1. NEW – Changes 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. NEW – A 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. NEW – The 40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Wednesday, Oct 2, 5:15pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon
4. NEW – The 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. NEW – The 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. NEW – Fundraising 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. NEW – A 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. NEW – Links of the Week
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