DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWElection Night at Skagit Democrats Headquarters
Join us on election night at Skagit Democratic Headquarters – watch the returns come in from the east coast and then roll across the country until west coast returns show up after 8:00pm. The office will be kept open after the regular shift ends at 4:00pm and until at least 9:00pm – later if people are interested in late results from other states. This should be a Democrats-happy election; share it with other lefties!  BYOB.

2. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov 6 – Ballots must be postmarked with that day’s date or left in a drop box by 8:00pm
Monday, Oct 29, is the last day for in-person voter registration at the Skagit County Clerk’s Office, 700 South Second Street, Mount Vernon

3. NEWCheck to see if your vote has been received
Click Here and simply enter your name to see if your ballot has been counted.

4. Join the Skagit County Democrats’ Phone Banking to Help Elect Local Candidates
The last phone banking is on Monday, Nov 5, 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters. All PCO’s and volunteers are needed to call. Please contact Lynn Campbell at (H): 360-428-6785 or (C): 360-708-7044.

5. UPDATEDThe Skagit County Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Nov 10, 10:00am at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
This will be our first meeting after the results of the general election on Nov 6 and our last meeting prior to reorganization on Dec 8. As of 4:00pm Friday, data provided by the Washington Secretary of State put the percentage of ballot returns from Skagit County at 29.2%, fourth from the bottom of all Washington counties.  The percentage will improve, but these data show that we in Skagit County have a long way to go to reach even mid-level statewide.

6. The Young Democrats of Skagit County Monthly Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Nov 10, 1:00pm at the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

7. NEWFidalgo Democrats Meeting Tuesday, Nov 13, 7:00pm at Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
The meeting will feature “Candidates Telling Election Stories.”  Local Democratic candidates who had opponents, both winners and those who did not win, will share stories from their campaigns. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 360-293-7114.

8. Attention visitors to the Skagit Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon – be advised the City of Mount Vernon has posted one-hour parking in the lot behind the building.

9. 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”

10. Upcoming 2018 Election milepost dates

  • 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 for more information. Click Here to view a version of the Voter’s Guide. Click Here for the Washington State Democrats Election Center website – lots of helpful information, including where, when, and how to vote. The Washington State Democrats’ Voter Protection Hotline – if you (or anyone) have questions or concerns about the voting process, please call the Washington State Democrats’ free voter protection hotline for assistance: 206-309-VOTE (8683).

11. The Skagit County Democrats have endorsed or recommended the following:

U.S. Federal Offices:

  • Senator – Maria Cantwell
  • Congressional District 1 Representative    – Suzan DelBene
  • Congressional District 2 Representative – Rick Larsen

State Offices:

  • Legislative District 10 Representative – Scott McMullen
  • Legislative District 10 Representative – Dave Paul
  • Legislative District 39 Senator – Claus Joens
  • Legislative District 39 Representative – Ivan Lewis
  • Legislative District 39 Representative – Eric Halvorsen
  • Legislative District 40 Representative – Debra Lekanoff
  • Legislative District 40 Representative – Jeff Morris

Judges:

  • Skagit County Superior Court – Laura Riquelme
  • Washington State Court of Appeals – Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez

Skagit County Offices:

  • Auditor – Sandy Perkins
  • Clerk – Melissa Barton
  • Commissioner – Lisa Janicki
  • Coroner – Hayley Thompson
  • Prosecuting Attorney – Rich Weyrich
  • Sheriff – Don McDermott
  • Treasurer – Jackie Brunson

Ballot Measures:

  • I-940 – Police Training – Vote YES
  • I-1631 – Carbon Fees – Vote YES
  • I-1634 – Prohibit taxes on soft drinks – Vote NO
  • I-1639 – Gun Safety – Vote YES
  • Skagit County Proposition 1 – Freeholders – Vote YES

The Skagit County Democrats have endorsed Skagit County Proposition 1 (election of Freeholders to propose a charter form of county government <http://www.homeruleskagit.org/>) 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 –     Brita 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

12. Below is a list of Skagit County ballot dropbox locations:

  • Anacortes
    • Library – Anacortes Public Library (behind library near drive-up book-drop), 1220 10th Street
    • Skyline – Skyline Beach Club, 6041 Sands Way
  • Burlington
    • Burlington Parks and Recreating Building, 900 East Fairhaven Street
  • Concrete
    • Skagit Upriver Services/Library, 45700 A Main Street
  • La Conner
    • La Conner Regional Library, 614 East Morris Street
  • Mount Vernon
    • Continental – Mount Vernon Police Department, 1805 Continental Place
    • Courthouse – Skagit County Auditor’s Office (in U-shaped parkign lot accessed from 3rd St), 700 South Second Street, Room 201
  • Sedro-Woolley
    • Sedro-Woolley Post Office (in alley between Eastern St and Metcalf St), 111 Woodworth Street
  • Swinomish
    • Social Services Building (in front of building), 17337 Reservation Road

13. 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.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS
1. NEWVolunteers needed for Ladies’ Night Out – Downtown Sip & Shop!, sponsored by  Mount Vernon Downtown Association to benefit Community Action of Skagit County, Wednesday, Nov 7, 10:00am to 8:00pm, downtown Mount Vernon
This year’s edition of the Downtown Sip & Shop is guaranteed to add to the fun and fundraising, but has us in need of volunteer assistance to pull it off! Do you have a few hours that you could give to us next Wednesday, Nov 7, between 10:00am and 8:00pm? We are looking for folks to help us at the Pop-Up Wine Shop location. During the day, we will have ladies coming for Will Call retrieval of their VIP and General Admission bags. During the late afternoon and evening, we will also need assistance in checking in our wineries and running the temporary wine shop. We are also looking for a few people willing to roam South 1st Street between 5:00pm and 8:00pm with additional tasting tickets for our patrons to purchase. No matter what you volunteer to do, we promise you that you will have fun while you are with us, and will leave with our gratitude for your assistance! Please email director@mountvernondowntown.org if you are available and willing to help.

2. NEWThe next Planned Parenthood rally will be on Saturday, Nov 10 (the second Saturday of the month), 11:00am – 12:00pm, 1805 Division Street, Mount Vernon
“I have t-shirts and signs for everyone or make your own signs. Please try to attend to support this wonderful organization that brings healthcare for men and women to our community. Hope to see you there.”

3. NEWBurlington Veteran’s Day Parade, Saturday, Nov 10, 11:00am – 12:30pm, along Fairhaven Avenue from Walnut to Regent Street in downtown Burlington
Parade day events include: Pancake Breakfast and Soup & Sandwich Lunch at the Legion, offered free to military veterans and by donation for all others; military display at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce; free coffee & cookies at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. The 23rd Annual Skagit Veterans Day Parade includes a heritage plane flyover to kick it off. Join Skagit County in honoring our veterans and their families and community of support for their service.

4. NEWVeteran’s Day Celebration, Saturday, Nov 10, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Hillcrest Park Lodge, 1717 South 13th Street, Mount Vernon
“Join us for coffee and refreshments at the Hillcrest Park Lodge in Mount Vernon as we hear from honored guest speakers and celebrate our veterans. All veterans, their families and friends, and all community members are encouraged and welcome to attend this event.”

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 – ksvrwedothework@gmail.com.

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Nov 6, 5:00pm and Sunday, Nov 11, 5:30pm – Trevor Smith, Business Agent for the Laborers Local 292
Interview by Lori Province: Trevor talks about the importance of local politics and how his union helps their members engage with their officials. For more information, go to https://nwlaborers.org/ or http://www.nwlett.org/.

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Republicans use scare tactics to win elections.
  • Farmworkers who were blacklisted were awarded with a financial settlement.
  • To have ‘freedom’ includes responsibilities.

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 http://speakupspeakoutradio.org/ anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact SUSOenews@gmail.com.

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 2800 cards since January.