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Your Monthly Newsletter

October, 2020

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A note from ICD Chair, Joseph Busig


Island County Democrats,
We’re here in the final stretch! With under a week to go until Election Day, it is imperative that people are registered to vote, have a plan to vote, and turn in their ballot as soon as possible. There will be important voting information in this newsletter, so if you have questions or concerns, perhaps it may be of help to you!
While we are close to Election Day I could not be more proud of the volunteers we have in Island County. I have attended a few sign waving events myself and have waved in support of those I see. The energy, enthusiasm, and excitement truly encapsulates what it is to be a people driven election. You all help show your community that those running aren’t just a name on a ballot, but a reason to be involved. A major thanks to all of those sign wavers as well as those who organized the sign waving events!
I am also proud of everyone who has made calls for the 10th LD races and for our county candidates. When you take the time out of your day to engage with voters in your area, it makes all the difference as votes are being tallied. We are so fortunate to have folks who volunteer to make calls for individual campaigns, Island County Democrats, and the coordinated campaigns. My sincerest gratitude to all of you!
ICD has been busy distributing signs, bumper stickers, and raising funds that we have put right back into our endorsed candidates. Thank you to those who distributed signs and collected donations! Because of this, ICD alone has contributed over $15,000 to candidates to push them over the finish line. It all came from community members like you! Thank you to the generous donors and supporters! Every donation, whether in time or funds, matters!
In other news, I have had the honor to be an elections observer for Island County Elections. My colleague and I, Fe Mischo, have been the only election observers that have participated in the process thus far. We had the pleasure of meeting Island County Auditor Sheilah Crider and Island County Elections Supervisor Michele Reagan as well as all of the election employees who have been very welcoming, informative, and helpful.

In observing, both Fe and I have affirmed our faith in our county election process. The election workers and election team display unfaltering integrity and diligence in what they do. They take their jobs seriously and care passionately about the sacred democratic institution which is voting. I commend their arduous work and the countless hours they put in to make sure every vote is counted, no matter the challenges involved.

Please continue to stay safe, stay well, and stay healthy. Don't forget to help how you can and vote!

Joseph J. Busig 
Island County Democrats 


Special Invitation to Election Night Celebration

You are invited to join ICD and 10th LD Democrats for an election night celebration (and boy do we hope there will be plenty to celebrate!!)
When Tuesday November 3 ~ 8:30pm – 9:30pm with possible after hours fun
This Zoom webinar will open at 8:20pm. See the link at the bottom of this invitation.
The event will be moderated by Art Huffine and Grethe Cammermeyer and includes short presentations by our six Island County and 10th LD candidates, updates on election results for county, 10th LD, state and national races, short presentations from ICD and 10th LD leaders as well as young democratic leaders. And….Music!!
We hope you’ll join us – it’s better when we’re all together.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 3, 2020 08:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Election Night Celebration
Please click the link below to join the webinar: 
Or iPhone one-tap : 
    US: +12532158782,,83836334498#  or +13462487799,,83836334498# 
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592 
Webinar ID: 838 3633 4498
     International numbers available:

News from ICD


Voting Information
By the time you read this, ballots will already be out. ICD wants to give you some important information regarding voting.

  • Make a voting plan.

    • When are you going to vote? Plan on establishing a date and time when you will fill out your ballot before November 3rd at 8:00 P.M.

    • Are you registered to vote? Online voter registration is open until October 26th through and in person until Election Day at 8:00 P.M  at the Island County Elections Office (400 N Main Street Coupeville, WA 98239).

    • Where will you turn in your ballot? There are several ballot drop-off boxes throughout Island County. Drop-off boxes are open during the entire voting period until 8:00 P.M on Election Day (11/3/2020). You can drop off your completed ballot in the box closest to you:

      • Island County Election Office - 400 N Main Street, Coupeville

      • Trinity Lutheran Church - 18341 SR 525, Freeland

      • Ken's Korner Shopping Center - 4141 SR 525, Clinton

      • Camano Island - 121 N. East Camano Drive, Camano Island​​

      • Oak Harbor - City Hall - 865 S.E. Barrington Dr., Oak Harbor

      • Langley - Post Office (front patio) - 115 2nd St., Langley

    • When should you mail your ballot back? Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, which is November 3rd. They will not be counted otherwise. We recommend that you mail your ballot within the first week of receiving your ballot. If you intend to vote by mail up until Election Day, drop your ballot off at your nearest USPS office. USPS has different pick-up times throughout Island County, so know when yours is. During operating hours of the USPS, you can wait in line to speak with a clerk so they can post mark your ballot in front of you.  

    • Do you need assistance voting? Large print ballots and ADA compliant voting machines are available at the Island County Elections Office. Large print ballots may be requested by calling 360-679-7366 or emailing and one will be sent to you. ADA compliant machines allow for easy voting with those who need audio, visual, or cognitive support. The voting device is available from Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M to 4:30 P.M during the voting period and from 8:00 A.M to 8:00 P.M on Election Day.

    • For more information please visit the WA Secretary of State website at or Island County Elections at

  • Know what you’re voting for and stay updated.  

    • Check the Washington Secretary of State’s Voter Portal at for your online Voters’ Guide. You can also use the Voter Portal to check your ballot status, change your address, request a new ballot or replacement ballot, view any notices, your voting history, and your current elected officials. 

    • Interested in campaign funding or who’s donating to campaigns? Visit the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) to follow the money. There you can research any candidate that has filed for reporting, see their donors, and view how they use campaign funds. Visit for more information. 

    • ICD has recently updated our website to include our endorsements. Please visit if you are interested in viewing them. 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Candidate Sign Waving:
We require that volunteers wear masks and socially distance at these events. We also ask that folks keep the weather in mind and dress accordingly. 

  • Camano Island: Meet every Friday (10/16, 10/23, 10/30) from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and Saturday (10/17, 10/24, 10/31) from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Terry’s Corner by Freedom Park. Contact Mary Kanter at for more details.

  • Stanwood: Meet every Friday (10/16, 10/23, 10/30) from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM and Saturday (10/17, 10/24, 10/31) from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Haggen’s corner on 532. Contact Mary Kanter at for more details.

  • Oak Harbor: Meet every Friday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the corner of Pioneer Way and SR 20. Contact Jane Jaehning for more details.

  • Freeland: Meet every Friday from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the corner of Fish Road and SR 20. Contact Ria Claassen at for more details. 

Candidate Phone Banking:

  • Island County Democrats and WA Coordinated Campaign: Every Monday night from 5-7 PM, we will be calling voters in Island County. Volunteers will reach out to voters and encourage them to vote while discussing local candidates endorsed by Island County Democrats. Please contact Regional Coordinator Bennett Massey-Helber at for how to sign up and any inquiries.  


You can help local candidates!:
View our endorsed candidates’ websites on how you can help push them over the edge.

Signs and Bumper Stickers:

  • Washington for Biden/Harris Signs: We still have some signs left for those who would like to have one. We are asking for at least $10.00 per sign where all donations go towards the Island County Democrats Political Action Committee which helps local candidates and builds the party. You can donate through ActBlue with this link: , give cash or a check in person during pick up, or mail a check to our P.O Box. It is a first come first serve basis, and signs are going quick, so get yours now!

  • Local Candidate Yard Signs: During in person pick up, some sign distributors have local candidate signs for Rick Larsen, Helen Price Johnson, Angie Homola, Dave Paul, Melanie Bacon, and others. Candidates are asking for small donations per sign. Contact your closest Sign Distributor for more information. You can also visit candidate websites to request a yard sign.  

Sign Distributor Contact Information by Region:
Art Huffine (North Whidbey):
Susan Cyr (South Whidbey):
John Amell (North Camano):
Mary Kanter (South Camano):

  • Biden/Harris Bumper Stickers: We have just 30 bumper stickers left! We are asking for at least $5.00 per bumper sticker where all donations go towards the Island County Democrats Political Action Committee. Bumper stickers will be mailed to the address given through your ActBlue contribution. If you donate by check in the mail, we will use the address on the return address portion of the envelope and or check. You can donate by following this link:

  • Democrats 2020 Bumper Stickers: Bumper stickers are going fast! Show your support for Democrats in this election year by having one of these. We are asking at least $3.00 per bumper sticker. Donations go right into Island County Democrats Political Action Committee towards helping candidates and party building. The address given via ActBlue will be the one your sticker is mailed to. You can also donate by check in the mail where the needed information can be found below. Donate by following this link:

Donating by check?:

  • To the order of ICDPAC

  • If mailing, mail to:

    • Island County Democrats
      P.O Box 775
      Oak Harbor, WA

    • Please include your employment information, email, phone number, name, and address per PDC requirements.

Disclaimer: The mailing process may take longer for accepting and verifying your donation to pick-up a “Washington for Biden/Harris” sign.

Note from Island County Commissioner, Helen Price Johnson


This pandemic is not going away soon, so it has been a big focus for me to be sure the County is supporting our local community with the resources our County has been provided by the state. Significant investments have been made in local businesses, non-profits, and families in need. In preparation for a future vaccine, we are partnering with WhidbeyHealth to purchase necessary ultra-cold storage units so we can be ready whenever this is available. These funds end in November, unless Congress takes action. One thing we can do is shop locally. A catalog of local goods and services is being created to boost our local economy. Special holiday gift boxes will be featured as well as many goods and services. Staying local helps keep our neighbors employed and it reduces travel too. So let's do all we can to stay safe and reduce the spread of this virus during the upcoming holidays. 


Commissioner Helen Price Johnson

Note from Island County Commissioner, Janet St. Clair

My second year in office is drawing to a close.  Frankly, as hard as this year has been I love this job.  It gives me joy to listen and seek solutions.  I work hard to research and find answers to the issues we face.  Of course, the biggest issue we faced this year was COVID 19.  I appreciate the hard work of my colleagues as we worked together to balance public safety with economic recovery and getting kids back to school.  There were no perfect answers but we worked together.  Our team put their heart and minds into working through this unprecedented pandemic.  And I know we all stand ready to serve next year.  This is not a short term crisis but an ongoing challenge we must conquer together.  It’s frustrating when we see those who don’t take it seriously and I encourage you to amplify our message.  Stay safe-wear a mask, keep your distance and avoid social gatherings.  That said, let’s also amplify a message of kindness and respect.  Let’s model the best of our community as we come together.  We can do this.  We just need to stay the course. Thanks for your efforts.  As we turn back the clocks on November 1st and prepare for victory on November 3, let’s also fall back on the best of who we are and what community means.  We are stronger together and there is more we share than that which divides us.  Be safe.

We are a mere few days from the election.  It has been a grueling year, or rather a grueling four years.  But let’s take a few moments to focus on the local political world.  We are privileged to have a local candidate on South Whidbey who has shown grit, heart and determination in her effort to be the next Island County Commissioner.  I hope I have the privilege of serving with her.  On the state level, we have a current Commissioner who has served with all her heart for 12 years.  She is more than a hometown hero, she is a local treasure.  I have been lucky to serve with Helen Price Johnson and am certain she would make an amazing State senator.  Dave Paul and Angie Homola would be excellent Representatives in Olympia.  They know our communities.  They understand public service.  And they will focus on serving the people.  It takes courage to run for office.  It takes commitment and it takes immense energy.  We all need to thank these folks for stepping up. It has been a pleasure to wave signs, phone bank and work to support these fine Democrats.  I have my fingers crossed but truth is, its not about luck but rather about the cadre of volunteers who put hours into these campaigns.  Let’s vote blue and bring it home!

Janet St. Clair, Island County Commissioner District 3

Message from 2nd CD Congressman Rick Larsen


With less than a week until Election Day, now is the time to do everything we can to beat Trump, elect Democrats and restore our democracy. Over the next six days, Team Larsen is focused on Getting Out the Vote by calling and texting voters, sign waving and lit dropping. Visit to join us in our final GOTV push. 

I have joined 14 virtual candidate forums hosted by nonpartisan groups throughout the district this election year to hear directly from voters. These forums have shown the stark differences between me and my Trump Republican opponent on COVID-19 relief, economic recovery, health care, climate change, voting rights and more.

The Everett Herald noted these clear differences in their endorsement of our campaign. I am also honored to be endorsed by the Whidbey News-Times.

In addition to forums, we have been hard at work reaching out to voters. In the general, I have made 1,860 calls to 2nd District voters and Team Larsen and Washington Democrats’ Coordinated Campaign have made 220,000 calls into the 2nd District. 

The stakes of this election are too high to sit out. Make sure to remind your family and friends to return their ballot. We have just six days to help Democrats win big. Join me tonight at 6 p.m. for a virtual update on the state of play for the election. RSVP to and we will send you a link to participate.


Messages from the Candidates

Melanie Bacon
As we near the end of a long and difficult campaign year, I want to thank the ICD for your endorsement and support with my campaign. Particularly in this last month, your donations were critical in helping us get the word out. I am also very grateful to all the individuals who assisted us by endorsing, advising, donating, sign waving, spreading the word--and of course, most importantly, voting. I promise to be a great County Commissioner for you.

I had an interesting experience while sign-waving in Oak Harbor on Saturday, on the corner of Pioneer and Highway 20. A Republican caravan--at least a dozen cars and trucks, covered with signs supporting all Republican candidates (except Jill Johnson)--drove by honking and then parked in the big parking lot across the street from where I stood. I think I foiled their plans by being in the location where they wanted to sign wave themselves, and after a half-hour or so they all left, some I think to move to Windjammer Park while others headed out of town. But a woman from the group came over to talk to me. She told me she loves my opponent but she thinks I will win--and she wanted to share with me her story of frustration with a department at the County, so that I will be ready to help her when the time comes. I told her that after I'm County Commissioner she should contact me again. I felt good that she considered me so approachable, even in that very weird situation with her buddies watching us from their Trump trucks.

I will be joining the ICD on election night and look forward to celebrating with all of you. I also want to invite you to join my campaign team on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the rest of the ballot counts are released. You can register here to attend any or all of those campaign team meetings.

When: Nov 4, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Dave Paul
Dear Friends,

Election season is coming to a close--I am so humbled by the support 
of all of you, and I cannot thank you enough.

I’m very proud of the campaign we are running: we are focused on 
issues and our record in the Legislature. We’ve called thousands of 
voters, and we found many ways to connect with voters virtually. 
Thanks to my co-managers Beth and Maya for their outstanding work. 
Thanks as well to our amazing group of interns— Helen, Keelie, Bailey, 
Rachel, Graham, and Evelyn.

It takes a lot to run a successful campaign, and volunteers play an 
incredibly critical role--from canvassing and phone-banking, to making 
a contribution or hosting meet-and-greets, to sign-waving and talking 
to friends.  We could not do it without you: thank you very much.


Helen Price Johnson
Thanks so much to you for your support in this tight race. We are in the final days of this campaign and it is really heating up.   My opponent and his allies are throwing a ton of negative media at us, and we are pushing back with a strong media campaign, postcards, and mailers. Every vote will count in this race, so be sure to get your ballot in now and encourage everyone you know to do the same. I am very grateful for the many individuals who have fueled my campaign. Hope to be celebrating with you November 3rd.  Let's Give 'em Helen!!!!!


Your generous contributions will directly help ICD:

  • Host local community education and information events

  • Coordinate local Democratic Party volunteers activities

  • Train and inspire PCOs to action

  • Provide tools, materials and space for local Democratic Party planning and organizing

For the biggest bang for your buck, mail your checks to:

P.O. Box 775
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
or  Donate by credit card (a fee is deducted from your donation for processing the transaction) through 
Act Blue

For those submitting donations by check please write down on a separate piece of paper your name, employer/employment status, phone number, email address, and mailing address to meet PDC requirements.

Thank you!!


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