1. NEW – Upcoming 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. NEW – The 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. NEW – A 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 email@example.com for any questions.
6. NEW – Eric 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. NEW – Fidalgo 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. NEW – Young 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. NEW – Links 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.