Action Newsletter for May 7, 2018

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1. NEWThe next Gala Team Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 7, 2:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

2. NEWEndorsement Committee Work in Process
Skagit Dems’ Endorsement Committee (EC) has begun its work and will continue over the next month.  The co-chairs of the Committee are Lona Wilbur and Richard Brocksmith.  Additional members: Shirley Viscalla, Kris Lytton, Terry Nelson, Jan Robinson, Steve Crider, Rita Sullivan, and Donna Davison. The EC has already considered some seventeen candidates for certification as Democrats and the eboard has approved those recommendations. There are a half-dozen county candidates and more legislative and judicial candidates that remain to be certified. Thereafter, the EC will act on endorsements for all those candidates and make an interim report to the eboard at its meeting on Saturday, May 12.

Endorsements by Skagit County Democrats will be decided at a combined Central Committee & general membership meeting to be held on Saturday, Jun 9 at 9:00am at the Skagit County PUD.  Our bylaws, Article 8, Section 3, provide that “Dues paying members may vote on resolutions and endorsements.”  Accordingly, all dues-paying Democrats are encouraged to attend the Jun 9 meeting and participate in the selection of candidates for endorsement.

3. Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Steve Rothboeck of the Whidbey Island chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby will speak on the views of the international grassroots organization on addressing climate change.   A moderated question and comment period will follow. Please bring friends, family, and colleagues.  Also please bring  a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box.  For more information call Corinne Salcedo at 360-293-7114.

4. NEWLavone Newell Reim and Dick Reim are hosting a fundraiser for Maria Cantwell, Saturday June 9, 11:00am – 1:00pm at their home at 18598 Skagit City Road, Mount Vernon

5. Tom Pasma, candidate for 40th Legislative District Representative Position 1 (Kristine Lytton’s position) has two scheduled Kick-Offs

Tom has lived in the region for almost 30 years and has supported our community as a volunteer firefighter, Vice President of Blanchard Edison Water Association, and as an auctioneer for countless nonprofits like 4-H, FFA, Boys & Girls Club, Campfire, Skagit Valley College, Democrat organizations, and so many more. Tom has always been there to help us reach our goals in our community and now he is asking for our support to reach our goals in Olympia.

“We Need a New Deal in Washington – The cost of housing, education, health care, and basic necessities keep going up and families are stretched thin. Students are graduating with unsustainable debt and are finding it difficult to find good paying jobs. Our residents deserve better. I believe it’s time for a new deal in Washington that puts working people first.”

For more information about Tom’s candidacy and campaign or to make a donation, please visit: or email Tom at or call 360-708-0325

6. NEWLaura Riquelme, candidate for Superior Court Judge, Department 2, in Skagit County will kick off her retention campaign on Monday, May 14, at 5:30pm – 7:00pm, with a reception at Max Dale’s Restaurant, 2030 Riverside Drive in Mount Vernon.  
Come and meet Judge Laura, enjoy appetizers and beverages, and mix with fellow Democrats!

7. Candidate Filing Week is approaching – May 14 – May 18A week from Monday!
PCO candidates can file during this period (but not earlier) on-line at the Skagit County Audtior’s website.There is no registration fee for PCO positions. All PCO positions are considered open and all PCO candidates must file, regardless of whether or not you have held the position previously.

Other positions must also file that same week. The Skagit County Candidate Guide is available here. You can check which positions are open for election at

8. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board is scheduled to meet Saturday, May 19, 10:00am at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

9. Our annual Gala is set for Saturday, Jun 2 at the Swinomish Lodge -, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes – Less than a month away!

  • Doors Open and Silent Auction begins at 4:00pm
  • Candidate Meet and Greet from 4:30pm – 5:30pm
  • Dinner and Live Auction begin at 6:30pm
  • If you have an auction item to donate, please call Headquarters (360 336 1555) or email

Tickets are $60 – Available at Headquarters or by phone (360-336-1555) during Headquarters open hours. They can also be purchased on-line on the Skagit Democrats website. Click on the Donate button on the home page or Click Here. You can specify the transaction is for purchasing Gala tickets by completing the “Purpose” box in the “Cardholder Information” section. Also, please complete the employment information (even if Retired or Unemployed) in the “Shipping Information” for PDC purposes.

10. NEWSkagit Democrats Endorsement Meeting, Saturday, Jun 9, 9:00am – Noon, Skagit Public Utility District Aqua Room, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon
All Skagit County Democrats are welcome to attend, but only paid members may vote.  Voting will be by written ballot. Beverages and snacks will be available.  Lunch will not be provided; we expect to finish work about noon.”

11. NEWLink of the Week
The Link of the Week provides an in-depth piece the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.


1. NEWGender Revolution A Journey with Katie Couric, Thursday, May 10, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Lincoln Theatre, 712 South First Street, Mount Vernon
In this two-hour documentary, Katie Couric sets out to explore the rapidly evolving complexities of gender identity.

2. Skagit County Parks and Recreation has scheduled public input meetings as they are developing their six-year Comprehensive Plan.

  • Mount Vernon: Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., Mount Vernon Senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Street
  • Marblemount: Thursday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m., Marblemount Community Hall, 60155 Highway 20
  • Sedro-Woolley: Thursday June 7, 6:30 p.m., Sedro-Woolley Senior Center, 715 Pacific Street

Find more information about Skagit County Parks and Recreation online here. For questions or more details, please contact Brian Adams at or 360-416-1356.

3. NEW –  24th Annual Skagit County Master Gardener Plant Fair, Saturday, May 12, 8:00am – 2:00pm, Skagit County Fairgrounds, 479 West Taylor Street, Mount Vernon

4. NEWIt Can’t Happen Here – A Play based on a 1938 Book by Sinclair Lewis about the rise of Fascism under Mussolini is being presented by the Skagit Valley College Drama Department at Phil Tarro Theater, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Tickets $12. There will be a pre-show on Fascism an hour prior to each presentation and a post-show discussion after the play.

  • Friday/Saturday    May 18th & 19th – 7:30pm
  • Friday/Saturday    May 25th & 26th – 7:30pm
  • Friday/Saturday    Jun 1st & 2nd – 7:30pm
  • Sunday                 June 3rd – 2:00pm

Note: For those interested there will be a pre-show lecture on the tenants of fascism with Professor Kurt Dunbar, Chair of SVC History Department, and an audience discussion will follow each performance. Might be fun to attend in a group to facilitate lively discussion.

Phil Tarro Hall is just to the NW of McIntyre Hall. You can park in the McIntyre lot and walk through  to Campus or park in SVC lot L2 off LaVenture just North of College Way. Click Here for a map.  The Theater is shown as PT.

5. The next Planned Parenthood rally will be Saturday, May 12, 11:00am – 12:000am, 1805 Division Street, Mount Vernon
There will be signs and t-shirts for everyone. Please try to attend to support the terrific work that this group does in bringing superior healthcare to our communities. I hope I see you there.


1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 7:30pm 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 8, 5:00pm, and Sunday, May 13, 7:30pm, 91.7 FM – Nicole Grant, Secretary–Treasurer of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Interview by Gary Kanter: Nicole gives the history, aspirations, and the challenges of Labor in King County and beyond. For more information, go to  or in the future

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Bone-headed proof by the Trump administration, Republicans, and Justice Department is nothing but false claims.
  • Sometimes conspiracies are right out in the open.

2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio
Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! – a half hour weekly radio show committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues – on KSVR, 91.7 FM in Mt. Vernon; KSVU, 90.1 in Hamilton. Airs Wednesday at 5:00pm, and Sunday at 7:00pm. Our shows are available online. Stream or download a show at anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact

3. Coffee ‘n Cards
All are invited to drop in (for any length of time). Coffee ‘n Cards is now operating from 10:00am – 12:00pm each Monday at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters. Sending postcards to give a PoB (Pat on the Back), oppose/support a specific issue, or occasional SOY (Shame On You) to deserving individuals or groups is a positive way to react to the negative news from Trump administration. Colorful postcards, pens and topic cards with addresses are provided, stamps sold 3/$1, and you bring your own coffee! Return address labels for your cards are timesavers. We have sent out an average of 50 cards per week, since the first of the year to local, state, and national lawmakers, government officials, individuals and groups.
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