1. Skagit County Democrats Newsletter hiatus Feb 18
2019 marks Mim and my 50th wedding anniversary year. To celebrate we are taking a week in New Orleans. Consequently, I do not plan to send out a newsletter on Feb 18.

NEWTuesday, Feb 5, members of the San Juan County Council, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners, and the Whatcom County Council conducted a Special Joint Meeting and voted Liz Lovelett, currently a member of the Anacortes City Council, to fill the 40th Legislative District Senate vacancy
Congratulations to Senator Liz Lovelett. Liz will fill out the remaining Legislative session and then there will be a special election for the 40th LD Senate seat later this year. Liz has been serving on the Anacortes City Council since 2014. She is a strong progressive woman, a fifth-generation resident of Fidalgo Island, and is especially passionate about affordable housing. Liz is the primary author of the Anacortes Affordable Housing Strategic Plan.

3. NEWSpecial Election ballots for Burlington-Edison School District, Concrete School District, La Conner School District, and Mount Vernon School District are due Tuesday, Feb 12
Be sure to get your ballots in!

4. UPDATEDDemocratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Feb 11, has been cancelled due to the weather

5. NEWCall for volunteer election monitors
Skagit County Elections will conduct the Feb 12 Special Election ballot processing, canvassing, etc., between [sic]today’s date and Canvassing on Friday, Feb 22, at 1:30PM. If you are interested, please contact Jeff Mount at

6. NEWThe 10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board will meet Saturday, Feb 16, 10:00am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

7. NEWCall for 2019 Gala auction items
This year our annual Gala is scheduled for Saturday, Jun 1. Your special gifts have made our Silent and Live Auctions sparkle! And the proceeds of sale on your donations have gone directly to the central work of the Skagit Democratic Party – electing Democrats to office! Would you consider helping once again with a donation? If you have questions about donations for the silent auction, please contact Diane McKern at  If you have questions about donations for the live auction, please contact John Smith at  If you have any other questions concerning donations, please call the Democratic Headquarters at 360-336-1555.   Items may be delivered to the Skagit County Democratic Headquarters, Monday – Friday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm, or by arrangement with Shirley Viscalla at We would prefer that donations be delivered to Headquarters beginning the week of May 20th and no later than May 29th. Thank you again for your loyalty and continued support.

8. UPDATEDWith the inclement weather, it was decided to reschedule the visit from Representative DelBene’s two aides, Kaylee Galloway and Ben Studley, who were going to bring us up to date on gun violence prevention legislation, from this Monday, Feb 11, to Monday, Feb 25, 10:00am – 11:30am, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
You are invited to join Coffee ‘n Cards, Indivisible Skagit and Safe and Sane Skagit (SaSS) for a national legislation education session with aides from Representative Suzan DelBene’s office. This session will review gun violence prevention legislation, and Julia Hurd will be the SaSS spokesperson. The session is informal, with opportunity to ask questions and learn how we can make our voices heard in Congress. Weather permitting, Coffee ‘n Cards will be operating this Monday and Tuesday, anytime between 10 am – noon.

9. Fidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Feb 12, 7:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes
Author Jim Byron and Rev. Vincent Lachina, chaplain for Planned Parenthood of the Northwest and Hawaii, will discuss “Population Stabilization.”  Jim’s book is Of Population and Pollution–A  Global Warming Primer. A moderated period of questions and comments will follow the speakers.  A slide show of the Jan 19 Anacortes Women’s March will precede the meeting at 6:45pm. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank donation box. For more information call Corinne Salcedo, chair, at 360-293-7114.

10. Everyone who loves grocery workers – Happy Hour, Tuesday, Feb 12, 5:00pm to 7:00pm, UFCW Office, 1510 North 18th Street, Mount Vernon
We hope that you can join the workers from UFCW 21 and Teamsters 38 at the Community Kick-Off of the 2019 Grocery Campaign in one of the UFCW 21 offices. This is an historic campaign as grocery workers here in Washington have aligned their contract dates with grocery workers in Colorado and California – over 100,000 workers bargaining at the same time! It is a unique opportunity to understand the common challenges facing grocery workers and demand change. More details will follow.

11. The 39th Legislative Democrats will meet Tuesday, Feb 19, 6:30pm, Arlington Public Works Building, Stillaguamish Room, 154 Cox Avenue, Arlington
This meeting will include a General Membership segment from 6:30pm – 7:00pm followed by the Executive Board segment beginning at 7:00pm.

The Washington State Democrats’ 2018 Crab Feed & Grassroots Forum will be held Sunday, Feb 24, 4:00pm, McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest, Lakewood
The Crab Feed is the State Party’s largest annual event and we hope you will join us for a locally sourced seafood buffet, live music, and a speaking program featuring some of our top elected Democrats! (Vegetarian options will be available, in addition to a variety of local seafood.) Purchase a discounted, $65 Early Bird Ticket before they switch to a general admission rate of $80 on Feb 1. Click Here to purchase tickets.

13. UPDATEDEssay Contest – The first meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 26, 3:00pm at the Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
Now that the election and the holidays are over we need to get cracking on the essay contest for this year. Anyone interested in participating on the Essay Committee, please contact Pat Edwards at

14. NEWThe next General Membership Meeting of the 40th Legislative District Democrats will be Sunday, Mar 10, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, San Juan Lanes Bar and Grill, 2821 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes
RSVP here.

15. NEWA message from Jeff Mount, Chair, Skagit County Democrats
“This is the lesson we should take away from what was a bit of a surprising turn of events Tuesday afternoon at the county commissioners’ hearing room:  it’s not about who wins or loses, but about who steps up.  More than anything else, I walked out of the process to fill the vacancy for the State Senate seat in the 40th Legislative District impressed by the number of great people who have the passion, work ethic, leadership skills, and common sense to go to Olympia and make state government work the way it should. For us.

What happened Tuesday was wonderful, but it never would have happened if, six years ago, Liz Lovelett, our new State Senator, hadn’t cared enough about the city she lived in to step up and run for City Council.  As it happens, a collateral benefit of Liz’s victory is that Anacortes has a vacancy on its City Council.  That means an opportunity for someone else to step up.  One constant source of joy in being county chairperson is that I meet new people every day who are willing to put countless hours toward a cause that they believe in, for no other reward than solving a problem.  People who become PCOs, serve on planning commissions, or hold fundraisers, because they believe in something.  One of those people will step up and fill the vacancy on City Council, and they will be great, just like Senator Lovelett.

The downside of having so many great people willing to step up is that, sometimes, a wonderful person has to lose.  Whoever steps up to fill the vacancy on City Council or runs in one of the many other local races this fall can learn a lot from Kris Lytton, who embodies all of the qualities of a great public servant.  Kris has already spent eight years serving the 40th, with a record of integrity, graciousness, and effectiveness that we should all aspire to in whatever endeavor we undertake.

As Teddy Roosevelt said (in a time of less gender awareness), “The credit goes to the man who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, who, at the worst, fails while doing greatly.”  Kris Lytton could have continued to enjoy retirement.  She has done more than her share to make this state a better place to live, and she earned the chance to spend time with her family.  But she chose to step up, once again, to make sure the 40th was fully represented.  Sometimes stepping up ends in disappointment, but that doesn’t make it any less noble or worthy of our gratitude.”

16. 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.


1. Annual Recovery Advocacy Day, Tuesday, Feb 12, 8:00am – 5:00pm, The United Churches of Olympia, 110 11th Avenue Southeast, Olympia
Join mental health and addiction recovery advocates from across Washington for the 4th Annual Recovery Advocacy Day, sponsored by the Washington Recovery Alliance! We will be advocating for recovery support services including recovery housing, recovery coaching, employment support and community recovery supports, along with other priorities. The day will include:

  • Meetings with your two State Representatives and your State Senator to advocate for recovery!
  • Breakfast and snacks throughout the day
  • Special lunch in the capitol building
  • Special photo op on the floor of the House of Representatives
  • Interactive activities and ways to engage in the statewide recovery movement
  • Connecting with recovery advocates from across our state

The WRA will arrange meetings with your lawmakers on your behalf. More details will be forthcoming closer to the date. (There may be a bus from Burlington.) No fee or admission but RSVP required.

2. NEWCold Weather Shelter, Skagit County
The Community Action of Skagit County website presents an excellent list of available cold weather shelter information for Skagit County. Click Here for more information. The 40th Legislative District Democrats website also has good current information that also included Whatcom County and San Juan County.

3. NEW –  5th Annual La Conner Daffodil Festival begins Saturday, Feb 23, 10:00am – 5:00pm, 413 Morris Street, La Conner
Celebrate the beginning of Spring with these wonderful yellow blooms! Events take place throughout the month of March. Click Here for more information.


1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 5:30pm at KSVR, 91.7 FM or KSVU, 90.1 FM
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, Feb 12, 5:00pm and Sunday, Feb 17, 5:30pm – Joe Thomas, President of the Arizona Education Association
Interview by Lori Province: Joe describes the amazing actions by teachers and the community to support their public schools.
For more information, go to, or, or

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Trump’s postal privatization task force has absurd ideas.
  • Trade wars aren’t cheap.

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 FM 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 and Tuesday 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 3,140 cards since January 2018.