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Fire chief to describe merger process April 1 for East Jefferson Fire District, Port Townsend

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The Jefferson County Democrats have invited Chief Jim Walkowski of the East Jefferson County Fire District to describe the process for expanding the three-member Fire District Commission to include two Port Townsend representatives.

Walkowski will speak at 6 p.m. Monday, April 1, during the Democrats’ general membership meeting in the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W Valley Rd, Chimacum. The party’s business meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Walkowski will also discuss the fire district’s mission, services and service area and take part in a question-and-answer session.

During the recent general election, the fire district got overwhelming support from county and city voters, 67 percent and 69.2 percent each, for merging with the City of Port Townsend. Besides improving efficiency of service, the merger will give Port Townsend residents equal representation on the Fire District Commission.

For more information about the merger and East Jefferson Fire and Rescue, visit http://www.ejfr.org/

FYI: HEAR OUR OLYMPICS WORKSHOP! Thurs. March 21!

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Thu, March 21, 2019; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368.

Please join National Parks Conservation Association and Sound Defense Alliance for a training on how you can speak up for natural quiet in Olympic National Park by getting involved in our Hear Our Olympics campaign. Be a part of making the case to our elected officials that increased jet noise is bad for Olympic National Park and the surrounding communities.

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Rep. Derek Kilmer Announces Rescheduled Town Halls

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2019
ADVISORY: Kilmer Announces Rescheduled Town Halls

In addition to last week’s Facebook Live and Kitsap, Mason County Town Halls, Kilmer will host town halls rescheduled due to the government shutdown

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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.

REORGANIZATION MEETING SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2018!

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Jefferson County Democrats

REORGANIZATION MEETING SUNDAY, DEC. 2

Chimacum High School, 91 W Valley Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325 This is an important meeting that will shape the leadership of our organization over the next two years. Member participation is vital.

Please join us!

Click here for more details.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MTNG: Tues., Oct. 23, 6 -9 pm!

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Port Townsend Community Center 620 Tyler St., Port Townsend

Included will be an informative forum on environmental issues including Gov. Inslee’s report on the Lower Snake River dams and Orca population among others. Speakers include: PATRICIA JONES is the Executive Director of the Olympic Forest Coalition, a local non-governmental organization dedicated to the protection of habitat, wildlife, forests and marine waters of the Olympic Peninsula. Patricia was appointed by Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz to represent conservation in the "Solutions Table," a multi stakeholder advisory group working on problem solving for more marbled murrelet conservation and essential services for beneficiaries. Patricia’s background in environmental justice and human rights law and policy was focused on safe drinking water and sanitation domestically in the U.S. and internationally. She has a PhD, Masters of Law, and JD, and is an alumna of the U. of W, and graduate of Port Townsend High School. ALL BERGSTEIN is an environmental activist from Port Townsend. He has been the editor of the Olympic Peninsula Environmental News since 2007. He is a long time member of the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee and is on the board of Sound Action, an advocacy organization for protecting nearshore habitat. JIM WADDELL is a Civil Engineer retired from a 35-year public service career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Serving with the EPA and other Federal environmental agencies during his long career he integrated all  global warming research and helped establish the US Global Research Program.  As part of his work since his retirement  he has recommended breaching  the 4 lower Snake river dams as a sound biological and economic benefit helping to save our native salmon and Orca populations. Waddell is now Director of the Dam Sense Project at DamSense.org.

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• Proposed Bylaws Changes – Sept. 18, 2018 Meeting

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On September 18, 2018 the Central Committee will meet to consider proposed changes to the Jefferson County Democrats Bylaws. You can read the proposed changes posted on the following webpage:

https://jeffcodemocrats.com/documents/#bylaws

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

JCD CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) meeting

6-8 PM

Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Dr, Chimacum, WA 98325

• Next Membership Meeting – June 26

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June 26 Member meeting

Jefferson County Democrats will meet at 6 PM Tuesday June 26 at the Blue Heron Middle School, 3939 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend Program Scholarship presentations - Phil Johnson Environmental Scholarship Candidate short speeches - PUD Candidates (non-partisan) Candidate short speeches - District Court Judge (non-partisan) Extended Break - 30 minutes All local candidates, partisan and non-partisan, endorsed and non-endorsed, will have the opportunity to set up campaign tables and answer questions from those attending the meeting. Business meeting - major agenda items Approve minutes from May 29 meeting Approve data policy - Board approved June 12 Endorsement votes - -partisan - Ruth Gordon, County Clerk - Joe Nole, County Sheriff - Stacie Prada, County Treasurer - Rose Ann Carroll, County Auditor - Jeff Chapman, County Assessor Endorsement votes - non-partisan - Sheryl McCloud, State Supreme Court - Susan Owen, State Supreme Court - Rebecca Glascow, Appeals Court Judge, Division 2 District 2

• Next Membership Meeting ~ 04/24/18

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 6:00-7:00 Program, 7:00-8:00 Business Meeting Port Ludlow Beach Club 121 Marina View Dr, Port Ludlow, WA 98365

Program: Economic Development Forum Panelists: County Commissioner Kate Dean, Port of PT Director Sam Gibboney, JC Economic Development Council Director Brian Huh, Port Townsend Mayor Deborah Stinson Panelists will share their years of in-the-trenches knowledge and efforts to bring job opportunities to Jefferson County, presenting remarks regarding where we are on the economic development scene and strategies for addressing current and future job opportunities. Q&A follows.

• Don’t Miss This IMPORTANT MESSAGE from Finance Committee Members Marty Gilmore and James Thomson

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The JCD Finance Committee has performed a review of JCD accounts for 2017. The accounts are in order. Minor and unintentional reporting errors were identified and have been corrected. Procedures and documentation have been improved for 2018 in order to avoid similar minor reporting errors this year. Submitted: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 11:13:30 AM PDT

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