News From the 10th Legislative District Democrats
April 2020

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Want to be a Delegate at the Washington State Democratic Convention? 

 

The Washington State Democratic Party has a new on-line Delegate Selection process that replaces the Legislative District (LD) and Congressional District (CD) Caucuses.  Please register by clicking on the link below.

At this point,  the State Convention (Jun 12 - 14) is still on. If you wish to be a delegate and support your presidential candidate, please take the following steps:

  • Register on-line by Apr 24 at https://wademscaucus2020.azurewebsites.net/.

  • If you already pre-registered for the caucuses you should receive an email asking you to update your registration

  • PCOs (Precinct Committee Officers) will vote between Apr 26 and May 3 

  • Delegates Notified - You will be notified if you are a delegate for the State Convention by May 5

Further resources and information are available at https://www.waelectioncenter.com/

All candidates to be a delegate MUST declare themselves digitally! You can do your part, from the safety of your own home, and fight for your Presidential Nominee by registering HERE! 

Let your Local PCO know a little more about you, let them know why your candidate matters, and get involved today. As we've seen these past four years, and especially these past few months, NOW more than ever we need competent, smart, compassionate leadership in our country. 

If you don't know your local PCO, they are listed on the 10th LD Democrats website below. https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/.

Stay safe out there and let's go get Democrats elected

Want to go even further and become a National Convention Delegate in Milwaukee or on-line if necessary. Click HERE

 

A Note from the Chair

What a difference a month makes.  A month ago, we were still planning in-person meetings, preparing for campaign kick-off events, looking forward to the Magnuson Dinner in Seattle, rolling out the coordinated campaign doorbelling activities, going out to dinner, hanging out in bars and a myriad of other things.  Now, we go out for groceries and pharmaceuticals, but otherwise stay home and do Zoom meetings and Facebook Live events, and watch Netflix

Sad News - It is with deep regret we advise that one of the Skagit County Democrats volunteers, Nikki Hamilton, was stricken by the COVID-19 virus and passed away.  Nikki was an active and enthusiastic member of the Skagit Dems and she will be sorely missed. 

Our local COVID-19 cases and accompanying death rate keeps rising.  We all need to continue to comply with Gov. Inslee's "Stay Home - Stay Healthy" order currently in place until May 4.  Recovery from this will be difficult, but we will get past these troubling times.  In the meantime, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please stay healthy.

  • Drink lots of water

  • Talk with someone on the phone every day

  • Maintain social connections.

  • Laugh (humor heals)

  • Listen to music

  • Read a book

  • Exercise

  • Get plenty of rest. 

The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (see CDC link above).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

Good News - The turnout of Democratic voters for the Presidential Primary was spectacular.  Democrats cast over 1.6 million votes in Washington State during this primary. In 2016 we had approximately 230k participating in our state-wide caucuses. That is good news for our upcoming 2020 election! Although doorbelling and other face-to-face voter contact cannot occur, efforts are underway for phone banking. In addition, each candidate in the 10th LD will be ramping up their efforts to reach voters through the use of technology like on-line meetings and Facebook Live events. 10th LD Democrats will assist candidates by providing links to their events, as well as inviting them to speak at our meetings.  We will keep you posted on all upcoming events as they become available.

More Good News - Wow, air quality has improved all over the country and the world during this pandemic.  The lack of cars on the roads has really reduced our carbon footprint.  The Guardian reports that this is the "Largest scale experiment ever" and shows what is possible as satellite images reveal marked fall in global nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels.  Nitrogen dioxide is produced from car engines, power plants and other industrial processes and is thought to exacerbate respiratory illnesses such as asthma.  When this immediate danger has passed, perhaps we can rethink how we drive, work, and congregate.  On-line meetings may be here to stay.

Other News - Steve DeHaven has resigned his position as chair of Island County Democrats.  First Vice-Chair Melody Risner will take over as interim chair.  We wish Steve well in his future endeavors.

 

We appreciate Congressman Rick Larsen for making himself available to give us updates on the COVID-19 crisis.  He has had conference calls in all of the counties within his 2nd Congressional District.  Thanks Rick

The Warren G. Magnuson Awards Dinner, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at the Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike Street, Seattle has been postponed.  Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.  All previously purchased tickets are still valid.

Click Here for more information. 

 

Census - You Count! Be Counted!
With all the attention to the Coronavirus pandemic, we should not lose sight of the census. It is extremely important that we all get counted! Most of us can complete the census on-line with a computer or smartphone. Here is a link if you need more information or have had problems completing the census. Here is another link with information that includes how to recognize a real census worker (bottom of the page).

 

Candidates Corner 

In the coming months, I will feature 2 or 3 candidates in each newsletter. Next month I will feature Angie Homola, candidate for State Representative Position 1 and the candidates for Island County Commissioner District 1, Nathan Howard and Melanie Bacon.

All candidate profiles are up on the 10th LD website.  https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

Dave Paul, our incumbent State Representative

Endorsed by the 10th LD Democrats for 2020

Dear Friends,

Recent months have brought significant challenges to our community because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Legislative Session came to a close, Legislature allocated $225 million for COVID-19 response, 
including:
  • $175 million for direct response to the health crisis
  • $25 million for worker and business protections
  • $25 million in federal funds to help state agencies, local governments, and tribes respond to
     the COVID-19 crisis.
The Governor has issued a series of directives to help slow the spread of the virus and mitigate the effect it has on our community. You can learn more about the latest work being done to A) protect our community and B) help individuals and businesses by visiting: 
https://housedemocrats.wa.gov/covid-19-resources-for-individuals-workers-and-employers/

Healthcare has long been a priority of the Democratic Party, I am proud to have continued this legacy of strengthening healthcare at the state level. Here’s some of the great work the Legislature did to 
prioritize healthcare in the last session. The 2020 Legislative budget:
• Increases provider and nursing home Medicaid rates, helping to support rural healthcare providers and
  non- profit nursing homes
• Boosts funding for rural health clinics and foundational public health
• Supports mental health services and substance use treatment

We also worked to reduce the escalating cost of prescription drugs by passing legislation to:
• Lower the cost of prescription drugs
• Reduce the cost of insulin

On the campaign side, I think it is critically important that we work together to retain my seat this year. I will be the number one target of the Republican Party this election cycle, and we will need to work 
hard to fight off a challenger who wants to implement a Trump-style agenda at the state-level. At the same time, COVID-19 will compel us to run a different campaign then we did two years ago. If you would 
like to help virtually connect with friends and neighbors until we can start doorbelling again, please contact Beth at beth@votedavepaul.com.

Dave Paul

Helen Price-Johnson 

Currently our Island County Commissioner from District 1

Endorsed by the 10th LD Democrats for 2020

The coronavirus continues its relentless assault on our Northwest communities, and as a result, it has become a severe economic crisis too.  We don’t know exactly when the pandemic will slow, but it is important to remember that this too shall pass.  What will be the long-term impact on our towns, our families and our businesses?   How can we take the lessons learned and create a stronger, more equitable and healthier Washington?  In times like these we see how much we need experience, integrity and leadership in our public officials.  That's why the 2020 election is so important. 

The coronavirus has changed the nature of my political campaign and made it much harder to reach out to our 100,000 voters in the 10th LD.  We are not holding fundraisers or house parties or knocking on voters’ doors, in order to keep our volunteers and neighbors safe.  

The sudden economic downturn has also made it much harder to raise the additional funds we will need for more direct mail, TV ads and online outreach – all necessary because of the limitation on face to face contact with voters.

I am asking you to go to www.helenpricejohnson.org to connect with us.  There you can donate, endorse my campaign, volunteer or let us know you have a great location for a yard sign.  Please follow us on social media, and share this link with your friends so we can spread our message across the 10th LD.

Thanks so much for your help!

Helen Price Johnson

Young Democrats of Island County

We continue to pursue our goals of electing Democrats, advocating for progressive issues and educating the next generation of leaders. So, as always, if you are 35 or younger, or know someone who is or just want to chat, please reach out to us!  info@ydic.org

Ivan Lewis
Chair, YDIC

Candidate Events

Angie Homola, candidate for 10th LD State Representative Pos 1, is holding virtual Zoom meet and greets, if you would like to host an intimate meeting with your friends to get to know Angie and to share your concerns and questions please email Angie at: AngieForPeople10LD@gmail.com -  AngieForAll.com - Facebook AngieForAll

Nathan Howard, candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1, is hosting a weekly Saturday morning Facebook event at 9:00 am entitled Camper Conversations - Saturday Mornings Chats with Nathan  Nathan4IC

Fe Mischo, candidate for Island County Commissioner District 2, is hosting a weekly Sunday morning Facebook event at 11:00 am entitled Coffee with the Candidate.  GoWith MischoDist2

Melanie Bacon, candidate for Island County Commissioner District 1,  Discuss Issues with the Candidate, every other Friday evening from 6 – 6:30 pm, beginning April 17. Send a message on Facebook to Melanie Bacon and she’ll send you an invitation to the virtual meeting. ElectMelanieBacon

April Calendar

Apr 11, 10 am - 12 pm, Saturday, Skagit County Democrats Central Committee meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 11, 10 am - 12 pm, Saturday, Snohomish County Democrats Central Committee meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 15, 7 - 9 pm, Wednesday, Camano Island Democrats  meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 18, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saturday, 10th LD Democrats E-Board meeting - definitely Zoom

Apr 23, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Whidbey Island Democratic Club meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 28, 7-9 pm, Tuesday, Snohomish County Democrats E-Board meeting - probably Zoom

Apr 26 - May 3, PCOs vote for delegates to State Party Convention

May 2, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saturday, 10th LD Democrats E-Board meeting - definitely Zoom

May 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Thursday, Island County Democrats E-Board meeting - probably Zoom

 10th LD Democrats Endorsement Meetings

We have an endorsement meeting scheduled for May 16th, however The Washington State Labor Council has their endorsement meeting the same day.  So all Federal, State and Legislative District candidates will want to attend.  We may go ahead and hold endorsement meetings for judicial and county commissioner races.  We will reschedule our remaining endorsement meetings for later in May or early June.  

But, in order to vote in these endorsement meetings, you need to be an elected or appointed PCO, or be a member in good standing. In order to be a member in good standing, please read the following:

Membership in the 10th LD Democrats Organization

As you know, the 10th LD has regular general membership meetings every quarter.  During those meetings members in good standing have the opportunity to participate and be heard.  All members get to vote on things like candidate endorsements , resolutions, and other business of the organization. Their decisions shall guide the Executive Board in the conduct of the affairs of the District.  

So, you might ask, how does one become a member in good standing?  Well, the answer is simple. Our by-laws say that membership is open to all persons who are registered voters, residing within the 10th Legislative District (there is a map on the website) and who publicly identify as Democrats.  Upon payment of dues and after a 14-day waiting period, any eligible voter professing to be a Democrat, becomes a member in good standing and will be granted voting rights at the next general meeting.  Annual dues are $15 per person or $25 per family, and can be paid by clicking on the “Donate" button on this newsletter or on the website (link below).  If you pay on-line, anyone who donates at least $15 will be recognized as having paid dues.  You can also mail a check to 10th LD Democrats 300 A - 1st Street, Mount Vernon, WA. 98273, or pay at a meeting. Do pay attention to the 14-day waiting period.  In order to vote at our endorsement meeting on May 16, your dues need to be paid by May 2.  Our by-laws also say that no individual who suffers economic hardship shall be denied membership. Just ask.  Most of us have been there at some point in our lives.

The dues that you pay support the organization in several ways.  It allows us to financially support endorsed candidates.  It pays for venues (I remember venues.  You like go somewhere and other people are there)  for fundraisers and forums where we get to hear from our candidates.  It also pays for outreach like ads in newspapers informing the public of upcoming meetings.  More than likely we will be doing on-line meetings for a while.  Sure beats driving 90 minutes each way to have a meeting.

Links to other local Democratic organizations:

Please donate to the 10th LD Democrats

Your donations help to support our candidates, educate our voters, and engage our communities.  It's super easy to give.  Suggested dues are $15 to become a member.  All members can vote at general meetings with a few exceptions.

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Thanks for your support,

John Amell
Chair - 10th LD Democrats         Website link:   https://www.10thlddemocrats.org/

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