1. NEWUpcoming 2018 Election milepost dates. Click Here for more information

  • State Voters’ Pamphlets are mailed: Oct 6 – 13
  • Last Day to Update Existing Voter Registrations: Oct 8
  • Last Day for online & mail-in voter registration: Oct 8
  • Ballots Available: Oct 17
  • Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day): Oct 19
  • Ballots Mailed: Oct 17
  • Last Day for In-person New Voter Registration (not previously registered): Oct 29
  • General Election: Nov 6 – Drop boxes close promptly at 8:00pm
  • Deadline for Secretary of State to certify General Election results: Dec 6

Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available in the Skagit County Auditor’s Office. Click Here to view a version of the Voter’s Guide.

2. NEWThe Skagit County Democrats have endorsed Skagit County Proposition 1 (election of Freeholders to propose a charter form of county government) in favor of passage. In addition, the Skagit County Democrats have endorsed the following slate of Freeholder candidates:

  • Commission District 1
  •     Position 1 –     Liz Lovelett
  •     Position 2 –     Margery Hite
  •     Position 3 –     Keith Rubin
  •     Position 4 –     John Doyle
  •     Position 5 –     Lona Wilbur
  •     Position 6 –     Celia Ponce Sanchez
  •     Position 7 –     Ryan Walters
  • Commissioner District 2
  •     Position 1 –     Britta Eschete
  •     Position 2 –     Dale Ragan
  •     Position 3 –     Tammy Lanphere Oommen
  •     Position 4 –     Joe Bowen
  •     Position 5 –     Ellen Gray
  •     Position 6 –     Ken Winkes
  •     Position 7 –     Mary Hudson
  • Commissioner District 3
  •     Position 1 –     Gary Wickman
  •     Position 2 –     Miguel Angel Gaitan
  •     Position 3 –     Jeremy Harrison-Smith
  •     Position 4 –     Sharon Dillon
  •     Position 5 –     Steve Garey
  •     Position 6 –     No recommendation
  •     Position 7 –     Bill Pfeifer

3. Debra Lekanoff has a fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday, Sep 26, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Taylor Shellfish Farms, 2182 Chuckanut Drive (State Route 11), Bow
HOSTED BY: Speaker Frank Chopp, State Senator Kevin Ranker, Representatives Joe Fitzgibbon, Kris Lytton and Jeff Morris, San Juan County Councilmember Jamie Stephens, Democratic Party Chair Tina Podlodowski, Lummi Chairman Jeremiah Jay Julius, Joe & Lindsey Bowen, Nicole Brown, Natasha Frey, Bill Dewey, Darrell Hillaire, Martha Kongsgaard, Bill Taylor, and Julie Trimingham. Editor’s Note: Chuckanut Drive is now open.

4. NEWA Gala Team organizational meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sep 27, 1:00pm at Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
After an extraordinarily successful, record-breaking Gala last June, it’s time to start planning for the next Skagit County Democrats Gala and Auction in 2019.  It’s only nine months away – can we make the Gala even better next year?

5. 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 for any questions.

6. NEWEric Halvorson (candidate for 39th Legislative District Representative, Position 2), Ivan Lewis (candidate for 39th Legislative District Representative, Position 1), and Claus Joens (candidate for 39th Legislative District Senator) have a Meet and Greet Fundraiser scheduled for Friday, Oct 5, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Hosted by Jim Wiggins and Abbe Rolnick, Sedro-Woolley. RSVP: 360-421-8423 and get directions. Minimum suggested donation: $25.

7. The 40th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6, 12:15pm, Orcas Hotel, 18 Orcas Hill Road, Orcas Island
This meeting will include endorsements.

8. NEWFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Oct 9, 7:00pm at Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Local human rights activist Andrea Doll will speak on “Repression of Human Rights in Guatemala,” discussing both her recent fourth trip to Guatemala and conditions there. A moderated period of questions and comments will follow the speaker. Please bring friends, family, or colleagues.  Help yourself to coffee and Rita Sullivan’s homemade cookies. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo at 360-293-7114.

9. NEWYoung Democrats of Skagit County’s next meeting is Saturday, Oct 13, 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Skagit County Democrats headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

10. 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”

11. 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

12. NEWLinks of the Week
The Link of the Week provides in-depth pieces the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.

A recently passed Federal law now allows citizens to freeze their credit reports with the 3 primary credit reporting agencies. Below are some articles regarding the pros and cons and “how to” on this subject.


1. NEW15th Annual Burlington Pumpkin Pitch & Harvest Festival, Saturday, Sep 29, starting at 10:00am, Skagit River Park, 1100 South Skagit Street, Burlington

2. NEWThe Skagit Valley College Pow Wow is scheduled for Friday, Oct 5 – Sunday, Oct 7, Dave Duvall Pavilion (Gym), Skagit Valley College, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Click Here for more information.

3. Skagit Humane Society‘s Black Cat Auction & Dinner – Mutts & Martinis is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 6, 6:00pm, Skagit Valley Inn Convention Center, 2300 Market Street, Mount Vernon
This is the annual premier fundraiser for the Humane Society. Mike Bauter, PCO Birdsview, is planning to sponsor a table. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for his table, please contact him at Advance tickets: $45.

4. DACA Renewal Legal Clinic, Monday, Oct 15, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Angst Hall, Room A125, Skagit Valley College campus, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
Presented by the Skagit Immigrant Rights Council. Please attend if you have your DACA and want to ask questions about whether to renew or not, and when. There will be at least two immigration attorneys present to answer questions and assist.


1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 5:30pm at KSVR, 91.7 or KSVU, 90.1
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, Sep 25, 5:00pm and Sunday, Sep 30, 5:30pm, 91.7 FM — Ty Messiah, Working Washington, & Rocio Burgos, Casa Latina
Interview by Ken Winkes: Ty and Rocio explain their efforts to pass a Seattle Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and Domestic Workers Standards Board. For more information, go to or or or

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Working Washington has some recent successes in Seattle.
  • Imported cotton being made by slave labor is now banned.
  • Want to know what is in the food you eat?
  • Trump’s presidency is much like the movie ‘Sting.’
  • Why Labor won in Missouri.

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 on both, Thursday at 8:00am on KSVU and Sunday at 5:00pm for both. 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. We have sent out over 2300 cards since January.