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Endorsement Meeting Results

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Jefferson County Democrats members overwhelmingly endorsed incumbent State Representatives Steve Tharinger and Mike Chapman for re-election in 2018. With about 25% of our members in attendance, the November 29 membership meeting voted in favor of the motion to endorse, as each candidate received more than 90% of the endorsement votes. We join the Clallam County Democrats, Gray’s Harbor County Democrats, and the 24th LD Democrats in endorsing the re-election of our 24th Legislative District representatives. [caption id="attachment_5856" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rep. Mike Chapman speaks to JCD members.[/caption] This meeting represented both our November and December membership meetings, so that no formal membership meeting will be scheduled during the month of December. *Resolutions to be read before the membership. Several resolutions were voted on at our November 29th meeting. At least one new resolution will be read before the membership. Click here to visit our Resolutions page and view results.

Endorsements Meeting

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Next Membership Meeting: Wednesday, November 29th at 6:00pm Location: Chimacum High School Auditorium, 91 W Valley Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325

This meeting will represent both our November and December membership meetings, so that no formal membership meeting will be scheduled during the month of December.   We will be considering endorsement of Representatives Mike Chapman and Steve Tharinger. The board is recommending early endorsement of our incumbent Democratic representatives.   *Resolutions to be read before the membership. Several resolutions that were read to the membership  at our October meeting will be voted on at our November 29th meeting.  At least one new resolution will be read before the membership. Click here to visit our Resolutions page. Click here to visit Jefferson County Auditor’s voters guide on Measures. Click here to visit JC Auditor’s webpage voters guide on Local Candidates.

Bob Ferguson at JCD’s 23rd Annual Fish Feast!

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We welcomed Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson as our keynote speaker. Bob's work fighting the current administration's travel ban put him front and center as a hero for humane immigration policies and fair treatment under the law.

Also attending were Congressman Derek Kilmer, State Senator Kevin Van de Wege, State Representatives Steve Tharinger and Mike Chapman, Washington State Democrats Chair Tina Podlodowski, and many of our local elected representatives.

Delicious food was served: salmon from Key City Fish barbecued by Larry Dennison, shellfish courtesy of Taylor Shellfish, PT Brewing Co’s best beers, Pane d’Amore rolls, Greens & Veggies from local farms, Wine from the Wine Cellar, and scrumptious cake!

Thank you to all volunteers!

Election of a New Chair

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Congratulations to Marty Gilmore, our newly elected chair for 2017-2018!
Marty's a great sport, and we have to have some lighthearted moments even in dark times. So here he's pictured "spokesmodeling" WA Dems Resistance hat and scarf, alongside Ryan Mc Allister and Tina Podlodowski.

Keeping Up with Legislation

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Our first Legislators Round Table was held Sunday, March 12th at the Bay Club in Port Ludlow, with approximately 75 members attending. Assistant Majority Whip Mike Chapman and Representative Steve Tharinger were our guests, in an open question format without moderation or screening of questions. Video of this event can be viewed by clicking here.

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(FYI) How Corporations use the Constitution to Thwart Environmental Justice

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How Corporations use the Constitution to Thwart Environmental Justice Featured Speaker: Keyan Bliss, Move to Amend National Staff Communications Coordinator Admission is free and open to all. Co-sponsored by the Jefferson County Move to Amend affiliate and the QUUF Green Sanctuary Environmental Action Committee. Free childcare is available if arranged by Dec. 5th by calling Julia at 360-821-1926. For more information call 360-379-0370

LGBTQ+ 101 (FYI)

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November 27, 2017 6:30 PM QUUF, 2333 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend

Jefferson Healthcare has been presenting LGBTQ+ 101 for the past three years. This year we have had 71 staff, providers and general public attend the class. So we thought with such a good turnout this year why not invite the community.

Program highlights: Introduction, The Pumpkin Story, Definitions, Statistics, Discrimination, History, Trans 101, You Tube Clip, LGBTQ+ Elders, Short Film, LGBTQ+ Youth, Do’s and Don’ts, Pronoun Usage

Draft Agenda for August 29th Membership Meeting

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  • Changes to Standing Rules of Resolution Committee
    • Pass/Do Not Pass
    • Return to Sender
  • Bylaws:
    • Proposed Bylaw Amendments: First Reading of Changes Proposed by Members
    • Changes by Central Committee: Discussion of Changes for Compliance with State
  • Discussion of State Delegate Selection Plan for State Convention 2018.
    • Click here to read the State's proposed plan.
  • Reading of Resolutions.
    • Click here to visit our Resolutions page. Scroll to the August 29th meeting for links to resolutions that will be read at this meeting.

Candidate Questionnaires – Non-Partisan Races – Hospital Commissioner

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Explanatory Note: In non-partisan races, JCD usually does not offer endorsements. However, we want to offer our members as well as other interested citizens the opportunity to review the experience and qualifications of candidates who want to serve on our boards and commissions. Below are responses received from candidates for Hospital Commissioner, Position 1. Some of these questions are more of a “political philosophy” nature, because boards and commissions are often a pipeline to higher office. These surveys were produced under the direction of JCD's Political Action Committee. We hope you find them useful as you prepare your ballot. JCD-HospitalCommissionQuestionnaire_Bernie Donanberg Responding JCD-HospitalCommissionQuestionnaire_Bruce McComas Responding JCD-HospitalCommissionQuestionnaire Cheri Van Hoover Responding Supplemental: Cheri Van Hoover_CV                Bernie Donanberg Hospital Commissioner Resume 7.15.17 Click here to visit the Jefferson County Auditor's site for more election information.