1. General Election Deadlines
  • October 10 – Deadline for mail or online new voter registration, address change, and other updates
  • October 21Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day). Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers.
  • October 31 – Deadline for in-person new Washington State voter registration
  • November 8General Election
  1. NEW – Take Back The Senate: A Fundraiser for Kevin Ranker, Oct 20, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham

Join 40th Legislative District Senator Kevin Ranker for a fundraiser to provide essential resources to take back the Washington State Senate. In many of these key districts, Republicans are outspending us by huge margins. It is critical that we continue to provide financial support to these candidates. Please RSVP to

  1. 39th Legislative District Quarterly Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 22, 10:00am at the Monroe Library – Sno-Isle Libraries, 1070 Village Way, Monroe

Everyone is invited. We will be preparing for the Presidential Election. VOTE!

  1. New Agenda – Attend the Labor-Dem Work Group Meeting, Monday, Oct 24, 5:30pm, USW Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon

We will be discussing the following: Skagit County Emergency Medical Service providers, Familias Unidas por la Justicia contract negotiations, UFCW Skagit Hospital Caregivers successful contract negotiations, SEIU Island Hospital Caregivers ongoing contract negotiations, Mark McDermott’s presentation for Western Washington Students for Farm Worker Justice, Everett Massacre Centennial Commemoration sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association/the Snohomish County Labor Council and IWW’s event, and future PSARA presentation.

Come and join the discussion about how to advocate for worker issues, create more visibility of unions, and motivate working people to participate.

  1. NEW – Skagit Dems will celebrate Halloween with the traditional treat give away on Monday October 31st from 3:00pm -5:00pm.

Candidates – this is a great opportunity to remind parents to vote or thank them for doing so.

Donations of small safe “treats” and candy make this a very successful event for us.
Candy and treats should be dropped off at Headquarters in the weeks and days before Halloween.

Volunteers are needed at HQ that day to hand out the candy. Come in costume or without, all hands welcome. Please give HQ a call, if you can be there in person that day (360-336-1555) or send an email to Thank you – Skagit Democrats Staff

  1. NEW – Enjoy Rebel Worker Movie Night- showing: MATEWAN, Tuesday, Oct 25 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm, at Film Is Truth 24 Times A Second, 1530 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham

Organized by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). FREE ADMISSION. Recommended donation to IWW organizing fund: $5 but no one turned away for lack of money. Seats are metal folding chairs. Consider bringing a small pillow. The film is 2 hours 15 minutes.
MATEWAN [1987] is a drama about the 1920 mine war in West Virginia. White miners are fighting coal company thugs to protect their union. Then the company tries to import black strikebreakers to foment racial tensions. You can imagine the potential for nastiness. A union organizer tries to get the white and black miners together into the union. It is a great tale of bravery, gun thugs, and injustice. There are several shoot outs and anti-union violence. Starring James Earl Jones, Chris Cooper, Mary McDowell. Directed by John Sayles. Nominated for an Oscar.

The miners wore red neckerchiefs to distinguish themselves from the company gunmen, and called themselves Rednecks. You can be a Redneck too: Wear your red bandanna!

  1. NEW – A message from Doris Brevoort, Candidate for 10th Legislative District – State Representative, Position 2

Hello Skagit Democrat friends! Announcements about sign-waving, t-shirts, and networking!!!

1. If you are up for waving a sign some evenings, from about 3:30 to 5pm, there will
be people getting together to do that! Please email me at:
to let me know you are able to help. EVEN if you do this one day, may the force be with us!!! We are planning to be at LA CONNER circle one night each week till the election, the off-ramp and circle by I-5 and ANDERSON ROAD one night, and in STANWOOD at the traffic light by the park-and-ride one night.

If you can get some friends to come out with you it would be super! (If I can find a broom to get around on, since this is the season, I will be at corners too.) We may coordinate with other LD-10 campaigns…. a schedule will be posted at Skagit Democrats’ headquarters and I will send an email to the “CATCH THE (SIGN) WAVE” MAILING LIST. This visibility is a BIG help to my campaign…. keep your eye on the prize– tea with Representative Dr. Doris in her (warm, dry) OFFICE IN OLYMPIA!!

2. T-SHIRTS! Artist Jack Gunter from Camano Island has kindly designed a t-shirt for me. These are available for a donation ($25) — I will take orders for you by email and get them to the office nearest you (Mount Vernon, Stanwood, or at a contact on the way to Deception Pass). We can order your sizes as needed. Please wear it with pride. It is a great move for an educator to run for the Legislature. Thank you so much for your support and faith in me.

3. NETWORKING – if you have friends on Camano and Whidbey Islands, please take a moment to contact them, or even simply forward this email. Alerting people who would vote for me when they have HEARD of me from a reliable source (YOU!) in this nutty election season can make a difference, particularly if this race for Rep comes to within 1% as it has done in the past. EVERY VOTE COUNTS, AND EVERYONE VOTING THEIR WHOLE BALLOT IS CRITICAL!!! If there is anyone who would like to talk directly to me after you have contacted them, I will be happy to phone them — just email me the name and number! THANK YOU from the bottom of the ticket to the top!

Finally, THANK YOU AGAIN to all the Skagit folks who have supported my campaign– many of you have encouraged me from day one, contributed, door-belled for LD-10 candidates, and continue to give me feedback and input. This is huge, personally — your energy helps me keep moving forward!

See you in the coming weeks. Let’s keep a smile on our collective face as we show people that we are thinking people, dedicated to making a positive difference in the Legislature, and for all the people of Washington State.

Please see my website for an updated list of endorsements — and watch my Facebook for daily commentary on what I meet “on the trail” — — and feel free to phone me if you have questions or feedback– 360-336-3453

Remember this great union song, which I will be singing, with my accordion, on election night at the Mount Vernon Skagit Democratic Headquarters!

Step by step the longest march can be won, can be won
Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none
And by union what we will can be accomplished still
Drops of water turn a mill, singly none singly none

Onward together! –Doris Brevoort

8. The Skagit County Democrats have reviewed and approved endorsements for both candidates and initiatives.

You can check them out as you complete your ballot. Click Here for Skagit Democrats endorsements.

  1. Eron Berg has been endorsed by the Skagit Democrats Central Committee for Skagit PUD Commissioner.

The endorsement was made at the Oct 8 Central Committee Meeting. Click Here for Eron’s website or Click Here for Eron’s Facebook page.

  1. The Skagit Democrat Party is sponsoring our second essay contest for local Juniors and Seniors.

After our first successful contest last year, we are again hoping to generate interest and some positive publicity for our local party. We are seeking volunteers to help organize and judge the contest. Please contact Larry and Pat Edwards if you would be willing to help with this year’s contest. Email: Phone: (360) 755-9467.

  1. We are making a concerted effort to include more item and information in our Calendar on the Skagit Democrats website. Check us out by going to, click on Events at the top of the Home Page, then click on Calendar for the current month’s calendar. Or you can Click Here and save the link. 
  1. You’re invited to join the biggest Election Night Party in Seattle! – Tuesday, Nov 8, 7:00pm – 11:00pm, The Westin Seattle, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle

The Washington State Democratic Party presents this FREE event open to all of our supporters, friends, and neighbors. Watch live election results, hear from our top candidates, and celebrate the final countdown to an historic election. Join Governor Jay Inslee, US Senator Patty Murray, and all of your favorite Washington State Democrats at The Westin Seattle! Doors open at 7:00pm.

Register at

We strive to ensure that all Democrats are able to participate in our events. For accommodations, please email or call 206-583-0664 x114 by October 21st.

  1. Whatcom Democrats General Meeting + Oktoberfest Dinner, Oct 20, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Lummi Te’Ti’Sen/Gateway Center, 4920 Rural Ave, Ferndale
  1. Volunteers Needed – Help Build Our Voter Database and Get Out the Vote!

The Skagit Democrats have begun an ambitious voter ID project to boost our “Get Out The Vote” effort. The results of this work will be useful for many elections to come. We need volunteers to talk to their neighbors, make phone calls, enter data, and more. Please contact Jed Holmes at or 360 421 8423.

  1. Want Campaign Signs for Your Yard? Volunteers Are Standing by to Deliver

If you want to make a statement about your support for local and national Democrats running for office, the Skagit Democrats can arrange to have yard signs delivered. Please remember, while delivery is free of charge, the Clinton-Kaine signs must be purchased (1 for $10 or 2 for $15) to cover costs. All other signs are provided by the campaigns free of charge.

Please call headquarters at 360-336-1555 or write to Jed Holmes ( with your contact information, address, and a short message regarding whose signs you want. It may take 2-3 days to arrange delivery.

You are also always welcome to stop by the office and pick up the campaign signs yourself!


  1. Ways to Help Cascade Mall Shooting Victims

SKAGIT LOVE Benefit Account For The Families of the Victims of the Mall Shooting.

Separate accounts for each victim’s family. You can go to any People’s Bank ask to donate to SKAGIT LOVE, donate to a specific family or tell them you wish your donation be divided equally. People’s Bank: 360-707-0333 (Account Name is “Skagit Love”).

2. Whatcom League of Women’s Voters election forums in October, Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham

Tuesday, Oct 18, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Candidate Forum: 40th Legislative District WA State Senate & 42nd Legislative District WA State House of Representatives
The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County will host a forum for candidates for Washington State Senator in the 40th District and Washington State Representative in the 42nd District.

Saturday, Oct 22, 9:30am – 11:30am
Election Forum: Ballot Issues
The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County will be hosting a forum to discuss 2016 ballot issues.

For more information, please contact the League at The events will be televised and streamed live, then rebroadcast on BTV10, the City’s public access channel. The forums will also be available on demand at the City’s website and here on our site. Radio stations KMRE-LP, KAVZ-LP [and KSVR in Mount Vernon!] will also rebroadcast the audio of the forums. The Bellingham Herald is the media partner for these forums.

  1. Reception for I-1491 at the home of Shay Schual-Berke, Tuesday, Oct 18 at 5:30pm, 15222 Deception Road, Anacortes

Will you join the Alliance for Gun Responsibility at a reception in Anacortes to support responsible gun laws? Initiative 1491 would implement Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Washington. It would allow families and law enforcement to petition a court to have a person’s access to firearms temporarily removed if they’re proven to be a threat to themselves or others. This commonsense gun safety law would give families the tools to intervene before warning signs turn into tragedy

Despite broad support of this policy, the gun lobby is working hard to prevent its passage, and we need to stand up to them. Will you support Initiative 1491 by attending our event in Anacortes on Tuesday, October 18th, and contributing even if you cannot attend?

We hope you can join us for this great event. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. You can contact Cathy at or call (206) 522-3213. Suggested contribution amounts: $50 Guest, $100 Friend, $250 Supporter. To RSVP, visit

  1. 11th Annual Concrete Ghost Walk, Outdoor Walking Tours, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Saturdays, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. 

$10 per person – Adults only. Tickets available online: (Sorry, tickets aren’t available at the door. The event often sells out, so please purchase well in advance.) Click Here for more information.


  1. No Hot Tamales, Peeps, or Mike & Ikes

From the Skagit Valley Herald – 9-9-16: Pennsylvania candy maker, Just Born, “started hiring workers to replace the nearly 400 union members who walked off the job this week.” The union is opposing “the company’s proposals on wages, health benefits and switching from a pension plan to a 401(k).” If you are planning treats for Halloween next month, you may want to stay clear of products from this candy maker.

  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, Oct 18, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM – John

Bennett and Wayne Gay, UFCW Skagit Hospital Caregivers
Interview by Lori Province, a new host: John and Wayne give an account of the
Skagit Hospital Caregivers contract negotiations and why they were successful
in achieving a better contract.

Lori just recently retired from the Washington State Labor Council as their
Field Mobilization Director and with 40 years in the Labor Movement will
provide a rich depth of knowledge and experience to our radio program.

We Do the Work Comments:

  • The ‘American Dream’ has moved to Canada.
  • Are Washington State taxpayers really paying too much in taxes.
  • Invitation to the Everett Massacre Centennial Commemoration sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association and the Snohomish County Labor Council. 
  1. 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
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