Featured speaker is Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney James Kennedy.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
Port Townsend Community Center
620 Tyler Street Port Townsend
James Kennedy, was elected in 2018 as the County Prosecuting Attorney and Coroner’s Office. He will be the featured program speaker at the Jefferson County Democrat Membership meeting on Thursday, September 19th, at 6:00 pm, at the Port Townsend Community Center. The program is entitled: “The Prosecuting Attorney’s office: Where we are, what we’re doing, and what we want to achieve for the County.”
James Kennedy, an Army veteran, former Clallam County deputy prosecuting attorney and a former Jefferson County deputy prosecuting attorney, was born and raised in Bellevue, has a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in New York and a law degree, with honors, from Seattle University School of Law in 2012.
Before law school, Kennedy served nearly six years in the U.S. Army, having been in ROTC in college. Kennedy led convoys in and around Iraq for a year and served a second 15-month tour of duty coordinating logistics in northern Iraq. Kennedy credits his military experience as key to his leadership ability.
Kennedy interned in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as well as the Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and worked in Yakima County, prosecuting adult misdemeanors and “juvenile everything,” before former Prosecuting Attorney Scott Rosekrans hired him in 2014.
City of Port Townsend Prosecutor Christopher Ashcraft was the chief criminal deputy prosecutor in the county prosecutor’s office when Kennedy first worked there. Ashcraft, who was Kennedy’s supervisor, said, “Kennedy has a lot of integrity, works really hard, and characterized Kennedy as a public servant committed to doing the job right.”
Once asked what it means for a prosecuting attorney to be a Democrat, Kennedy said, “I think it means a little more balance in how we treat people. It’s not simply a matter of locking everyone up for the longest term possible. It’s focusing on treatment and engaging in restorative justice and integrating victims into the process so they know their voices are heard.”
Kennedy lives in Port Ludlow, with his wife, Krystal Kennedy, who works for the Port Townsend Cooperative Playschool. The couple have three children, 7, 4 and 1 years old.
An Overview of the JCD Website
Communications chair Gary Larson and committee member Pamela Roberts will present an overview of the JCD website.
Time will be allocated for audience members to share ideas for future enhancements of the site. We hope this presentation increases interest in and use of the website to better support Democratic candidates and causes.
Reviewing the structure of the site and the purpose of its components should be a helpful experience for everyone attending the meeting. Focus will be given to the various sections of the site, including where to find:
- How to Join and/or Donate.
- How to identify & contact party leaders.
- Committees and how to join them.
- Documents (minutes, bylaws, platform, resolutions, policies, & newsletters).
- State bills and how to write effective letters.
- Elections (how to run for office, candidates, ballot measures & endorsements).
- Elected officials at local, state and federal levels & how to contact them.
Social media will also be highlighted and the role it plays in JCD communications.
1. Approve agenda
2. Approve minutes
3. Consider revision to
Travel Reimbursement Policy: Click here
4. Resolutions to be voted on:
~ Bylaws discussion ~ Nuclear Weapons Ban: Click here
~ Lift Sanctions Against Venezuela & Iran:Click here
~ Suction Dredge Mining: Click here
5. To be read (without any voting):
~ Bylaws discussion