1. General Election Deadlines
  • October 31 – Deadline for in-person new Washington State voter registration
  • November 8General Election
  1. 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. NEW – Registration deadline for new Washington State voters

New Washington State voters may register until 4:30pm on Monday, Oct 31 to vote in the Nov 8 General Election; in-person registration only.

  1. NEW DATE – Take Back The Senate: A Fundraiser for Kevin Ranker, Oct 28, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave., Bellingham

My fundraiser in Bellingham has been rescheduled to Friday, October 28th at Boundary Bay Brewery! I hope that you can join us for this final Bellingham event to take back the Senate! Join us from 5:30pm-7:00pm to enjoy great beer and great food with your neighbors and friends as we discuss our core values and how we can take back the Washington State Senate! Please RSVP to By making a donation to my campaign, you are joining our critical effort to ensure a Democratic Senate that reflects our core values: equality, choice, our environment, and fully funding our children’s education.

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation of any amount to show your support for a Washington State Senate that will advocate with us for the issues that matter most. The time is now. On October 21st, just a few days from today, voting begins. It is crucial that our message reaches every person in Washington State. November 8th is just 22 days away! Will you join me at this decisive moment?

  1. NEW – Angie Homola’s Set the Record Straight Meeting, Wednesday, Oct 26, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Burlington Public Library, 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington

10th Legislative District Senate candidate Angie Homola is holding community meetings throughout District 10 to address incumbent Barbara Bailey’s corporate funded false and misleading attack ads. Voters are tired of outside interests trying to influence our elections with deception and lies. Angie will entertain and answer any questions people may have about these ads. Angie is committed to transparency and accountability and is eager to set the set the record straight.

If you are unable to attend please feel free to call Angie at 360-632-3016.

  1. NEW – Sign Waving for Doris Brevoort and Angie Homola, Oct 26, 4:30pm – 5:00pm, Broad St and 15th (near Skagit Valley Medical Center), Mount Vernon

Sign waving to get out the vote– yes, it helps remind people that they have their ballot and who to fill it out for! Join Doris’s and Angie’s campaign folks at the following dates and locations:

Sign-waving in MOUNT VERNON at these times:

  • Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 5:00pm at Broad St and 15th (near Skagit Valley Medical Center)
  • Thursdays, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at La Venture and Division
  • Saturdays, 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the Skagit Food Coop, downtown Mount Vernon on 1st Street

If you can bring a friend and stop by for any of these times, thanks! If you can stay a little while that is fine– enthusiasm is infectious so just bring a smile! Thanks!

  1. NEW – Stillaguamish Tribe Supporting Ronda Metcalf, Wednesday, Oct 26, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Stillaguamish Tribe, 3322 236th Street NE, Arlington

Join Ronda Metcalf and other honored guests at an event hosted by the Stillaguamish Tribe supporting her candidacy to be the next State Representative of the 39th Legislative District. To attend, please RSVP at

8. NEWLabor Neighbor Walk for Angela Homola Legislative District 10, Oct 29, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Steelworkers Hall, 47 Alder Lane, Mount Vernon
Lunch will be provided after the walk.

  1. NEW – Anacortes door belling & phone bank volunteers needed

Anacortes volunteers are needed to canvass there. Call Corinne Salcedo, Canvass Captain, 360-293-7114 to join Saturday canvass events from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. To make Get Out The Vote (GOTV) calls on October 17, 25, or Nov. 1, 7 or 8, call Julianna Fischer at 360-627-0308 or Velit Seyfettin at 360-293-9320.

  1. 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. Skagit Democrats 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 staff@skagit Thank you – Skagit Democrats Staff

  1. 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. 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. Lets 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

  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. 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 victims 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”)

  1. NEW – Haunted House by American Legion Memorial Post #91, Oct 28 – Oct 30, 6:00PM – 11:00PM, 721 E. Fairhaven Ave, Burlington

Every late October the halls at the Legion get closed down due to spooky noises & ghost sightings. This year we incite you to venture into the darkness to investigate the strange happenings!

Fees/Admission: $5 per person, Kids under 5 are free. All proceeds go to support Children and Youth Welfare. 360-755-1202

  1. NEW – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Saturday, Oct 29, 8:00pm, Lincoln Theater, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon

Fasten your garter belt and come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab! The ultimate 1975 camp classic returns to the Lincoln for our annual Halloween show in glorious digital cinema projection and 7.1 surround sound.

For 39 years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has delighted audiences and terrified parents. The Lincoln Theatre is the proud Mount Vernon home of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This film was getting hard to book as 35mm prints were disintegrating and pretty much hammered. This year with our new DCP projector we should have a pristine presentation.

  1. NEW – Oktober Fest at Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon Campus Cardinal Center, Oct 29, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Cardinal Craft Brew tastings will be paired with hors d’oeuvres created by SVC Culinary Arts and Northwest Career and Technical Academy student chefs, with food grown by SVC Sustainable Agriculture students.

  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 25, 6:30pm, 91.7 FM – April Sims, Washington State Labor Council Field Director

Interview by Lori Province: April talks about I-1433 (Raise Minimum Wage and Earn Sick Days) and Labor Neighbor. For more information, go to,,,,, or

We Do the Work Comments:

  • Fortune 500 companies shelter trillions of dollars: therefore, do not pay their fair share of taxes.
  • On November 5, 1916, a dozen IWWs were shot and killed as they tried to enter Everett Washington by boat so the IWW members in the northwest will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Everett Massacre on November 5.
  • 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

NEW – This week on Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny Wolff talks with Leonard Eiger, outreach director for the Ground Zero Center for Non-Violent Action, about their work to protest the Trident submarines housed at the Bangor Naval Base in Kitsap, and the agreement between Congress and the Obama administration to spend a trillion dollars over 30 years to rebuild the entire U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons.


Don Ambrose, Editor
Action Newsletter

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