1. NEW – Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Sep 10, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 13 Moons Restaurant, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes2. UPDATED – Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Sep 11, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
“Effects of Chinese Tariffs on Skagit County Exports” – Don McMoran, Director of WSU Skagit County Extension, will talk about agricultural products, and Sean Connell, Director of Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC), will talk about effects on non-agricultural ones. Rich Austin, union activist, will give us a labor perspective. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For questions call Corinne at 360-293-7114.
3. Young Democrats of Skagit County Spaghetti Feed, Thursday, Sep 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, La Conner Garden Club, 622 South 2nd Street, La Conner
Tickets – $15. Click Here for more information.
4. The Young Democrats of Washington has scheduled an event to Paint the Town Blue with YDWA in Skagit County!, Friday through Sunday, Sep 14 – Sep 16
Click Here for more information.
5. Fundraiser for Dave Paul, candidate for 10th Legislative District Representative, Position 2, Sunday, Sep 16, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Whidbey Island Winery, 5237 Langley Road, Langley
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/267159033896256/.
6. NEW – The 39th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Sep 22, 10:00am – 1:00pm, Buzz Inn Steakhouse, 5200 172nd Street Northeast, Arlington
7. NEW – The 10th Legislative District Democrats will have their quarterly General Membership meeting Saturday, Sep 22, 10:00am at the Flyers Restaurant at the Skagit Airport, 15426 Airport Drive, Burlington
Special program for the meeting is simply to hear from any and all Democrats running for any and all offices in the area, with a special welcome to our Legislative candidates, Dave Paul and Scott McMullen. An agenda for the meeting will be available before the meeting.
8. NEW – Special Meeting of the Skagit Democrats, including the Central Committee and all paid members of the Skagit County Democrats is scheduled for Saturday, Sep 22, 2:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
The purpose of the meeting is to consider endorsement of the Skagit Home Rule charter and any other endorsements that may be be offered. An agenda will be forthcoming. Chair Bob Doll will appoint a committee of PCO’s to draft the precise language of endorsement for the charter and to propose a slate of freeholder candidates for consideration by the voters. Any PCO’s who particularly want to serve on that committee should inform Bob Doll promptly – email: email@example.com; phone: 360-899-4125. The names and Commissioner Districts for freeholder candidates are available at the Skagit County Auditor Elections website. The Skagit County Democrats Executive Board has recommended endorsement of the platform of the Home Rule Charter. Click Here for more information.
9. NEW – Indivisible Bellingham’s Your Vote Counts! Block Party, Sunday, Sep 23, 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Depot Market Square, Bellingham (Farmers’ Market), 1100 Railroad Ave, Bellingham
We hope that the Skagit Democrats can join us with a table. The purposes of this event are to get people revved up for voting, to get them registered and make sure their addresses are updated, to expose them to candidates and activists, to recruit canvassers and raise money (etc.), and to give everyone a chance to network and strengthen our community as well as to party. This is a non-partisan event, along the lines of the Joy of Voting campaign. To see the video Click Here. Everyone is invited. And everyone can do their own (partisan) thing. There will be a beer garden and four bands, we have invited all 21 candidates on the November ballot to attend, and our speakers will be from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, the State Secretary of State’s Office, local offices, and a high school.
10. Snohomish County Democrats Blue Wave Gala, Saturday, Sep 29, 5:00pm – 11:30pm, Everett Yacht Club, 404 14th Street, Everett
Featured speaker: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Tickets – $100. A majority of the funds raised will be donated to races targeting red seats for the final push before the general election ballots hit the mailboxes. Only 200 tickets are being sold, so act fast. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
11. NEW – The 40th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6, 11:00am, Orcas Hotel, 18 Orcas Hill Road, Orcas Island
This meeting will include endorsements and election of Whatcom Vice Chair.
12. Mark your calendars – Our bi-annual Reorganization is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Dec 8, 10:00am at our Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
“The Central Committee will elect replacements for all of our officers, appoint committee members and chairs, and generally set ourselves on course for the presidential election process in 2020. That’s the year when we want to elect a replacement for the current embarrassment, as well as a Democratic congress. We need the best talent we can attract to serve in all our leadership positions. So please give serious thought to the position in which you’d like to serve and help lead us to success in 2019-2020.
While anyone may attend the reorganization meeting, only elected PCO’s may vote. PCO’s who were elected in the August primary will take office on Dec 1 of this year and thus may vote at the reorganization. I hope to see all PCO’s at our December meeting. Have a great Democratic day! Bob Doll”
13. NEW – Dave Paul, Scott McMullen (10th Legislative District Representative candidates), and Janet St. Clair (3rd District Island County Commissioner candidate) have opened a campaign office at 749 Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor
14. NEW – A message from 1st Congressional District Representative Suzan DelBene
“I recently participated in Startup Week to celebrate the innovation and creativity that drives many Washington state startups. I toured several startups in our region to highlight their impact on our local and national economy. Washington is home to some of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the country, and we need to keep doing everything possible to foster a healthy startup ecosystem. Our country’s economy depends on good startups. Not only do they lead the way in innovation, but they are crucial job creators that support countless families. It was important to get feedback from these growing companies on what Congress can do to create an environment that affords them the opportunity to be successful.
I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure Congress pursues policies that offer entrepreneurs the resources to grow and thrive. As always, my office is here to serve you. If you have questions or comments about the topics that matter most to you, I encourage you to contact me through my website. You may also keep up-to-date on what I’m doing by following me on social media or signing up for my eNewsletter. If you need assistance dealing with a federal agency, such as the VA, IRS or Department of Education, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085.
Sincerely, Suzan DelBene”
15. NEW – A message from 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen
“Washington state continues to be a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with more than 313,000 high school students and 165,000 two-year college students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs. I have had the opportunity to see the technological creativity of students in classrooms across Northwest Washington.
I am calling on all middle and high school students to tap into this creativity and participate in the 2018 Congressional App Challenge. The competition, which runs through October 15, is open to middle and high school students who live in or attend school in Washington’s Second Congressional District. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. This is an opportunity for students to create programs or apps for any platform and to collaborate, invent and learn coding and computer science skills. The deadline to submit an app to my office is October 15. I look forward to celebrating the winners later this year.
Through this competition and through legislation like my Youth Access to American Jobs Act which would create pathways to engage students in STEM-related fields from high school through community college and into an apprenticeship, I will continue to push to expand access to STEM opportunities for students in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. To find more information about the Congressional App Challenge and to apply visit: https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/. I look forward to seeing the creativity of Washington’s Second District students throughout the competition.
Sincerely, Rick Larsen”
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