1. NEW – A message from newly elected Skagit County Democrats Chair, Jeff Mount
“Greetings to my Fellow Skagit Democrats,
It is truly a privilege to be asked to serve as Chair of the Skagit County Democratic party. At a point in history when so many aspects of our lives are influenced by the political process, we have a tremendous responsibility to do all that we can to make that political process responsive to every American. I believe with all my heart that the most effective way to do that is to elect Democratic candidates at every level of government.Our mission is very simple: if you believe we owe it to our children to leave them a country where education, health care, housing, clean air, and clean water are fundamental rights, this is your party. But that means more than putting an “Impeach Trump” bumper sticker on your car. It means supporting the Democratic party with your time, money, energy, and ideas. It means being engaged in the process of how we respond to the challenges we will face. It means holding us accountable when we don’t live up to our values, and joining us to celebrate when we do.
We will no doubt spend much of the next two years arguing. We are Democrats, after all. The passion in our debates reflects the passion with which we believe in our cause. But let’s always remember that the purpose of debate is to resolve differences, not sow divisions. If we assume that divergent opinions come from divergent life experiences rather than character flaws or a lack of intellect, we will be more inclined to attack the opinion rather than the person. It’s much easier to find common ground when we begin by assuming that the other side has good intentions.
So, let’s enjoy this journey together. We have a lot of work to do in 2019 to lay the groundwork for a successful 2020 campaign. I encourage everyone to read this newsletter every week to stay updated on events, meetings, and other ways to help your party grow. You can also attend executive board meetings on the second Saturday of every month, and stop in at our office at 300A South 1st Street in Mount Vernon on weekdays between noon and 4pm, and talk to one of our volunteers about options for participating in the political process.
In fellowship, Jeff Mount, Chair, Skagit County Democrats”
2. NEW – The 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets 10:00am, Saturday, Jan 5, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
3. NEW – Coffee ‘n Cards is now Monday OR Tuesday (beginning Jan 7 & 8) between 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
You are invited to drop in and write for any length of time. In 2018, with an average of 11 card writers and 66 cards sent each week, we sent 3,441 postcards to give a PoB (Pat on the Back), oppose/support a specific issue, or an occasional SOY (Shame On You) to deserving individuals, groups or businesses on local, state and national issues. It’s a positive way to react to the abundance of negative news, learn from each other about how government works and what issues impact us individually or collectively, and, in the words of one participant, “being surrounded by such a group of well-informed, caring people is so uplifting”. We also hosted local midterm candidates to informally visit with us, and will soon have the opportunity to learn from Representative Suzan DelBene’s office administrator how to effectively communicate with our elected officials. Colorful postcards, pens and topic cards with addresses are provided. Stamps are sold 3 for $1. Bring your own coffee!
4. NEW – The 10th Legislative District Democrats Re-organization Election results:
- Chair: John Amell (Island)
- 1st Vice Chair: Lona Wilbur (Skagit)
- 2nd Vice Chair: Jessica Smith (Snohomish)
- Secretary: Trena Berton (Skagit)
- Tresurer.: Melody Risner (Island)
- State Committee Member: Art Huffine (Island)
- State Committee Member: Trena Burton (Island)
- Skagit County Executive Board Representative: Tammy Oommen
5. The Skagit Democrats Headquarters will be closed from Monday, Dec 24 through Tuesday, Jan 1, 2019
Phone messages and emails will be monitored. If you need access and do not have a key, leave a message at 360-336-1555 and someone will get back to you.
6. The Skagit County Democrats conducted our Re-organization Meeting Dec 8 and elected a new slate of officers
- Chair – Jeff Mount
- Vice Chair – Lynn Campbell
- State Committee Woman – Rocio Lopez
- State Committee Man – Jeremy Harrison-Smith
- Legislative District Representatives
- 10th – Tammy Oommen
- 39th – Claus Joens
- 40th – Janet McKinney
- Commissioner District Representatives
- 1st – Velit Seyfettin
- 2nd – Susan McCloud
- 3rd – John Smith
- In addition, the following officers were appointed by the Chair: Treasurer – Cindy Lane; Secretary – Diane McKern.
We welcome our new officers and deeply appreciate our outgoing officers and all the hard work and leadership they have provided.
7. The 39th Legislative Democrats Reorganization Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 6, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Stillaguamish Room Arlington City Sewer Department, 154 West Cox Street, Arlington – NOTE the date change from Jan 5 to Jan 6
We will carry out reorganization according to the State Party Charter and Bylaws and our own Legislative District Bylaws. Only elected PCOs can vote on Executive Board positions, so your attendance is critical to the process of selecting officers who represent voters in your precinct and provide you support in carrying out the business of the Democratic Party.
The following 5 documents are available on a shared Google drive and are for your reference:
- Agenda for the meeting
- Proposed Rules for the meeting
- Proposed Bylaws for 2019-2020
- Priority of Party Rules over Statues
- Gender-equity Guidelines
Please review these documents before the reorganization meeting by clicking Here. If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please contact Jennifer Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a member of the current Executive Board.
8. UPDATED – The 40th Legislative District Democrats Re-organization Meeting is Sunday, Jan 13, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 La Conner Whitney Road, Mount Vernon
If you want to order lunch (no host), please arrive by 12:30pm so we can start the meeting on time.
Please consider running for any of the Executive Board positions. All are welcome – we especially welcome diversity! This includes race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, and national origin.
9. NEW – A message from 1st Congressional Representative Suzan DelBene
“Dear Friend, With 2019 approaching, I want to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and best wishes for the new year. As we celebrate the holiday season with family and friends, I want to make sure we take a moment and remember everyone in our beautiful region.
For me, I’m honored to represent you in Congress. Every day I think about the work you do to make our community better, and it inspires me to work even harder on your behalf. I’m thinking about the folks who are still struggling to find a good-paying job, feed their kids, pay for healthcare, or even keep a roof over their heads. And we should all remember our brave men and women serving overseas who won’t get to spend the holidays in the comfort of their own home surrounded by loved ones.
The holidays are a time for all of us to come together as one community, and one nation. As we approach a new year full of exciting opportunities, let’s remember that there is far more that unites us than divides us. I wish you all a safe, peaceful and joyous holiday – and I look forward to our work together in 2019!
As always, I am here to help you. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085. 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 Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
10. 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.