who go to work every day and provide essential services that we often take for granted.

If you haven’t already signed up to help with Get-Out-the-Vote phone calls this weekend, please do!  While people are voting in droves, we want to make sure that we get every last one of them to vote, and your help would be appreciated!  Please contact Sue Marett (360-385-0390) or  and she will email a call list to you, or you can join us on Sunday at the Masonic Hall in Port Townsend at 4;00 PM – bring your cell phone.  Onward!

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Our Endorsed Candidates!

The following candidates have been endorsed by the Jefferson County Democrats.


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