Welcome to Jefferson County Democrats of Washington!
Executive Board meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month; day and date for Membership meetings varies to accommodate speakers and programming. See the calendar and updates below for upcoming events!
NEWS AND EVENTS BLOG
August 27, 2023 from 2 PM to 6 PM
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Port Townsend
Erickson Building and Arts Building
This event is a fundraiser to help us carry on our work electing Democrats in Jefferson County and beyond. Ticket price is $60 per person.
Doors will open at 2 PM and the bar in the Arts Building will also open then. Food service begins at 2:30 in the Arts Building. Speeches begin at 4 PM in the Erickson Building.
Nick Brown, candidate for Attorney General
Kevin Van de Wege, candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands
Dave Upthegrove, candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands
Mike Chapman, candidate for State Senate, 24th Legislative District
Steve Tharinger, candidate for Representative, 24th Legislative District
We expect more confirmations from additional speakers in the coming days.
We will not be serving salmon this year. The kitchen at the Erickson Building that we have used in the past is now being used by Jefferson Health as they renovate their own kitchen. Instead we will have several choices prepared by Mo-Chilli BBQ. Choices include beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and a jack fruit vegetarian dish. You will be able to make your meal choice when you buy your ticket.
Here is a link to buy tickets and make meal choices. If you buy your ticket by August 19 you are assured of getting your meal choice. If you buy after the 19th you might have to settle for a different choice.
This link takes you to Brown Paper Tickets and includes several steps:
– Choose the number and type of tickets, then select “Add to Cart”
– Confirm choices and select “Check Out Now”
– Make meal choices for each person, then select “Next”
– Finalize and pay
Any questions? Deborah Pedersen is handling ticket sales. Call her at 360-385-5147 or write to email@example.com .
Our January membership program will include a presentation from East Jefferson Fire and Rescue Chief Bret Black, followed by Q&A. Chief Black will describe the critical services that EJFR provides to our community, and will outline the severe staffing and funding challenges that they face.
Joining Chief Black for the Q&A will be Deborah Stinson, EJFR Commissioner, and Caton White, member of the EJFR union Local 2032.
The program will be immediately followed by a JeffCo Dems Central Committee (PCOs) Business Meeting.
The meeting will be held Thursday, January 19th from 6pm-8:30 pm at the Tri Area Community Center, 10 W Valley Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325
New precinct committee officers begin their two-year terms
JCD’s new precinct committee officers , elected in the Aug. 2, 2022, primary election, began their two-year terms on Dec. 1 in newly drawn and -numbered precincts. They will serve until Nov. 30, 2024.
They’re all listed here on the JCD website.
JCD PCOs, members elect new officers to two-year terms
The Jefferson County Democrats elected new officers for two-year terms at a reorganization meeting on Sunday, Dec. 11.
Re-elected were Marty Gilmore, chair; Claire Roney, state committee representative; Martin Ivers, treasurer; Thomas Kuykendall, District 2 representative; and Tom Meyer, District 3 representative.
Also elected were Jean Ball, vice chair; Marty Gilmore, state committee representative; John Collins, District 1 representative; Libby Wennstrom, District 1 representative; Diane Jones, District 2 representative; and Jean Ball, District 3 representative.
There were no candidates for secretary. The position will be filled temporarily for each future meeting until a candidate is elected to the position.
Thank you to all members and precinct committee officers who attended the meeting. Thank you to all board members who served during the past two years.
‘We the People’ starts at the grassroots!
Jefferson County Democrats and Central Committee
10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022
Blue Heron Middle School, Port Townsend
Local Democratic parties like ours are required to reorganize every two years. This year, the Jefferson County Democrats will reorganize on Sunday, Dec. 11, starting at 10 a.m. at the Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend.
Here’s the draft agenda (follow the link).
This meeting will be in-person, and masks will be required at all times inside the building except when speaking at a microphone.
Please note, we have an upsurge of infections at the moment. These infections include COVID, flu, and RSV among others. If you are feeling sick, please stay home. We will have vulnerable members at this meeting, and we want to keep them healthy.
The meeting will have two segments:
Central Committee Meeting
New and returning PCOs will elect a Chair, Vice Chair, and two State Committee Representatives. Any member can run for these positions. Any member can nominate someone for these positions and speak on their behalf. However, only new and returning PCOs can vote.
JCD Member Meeting
All members will elect a Secretary and Treasurer. Members of each commissioner district will then meet in separate rooms to elect two District Representatives from each commissioner district.
All Democrats are welcome! JCD membership is not required to attend, although membership is required to vote. You can check your membership status here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to nominate yourself for any position or have questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Call for Candidates
Most of the outgoing JCD officers and Board members have decided not to run again. They have served long and well and, in some cases, at a considerable personal sacrifice.
They have kept the organization going through the pandemic. They were instrumental in last month’s successful election in Jefferson County and in driving our voter turnout (77.45%)! And now, they are ready to turn responsibilities over to new Board members.
Members can show their gratitude by stepping in to fill their shoes (actually, their positions, they can keep the shoes). We need other members to run for office to keep JCD strong and successful.
Descriptions of the duties of the various positions to be voted on at the Reorganization are included in our Bylaws: jeffcodemocrats.us3.list-manage.com/track/click…
If you want more information on the duties or time commitment of any positions, please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jefferson County Democrats Reorganization Meeting
Sunday, Dec. 11, starting at 10 a.m.
Blue Heron Middle School, Port Townsend
Local Democratic parties are required to reorganize every two years. This year, the Jefferson County Democrats will reorganize on Sunday, Dec. 11, starting at 10 a.m. at the Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend.
- New and returning Precinct Committee Officers will elect a Chair, Vice Chair, and two State Committee Representatives. Although only PCOs are eligible to vote for these officers, any member can nominate or stand for these positions.
- All members will elect a Secretary and Treasurer.
- Members of each county commissioner district will meet in separate rooms and will elect two District Representatives from each commissioner district.
Committee Chair positions are also vacant. They will be filled after the reorganization meeting.
‘Your voice is your vote,’ says Nov. 2 election ad in The Leader
The Jefferson County Democrats published its third ad promoting the Nov. 8 general election in the Nov. 2 Port Townsend Leader & Jefferson County Leader.
For a list of all candidates endorsed by the Jefferson County Democrats, visit its Endorsements page. The list includes links to candidate websites or their statements in the Washington State Voters’ Guide.
Support Choice and Democracy by Nov. 8
Our endorsement ad in the Oct. 26 edition of The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader.
Visit our Endorsements page for a separate list of our endorsements for the Nov. 8 general election. Here’s a downloadable, shareable, and printable PDF of the ad.
The Oct. 26 Leader also includes a Special Election Focus with articles on candidates for 24th Legislative District representatives, Jefferson County sheriff, and Jefferson County commissioner.
Three Democratic Party organizations publish endorsement ad in Peninsula Daily News
Support Choice and Democracy!
Our general election endorsement ad in the Oct. 19 edition of the Port Townsend & East Jefferson County Leader.
Here’s a downloadable, shareable, and printable PDF of the Endorsement ad.