1. NEWHappy Hour With 40th Legislative District State Senator Liz Lovelett, Monday, Sep 30, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Skyline Cabana, 5919 Cabana Lane, Anacortes
Hosted by Brenda Lavender, Corinne Salcedo, Andrea Doll. Appetizers, wine, beer, flavored sparkling water, & coffee. RSVP to 360-293-7114 (Corinne) or 360-588-8057 (Brenda).2. The 40th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Wednesday, Oct 2, 5:15pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

3. UPDATEDThe 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 360-395-5602.

4. 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

5. NEWFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Oct 8, 7:00pm, Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th Street, Anacortes

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

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 or Click Here. Magnolia Hall is located behind the Magnolia Grill.

8. NEWSkagit County Democrats Central Committee meets Saturday, Oct 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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

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.


1. NEWPlanned Parenthood harrassment
I was forwarded a message from Linda McCarthy, Executive Director, Mount Baker Planned Parenthood: “Our Mount Vernon health center is having more aggressive picketing for 40 Days starting 9/25 as part of the “40 Days of Life” harassment campaign. I wanted to let you know as the picketers are mostly men and more aggressive.  We have called the police a few times this week and they are supportive. Please don’t engage with the protestors and if you notice they park in our property or trespass please let us know and take a picture if it is safe to do so.”2. 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

3. UPDATEDThe League of Women Voters of Skagit County will host a Candidate Forum for the La Conner School Board, Wednesday, Oct 2, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 Second Street, La Conner

4. UPDATEDThe League of Women Voters of Skagit County will host a Candidate Forum for Burlington Mayor and School Board, Thursday, Oct 3, 7:00pm – 8:30pm, Burlington Library, 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington

5. NEWMarblemount Community Club Open House and Membership Drive, Saturday, Oct 5, 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Marblemount Community Hall, 60155 State Route 20, Marblemount
The club will serve pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, and beverages on a donation basis. Local musical talent will serenade diners throughout the evening and be available for sing along/play along.

6. NEW14th Annual Concrete Ghost Walk, Saturdays in October, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Concrete Theatre, 45920 Main Street, Concrete
Tickets aren’t available at the door. The event often sells out, so please purchase well in advance. Click Here for ticket information.

7. NEW21st Annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms, Saturday & Sunday, Oct 5 & 6, various locations
Free for all ages.

NEWHumane Society of Skagit Valley’s 24th Annual Black Cat Live & Silent Dinner Auction, Saturday, Oct 05, 5:30pm – 9:00pm, Best Western Plus Skagit Valley’s Convention Center, 2300 Market Street, Mount Vernon
$65 per ticket.

9. Two 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.

10. Skagit 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.

11. NEW“Let’s Talk about Race”, Tuesday, Oct 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Burlington Public Library, 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington


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, Oct 1, 5:00pm and Sunday, Oct 6, 5:30 – Paul Galovin, Representative for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and Nate Nehring, Snohomish County Councilman
Interview by Gary Kanter: Paul and Nate describe the Regional Apprenticeship Pathways (RAP) program. For more information, go to, or,  Nate Nehring at or 425-388-3494, and Paul Galovin at or 425-272-3233.We Do The Work Comments:

  • Trump is the king of debt
  • Volunteering makes a big impact on creating a community.

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. UPDATEDCoffee ‘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 – 2,484, grand total – 7,061.

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.