1. Plan to attend the Skagit Democrats 2016 Gala and Auction, Saturday, Jun 4, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes beginning at 4:00pm

This year we are having a Candidate Meet & Greet from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. There will be local and statewide candidates attending. Anyone who buys a Gala Ticket will be able to participate. Silent Auction will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Dinner & Live Auction will follow. Get your tickets now – $50 per person or a table of 8 for $400. All proceeds benefit the work of the Skagit County Democrats. Contact the Skagit Democrats Headquarters at 360-336-1555.

2. The Gala Committee is soliciting donations for the Live and Silent Auctions.

Donations may be delivered to the Skagit Democrats Headquarters during business hours. Donation Forms need to be completed for all donations. Downloadable Donation Forms are posted Here.

Also needed are donations of bottles of wine for the Wine Toss. Please bring any bottles of wine in to the Skagit Democrats HQ.

3. NEWCentral Committee Endorsement Meeting, Saturday, Jun 11, Skagit PUD Aqua Room, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon

  • 9:00am – 10:00am – Candidate Meet and Greet
  • 10:00am – 12:30pm – Candidate Speeches
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Pizza served as a fundraiser

Twenty-seven candidates and ballot measures have been invited. Bring your questions for the candidates!

4. NEW – Fidalgo Democrats Meeting, Tuesday, Jun 14th, 7:00pm at Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St., Anacortes

40th LD Rep. Kristine Lytton will speak about “What You Don’t Know About the Legislative Session.” A moderated period of questions and comments will follow.

Please bring friends, family, or colleagues. Help yourself to coffee and homemade cookies. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank donation box near the door. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 293-7114.

5. Kick-Off Fundraiser for Senator Kevin Ranker, Tuesday, May 31, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, above Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham

Please RSVP to

6. NEW – Fundraising Event for 40th Legislative District Delegation, Monday, Jun 20, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Taylor Samish Farm Shellfish Market at 2182 Chuckanut Drive in Bow

Please RSVP to

7. NEW – A message from Rick Larsen, May 25

Dear Neighbor,

The stories are heartbreaking and all too frequent. One mother from Everett shared of her son’s struggle with addiction that led to an overdose. Another mother from Bellingham told me that her daughter is in and out of jail and the hospital as she struggles with a heroin addiction.

Addiction is a ruthless disease that is ripping through families and communities, leaving tragedy and anger in its wake. Deaths caused by heroin and painkillers in Washington state increased 31 percent between 2002 and 2013.

Addiction is not a moral failing, but a disease that requires medical treatment. People who are addicted need help, not jail. To fight this epidemic and the pain it is inflicting, families and communities need more resources and tools. When I talk with parents, community leaders and law enforcement officials in Northwest Washington, they ask that I work in Congress to help prevent overdoses, make treatment more available and assist people to get on the path of recovery. Here is what I have learned and what I am doing to help our families and communities.

First, naloxone is a lifesaving drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, giving people the opportunity to get treatment and recover. Getting naloxone into the hands of more first responders and law enforcement officials can help prevent people from dying of overdoses. That is why I am supporting efforts to provide law enforcement officials with more training and supplies to reverse overdoses. I voted for a bill last week that would help states and communities have better access to naloxone. I also asked the administrator of the Food and Drug Administration to make naloxone more accessible to save more lives.

Second, we need to help people who are addicted get treatment, not put them behind bars. The growing epidemic is not only straining families and communities, it is exhausting law enforcement and addiction treatment resources. If we are going to make a meaningful difference for families who are suffering, we need more funding to expand treatment options. President Obama developed a plan that would invest $1.1 billion to help states treat more people with substance abuse disorders. I am pushing to make sure our communities can put these resources into action to aggressively fight the opioid addiction epidemic.

Combining effective treatment with court oversight through drug courts can help reunite families and keep nonviolent drug offenders from reentering the criminal justice system. Throughout my time in Congress, I have seen firsthand the success drug courts have on helping people get healthy and stable. In the counties I represent, about 1,350 people have graduated from drug courts over the last several years. With my support, the House passed a bill last week that would create a new grant program for state and local governments to pursue solutions to the epidemic, such as drug courts and other innovative law enforcement responses.

Third, I want to help prevent addiction in the first place by improving pain management and prescription practices. I voted last week to improve the ways that painkillers are prescribed to reduce the risk of patients developing addictions. Another promising idea is to allow states to develop policies addressing partially filled opioid prescriptions, which could help reduce the number of unused pills in people’s homes. I asked the Drug Enforcement Agency to work with doctors and pharmacists to develop clearer partial fill policies.

Communities in Northwest Washington are working hard on solutions to address the addiction epidemic. I want Congress to do its part by providing communities with more resources and tools to expand treatment options, stop overdoses and prevent future addiction. It is time to treat addiction like the disease that it is to give more people a second chance and put fewer families through heartbreak.

Rick Larsen
United States Representative
Washington State, 2nd Congressional District

8. Linda Wright is running for 39th Legislative District Representative, Position #1 – electlindawright on Facebook 

“I am happy to announce that I am officially running for State Representative POS 1 (D) in the 39th Legislative District. I hope I can count on your support.

In our 2012 campaign we lost by 5,170 votes. I was a school bus driver and a first time candidate. We have learned some valuable lessons from our first campaign. I have spent the last 3 years negotiating school district and local government contracts, I have rallied people to stand up and be heard by their employers and I have heard the heart breaking stories of families working two and three jobs to earn a living wage. For years I have been out on the front lines fighting for the middle class, protecting seniors and women’s healthcare. Also working with groups to hold banks and corporations accountable, and closing tax loop holes. I have a passion for this work and I believe together we can do this.”

Fundraising mailing address

Make checks out to:

Committee to Elect Linda Wright
1242- State Ave STE I PMB 223
Marysville WA 98270

9. Information for Precinct Delegate and Alternates and other interested Democrats

Check the Skagit County Democrats’ Website for additional information about the upcoming Congressional District Caucuses, and State Convention. For any Questions contact Bob Doll, Skagit County Democrats Chair at or 360-202-6212

  • Washington State Democrats State Convention, Tacoma, June 17-19
  • National Democratic Convention, Philadelphia, PA, July 25-28

10. Decline to Sign Initiative 1515 -PFLAG Skagit/Stanwood ( along with the PFLAG Washington State Council ( are urging people to decline to Sign Initiative 1515.

This Initiative:

  • Repeals Anti-Discrimination Protections for Transgender People
  • Bans State and Local Governments from Adopting Key Protections for Transgender People
  • Repeals Protections for Transgender Students in Public Schools
  • Authorizes Student Lawsuits Against Public Schools
  • This Initiative is not about privacy or safety and would place people in our community at risk. It will have serious economic consequences.

For more information check out: Washington Won’t Discriminate ( or the WA SAFE Alliance ( For educational presentations about diversity, contact or

Kathy Reim – 360-856-4676

Further note: Jaxon Ravens, Chair of the Washington State Democrats, sent out an email on May 10 urging we stand against Ballot Measure 1515.

11. Please Sign This Petition to SAVE Skagit EMS!

Skagit citizens along with your Professional Firefighters and Paramedics have serious concerns regarding the proposed changes to your EMS services in Mount Vernon, Burlington, Anacortes, Sedro Woolley, and Skagit County.

Your high quality EMS services in Skagit are at risk. SAVE Skagit EMS! Click Here to sign the petition.

12. Gun Safety Initiative: I-1491, Extreme Risk Protection Orders – Please sign the petition at Democrat Headquarters! The last week in June is the deadline for collection of signatures!

I- 1491, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, if passed in November, would allow families and law enforcement to petition a judge to suspend gun access if an individual poses a serious threat to themselves or others. The initiative’s sponsor, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, is the same organization that successfully got background checks for firearm purchases passed in 2014.

Safe and Sane Skagit, a local group working to impact the legislative and cultural process to bring more safety and sanity to gun use and availability, is helping to gather signatures. If you would like to help, write to or

King 5 News announcing I-1491:

13. Please sign I-1433! – Petitions are at Skagit Dems Headquarters

RaiseUp Washington is right for businesses, families, and the community. Labor, faith, and community groups have come together in 2016 to support working families by raising Washington’s minimum wage and expanding paid sick and safe leave throughout the state.

A ballot initiative, I-1433, has been filed to raise the minimum wage incrementally to $13.50/hour and allow all workers to earn up to seven days of paid sick and safe leave per year. Raising the minimum wage makes it possible for working families to contribute to the growth and stability of our state. The data proves that when workers have more money, businesses have more customers, more jobs are created, and there is less dependence on government and social programs. Everyone wins!

Thousands of volunteers are needed to place this important initiative on the November 2016 ballot. Please consider volunteering to gather signatures. If you have questions, please email April Sims, Field Mobilization Director for the Washington State Labor Council, or call her at 1-800-542-0904. For more information, go to


1. NEW – La Conner Annual Spaghetti “Taste off” Dinner & Silent Auction, Jun 2, 4:30pm – 7:00pm, Maple Hall

Support the La Conner Chamber of Commerce at our annual fundraising event! Sample and vote for your favorite sauce!

Fees/Admission: $8.00 per adult, $6.00 Children (age 3-10)


Event Description:

Contact Information: 360.466.4778

2. NEW – Blast from the Past–June 3rd, 4th and 5th in downtown Sedro-Woolley celebrating the year 1966

Celebration is a three day event highlighting craft and food vendors, a quilt show, an art show, old time contests (i.e., hula hoops, jump roping, and pie eating), and a car show on Sunday. We are adding a beer garden next to Vic’s 66 on Woodworth. We will have a street dance on Saturday night near the beer garden. Woolley Market will be providing the selection of beers.

3. NEW – Kids Fishing Derby, Jun 4, 7:00am – 11:00am, Heart Lake

Kids 13 & under can participate in this Fishing Derby at Heart Lake. Only kids can fish and do not need a fishing permit for this event. Sign up the morning of the event. Admission – free.

4. First Thursday Art Walk, Downtown Mount Vernon, Thursday, Jun 2, 5:00pm – 8:00pm

The Mount Vernon Downtown Association hosts art walks on the First Thursday of each month, from April through October. Fifteen or more venues feature exceptional Skagit Valley talent.


1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 6:30 pm, at KSVR, 91.7; KSVU, 90.1; or KSJU, 91.9 FM

A weekly local worker radio program that features news, interviews, music, and comments, “We Do the Work” believes American workers are at the heart of our economy and culture, deserving dignity, respect, and a decent family wage. To hear our other shows, go to We Do The Work Archives. Questions about interviews? Email

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, May 31, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM, Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival, Part 2:

George Mann, Folk Singer,
Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher, Rebel Voices, Political Singing Duo,
Chris Chandler, Singer-Songwriter,
Luci Murphy, Cultural Warrior

Interview by Gary Kanter: George, Janet Stecher & Susan Lewis, Chris, and Luci talk about their history with the Labor Heritage Festival and their feelings about its future. The show includes many of the songs from the festival.

For more information, go to,,,,, and

2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio

We are a half-hour weekly, locally-produced radio show committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues. Topics and interviewees change weekly. Our shows are available anytime or subscribe to podcasts at Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact

SUSO Radio airs at:

  • KSVR 91.7 FM, Mount Vernon, Wednesdays 5:00pm, rebroadcasts Sundays 8:00pm
  • KMRE 102.3 FM, Bellingham, Sundays 11:00am and Wednesdays 7:30am
  • KSVU 90.1 FM, Hamilton, Sundays 8:00pm and Thursdays 8:00am


Don Ambrose, Editor

Action Newsletter

NOTE – Please send all Newsletter submissions to . I prefer to receive submissions by each Thursday but can accept them up to Saturday morning.

Skagit County Democrats
300A South 1st Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273