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ELECTION DAY – Re: Fire District Annexation – Feb. 12, 2019

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In February 2019, area residents will be asked to vote on a measure to annex the City of Port Townsend into Jefferson County Fire Protection District #1 (EJFR). If approved, this measure will merge the geographic area of Port Townsend and it's residents into the service area of District #1.

The ballot measure will be presented to both city residents and residents of the unincorported area of District #1. In order for the measure to pass, both constituencies must approve it by 50% plus one.

For more details see this post on the East Jefferson Fire and Rescue website:

ELECTION DAY – Re: Port Townsend School Levies – Feb. 12, 2019

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Photo by PTLeader

The Port Townsend school levy vote is coming up in February 2019. Check out this webpage for detailed information regarding levies for the Port Townsend School District. (Photo by PTLeader)

CNN: Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker, reclaims gavel to lead Democrats’ new majority

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Washington (CNN) - Nancy Pelosi was officially elected the new House speaker on Thursday in a majority vote by the House of Representatives on the first day of the 116th Congress.She defeated the Republican nominee Kevin McCarthy, winning 220 votes. McCarthy becomes the House minority leader. As House speaker, Pelosi will regularly face off against President Donald Trump and will preside over an emboldened and energized Democratic majority that is poised to launch aggressive oversight of the President and his administration. To read more click on the following link

Swearing in ceremony at Jefferson County Courthouse!

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CONGRATULATIONS! The photo above is from the swearing in ceremony at the Jefferson County Courthouse for officials elected in Nov. 2018. Left to right they are: Jeff Chapman (assessor), Rose Ann Carroll (auditor), James Kennedy (prosecutor), Greg Brotherton (county commissioner), Ruth Gordon (clerk), Joe Nole (sheriff), Dan Toepper (P.U.D. commissioner) and Stacie Prada (treasurer). (Photo by Jean Ball)

New Democratic Officers Elected to Legislative District 24!

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(Kris Grier is shown on far left of photo above.) Congratulations to Chair Bruce Cowan, Vice Chair Julie Johnson, and State Representatives Diane Jones and Joe McGimpsey for their election on Dec. 8, 2018 at the 24th Legislative District reorganization meeting held at the Elwha Heritage Center in Port Angeles. The 24th Legislative District includes Democratic representation from Jefferson, Clallam and Grays Harbor counties. The twenty fourth Legislative District Democrats (24LDD) is the governing body of the Democratic Party for the state legislative district. You can read more at their website:

24th LD Dems Reorganization Meeting – Save the Date: Sat. 12-8-18

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Saturday, DEC. 8 — 12pm

Elwha Heritage Center

401 First Street, Port Angeles, WA 98262
The 24th Legislative District Democrats Reorganization Meeting will be held on Saturday, December 8th at the Elwha Heritage Center with a meet and greet at 12pm, followed by the reorganization meeting at 1pm. This important meeting will shape the leadership of our organization over the next two years. Member and PCO participation is vital — please join us!
The Washington State Party’s charter and bylaws require that all county and legislative district party organizations elect new officers every two years, shortly after each even-year election, a process called “reorganization”. Counties and LDs are responsible for planning and running their reorganization meetings in accordance with the State Party’s charter and bylaws. Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs), who were either elected or unopposed during the August 7, 2018 Primary, will be eligible to elect the 24th LD officers: the Chair, Vice-Chair, State Committeeman and State Committeewoman. While members are encouraged to attend and/or run for an elected position, the only members eligible to vote for these positions will be the newly elected Precinct Committee Officers who will take office on December 1. PCOs will vote by secret ballot for each of these positions. No proxy voting is allowed at a reorganization meeting.
The Chair and Vice Chair must be of different genders and the two State Committee Representatives must be of different genders. Any member of the 24th LD Democrats (defined as a Democrat within the district) can run for any of these positions and any 24th LD member can nominate someone for these positions.

Mid-Term Election 2018

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All of our endorsed candidates won during this November mid-term election! Jefferson County voter turnout was 83.30% - contender for the highest turnout in Washington State! Vote percentages as of midnight Nov. 6, 2018 are: FEDERAL U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (58.6% state-wide; 69.16% Jefferson County) Congressional Rep. Derek Kilmer (62.82% state-wide; 72.95% Jefferson County) WASHINGTON STATE State Rep. Mike Chapman (58.85% Region; 69.95% Jefferson County) State Rep. Steve Tharinger (57.03% Region; 69.37% Jefferson County) (more…)

Kitsap Sun: About Maria Cantwell’s Election!

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SPOKANE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Tuesday easily won re-election to a fourth term from Washington state, beating Republican Susan Hutchison...

Cantwell told cheering supporters in the Seattle area that she was honored to continue to represent the residents of the state despite a divisive political environment.

"This is one of the most amazing elections," Cantwell said Tuesday evening, calling it a "mid-course correction."

"I'm going to redouble my efforts to work across the aisle, to get things done for our country," Cantwell said. Read more.

Peninsula Daily News: About Greg Brotherton’s Election!

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[caption id="attachment_7478" align="alignright" width="453"] Greg Brotherton reacts to the announcement of his win for the Jefferson County commissioner District 3 seat over challenger Jon Cooke. The announcement was made by Auditor Rose Ann Carroll at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday night. (Jeannie McMacken/Peninsula Daily News)[/caption] by Peninsula Daily News Wednesday, November 7, 2018 2:15pm PORT TOWNSEND — Greg Brotherton won a seat on the Jefferson County board of commissioners, while incumbents for prosecuting attorney and sheriff were losing in the initial count of ballots tonight... Greg Brotherton, 46, a Quilcene Democrat, was leading in Tuesday’s initial count against Jon Cooke, 60, a Quilcene Republican and chair of the county Republican Party, in the race for the District 3 seat vacated by Kathleen Kler after she served one term. Read more.

Peninsula Daily News: About Mindy Walker’s Election!

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[caption id="attachment_7475" align="alignleft" width="457"] Mindy Walker reacts with her son to her leading Tuesday night over challenger Noah Harrison in the Jefferson County District Court judge race. (Jeannie McMacken/Peninsula Daily News)[/caption] by Peninsula Daily News Wednesday, November 7, 2018 2:15pm PORT TOWNSEND — Greg Brotherton won a seat on the Jefferson County board of commissioners, while incumbents for prosecuting attorney and sheriff were losing in the initial count of ballots tonight. Mindy Walker was leading for District Court judge against Noah Harrison, 44, of Port Townsend for the District Court judgeship vacated by longtime judge Jill Landis and Daniel Toepper was narrowly ahead in the race for a Public Utility District seat against Tom Brotherton. Read more.