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FYI: Get Out the Vote! Rally – Oct. 13 at 5pm

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Join Indivisible Port Townsend in a "Get Out the Vote" rally in support of the election of Vice President Biden and Senator Kamala Harris.

Please bring signs, join in, and keep a social distance. Meet at the Triangle near the Co-op in Port Townsend on Tuesday, October 13, at 5pm.

“A Lot on the Line” Campaign 2020

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"A Lot on the Line" Campaign

August 23, 2020
4 pm on Zoom

Donation link: https://jeffcodemocrats.com/events/2020-election-contributions/

Room opens 3:30, Speakers begin at 4 PM

Use this link to join the Fish Feast:

Join Meeting

Or, paste this link into your browser
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87527938027

Password is not required for this event

Meeting ID: 875 2793 8027

You can also chose to dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

The Jefferson County Democrats are replacing our annual Fish Feast with an on-line event called the "A Lot on the Line" Campaign. Alas, we cannot meet in person, but we still have our speakers and this event will be provided at no charge. 

This year’s virtual event will be held on Sunday, August 23, at 4 pm. We will be using Zoom and YouTube as our platform to broadcast our speakers. The event will be a free opportunity for voters to hear our great local and state guest speakers, and we will also have guest speakers to discuss racial issues. Its theme: “Catch ‘Em Online, No Strings Attached.” Access details for the Zoom/YouTube event will be posted on the party website: jeffcodemocrats.com.

Candidates invited to speak include candidates:

  • Denny Heck for Lieutenant Governor,
  • Gael Tarleton for Secretary of State and
  • Mike Pellicciotti for state treasurer.

Also invited are incumbents Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. 

The three incumbent 24th District legislators seeking reelection also have been invited: Representatives Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger and Senator Kevin Van de Wege. Congressional Representative Derek Kilmer, State Party Chair Tina Podlodowski and County Commissioner candidates Heidi Eisenhour and Lorna Smith will address the virtual meeting. 

Donations

Our event is free, but we are still encouraging attendees to contribute if they can. We use donations to help elect local candidates and candidates in Washington State. Our suggested donation levels are: Minnow, $25; Salmonid, $50; Halibut, $100; Orca, $250; or Whale, $500. To contribute, choose the giving level (or write in whatever amount you wish) on the online form at https://jeffcodemocrats.com/events/2020-election-contributions/. People can also join the party or renew their membership on that website. 

Mussels!

MUSSEL ORDERS ARE NOW CLOSED. Pick them up on Friday, August 21 between 4:30 and 6 PM at the Haines Park and Ride (next to Safeway in Port Townsend).

Member Meeting and Endorsement Votes: Sept 10, 6 pm on Zoom

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The Jefferson County Democrats will meet on Zoom on Thursday, September 10, at 6 PM. Meeting access details will be provided closer to that date.

The Board has recommended that the members endorse:

1 – Kate Dean, Jefferson County Commissioner District 1
2 – Dual Endorsement – Heidi Eisenhour and Lorna Smith, Jefferson County Commissioner District 2
3 – State Supreme Court judges

Helen Whitener (pos 6)
Opponent is Richard Serns

Raquel Montoya-Lewis (pos 3)
Opponent is David Larson

Charles Johnson (pos 4) unopposed. We have endorsed him before.

Debra Stephens (pos 7) unopposed

4 – Denny Heck, Lieutenant Governor
5 – Derek Kilmer, Congressional Representative
6 – ​Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution 8212

Statement of Subject: The legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on investment of public funds.

Concise Description: This amendment would allow public money held in a fund for long-term care services and supports to be invested by governments as authorized by state law, including investments in private stocks.

There will be 4 Advisory votes, thanks to Tim Eyman.
Recommend “maintain” on all.

Advisory Vote 32 concerns the reduction of plastic bags and a .10 cent charge on other bags
Advisory Vote 33 concerns tax exemption of heavy equipment rental property
Advisory vote 34 concerns workforce education investment funding through B&O tax reform
Advisory vote 35 concerns aerospace B&O taxes and world trade organization compliance

The Jefferson County Democrats have already endorsed:

Governor – Jay Inslee
Attorney General – Bob Ferguson
Commissioner of Public Lands – Hilary Franz
Treasurer – Mike Pellicciotti
Secretary of State – Gael Tarleton
State Auditor – Pat (Patrice) McCarthy
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Chris Reykdal
Insurance Commissioner – Mike Kriedler

24th District State Representatives -Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger
24th District State Senator-Kevin Van de Wege

YES – Referendum 90, Sex Education in Public Schools. A vote to approve Referendum 90 supports allowing Senate Bill 5395 to take effect, thereby requiring public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education for all students and requiring students to be excused if requested by their parents.

Congratulations new PCOs

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We had 10 competitive races on the August 4 ballot for Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) in Jefferson County. The ten winners who will either take office on December 1 or will continue in their office are:

709 – Lori Bernstein
708 – Libby Wennstrom
707 – John Collins
706 – Bruce Cowan
700 – Cynthia Koan
401 – Celeste Bennett
306 – Jeff Graham
302 – Jean Ball
201 – Patricia Jones
104 – Marty Gilmore

Congratulations to the winners!

FYI: Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates Need Used Computers

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JCIRA is searching for used computers in excellent condition, for immigrant families. They have been doing this for a few years but they need more. 

Our mission is to support the rights of immigrants and their families, giving priority to those who live or work on the Olympic Peninsula and immigrant detainees within Washington State, through access to legal services, standing witness, family support, community education and advocacy for local, state and national issues.

CONTACT JCIRA AT:

Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates
P.O. Box 647
​Port Townsend, WA 98368

JCIRAwa@gmail.com

360-232-6070

Forum for Jefferson County Commissioner Candidates

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Jefferson County Democrats are hosting another Virtual Forum for Jefferson County Commissioner candidates. It will be held on:

Commissioner Candidates Forum
Jefferson County District 2
July 17 - 6 PM

Link to join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89892887345

Meeting ID: 898 9288 7345
Password: 803636

Or, dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)


PCO Virtual Forum!

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PCO Virtual Forum
Jul 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Link to join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88272395845

Meeting ID: 882 7239 5845
Password: 934643

Or, dial by your location
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        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

JCD Endorsements for Aug. 4 primary!

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JCD endorsements for legislative and state offices in Aug. 4 primary election The Jefferson County Democrats have endorsed 11 legislative and statewide candidates for the Aug. 4 primary election.

The endorsed candidates for the 24th Legislative District:

  • State senator, Kevin Van de Wege (incumbent)
  • State representative, Position 1, Mike Chapman (incumbent)
  • State representative, Position 2, Steve Tharinger (incumbent)

The endorsed candidates for statewide offices:

  • Governor, Jay Inslee (incumbent)
  • Secretary of state, Gael Tarleton
  • State treasurer, Mike Pellicciotti
  • State auditor, Pat (Patrice) McCarthy (incumbent)
  • Attorney General, Bob Ferguson (incumbent)
  • Commissioner of public lands, Hilary Franz (incumbent)
  • Superintendent of public instruction, Chris Reykdal (incumbent)
  • Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler (incumbent).

The JCD has not taken a position on the four Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor (James R. Rafferty, Marko Liias, Michelle Jasmer and Denny Heck), two Democratic candidates for U.S. representative (Rebecca Parson and Derek Kilmer) and three Democratic candidates for District 2 on the JeffCo Board of Commissioners (Amanda Funaro, Heidi Eisenhour and Lorna Smith).

Here’s the Online Voters’ Guide for congressional, statewide, legislative and Jefferson County candidates: voter.votewa.gov/GenericVoterGuide.aspx?e=865&c=16#/. It does not include statements by candidates for precinct committee officers, but you can read them are on the JCD website: jeffcodemocrats.com/elections/candidates/

Ballots will be mailed by July 15 and can be returned postage-free to the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office. They must be postmarked by Aug. 4 or deposited by Aug. 4 in official county drop boxes at several locations around the county.

Candidates Forum Thursday, June 18 at 6 pm!

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COMMISSIONERS CANDIDATES FORUM (and separate endorsement vote of other candidates)!
JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS
Thursday, June 18 at 6 pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83338314496

Meeting ID: 833 3831 4496
Password: 998427

Dial by your location
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

COMMISSIONERS CANDIDATES FORUM

The program will include a forum for the three candidates from District 2 who are running for County Commissioner:

• Heidi Eisenhour, Amanda Funaro, and Lorna Smith.

https://jeffcodemocrats.com/elections/candidates/

ENDORSEMENTS

The business meeting will include votes on the following endorsements recommended by the Executive Board:

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Chris Reykdal
This position is non-partisan. The Jefferson County Democrats endorsed Chris when he ran for election four years ago.

Insurance Commissioner
Mike Kreidler
Mike is the incumbent Democrat running against a Republican and a Libertarian.

State Auditor
Pat McCarthy
The Jefferson County Democrats endorsed Pat, the incumbent, when she ran for election four years ago.

Eligibility for voting on endorsements requires that membership have been active as of the first of the month, or that a membership which has lapsed in the past 12 months be renewed before the meeting. If you are unsure of your membership status, please call Membership Chair John Hamilton at 360-302-0549. If your membership has recently expired and you want to renew, please renew through our website at this link:

https://jeffcodemocrats.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=012970612deb4e28b251593a0&id=8efbfe576c&e=c8d929615a

Jefferson/Clallam County Group Virtual Phonebank with the Coordinated Campaign!

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Calling with the Coordinated Campaign is the best way to support ALL Democrats running across our state.

We target newly registered voters who did not vote in the Presidential Primary to find more Dems to turn out later in the year as well as “sporadic voting Democrats–” voters who will vote for Democrats up and down their ballot but need a reminder to get their ballots turned in. A ballot returned by these folks is a vote for Democratic candidates from Joe Biden down to our local legislative leaders.

Click HERE to join us Wednesday, June 17th at 5 PM!
Each of our events will start with a step-by-step training led by a Coordinated Campaign Regional Field Director, and we have multiple staff members on each call to assist folks individually as needed. No previous experience necessary!

After our training, join your fellow Jefferson/Clallam County Dems in a "virtual campaign office" breakout room where we can make calls together from the comfort of our living rooms.

If you have questions, please reach out to Diane Jones (360.774.3256) or Evan Koepfler (253.355.2767), Regional Field Director for the South Sound and Peninsula for more details.
We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!