1. Candidate Filing Week is HERE- May 14 – May 18
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 Precint Committee Officer (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. Click Here for information on being a PCO.Other positions must also file this week. The Skagit County Candidate Guide is available here. You can check which positions are open for election at

2. NEW – The next Gala Team Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 14, 2:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

3. NEW – Gala Auction Updates
All live auction items and\or paperwork must be into the HQ by the end  May 23rd. This is a change in timing from past years.

If you have a silent auction item, and we hope you do, they are being accepted now at HQ. All paperwork must be complete in order for the item to be in the auction. Delivery of silent auction items goes until May 30th. Paperwork is available at the HQ. This year we have a carbon form, good news for those that have had to deal with the retired form.

We expect some tickets to become available early this week,so it is not too late to attend.  Call Headquarters to check or send us an email – There are still some open slots for volunteering the day of the auction. For more information, check with Shirley via staff email or Headquarters phone – 360-336-1555.

4. NEW – Skagit Dem Women on the Rocks meets May 14th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at the 13 Moons Lounge, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
This is an informal no host meet up and occurs regularily on the 2nd Monday of each month. We meet in the upstairs lounge, enjoy each others’ company, dine off of the bar menu and order a drink of choice. Hope to see you there. For questions, email or call 360-336-1555.

5. Laura 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!

6. NEW – The 39th Legislative District Democrats will conduct an Early Endorsements meeting Wednesday, May 16, 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove Street, Marysville
We will have a limited docket of candidates for consideration for early endorsement. (Those who have requested it and incumbents with a voting record.) We will also have a conference bridge that you can call into to participate in the meeting should you choose to. Again, this is for consideration of early endorsements only. We will have another round or two of endorsements after Filing Week has concluded and the races start heating up.

7. Tom Pasma, candidate for 40th Legislative District Representative Position 1 (Kristine Lytton’s position) has his Skagit County Kick-Off Party, Thursday, May 17, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Empire Alehouse, 314 West Gates Street, Mount Vernon
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

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.”

8. The 10 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. NEW – 40th Legislative District Democrats Endorsement Meeting, Saturday, Jun 2, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St, Anacortes
Deadline to become a 40th member and vote on endorsements June 2 has passed. 40th LD Website:

11. UPDATED – Skagit 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.

Just a reminder that according to our endorsement policy people must be paid members 14 days before June 9, our endorsement meeting. Deadline is midnight May 26. “(d) Eligibility to vote and quorum requirements are prescribed in the bylaws, except that voters must be eligible fourteen (14) days prior to an endorsement vote.”

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

13. NEW – Homerule Charter for Skagit County Presentation, Saturday, Jun 9, after the Skagit Democrats Endorsement Meeting, around Noon, Skagit Public Utility District, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon
The following questions will be answered:

  • What is a Homerule Charter and why is it right for Skagit County?
  • What is Skagit County’s current system?
  • What is the Homerule Charter process?
  • What changes with a charter?
  • Why change the form of Skagit County government?
  • What would a Skagit County charter look like?
  • For more information, go to

14. NEW – A reminder, the Skagit Democrats Headquarters collects food donations for the Food Bank. Please remember to bring a non-perishable foodstuff to drop in the box whenever you visit Headquarters!

15. NEW – Jackie Brunson, candidate for Skagit County Treasurer, now has an on-line presence
Click Here for Jackie’s website. Click Here for her Facebook page.

16. NEW – Link 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.
Loyalty, unease in Trump’s Midwest, an extensive analysis of “Trump Triers” in the Midwest
Trump is no longer the worst person in government. George Will, the conservative’s conservative, on Mike Pence

1. NEW – Work has begun on the roundabout at Sharpe’s Corner on Highway 20. Click Here for more information. Drive carefully, folks!2. NEW – Take a Bite for Skagit, Thursday, May 17, at participating restaurants
Dine out on Thursday, May 17th, during the Take A Bite For Skagit Foodie Fundraiser! Participating restaurants will be donating a percentage of their proceeds to Community Action to get fresh produce from local farms and distribute the produce to local food banks. Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants.

3. NEW – 10th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival, Thursday – Sunday, May 17-20, Locations Throughout La Conner
Click Here for more information.

4. NEW – “The River and the Road, a history of the North Cascades Highway and the Skagit River”, exhibit open house, Saturday, May 19, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Sedro-Woolley Museum, 725 Murdock Street, Sedro-Woolley

5. NEW – Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show, Thursday – Sunday, May 17-20, Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave, Anacortes

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

7. “It 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 and 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.

8. NEW – Farmer’s Markets are opening

  • Anacortes, 7th Street and R Avenue, Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm
  • Bow, Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Road, Thursdays, 1:00pm – 6:00pm (Opens Jun 7)
  • Concrete, Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad Street, Saturdays, 9:00am – 3:00pm, (Opens May 26)
  • Edison, 14136 Gilmore Avenue, Sundays, 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mount Venon, Riverwalk Park, Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm
    and Kincaid Entrance lawn at the Skagit Valley Hospital, Wednesdays, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sedro-Woolley, Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Metcalf and Ferry Streets, Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 7:00pm (Opens May 23)
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 – – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, May 8, 5:00pm, and Sunday, May 13, 7:30pm, 91.7 FM – Jennifer Tran, Washington State Budget and Policy Center Senior Policy Analyst
Interview by Ken Winkes: Jennifer talks about the “Building an Inclusive Economy” report. For more information, go to or

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Eight percent of financial wealth worldwide is sitting off shore in tax havens.
  • How we treat people does have its own karma. Nicole Grant, Secretary–Treasurer of the Martin Luther King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO

 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

NEW – This week, Speak Up! Speak Out!, hosted by Ginny Wolff, features highlights of a keynote address by Sarah van Gelder co-founder of Yes! Magazine at FutureFest, a weekend workshop in Anacortes in April. 
Sarah tells stories she heard on a road trip to see how local people throughout the country are fostering regenerative growth rather than extractive exploitation in their communities. Sarah wrote a book called “The Revolution Where You Live” which chronicles these stories. A brief interview with Sarah van Gelder is included.

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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