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We are currently meeting on Zoom because of rising levels of COVID-19 in our community.  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!


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Juneteenth 2022

Juneteenth ad 2021

The JeffCo Democrats published this ad last year in The Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader. Again, this year, we honor that significant state and national holiday.

Posted on June 13, 2022 | Comments Off on Juneteenth 2022

JCD Member Meeting June 23

Panel Discussion on Forest Management &
Endorsement Votes

The Jefferson County Democrats will hold a member meeting at 6 PM on Thursday, June 23. The meeting will be held on Zoom.  Zoom sign-in information will be published here a few days prior to the event.

The evening will begin at 6 pm with a panel discussion:

 Jefferson County Forests: Balancing Interests and Climate in Managing Our Public Natural Resources  
Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is taking courageous steps to tackle the challenge of managing our forests for their ecological value, funding for essential services, and climate. Jefferson County Democrats will present a panel discussion of the challenges facing our county and the innovative work of local elected officials and conservation leaders.  Panelists include:
  • The Honorable Heidi Eisenhour, Commissioner District 2, Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners, updating us on recent BOCC decisions regarding Jefferson county board lands managed by the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Peter Goldman, Washington Forest Law Center, discussing the Washington Supreme Court “All the People” case
  • Stephen Kropp, Center for Responsible Forestry, discussing the ecological importance of older forests managed by DNR
  • Peter Bahls, Northwest Watershed Institute, discussing the Dabob Bay natural preserve and its ecological importance and Hood Canal impacts. 
Endorsement Votes

Following the panel discussion, we will hold votes on endorsements, beginning at approximately 7 pm. The Executive Board has recommended that our membership endorse the following candidates; endorsement votes will be taken on June 23:

• Auditor – Brenda Huntingford, no party preference, unopposed
• Assessor – Jeff Chapman, Democrat, endorsed in the past, unopposed incumbent
• Clerk – Amanda Hamilton, Democrat, unopposed
• Prosecutor/ Coroner – James Kennedy, Democrat, endorsed in the past, unopposed incumbent
• Treasurer – Stacie Prada, Democrat, endorsed in the past, unopposed incumbent
• PUD Commissioner District 1 – Jeff Randall, Nonpartisan, incumbent
• District Court, Judge Position No. 1 – Mindy Walker, Nonpartisan, endorsed in the past, incumbent
 
SAVE THE DATE!
Sheriff Candidates’ Forum
July 7, 2022

Jefferson County Democrats will host a Zoom forum for both candidates for Jefferson County Sheriff the evening of July 7, 2022.  More details coming soon.
Posted on June 8, 2022 | Comments Off on JCD Member Meeting June 23

Memorial Day 2022

JCD ad in the May 26, 2021, Port Townsend Leader

Honoring our fallen heroes

JCD ad published in the May 26, 2021, edition of the Port Townsend & Jefferson County Leader.

Posted on May 28, 2022 | Comments Off on Memorial Day 2022

Membership meeting 4/21 6pm

JCD Membership Meeting
including
Endorsement Votes and Resolution
Thursday, April 21 2022 at 6PM on Zoom


Zoom sign-in information:

Topic: JCD Member Meeting
Time: Apr 21, 2022 Room open at 5:45 PM, program begins at 6 PM

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Program


JCD members will hear from the following five candidates. The JCD Executive Board has recommended endorsement of these candidates:

 – Greg Brotherton, Jefferson County Commissioner
 – Mike Chapman, 24th Legislative District Representative
 – Steve Tharinger, 24th Legislative District Representative
 – Derek Kilmer, 6th District Congressional Representative
 – Patty Murray, US Senate

Candidates Brotherton, Chapman, and Tharinger will be available for questions following their presentation to us. Questions can be submitted during the meeting using the Chat feature in Zoom and will be moderated.

Business Meeting


The major business of the member meeting is endorsement votes for each of the five candidates listed above.

Other agenda items include:

2021 Financial Review
Resolution – Conserve Legacy Forests in Jefferson County

Posted on April 21, 2022 | Comments Off on Membership meeting 4/21 6pm

January Membership Meeting

JCD Program and Member Meeting
January 27, 2022 at 6 PM
on Zoom

Time: Jan 27, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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  Program
Welcome to 2022, yet another critical election year. Our member program will include presentations on:

Coordinated Campaign
What is a coordinated campaign? Why do we have one? What do we do with it in Jefferson County? What should we avoid doing? Rebecca Duran, our Field Organizer from the Washington State Democratic Party will explain. She will describe how the coordinated campaign can help re-elect our local elected Democrats, and how we participate.

Washington State Taxes
Last year, Washington implemented a capital gains tax! That was one important step toward making Washington’s taxes more equitable. This year? We have to defend the capital gains tax in court, and push forward with taxes on ultra-high earners in Washington. We also need to reform the inheritance tax. Treasure Mackley from Invest in WA Now will provide the status of these bills, and let us know how we can help in this short legislative session.

Indivisible’s WITH Campaign
Washington has an important US Senate campaign and we want to re-elect Senator Patty Murray. Other states, though, have Senate seats that are more at risk than ours. We know that many of our members want to help in those states, and Indivisible has a program for that. “Washington Indivisible Teams Helping” (WITH) has already started their work to defend Senator Mark Kelly’s seat in Arizona and to flip the Senate seat in Pennsylvania. Learn about what is happening, and how you can help.

Here is a program description:            Indivisible WITH Program   Member Meeting
A member meeting of the Jefferson County Democrats will follow the program. Major agenda items include: Approval of the 2022 Budget
Consideration of three Resolutions
  Resolution – Personal Rapid transit (postponed from last meeting)

Resolution – Salmon, Orca, and Snake River Dams

Resolution – Supporting HR303, Veterans Benefits      
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
January 27 – JCD Program and Member Meeting
Jan. 29-30 –  State Committee Meeting – WSDCC
Feb. 2  – JCD Board Meeting
Feb 8 – SPECIAL ELECTIONS in Jefferson County
Posted on January 27, 2022 | Comments Off on January Membership Meeting

October Membership Meeting 10/14: Derek Kilmer & Redistricting

Jefferson County Democrats
Member Program
October 14, 2021 at 6 PM, Zoom (Link below)

Representative Derek Kilmer will update us on the critical bills being debated in the US House of Representatives.

Ed Martinez, Co-Chair of the State Democratic Party’s Redistricting Committee, will let us know the latest developments in the redistricting discussions. More importantly, he will tell us how we can each give testimony to help guide the critical redistricting process in Washington.

Washington has a bipartisan redistricting process under the direction of the Washington State Redistricting Commission. The Commission has an interactive website, “Draw your WA”, where you can learn about the process, view the maps proposed by the four commissioners, and provide testimony about the proposed maps.

Each of the four commissioners has drawn proposed maps for the Legislative and Congressional Districts. Some of the draft maps have a real impact on our LD-24 and CD-6 boundaries. Draft maps can be reviewed here:
 Proposed Legislative Districts
 Proposed Congressional Districts

This month is the time to review these proposed maps, and submit written comments, because the final plan will be submitted to the legislature on November 15. Written comments become part of the official records of the Redistricting Commission so they really do matter. Several ways to provide public testimony are shown here:

Provide Public Comment

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Posted on October 13, 2021 | Comments Off on October Membership Meeting 10/14: Derek Kilmer & Redistricting

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum *TODAY* 10/7

The League of Women Voters – Jefferson County and the AAUW – Port Townsend are sponsoring a forum Thursday, Oct. 7, featuring candidates for positions 1 and 5 on the Port Townsend City Council.

The Jefferson County Democrats have endorsed Libby Wennstrom for Port Townsend City Council Position 5.
 
For more formation about the forum on Zoom, see https://lwvwa.org/Jefferson/.
 
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Meeting ID: 880 6126 4328
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Posted on September 28, 2021 | Comments Off on League of Women Voters Candidate Forum *TODAY* 10/7

September Membership Meeting 9/21 6 pm

and Q&A 

Housing in Jefferson County

The Jefferson County Democrats will present a panel discussion on the critical issue of housing in Jefferson County, followed by a moderated Question and Answer period. The Panel will be moderated by Amanda Funaro, member of the Joint Housing Oversight Board.  You do not have to be a member of JCD or register to attend the Panel Discussion. The panel discussion will begin at 6 PMSee below for ZOOM link information. 

Housing Panel members will include:

  • Greg Brotherton, Jefferson County Commissioner
  • Cherish Cronmiller, OlyCAP Executive Director
  • Scott Rosekrans, Pastor, Community United Methodist Church (where Peter’s Place is located)
  • Justine Gonzalez-Berg, Director, Housing Solutions Network

A business meeting will be held following the presentation. You must be a member of JCD and have pre-registered to be able to vote on the endorsement vote. The business meeting will include an endorsement vote, and votes on resolutions.  The Zoom room opens at 5:45 PM and the program begins at 6 PM.  Zoom Meeting link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85782614508?pwd=UWFNcG1jUWc2U2loQVI5VTNWQklQdz09

Meeting ID: 857 8261 4508    Passcode: 221260

Endorsement consideration – The Executive Board of the Jefferson County Democrats recommends endorsement of Libby Wennstrom for Port Townsend City Council. This endorsement will require a 2/3 vote of eligible pre-registered JCD members present and voting at the Sept 21 meeting to take effect. We are still operating under the emergency rules mandated by the State Democratic Party, so we must meet and vote virtually, without paper ballots. Voting methods will be similar to those used at the JCD reorganization last December.

UPDATE:  The membership voted to endorse Libby Wennstrom for Port Townsend City Council Position 5.  The Vote tally was 46 for, 11 against. 

You must have Pre-Registered by September 14, 2021 to be able to vote on the endorsement vote. Eligible voters include all JCD Members in good standing on August 31, 2021. Eligible voters also include former members whose membership has lapsed since September 21, 2020, and who renewed their membership before the September 14, 2021 Pre-Registration deadline.   To check your membership status or to renew, contact membership@jeffcodemocrats.com Everyone who pre-registered should have received a unique voting ID via email.  

Posted on September 7, 2021 | Comments Off on September Membership Meeting 9/21 6 pm

JCD PICNIC THIS SUNDAY! 8/8 3-5 PM HJ CARROLL PARK

Join us for the JeffCo Democrats Picnic!

Join your fellow Democrats for a Picnic at H.J Carroll Park, Rotary Pavilion, Sunday August 8, 3-5 pm.  BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINK – we have an alcohol permit so it’s ok to bring your own alcohol. Seating will be limited, bring folding chairs.

WA State Party Chair Tina Podlodowski and State Rep Mike Chapman will be speaking around 4pm. 

No Fish Feast this year, but we really want to see actual faces instead of  Zoom boxes!  

Approximate times are:
3 PM – Picnic begins
4 PM – Speakers
5 PM – Event ends

Posted on July 25, 2021 | Comments Off on JCD PICNIC THIS SUNDAY! 8/8 3-5 PM HJ CARROLL PARK

PT City Council Candidates Forum July 1 7pm

A Zoom Primary Candidate Forum with the three primary candidates for Port Townsend City Council, Position 5 will take place on July 1 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Moderated by Janette Force, the forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters-Jefferson County and American Association of University Women-Port Townsend.

The forum will feature candidates Sky Hardesty-Thompson, Tyler Miles Vega, and Libby Urner Wennstrom. The two candidates winning the most votes in the August 3 primary will advance to the general election on November 2.

You can access the Zoom forum by computer or phone at the link below. Observers are asked to stay muted with their camera turned off so that we can focus our full attention on the candidates. Media partner KPTZ 91.9 FM will simulcast the July 1 forum and livestream it at KTPZ.org. The forum will also be recorded, edited for brevity, and eventually linked on the League’s website at lwvwa.org/Jefferson

Time: Jul 1, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Posted on June 29, 2021 | Comments Off on PT City Council Candidates Forum July 1 7pm

Win with Women “Rising Stars” Event Celebrates Legislative Successes

Win With Women is celebrating the successes of the 2021 Washington Legislative Session with a “Rising Stars” event Wednesday, June 30th from 6-7pm, showcasing the WWW-endorsed “Rising Stars” that helped make it possible.   From the Working Families Tax Credit and the Fair Chance for Kids child care expansion, to major action on climate change and winning overtime pay for farmworkers, those wins wouldn’t have happened without our newly elected, WWW-endorsed Rising Stars. Let’s celebrate our victories together!

Click the link below to purchase your ticket:

https://winwithwomen.nationbuilder.com/rising_stars

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Posted on June 29, 2021 | Comments Off on Win with Women “Rising Stars” Event Celebrates Legislative Successes