The sound of people saying “Yes” is a beautiful thing. I so enjoyed hearing it as I was making calls before the re-org meeting. I am grateful that such an enthusiastic, strong team stepped forward.
We face a lot of challenges in these next two years, challenges that involve our core values and interests. Our strength comes from our unity of purpose and our teamwork, and each of us has a part to play.
We have a lot of work to do. The county is working on the Critical Areas Ordinance. We need to know more about the impact new Navy activities will have. The legislature, with a Democratic House and a Republic Senate, will convene on January 12 to take on the most challenging biennial budget in years.
Let’s get informed. Let’s talk about where we stand. Let’s weigh in. Let’s get involved.
And there will be elections, lots of them.
On February 10, we will vote on a Port Townsend School District levy, a Chimacum School District building bond, and a Port Townsend City Bond. These are “non-partisan” issues, but they relate to our values, and members may want to participate in campaigns.
There will be other non-partisan elections before long … for Port Commissioner, Port Townsend City Council, School Board, Fire District, and the Board of East Jefferson Health District. Other taxing districts (Fire, Water, Parks and Rec, Cemetery) will all elect board members.
And we want to be ready for the Main Event: November, 2016. We will elect a President, a Governor, a Senator, two County Commissioners, and many more.
The Jefferson County Democrats won’t be waiting to see who shows up on the ticket … We will bring forward capable candidates who stand for the things we stand for.
We will be well informed about statewide and national races. We will have Precinct Caucuses and a County Convention. We will work hard on campaigns. And we will get our people to Vote!
You can see that we have our work cut out for us, and we need to pull together. So when your phone rings, I hope you’ll say “Yes.” And I hope you will say it with enthusiasm!