DEMOCRATIC EVENTS
1. NEWChanges in the 39th Legislative District Democrats organization
Our Chair, Ivan Lewis, tendered his resignation following his move out of the 39th LD. At the last General Meeting, Jordan Sears was elected as the new Chair. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of meeting Jordan, his passion and enthusiasm are unparalleled and with his current position on the Gold Bar City Council and eye for policy he is well suited to lead the 39th into the 2020 season. In addition, Jessica Corbman has been elected as Vice-Chair and Gomer Thomas has been elected as Vice-Chair of LD Development.2. NEWA fundraiser for 40th Legislative District Senator Liz Lovelett sponsored by Abbe Ronick and Jim Wiggins is scheduled for Thursday, Sep 26, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, 21993 Grip Road, Sedro-Woolley
Click Here for Senator Lovelett’s campaign website.

3. NEWThe 40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Wednesday, Oct 2, 5:15pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

4. NEWThe 40th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting is Sunday, Oct 6, 11:30am, San Juan Island Grange, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor
Click Here for directions. For more information, call 360-503-8925.

5. Senator Patty Murray’s 24th Annual Golden Tennis Shoe Awards Luncheon, Monday, Oct 7, Noon – 5:00pm, Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle
With Cecile Richards, former President of Planned Parenthood.  For questions or to RSVP by phone or email, please contact Connor at (206) 328-2969 or Connor@newmanpartners.com.

6. NEWThe first Gala Team meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct 10, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

7.
NEWFundraising reception for Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson hosted by Sedro-Woolley City Councilmember Karl de Jong, Thursday, Oct 10, 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Magnolia Hall Banquet Room, 214 Ferry Street, Sedro-Woolley
To RSVP or for more information, email emilia@electbobferguson.com or Click Here. Magnolia Hall is located behind the Magnolia Grill.

8. Request for Assistance for Halloween
The Downtown Trick-or-Treat and Lincoln Theatre Costume Contest is Thursday, Oct 31, 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Our Headquarters would appreciate help with candy/prizes/school supplies to be handed out and for volunteers to assist.

9. Skagit County Democrats Essay Contest for 2019
The topic for this year’s contest is: “The Most Pressing Issue Confronting America”. Essays may be submitted Oct 15 – Nov 30. Click Here for contest guidelines.

10. 2020 Skagit County Democrats County Convention
The Skagit County Democrats are assembling a team to plan the 2020 County Convention, to be held on Sunday, May 3, 2020.  This committee will be responsible for securing a site, ordering supplies, scheduling speakers and other events, and making sure that the event complies with rules set by the state and national parties.  If you would like to be involved in this project, please email me at gwmount@hotmail.com.

11. NEWA message from Skagit County Democrats Chair, Jeff Mount
“As I was watching the Democratic Presidential debate at our headquarters the other night, I found myself trying to determine which of the ten candidates would do a better job on various issues than the current president.  Who had better ideas on health care, or climate change, or education?  As I listened to each candidate the answer became crystal clear: All of them.

Some may be too progressive for you, or not progressive enough.  That’s a matter of taste.  There may be one or two who have better ideas or can work better with Congress or our foreign allies to solve problems.  There may also be one or two who would be unable to accomplish their goals as president because they lack the leadership skills needed for the job.

But the worst person on that stage Thursday night would be a better president than Donald Trump.  Not just on one or two issues, either, but on every issue that matters.  Any of them would appoint better judges than Trump.  Any of them would damage the environment less than Trump.  Any of them would advocate for immigration policies that are less shameful than what is happening now.  Any of them would be less corrupt than Donald Trump – as, for that matter, would any professional pickpocket, drug dealer, pyramid scammer, or the guy who steals lunch money from second graders.

There’s a reason why that matters.  If the polls are correct, at least seventy per cent of us will see the Democratic nomination won by someone other than our first choice.  If too many of us sit out the campaign because the Democratic nominee doesn’t check every box for us, we will be faced with another four years of Trump and all of his incompetence, corruption, and pure evil.  Whoever becomes the nominee, all of us have to work as hard as we would for our dream candidate, because the alternative is a nightmare.

In the midterm elections last year, a majority of the electorate voted for a Democratic congressional candidate in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, North Carolina, and Arizona.  Those states total 68 electoral votes, and Trump won all of them in 2016.  If everyone in those states who voted for a Democratic congressional candidate in 2018 votes for a Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, that candidate would have 300 electoral votes, well over the 270 needed for victory.

In other words, there is a clear path for any Democratic candidate to win in 2020, as long as progressives stay engaged and do the job we need to do, which is to get behind whichever candidate is nominated as though the future of our country depends on it.  Because it does.”

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.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS
1. NEWCelebrate Latino Heritage Month at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie Street, Mount Vernon
Each program begins at 6:30pm.

  • Tuesday, Sep 24 – Carlos Gil – “Humanities Washington Speaker Professor Carlos Gil will give his talk based on his book, “We Became Mexican-American: How Our Immigrant Family Survived to Pursue the American Dream,” this talk explores Mexican immigration by spotlighting his own family’s experience in southern California, including parallels with Washington State.”
  • Tuesday, Oct 1 – Art Show – “Art show featuring the work of Latino artists Cecilia Alvarez, Rene Julio, and Brenda Brito. Enjoy a presentation from the artists themselves about their work followed by a reception. Their artwork will be on display the entire month of October in the Reading Room gallery.”
  • Tuesday, Oct 8 – Ramon Mesa Ledesma – “Ramon Mesa Ledesma is the author of the books Migrant Sun and Migrant Earth.  He was born in Toppenish, Washington into a family of sixteen brothers and sisters. His parents emigrated from Mexico in the 1930’s and his family spent the following twenty years living and working in migrant labor camps throughout the Western United States.”

2. National Voter Registration Day
The League of Women Voters of Skagit County will be registering voters in several locations in Skagit County, Tuesday, Sep 24 (times – TBD) including the Anacortes Library, Burlington Library, Sedro-Woolley Library, Mount Vernon Library, and Mount Vernon Goodwill.

3. NEWPumpkin Pitch and Harvest Festival, Saturday, Sep 28, Skagit River Park, 1100 South Skagit Street, Burlington

4. Community Preparedness & Prevention Fair, Saturday, Sep 28, 10:00am – 3:30pm, Skagit Valley College, 2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon
SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH. ARE YOU PREPARED? Skagit County Department of Emergency Management has partnered with Skagit Valley College to host a Community Preparedness & Prevention Fair. Come learn what to do before disaster strikes. Several federal, state, and local agencies and community organizations will be there to provide important information on how to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster, including the American Red Cross, United States Geological Survey, Puget Sound Energy, MV Hope, North West Health Network, CERT, and Skagit Search & Rescue (just to name a few). This is a FREE event. Bring your family and have fun while you learn how to prepare and respond to an emergency.

5. The League of Women Voters of Skagit County will host a Candidate Forum for the Mount Vernon Mayor, City Council and Hospital District 4 Position 1 races, Monday, Sep 30, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Skagit PUD, 1415 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon

6. NEWThe League of Women Voters of Skagit County will host a Candidate Forum for the La Conner School Board, Wednesday, Oct 2, La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 Second Street, La Conner

7.
NEWThe League of Women Voters of Skagit County will host a Candidate Forum for Burlington Mayor and School Board, Thursday, Oct 3, Burlington Library, 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington

8. NEWTwo candidate forums planned in October in Anacortes

  • Oct. 10, 11:30am, Anacortes Lutheran Church. The event is part of the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce monthly membership luncheon. People who are not chamber members must RSVP at 360-293-7911. Lunch is $20. Candidates will visit each table, and each table will have a moderator. Anacortes Chamber President Stephanie Hamilton said that style of forum will allow guests to meet and ask questions of each candidate.
  • Oct. 15, 5:30pm, Anacortes City Hall. Open to the public. Invited to participate in the forums: the candidates for state Senate, Anacortes City Council, Anacortes School Board, Anacortes Port Commission, Hospital Commission, and Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center Commission.

9. NEWSkagit County Housing Summit, Oct 15, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, McIntyre Hall, Skagit Valley College, 2501 East College Way, Mount Vernon
During the 2017-18 school year, 769 students were identified as experiencing homelessness. Skagit County  Apartment Vacancy Rate: 0 – that’s the lowest in the state. Click Here for ticket and registration information.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 – ksvrwedothework@gmail.com.NEWWe Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Sep 17, 5:00pm and Sunday, Sep 22, 5:30 – Stephanie Celt, Past WA State Policy Coordinator for the BlueGreen Alliance
Interview by Ken Winkes: Stephanie explains that tackling climate change and keeping meaningful livelihoods is one of the purposes of the blue-green alliance. For more information, go to https://www.bluegreenalliance.org/.

We Do The Work Comment: Legalizing marijuana has many unexpected benefits.

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 http://speakupspeakoutradio.org/ anytime. Interested in getting SUSO e-News? Contact susoradionews@qsoup.net.

NEW – SUSO, Wednesday, Sep 25, Jerry Shackette, SUSO host, talks with a Skagit dairy farmer about the challenges of farming
Got milk? Dairy farming is a major piece of the vibrant agricultural community in northwest Washington. Host Jerry Shackette talks with Skagit County dairyman Dwayne Faber about the dairy business today and how milk gets from the cow to your grocer. Faber, who is a finalist in the National Outstanding Young Farmer’s completion says he believes the competition gives him the opportunity to advocate for area farmers. Faber says farming is very competitive and farmers must be good businesspeople to meet the challenges of the marketplace. Faber’s dairy operates with 2,000 cows on farms north of Burlington and near Mount Vernon.

3. Coffee ‘n Cards
All are invited to drop in (for any length of time). Coffee ‘n Cards operates 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 the 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. Tally: 2019 – 2118, grand total – 6,715.

4. Anacortes Weekly Demonstrations
Do you have a cause or a candidate that you are passionate about? If yes, join us at the “protest corner” in Anacortes, 12th Street and Commercial Avenue (the Safeway Corner) EVERY Sunday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm – wet or sunny, hot or cold, all year around. Bring your own signs or use one of our extras.