About the Whatcom Democrats

 

Our Platform and Resolutions

In even-numbered years, Democrats of Whatcom County prepare and adopt a Platform. This document outlines basic principles to which local Democrats subscribe. It identifies issues that Whatcom Democrats will pursue in the succeeding two years and beyond. The Platform also serves as a guiding tool for evaluating candidates seeking Whatcom Democrats’ endorsement for election or for support of ballot measures.

The Platform is prepared by a Platform Committee, composed of members of the Whatcom Democrats and participants in their biannual caucuses. The Committee considers discussions at the caucuses and monthly Central Committee meetings. The Committee creates a Draft Platform, which is distributed to the delegates and alternates in advance of the County Convention held in even-numbered years. Following debate and amendment, it is adopted by the County Convention. Whatcom Democrats Precinct Committee Officers and members work to accomplish the goals in the Platform and to communicate regularly with Democratic elected officials to support action consistent with the Platform.

 

Our Platform:

  • Agriculture, Aquaculture, Forestry, and Food

    Our Values

    Owner/operator farmers, foresters, and fishers are primary stewards of the land and sea. Agricultural skills, careers, businesses, infrastructure, and lifestyles are essential to our country’s survival.

    Land use management and zoning are effective tools to reduce carbon emissions and energy use and to protect the quality of resources held in common for the benefit of the greater community, region, sensitive environments, and agricultural viability indefinitely into the future.

    Crop diversity, conservation, and environmental efforts that preserve agricultural land and natural resources are critical to the viability of food, fuel, and forest production, both now and in the future.

    The health of the community depends on access to healthy food and clean water.

    Animals in food and agricultural production must be treated humanely.

    Work to eliminate hunger by ensuring food security and adequate nutrition for all Americans.

    Support nutrition and health programs that keep seniors healthy and able to stay in their homes.

    Demand an end to the global land grab by governments and corporations buying up farmland around the globe to produce their own food, or simply to make a profit.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Keep the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fully funded.

    Whatcom County: Seek resolution of competing water rights claims, for the mutual benefit of fish, farms, people, tribes and the environment.

    Whatcom County: Expand the Purchase and Transfer of Development Rights programs and other conservation initiatives to protect farm and forest lands.

    Whatcom County: Develop affordable housing for farmworkers.

    Washington State Legislature: Clearly label genetically modified food so consumers are able to make informed choices.

    U.S. Congress and Washington State: Reduce use of herbicides, pesticides, and other hazardous materials.

    Whatcom County and Washington State: Permanently sustain forests by inventory age bracket, especially old growth, under third-party certification favoring selective harvesting and groundwater erosion control while preserving wildlife habitat.

    Whatcom County and Washington State: Support community food and school lunch programs using healthy local foods.

    U.S. Congress: Phase out farm subsidies that disproportionately favor large corporate farmers. End all subsidies to Big Sugar and corn, wheat, soy, tobacco, and other agricultural commodities.

    Washington State Legislature: Expand Land Grant College Act funding of research for sustainable farming and fisheries.

    Washington State Legislature: Legalize cultivation of industrial hemp.

    Washington State Legislature: Improve protection of our waters from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO).

  • Our Values

    Corporations are purely juridical, not natural (living, breathing) persons. As such their rights should always be subordinated to the rights of natural persons set forth in the Bill of Rights, Fourteenth Amendment, and Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Rural areas should have adequate access to all media.

    Antitrust laws should be enforced to prevent mergers and takeovers that 1) limit market competition, and 2) reduce the independent voices and diversity essential to democracy.

    Public radio and public television should be accorded adequate, stable funding free of political pressure.

    An informed public must have uncensored access to reporting from theaters of war, so long as such reporting does not reveal tactical information or endanger troops.

    All offshore arrangements designed to reduce taxes, avoid disclosure obligations, and exposure to regulatory oversight should be illegal.

    We oppose corporate privatization of water supplies.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Federal Government: Overturn the Citizens United and McCutcheon rulings.

    FCC: Guarantee Internet Neutrality, in which all users and content providers have equal access to Internet service, without discrimination or prioritization on the basis of source, destination, or technology.

    U.S. Congress and Washington State: Support a Constitutional Amendment to ban corporate personhood, as well as immediate legislation to stop the effects until the Amendment can be passed.

    Federal government, Washington State, City of Bellingham: Strengthen non-profit and non-commercial radio and TV.

    U.S. Congress: Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.

    Washington State Legislature: Ensure affordable access to high-speed Internet and other media.

    Federal government: Vigorously enforce anti-trust laws, including against Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Agriculture, and major military contractors.

    Federal government: Prohibit the revolving door whereby industry executives are chosen to run agencies that regulate that industry, and then return to that industry for lucrative positions afterwards.

    U.S. Congress: Pass the Brokaw Act to increase transparency and strengthen oversight of activist hedge funds.

    U.S. Congress: Prohibit all use of offshore and onshore arrangements designed to evade taxes, avoid disclosure obligations, and exposure to regulatory oversight, with both criminal penalties and minimum fines that are set as a high enough percentage of a firm’s income to be a true deterrent.

    Federal government: In cooperation with the European Union and others, compel all foreign countries and territories to alter their laws to provide full transparency about offshore accounts, and cooperation with the tax authorities of other countries, or face being frozen out of the U.S. financial system.

    U.S. Congress: Make formation of onshore anonymous shell companies in the U.S. (in states such as Delaware, Nevada, and Wyoming) illegal. Pass the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act to require all shell companies to report their real owners.

    City of Bellingham: Establish a municipal Internet service.

    U.S. Congress: Reinstitute the Glass-Steagall Act separating investment banking from savings and loan banking. Either rigorously enforce the Volcker Rule in Dodd-Frank or adopt whatever other legislation is necessary to ensure that no bank or financial service company (such as AIG) is ever again too big to fail.

  • Our Values

    Everyone should have equal access to the criminal justice system and be treated equally under the law.

    All racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and class-based profiling and discriminatory law enforcement must be banned and all federal, state and local enforcement agencies must take steps to eliminate the practice.

    Current rates of incarceration are a national shame. Restorative justice programs must be enacted over criminalization for non-violent crimes. We are opposed to construction of for-profit, private, jails, prisons, or detention centers in Whatcom County.

    The “war on drugs” must end and be replaced with policies aimed at reducing harm to users, to others, to state and local budgets, and to the community.

    We condemn all forms of terror, whether by governments or nongovernmental entities, whether domestic or foreign, right-wing or left-wing.

    We condemn all forms of bias based on race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, and religion. Such behavior violates the core American principle that all human beings have equal worth and should be treated with equal dignity. Black lives matter as much as any other lives because all lives are of equal worth and concern. Police shootings of unarmed citizens are a national disgrace, as are harassment, abuse, and discrimination, and must be investigated and prosecuted.

    Acting violently based on interpretations of any religion or ideology is incompatible with democracy, human rights, and morality. It is important for those who hold peaceful and democratic interpretations of these doctrines to denounce violent and authoritarian actions.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Washington State Legislature: Decriminalize possession and use of personal quantities of psychoactive drugs, reserving criminal penalties for the illegal sale of controlled substances.

    Washington State Legislature, United States Congress: Abolish the death penalty.

    Washington State and other states: Close privately owned prisons and oppose the privatization of prisons overall.

    Washington State Legislature: Repeal the three strikes law.

    Washington State Legislature: Repeal mandatory minimum sentence laws.

    Washington State Legislature: Repeal 1986 police impunity law. Police should resort to lethal force only as a last recourse, after exhausting all other means.

    U.S. Congress, Washington State Legislature: Demilitarize police departments.

    Washington State Legislature: Abolish felony disenfranchisement, as in Maine and Vermont.

    Washington State Legislature: Switch to day fines as in Netherlands, Germany, and the Nordic countries, based on amount earned by the individual per day.

    U.S. Congress: Pass the No More Money Bail Act.

    Washington State Legislature: Ban private bail bonds, as Oregon has already done.

    Washington State Legislature: Limit the number of rounds allowed per magazine for semiautomatic guns to no more than ten, as in California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York.

    Washington State Legislature: Criminalize complicity in gun crimes in which the registered owner has not swiftly reported a gun theft.

    U.S. Congress: Make interstate gun trafficking a federal crime, and increase penalties for so-called “straw-man” sales in which someone buys a gun to deliver to a third party.

    U.S. Congress: End the ban on federal funding for research into gun violence.

    Washington State Legislature: Allow growing up to four cannabis plants per residence for private consumption, kept out of public view, as in Oregon.

    Federal Government: Reverse Supreme Court decision that allows excessive strip-searches.

    Federal Government, Washington State: Eliminate racial profiling by government or law enforcement.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Eliminate intervention in our local court system.

    Federal Government, Washington State, Whatcom County Sheriff, and city police forces: Base asset seizures on court conviction rather than mere arrest or presumption of guilt.

    Washington State Legislature: Provide adequate funding for indigent defendants in criminal cases.

    FBI, State Police, Whatcom County Sheriff, city police forces: Assure accountability in law enforcement through independent review, including meaningful citizen participation.

    Whatcom County Sheriff, city police forces: Increase training of all law enforcement on how to recognize and manage events involving veterans and others who have seizures and mental-health events.

    U.S. Congress: Move military sexual assault prosecution out of the chain of command to an independent prosecuting body.

    Washington State Legislature: End discrimination against women in indecent exposure law. Specify that women may be topless when and where men are allowed to be topless.

    Whatcom County and cities: Designate clothing-optional public beaches.

    City of Bellingham: Permitted events with prearranged times and routes that involve non-lewd nudity should not be interfered with by police just because an individual phones in a complaint. Seattle no longer arrests participants in the annual World Naked Bike Ride; Bellingham should do likewise.

  • Our Values

    Education is a cornerstone of a healthy democracy, and a thriving, competitive economy. A vibrant public education system ensures our nation’s bright future.

    We must ensure access to equal educational opportunities for all students and foster respect for the diverse cultural communities of Whatcom County.

    Deemphasize standardized testing and ensure that teacher evaluation is not tied to standardized test scores.

    We believe schools should be a safe place for all students, faculty and staff. Personal and online bullying will not be tolerated.

    The work of public educators is vital and their salaries and benefits should be comparable with other professionals with similar experience and educational requirements.

    We oppose public funding of charter schools and school vouchers.

    Public Higher Education must be affordable.

    We support funding for Head Start, pre-kindergarten, vocational education, basic skills education, life skills education and smaller class sizes.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Washington State Legislature: Honor the State Constitution mandate to fully fund K-12 education as stated by the Washington Supreme Court McCleary decision.

    Washington State and local school boards: Increase and maintain support for the creative and performing arts, vocational education, and physical education.

    Federal Government: Loan money to students at the same rate offered to large banks through the Federal Reserve discount window.

    U.S. Congress: Make public universities and colleges tuition free.

    Washington State Legislature: Lower the threshold for passing local school bonds from 60% to simple majority, the same as for levies.

    Washington State Legislature: Protect student athletes at public universities and colleges from losing scholarships as a result of injury.

    Federal government: Implement the funding provisions allowed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to allocate or fully fund the 40 percent of the additional increased costs for special needs students.

    Washington State Legislature: Stop the privatization and corporatization of public education, such as Pearson Company GED testing that displaces teachers in the classroom.

  • Our Values

    Health of the physical environment directly impacts the short-term and long-term health of our citizens, communities, economy, and wildlife, and must be protected.

    Fossil fuels are a finite and dwindling resource and we must swiftly transform our economy and technology to be based on renewable energy sources.

    All countries and governments must respond swiftly and strongly to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to slow the rise in the global temperature and reduce the long-term effects of climate change, ocean acidification, and rising oceans levels.

    Regulations must be used to ensure that the cost of environmental degradation be paid for by those who create the pollution or benefit from the action that caused the pollution.

    Preservation of biological diversity, including endangered and threatened species, and restoration of previously extirpated species.

    Place greater emphasis on public and non-motorized transportation modes, such as walking, bicycling, buses, ferries, and passenger rail service.

    Protect the integrity and purity of Lake Whatcom, the drinking water supply for Bellingham.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Federal Government: Tax carbon and tax methane in terms of CO2 equivalents, and use the revenues for two purposes: 1) Research and development of technologies that drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses; 2) Fund Social Security and Medicare, while reducing the highly regressive payroll tax.

    Washington State Legislature and Executive Branch: Adopt a comprehensive state-level climate policy that will meet the emissions targets set in RCW 70.235.020. Tax carbon and tax methane in terms of CO2 equivalents, using the revenues to fully fund K-12 education as mandated by the state constitution, and to finance research and development and subsidies for technologies that drastically reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses. Eliminate all electricity from coal, including electricity generated from coal in other states. Mandate LEED or equivalent standards for construction.

    Federal Government: Maintain the ban on oil drilling and exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    Whatcom County and city governments: Enact local laws, regulations, and zoning that enable local public and private initiatives to develop renewable energy sources. All new public buildings should follow LEED environmental standards.

    Whatcom County, City of Bellingham: Convert to public power in order to promote higher use of renewable energy and smart grids.

    Federal Government: Clean up and eliminate the Hanford Nuclear Reservation site as a repository of additional nuclear waste.

    Washington State, British Columbia: Clean up the Salish Sea and waters emptying into it, and enact new laws or regulations as needed to eliminate pollution at the source.

    Whatcom County: Comply with the Growth Management Act.

    Washington State Legislature: Ban fracking.

    Whatcom County, Cities of Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Blaine: Improve pedestrian and bicycle accessibility through multiple-use paths, bike lanes, traffic calming, and similar initiatives aimed at increasing the percentage of trips using muscle power instead of fossil fuels, and in so doing contributing to fitness and health.

    Washington State, Amtrak: Improve passenger rail service between Whatcom County and points north and south, making service faster and more frequent, as a viable alternative to using and expanding I-5.

    Washington State: Protect newly reestablished wolf populations.

    National Park Service, Washington State: Restore a self-sustaining grizzly bear population in the North Cascades.

    Washington State, Whatcom County: Limit urban sprawl and preserve farmland, wildlife habitat, and natural resources essential to our economic and environmental well being.

    Washington State, Federal Government, Whatcom County: Protect our critical environmental areas, including wilderness areas, old growth forests, wildlife habitat areas and corridor, wetlands, streams, the Columbia River, Salish Sea, coastlines, and Pacific Ocean, through vigilant monitoring and planned growth management.

    Washington State, Whatcom County: We oppose plans to ship coal to other nations.

    Washington State Legislature: Develop a statewide rail plan in cooperation with local jurisdictions, Amtrak, and freight railroads to substitute grade separation for existing grade crossings; to account for future expansion of rail lines and rail traffic; to identify safety improvements to mitigate the shipment of hazardous cargoes; and to equitably share the costs of these changes.

    Federal Government: Implement safety standards for rail tank cars carrying flammable liquids including crude oil and petroleum. Mandate replacement or retrofitting of existing tank cars to meet the new standards.

    Washington State Legislature: Increase safeguards for oil spill prevention and response. Mandate tug escort requirements for oil tankers. Improve emergency response for oil transport by rail and pipeline. Close the oil tax loophole and assign the revenues to improved public service.

    Federal Government: We oppose the Keystone XL pipeline and similar oil pipelines.

    City of Bellingham: Make Food Plus and recycling mandatory for all food service businesses.

    City of Bellingham and Whatcom County: Fund the Lake Whatcom invasive species inspection program entirely from registration fees.

    City of Bellingham and Whatcom County: Ban all fuel motorized craft from Lake Whatcom, source of Bellingham’s drinking water supply.

    City of Bellingham: Convert a downtown street into a pedestrian mall (as in Boulder CO, Burlington VT, Santa Monica CA).

    City of Bellingham: Promote denser development as practiced in the “New Urbanism” school of city planning. Follow the Comprehensive Plan, including urban villages and the design standards. No more sprawl.

    Port of Bellingham, City of Bellingham: Support a public waterfront.

    Washington State, Whatcom County, City of Bellingham: commit to moving entirely to renewable energy in twenty years (as in San Diego). Divest from fossil fuels (as in Seattle and Portland).

    Federal government, Washington State, Whatcom County, City of Bellingham: No new fossil fuel infrastructure.

    WTA: We encourage expansion of bus routes to better access work sites, services, recreational areas (e.g. Artist Point) and expanded weekend service.

    Port of Bellingham: Offer seasonal foot & bike ferry service to San Juan Islands from Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

  • Our Values

    The United States must balance a strong defense with due respect for equitable, just practices, and policy with other nations and peoples. Diplomacy, dialogue, and non-violent conflict resolution (“Soft Power”) are in keeping with our nation’s goals and principles, and must be our first resort.

    Supporting self-determination of all nations and supporting the rights, liberties, and well being of the peoples of all nations and ethnicities best advance our principles, aspirations and interests.

    Any prolonged military engagement should have Congressional authorization as required by the Constitution.

    We favor nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear arms reduction, and international control of fissile material.

    Our government should not engage in overt or covert efforts to destabilize other nations’ governments.

    The government of the United States should work with transnational corporations and lending institutions, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank to develop ways to better handle Third World debt, including debt forgiveness where repayment is not feasible.

    Existing international trade agreements should be renegotiated to incorporate—and future international trade agreements should incorporate—human rights, labor rights, environmental laws, transparency at all levels, and basic democratic procedures.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    U.S. federal government: Pay all back dues to the United Nations.

    U.S. Congress: Reduce discretionary military spending and reinvest savings to green energy, health, education, housing, and infrastructure.

    Federal Government and United Nations: Call on all governments, including ours, to secure nuclear weapons and reduce their production, stockpiling and testing. Negotiate further reductions in nuclear warheads.

  • Our Values

    Transparency is essential to a full and functioning democracy. Over-classification of government documents is not in the public interest. We strongly support the Freedom of Information Act. We oppose prosecution of whistleblowers.

    We support wide participation in the process by citizens and a rejection of the corrosive influence of corporate money on our government.

    We regard voting to be a right, not a privilege. We oppose all forms of voter suppression. Abolish the caucus system of selecting delegates and use the already established Washington State primary to award delegates to the Democratic Party nominating convention.

    We strongly support a level-playing field for all potential candidates, incumbent or challenger.

    We believe in restoring the ethic of public service in all activities of government.

    Lawmakers must not adopt unfunded mandates.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Washington State Legislature: Adopt automatic voter registration, as in Oregon & California.

    Washington State Legislature: Adopt Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) for all elections.

    Washington State Legislature: Amend the State Constitution to make the Washington Redistricting Commission less dominated by the two major political parties, and more like the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, which has greatly reduced “safe districts” and made elections more competitive.

    U.S. Senate: Fix rules that allow abuse of the filibuster. Require that filibusters for all purposes be based on continually speaking from the floor without recess, and eliminate “holds.”

    U.S. Congress, Washington State Legislature: Establish a strong system to publicly finance elections.

    Federal Government: Ban electronic voting machines without a voter-verifiable paper ballot, and at least a sample mini-audit of the accuracy of the machine counts.

    Federal Government, Washington State, Whatcom County and city governments: Assure greater transparency when governments at all levels are writing agreements or legislation.

    Democratic National Committee: Repeal “super delegate” system.

    U.S. Congress: Pass a constitutional amendment to eliminate the Electoral College in favor of presidential election by direct popular vote.

    U.S. Congress: Make Election Day a national holiday.

    U.S. Congress: Set up an independent, non-partisan agency (similar to Elections Canada) to ensure that all U.S. citizens can exercise their choices in federal elections through a widely inclusive and impartial process. This agency would map electoral districts, automatically register all citizens when they turn 18, enforce electoral legislation, and end gerrymandering and voter suppression.

    County Council and State Legislature: Run Conservation District elections through county auditors’ offices.

  • Our Values

    Quality health care, including mental health care, is a basic human right.

    We support expanding the federal Affordable Care Act into a single-payer health care plan, which is the best method to control costs, ensure access to affordable prescriptions, and deliver the highest quality of care.

    It is essential that our health care system treat all patients equally, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, age, or state of one’s health or legal status.

    We oppose employers using their personal religious beliefs to restrict employee benefits.

    Healthcare facilities that receive public funding must not restrict legally approved medical procedures, for religious or other reasons.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Washington State Legislature: Institute a single payer health care plan as a stepping-stone toward a national single payer system.

    Federal Government and Washington State: Support public funding for reproductive health services, such as Planned Parenthood.

    Washington State Legislature: Allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills, as in California and Oregon.

    Federal Government: Prohibit advertising of prescription drugs.

    Federal Government: Authorize Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with pharmaceutical companies.

    U.S. Congress: FDA laws must require all drug trial results be made publicly available and included in determinations of safety and efficacy. FDA review panels must exclude those scientists funded by pharmaceutical companies.

    Federal government, Washington State, Whatcom County and cities, Port of Bellingham, neighborhood associations: Scale up emergency planning, upgrade construction standards, and retrofit existing buildings and transportation infrastructure in anticipation of Cascadia subduction zone earthquake.

    County Executive: Fully fund EMS.

    Mental Health Priorities:

    Federal Government, Washington State: We need more beds dedicated to mental health care with longer stays to stabilize individuals and to prevent relapses that create costly medical care and need for costly social services.

    Whatcom County, local cities: Create halfway houses to transition individuals to ordinary life, following treatment.

    Whatcom County, local cities: Fund twenty-four hour, seven days a week clinics, with triage, fully staffed. Fund school-based mental health treatment to provide best access for all children.

    Whatcom County: Every jail or detention facility must include mental health treatment and services for drug and alcohol addiction.

  • Our Values

    Respect the equality and dignity of all people and affirm all human rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We honor the rich diversity of society and our party.

    Support complete equality and seek to end all discrimination based upon age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

    Support the right to observe any or no religion. We honor all forms of religious and spiritual diversity. We adamantly support our American tradition of separation of church and state at all levels of government.

    Support the right of people to be provided with contraception and medically accurate, comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education and the right of women to make reproductive and medical choices without criminal repercussions to women or medical professionals.

    We support housing the homeless on the Housing First model, premised on the notion that housing is a basic human right, and so should not be denied to anyone, even if they are abusing alcohol or other substances. This is in contrast to models that require the homeless to abjure substance abuse and seek treatment in exchange for housing.

    We support the University of Chicago Statement on Free Expression, adopted by Princeton, Purdue, Johns Hopkins, American University, and others: “it is not the proper role of the University to attempt to shield individuals from ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive. … The freedom to debate and discuss the merits of competing ideas does not, of course, mean that individuals may say whatever they wish, wherever they wish. The University may restrict expression that violates the law, that falsely defames a specific individual, that constitutes a genuine threat or harassment … But these are narrow exceptions to the general principle of freedom of expression”

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Washington State Legislature: Pass an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

    Washington State Legislature and other state legislatures nationwide: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

    Federal government and Washington State Legislature: public restrooms should have gender-neutral capacity.

    U.S. Congress: Repeal the USA PATRIOT ACT.

    All levels of government: Prohibit warrantless domestic spying by intelligence services, by other governmental bodies, and by private companies acting on their behalf.

    U.S. Senate: Ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the American Convention on Human Rights, and recognize the binding jurisdiction of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.

  • Our Values

    All people are entitled to human rights and dignity regardless of country of origin or lack of documentation.

    Immigration is an issue of global displacement contributed to by unequal economic opportunity, political instability, or war. We should not criminalize or stigmatize immigrants.

    We oppose using local law enforcement as agents of immigration enforcement.

    We support provisions to improve wages and working conditions of immigrant workers—including safe and adequate housing, medical care, and education—to protect them from exploitation and to protect American workers from being undercut by an undocumented and exploited workforce.

    We oppose any effort to deputize, commission, finance, or otherwise encourage vigilante border militia groups in the United States.

    We must discourage illegal immigration and encourage lawful immigration by eliminating ethnic bias in quotas and speeding timely processing of applications for entry, asylum, temporary work permits, and lawful permanent residence (“green cards”).

    We must provide fair and humane treatment of immigrants, reuniting families and crafting a fair path to legal status and eventual citizenship for those already living here.

    Border control measures should be both effective and consistent with individual liberties.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Federal Government: End deportation or detention, without due process of law, of any person that is a primary or sole caregiver for a minor child or disabled dependent regardless of citizenship status.

    Federal and state governments: End corporate profiteering of human life by closing privately run detention facilities.

    Federal Government: Streamline and expedite the processing of applications for asylum or refugee status for persons fleeing from areas of war, genocide, and political oppression.

    U.S. Congress: Create a path to citizenship for undocumented persons already residing within the United States, and for immigrants who complete higher education in the U.S.

    U.S. Congress: Pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which allows children of undocumented immigrants temporary residency to allow them to pursue higher education.

    U.S. Congress: End the current guest worker program.

    U.S. Congress: Repeal the 3 and 10-year bars preventing people from applying for legal status.

    U.S. Congress: Provide habeas corpus for non-citizens.

  • Our Values

    We believe in a tax structure that is judiciously based on ability to pay. Our government should have the ability to provide vital services and promote the general welfare in times of crisis as well as times of prosperity.

    We need reform of our banks and credit card companies to protect consumers.

    Workers are entitled to a safe and fair work environment, gender equity, the right to organize, a fair livable wage, trade laws that keep jobs in this country, and protection from retaliation.

    We support trade that is equitable to both parties and enforces workers’ rights, environmental rights, and produces products that are safe for consumers. So-called “free-trade” agreements that are more about corporate protectionism than free trade (securing and extending patents, trademarks, and copyrights abroad, and protecting global franchise agreements, securities, and loans) only exacerbate inequality at home and abroad.

    Social Security is essential to keeping the elderly out of poverty. As a means of reducing inequality, it should be expanded for low-earning Americans to guarantee a minimum income comparable to a “living wage.”

    2016 Policy Priorities

    U.S. Congress: No cutbacks in Social Security. Raise the minimum social security benefits for all Americans.

    U.S. Congress: Remove the upper income limit on Social Security payroll taxes.

    U.S. Congress: Tax financial transactions.

    Federal Government: Implement a strong and effective Financial Consumer Protection Agency.

    Federal Government: Provide tax incentives for companies to keep jobs in the US or return them here. Create tax disincentives for leaving, including recovery of tax breaks claimed over the previous decade and recapture of depreciation benefits.

    U.S. Congress and Executive Branch: Strengthen and enforce whistleblower laws, providing protection and restitution for any whistleblowers that lose their livelihoods.

    Washington State, Whatcom County, and local cities: Encourage transfer of government institutional accounts out of national banks and into local banks and credit unions.

    Washington State Legislature: Establish a State Bank.

    Washington State Legislature: Promote the formation of employee and consumer cooperatives by offering loans to purchase businesses in which management intends to shift production abroad.

    Washington State Legislature: Prioritize employee pensions in bankruptcy proceedings, and prohibit pensions based on stock options.

    U.S. Congress: Enforce separation of Banking and Investment Institutions by reinstating Glass-Steagall laws.

    U.S. Federal Government: We oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the Trade in Services Agreement, which give extraordinary powers to corporations over governments. Insist that any new trade agreements incorporate enforceable guarantees of human rights, labor rights, environmental laws, and transparency at all levels, and basic democratic procedures that require buy-in from civil society stakeholders.

    U.S. Federal Government: Reject trade agreements that prioritize corporate protectionism over free trade (securing and extending patents, trademarks, and copyrights abroad, and protecting global franchise agreements, securities, and loans), and that enable corporations to sue governments who seek to regulate harms to their citizens (e.g. banning cigarette advertising, climate change legislation).

    Washington State Legislature and U.S. Congress: Raise inheritance taxes and lower the exemption to a million dollars.

    Washington State: Repeal day use admission fees at state parks, replacing them with a funding source that does not impose a disproportionate burden on those with lower incomes.

    U.S. Congress: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.

    Washington State Legislature: End the piece rate wage for employees.

  • Our Values

    People who work full time should not live in poverty. People who have worked should have retirement security.

    We believe in the fundamental right of workers to unionize. We support the right of workers to negotiate their full compensation package, including wages, benefits, and pensions. We support 50 percent plus one union recognition or “card check.”

    We should fight for and demand a living wage wherever we can.

    We support paid sick days, and believe that this sets a value on caring for our families that our communities support and endorse.

    We oppose any form of wage theft, such as classifying workers as independent contractors so that employers can avoid paying their share of Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, or worker comp. Other examples are denying breaks or lunch periods, or making workers don uniforms or clean up off the clock, or making them work overtime without overtime pay.

    We believe that we are a stronger economy, community, state, and nation when we Buy American.

    Community Benefit Agreements, Project Labor Agreements and other cooperative agreements that simultaneously empower workers, citizens, and community are to be supported, enacted, and enforced wherever possible.

    We support a responsible unemployment insurance system for all workers.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    U.S. Congress, Washington State Legislature, Whatcom County, City of Bellingham and other local cities: Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and keep it adjusted for inflation.

    Federal Government, Washington State, Whatcom County, and local cities: Projects funded by public dollars should have domestic content sourcing in those projects. Projects funded with private dollars should be encouraged to source domestically, through incentives.

    Federal Government, State of Washington: Fund training for displaced workers and economic support during their transition period.

    Washington State Legislature and other state legislatures: Oppose so-called “right to work” legislation.

    Washington State Legislature: Oppose legislation to change the No-Fault Worker Compensation System to a lump sum “structured settlements” system.

    U.S. Congress: Pass the Employee Free Choice Act to require a union to be certified as the official union to bargain with an employer if union officials collect signatures of a majority of workers.

  • Our Values

    We recognize the inherent sovereignty and treaty rights of Native American tribes as self-determining and self-governing within the framework of U.S. federal and state law and treaty obligations, with treaty obligations taking precedence.

    We oppose any current or past efforts at forced assimilation or distortion of U.S. history.

    Federal recognition of tribes within Washington State that meet the minimum threshold of the Department of the Interior.

    Concerted efforts to maintain and protect traditional species of marine, animal, and plant life that are critical to Native American cultures and economies.

    The preservation, protection and restoration of sites of historic, cultural and religious significance, including Native American names of sites of historic, cultural, and religious significance.

    The promotion, restoration and protection of the rights of Native American peoples, with full respect for cultural values, languages, traditions, and forms of social organization, whether or not the United States Government recognizes them.

    2016 Policy Priorities

    Whatcom County: Fully respect tribal water rights.

    Federal government, Washington State, Whatcom County: Fully respect Lummi and Nooksack treaty rights against interference, including traditional fishing rights and sacred burial grounds.

Our Resolutions:

Proposed resolutions should be submitted to the Issues & Resolutions Committee in the format required by the state party, as specified in this sample resolution. They will then be placed on the agenda of the next regular meeting of the committee. Submitters need to attend that meeting to formally present the resolution. If approved by the committee, the resolution then advances to the next monthly general meeting of the membership for a first reading. The membership then votes on it after the second reading at the following monthly meeting. Check our calendar for meeting dates, times, and places.
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EXECUTIVE BOARD (2017 – 2018)

Our Executive Board is comprised of Elected Officers. Please contact us through our office at 647-7661 by email.

Executive Board Chair

Barbara Lewis

Executive Board Chair
1st Vice Chair

Abe Jacobson

1st Vice Chair
2nd Vice Chair

Andrew Reding

2nd Vice Chair
Secretary

Charis Snyder-Gilbert

Secretary
Treasurer

Peggy Borgens

Treasurer
State Committeewoman

Tatum Kenn

State Committeewoman
State Committeeman

Richard May

State Committeeman

WCD Committee Chairs

Positions Appointed by the Chair

Campaigns

Abe Jacobson + Karlee Deatherage

Candidates

John McGarrity + Dan Raas

Communications

John Seyler

Finance/Events

Heather Christianson

Inclusion and Diversity

Janelle Leger

Issues & Advocacy

Andrew Reding

 

Membership

Ruth Higgins

Outreach

Alexa Andrews + Daydre Phillips

Technology

Doug Hornal

Legislative Districts (LD)

42nd LD:
North Bellingham and Whatcom County

Erin Dewey

40th LD:
South Bellingham, Western Skagit and San Juan

Alex Arriaga

 

Affiliated Clubs

Each Organization has a Seat on the Board

Whatcom Democratic Women

Catherine Chambers

Whatcom County Young Democrats

Kurt Price

Western Washington University Democrats

Co-Chairs: Blair Murphy + Claire Devine

WCD Administrative Team

Not Board Positions. Please contact us through our office at 360-647-7661.

Program Coordinator

Gwen Groden

Membership Renewals

Judy Mullenix + Amanda Henkel

PCO Support

Laurel Cook

 
Letter Writers Group

Naomi Murphy

Newsletter Mailing

Sharon Alford

Data Entry

Ronalee Kincaid

 

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Our Bylaws of the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee

Through April 20, 2017

Adopted: July 12, 2000. Amended March 14, 2001; February 11, 2004; January 11, 2006; April 15, 2010; February 21st, 2013; February 18, 2016; April 20, 2017.

 

PREAMBLE

WE, the Democrats of Whatcom County, State of Washington, believe in the concepts expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America that all power to govern resides with the people. In accordance with the National Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States, we organize and pledge ourselves to promote a truly representative party open to all who support its principles.

We further pledge to make every effort to encourage maximum participation in the political process and to protect individual rights, civil liberties, our environment, and social and economic justice for all.

  • Section 1: Name

    The Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee (hereinafter referred to as the Central Committee), is the functioning body of the Whatcom County Democratic Party.

    Section 2: Purpose

    The Central Committee shall:

    1. Conduct all business of the Whatcom County Democratic Party.

    2. Raise and disburse funds in the name of the Party.

    3. Promote the election of Democrats to office through campaign-support activities.

    4. Provide political information to the public through a variety of venues.

    5. Conduct caucuses and a convention of democrats of Whatcom County every even-numbered year.

    6. Promote the values of the Democratic Party, including those in the County Platform, and local and state Democratic activities and issues.

  • Section 1: Open Membership

    The Central Committee shall be open to all who support the party and wish to be known as Democrats. All members shall enjoy equal rights, protections and opportunities in all proceedings. Discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age (except where state or federal law precludes participation), religion, sexual orientation, economic status or ethnic origin is prohibited in the conduct of Central Committee business.

    Section 2: Membership

    The membership of the Central Committee shall consist of:

    1. Precinct committee officers (hereinafter referred to as PCOs), elected or appointed, who are duly certified by the County Auditor in accordance with RCW 29A.80.040.

    2. General members, who are registered voters, residents of Whatcom County and have paid their membership dues to the Central Committee.

    3. Associate members, who are not registered to vote in Whatcom County but have paid their

    membership dues to the Central Committee.

    Section 3: Term of Membership

    1. Except for PCOs, the term of membership shall run for 12 months from the date of enrollment.

    2. The term of membership for PCOs shall coincide with their term of office as stated in RCW

    3. 29A.80.040, or until the PCO resigns or moves out of their precinct, whichever is sooner.

    Section 4: Dues

    1. The amounts and levels of dues shall be reviewed by the Executive Board and ratified by the Central Committee annually.

    2. Special allowances may be given to members residing in the same household, members over the age of 65 years or with limited income, and Associate members under the age of 18 years. Multiple levels of dues may be made available to members wishing to contribute funds above the individual membership dues level.

    3. Members designated as Honored Democrats by the Central Committee will be awarded free lifetime membership in the County Party.

    4. By State law, PCOs are not required to pay dues but are encouraged to do so.

  • Section 1: Officers

    The officers of the Central Committee shall consist of a Chair, First Vice-Chair. Second Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, State Committeeman and State Committeewoman. Officers shall be elected in accordance with procedures set forth herein.

    Section 2: Qualifications

    1. Officers must be members of the Central Committee.

    2. Attention shall be given to diversity in the selection of nominees for these offices. In accordance with RCW 29A.80.030, the Chair and one Vice-Chair shall not be of the same gender.

    Section 3: Manner of Election and Terms of Office

    1. Officers must be elected in December of even-numbered years in a manner that is consistent with applicable state law (RCW 29A.80.030), Article IV, and Roberts Rules of Order, Revised.

    2. The Nominating Committee will be appointed in October of even-numbered years. The Nominating Committee shall report their nominations to the Central Committee at the November meeting. The Nominating Committee, at its discretion, may place one or more names in nomination for each position. Nominations also will be accepted from the floor at the November and December meetings.

    3. Written notice of the time and place of the reorganization meeting and the list of candidates recruited by the nominating committee shall be provided to all elected PCOs not less than 10 days prior to the December meeting. The list of candidates shall also be made public to the membership. d) The term of office for officers of the Central Committee shall be two years.

    Section 4: Duties

    All Central Committee officers, along with the other members of the Executive Board, are responsible for effectively meeting the political goals of the Central Committee. Specific duties are as follows:

    1. Chair. The Chair shall:

    1. Serve as the presiding officer of all meetings of the Central Committee and of the Executive Board.
    1. Exercise general supervision over the affairs and activities of the Central Committee.

    2. Perform such other activities as usually pertain to the office and as may be ordered by the Central Committee or Executive Board.

    3. Appoint all committee chairs of the Central Committee, subject to the approval of the Executive Board.

    4. Serve on the Executive Committee and as an ex-officio member of all committees, except the Nominating Committee, with voice and vote.

    5. Assume responsibility of calling special meetings.

    6. Appoint, with the advice of the Executive Board, PCOs to fill vacancies which exist or occur following the biennial election of PCOs. To maintain fairness, the Chair shall refrain from making PCO appointments within 30 days prior to scheduled voting on changes to the Bylaws or for filling a vacancy in the Central Committee officer positions.

    7. Provide timely media response.

    8. Encourage communication between committees and within membership

    2. Vice-Chairs. The Vice-Chairs shall:

    1. Perform the duties of the Chair in his/her absence.

    2. Assume the Chair’s duties in the event of resignation or the inability of the Chair to serve, until such vacancy is filled by a special election.

    3. Perform any other duties as directed by the Chair or the Executive Board.

    4. Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.

    3. Secretary. The Secretary shall:

    1. Take, report and maintain an official copy of the minutes of the Central Committee and Executive Board meetings.

    2. Maintain an official copy of the By-Laws and all amendments, and an official copy of all Standing Rules of the Central Committee.

    3. Obtain, maintain, and have available at every meeting a list of PCOs and paid members in order to verify voting eligibility.

    4. Carry on correspondence of the Central Committee as directed by the Chair and/or Executive Board.

    5. Maintain a copy of all correspondence as a permanent record.

    4. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall:

    1. Receive and provide receipts for all monies on behalf of the Central Committee, and make payments for approved expenditures.

    2. Maintain an accurate accounting of all income and expenditures, and provide a monthly balance sheet and income statement for review by the Central Committee and Executive Board.

    1. Prepare and submit to the Executive Board annual financial reports.

    2. Prepare and file reports in accordance with Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) rules and regulations.

    3. Prepare and maintain a permanent copy of all correspondence and reports pertaining to the office of Treasurer.

    4. Provide for data input the correct names, addresses and phone numbers of paid members of the Central Committee.

    5. State Committeewoman and State Committeeman. The State Committeepersons shall:

    1. Represent at the State level the interests of the Whatcom County Democratic Party.

    2. Attend State meetings and report the happenings to the Central Committee.

    3. Be prepared to serve on State committees upon appointment by the State Chair.

    4. Regularly communicate with the state committeepersons of the legislative districts within Whatcom County to develop coordinated positions which will support the platforms and policies of the Whatcom County and legislative district Democratic parties.

    Section 5: Vacancies and Removals.

    1. A Central Committee officer or Executive Board member may resign by submitting written notice to the Chair (or to the Vice-Chair in the case of resignation of the Chair).

    2. A vacancy in the Central Committee officers shall be filled promptly by election, after giving PCOs at least 10 days notice.

    3. By a three-quarters (3/4) majority vote of the PCOs present and voting at a special meeting called for the purpose, a Central Committee officer may be removed from office for good and sufficient cause. By a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Executive Board, the chair of a standing or special committee may be removed from office for good and sufficient cause.

  • Section 1: General Voting

    All members of the Central Committee are entitled to vote on all matters which come before the body, except as specified in Article IV, Section 2.

    Section 2: Election of Officers and Bylaws

    1. Only elected PCOs are eligible to vote for Central Committee officers at the biennial reorganization meeting, in accordance with state law.

    2. Only PCOs are eligible to vote on changes to the Bylaws or on vacancies in Central Committee officer positions subsequent to the reorganization meeting.

    3. When a person votes as a representative, open ballots shall be used. This provision does not apply to the election by PCOs of organizational officers, provided that there is a mechanism to ensure the eligibility of those who cast ballots (e.g. a check-off list, sign-in sheet, ballot receipts).

    Section 3: Endorsement of Candidates

    1. The members of the Central Committee reserve the right to endorse candidates for public office and ballot measures in the name of Whatcom County Democrats.

    2. Rules for the conduct of endorsement voting and eligibility for endorsement shall be adopted by the Central Committee. In any case, the rules shall not be amended within 60 days of an endorsement vote.

    Section 4: Verification

    1. The Secretary shall verify those persons who are eligible to vote.

    2. Procedures shall be utilized to ensure that only eligible voters cast ballots.

  • Section 1: Participation

    Any individual may attend any meetings of the Central Committee and shall be entitled to speak, subject to the rules of the meeting.

    Section 2: Regular Meetings

    Meetings of the Central Committee shall be held on a regular monthly schedule at a designated time and place. Changes in venue must be made public in a timely fashion. When meeting times or places are changed without prior written notice to the membership, no official action may be taken.

    Section 3: Special Meetings

    1. Special meetings may be called by the Chair or by the Executive Board. A special meeting also must be called upon receipt of a petition signed by twenty percent (20%) of the existing PCOs.

    2. Notice of special meetings shall be given to members ten days prior, except in emergencies. Notice of special meetings must state the time, place and purpose for which called, and no other business shall be transacted unless two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members present concur to the additional agenda items.

    Section 4: Quorum

    A quorum of the Central Committee shall consist of 5 percent or 20 members who are eligible to vote, whichever is greater. A quorum of PCOs shall consist of 20% of existing PCOs, except as otherwise noted in the bylaws.

  • Section 1: Purposes

    Any member may bring resolutions to the Central Committee for adoption, for these and other reasons:

    1. To adopt a position that is not covered in the current County Platform, or is in conflict with the current County Platform;

    2. A member has proposed the resolution to the Executive Board and disagrees with their decision;

    3. The Executive Board believes the issue is of sufficient importance as to warrant adoption by the membership; or,

    4. The resolution relates to the powers of the Central Committee not delegated in these Bylaws to the Executive Board.

    Section 2: Introduction of Resolutions

    For resolutions involving public policy issues a resolution should be submitted by a member to the Issues and Advocacy Committee for first reading to the Central Committee. A member may introduce a resolution directly to the Central Committee if there is cause for urgent action on the issue.

    Section 3: Voting on Resolutions

    A resolution may be passed by a simple majority of those present and voting, at a subsequent meeting after the first reading. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of those present and voting is required to pass a resolution at the same meeting at which it is introduced.

  • The Executive Board is responsible to the Central Committee for long-term operational and political planning for the Central Committee and is responsible for oversight of the Executive Committee.

    Section 1: Membership

    All members of the Executive Board must become and remain members of the Central Committee. The Executive Board shall consist of the following:

    1. The officers of the County Central Committee.

    2. One representative from each legislative district committee having jurisdiction within Whatcom County. The legislative district representative shall be selected according to each legislative districts rules.

    3. The Chair of each County standing committee. A committee will have only one vote, even if Co-Chairs have been appointed.

    4. One representative from the Democratic Women’s Club, the Western Democrats’ Club, and the Whatcom Young Democrats.

    5. A representative from any other organization which advocates and works to fulfill the principles of the Democratic Party, upon recognition and acceptance of the Central Committee.

    Section 2: Executive Board Meetings

    1. The Executive Board shall meet at a regular time and place, made known to the membership

    2. Any member may attend meetings of the Executive Board, and shall be entitled to speak, subject to the rules of the meeting.

    3. The actions of the Executive Board shall be recorded by the Secretary and copies shall be distributed to the Executive Board, and made available to members at their request and at the office.

    Section 3: Duties

    The Executive Board shall:

    1. Ensure development and promotion of the goals of the Whatcom County Democratic Party.

    2. Monitor the daily corporate functions of the Central Committee.

    3. Develop an annual budget for review and approval by the Central Committee.

    4. Establish controls and monitor expenditures of the Executive Board and Central Committee officers and committees.

    5. Designate and authorize those persons permitted to disburse Central Committee funds.

    1. Designate the depository for Central Committee funds.

    2. Approve nominations of committee chairs proposed by the Central Committee Chair.

    3. Recommend to the Central Committee for approval the bestowing of special recognition as an Honored Democrat on any member whose long service and dedication has been an outstanding example to the Party.

    4. Responsible for establishing administrative procedures and controls for the Central Committee.

  • Section 1: Membership

    The Executive Committee shall consist of the Central Committee Chair, and three officers and three standing committee chairs, elected by the Executive Board.

    Section 2: Duties

    The Executive Committee shall be responsible to the Executive Board for:

    1. The day-to-day corporate activities of the Central Committee.

    2. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Board.

  • Section 1: Standing Committees

    The standing committees will be made up of Central Committee members. Members may request to attend committee meetings by contacting the committee chair prior to the meeting and may speak subject to the rules of the committee. Each committee will develop and maintain its policies and procedures. Standing committee duties are:

    1. Finance Committee:

      1. Propose and monitor the Central Committee’s annual budget.

      2. Assume responsibility for the Central Committee fundraising.

    2. Issues and Advocacy Committee:

      1. Develop programs to inform and educate Central Committee members on democratic issues and objectives, as defined in the County Platform and adopted resolutions.

      2. Identify and introduce resolutions for discussion and disposition by the Central Committee.

      3. Plan and recommend effective steps for members to follow with regards to each resolution.

      4. Coordinate a Rapid Response Team to notify local Democrats of time-sensitive opportunities to participate in actions and public comment consistent with our Platform, resolutions, and endorsements.
    1. Candidates Committee:

      1. Identify and/or recruit individuals interested in seeking public elected office.

      2. Determine individual’s positions on democratic principles.

      3. Encourage candidates to endorse and support the platform of the Whatcom County Democrats.

    2. Campaign Organization Committee:

      1. Provide information on establishing a campaign to members who are interested in running.

      2. Provide assistance to the candidates, in accordance with the Central Committee endorsement policy.

      3. Evaluate requests for and recommend allocation of campaign funds.

      4. Assist chair in recruiting and training PCOs.

    3. Inclusion and Diversity Committee:

      1. Develop projects and initiatives aimed toward improving inclusion and diversity in the membership and leadership of the Whatcom Democrats.

      2. Propose and maintain an inclusion and diversity action plan.

      3. Work with the Outreach, Communications, and Issues and Advocacy Committees to build community partnerships toward increased diversity, ensure that related issues and activities are publicized to the general membership, and ensure adequate representation of issues related to equity and social justice in the local party platform.

    4. Communications Committee:

      1. Develop and maintain communication systems within the party, including but not limited to newsletter, web site, and email lists.

      2. Assist Central Committee and its standing committees with publicity.

      3. Implement process for making available to members, the latest information about Executive Board and standing committee activities and party documents.

      4. Advise the Chair in developing media statements.

    5. Membership Committee:

      1. Work to increase the membership of the Central Committee

      2. Provide updated list of PCOs and paid members to Secretary prior to each Central Committee meeting.

    6. Outreach Committee:

      1. Coordinate and facilitate membership participation in community events.
      2. Identify potential allies and constituents for purposes of collaboration; and coordinating with Chair, Campaign, and Candidates committees.

    7. Technology Committee:

      1. Coordinate data requirements and data entry to the Central Committee computer with Central Committee officers and committees.
      2. Manage local databases and interface with state databases.
      3. Provide technical assistance and recommendations for selection and use of hardware, software and other office machinery.
      4. Provide technical assistance to other committees and officers on use of data resources.
      5. Provide technical assistance as needed for official web site and email lists.

     

    Section 2: Special Committees

    The Chair, with the approval of the Executive Board, shall appoint from time to time such special committees as are necessary to conduct the business of the Central Committee, or are prescribed elsewhere in these Bylaws. Special committees will be made up of Central Committee members.

    1. The Auditing Committee will:

      1. Annually audit the books of the Central Committee.

      2. Report audit results to the Central Committee in writing.

    2. The Bylaws Committee will:

      1. Review the Central Committee Bylaws every two years.

      2. Propose changes to the Central Committee.

    3. The Convention Committee will:

      1. Organize and conduct the biennial Whatcom County Democratic Party Convention.

      2. Coordinate planning with the Credentials Committee and Platform Committee.

    1. The Credentials Committee will:

      1. Verify against voter registration records the eligibility of each delegate and alternate delegate to the Whatcom County Democratic Party Convention.

      2. At the Convention, verify the credentials of each person wishing to be seated as a precinct

      3. delegate or alternate delegate, and report to the Convention any challenges to credentials.

    2. The Platform Committee will:

      1. Develop and publish a written plan for creating the proposed platform to be presented at the biennial county convention.

      2. Develop the proposed platform using inputs from precinct caucuses, open meetings of specialized platform subcommittees, and other Democratic sources. Except for the committee Chair, participants in the platform development process need not be members of the Central Committee.

      3. Assure that the platform will be clearly written and well-organized before being presented.

    3. The Caucus Committee will:

      1. Organize and conduct the biennial caucus of democrats of Whatcom County.

      2. Provide the caucus results to the Convention Committee, Platform Committee and

      3. Credentials Committee, and to the Washington State Democratic Party.

    4. The Nominating Committee: See Article III, Section 3.

    5. The Honored Democrats Committee will:

      1. Identify criteria for recognizing Honored Democrats.

      2. Identify all past Honored Democrats.

      3. Suggest ways for Honored Democrats to be acknowledge

  • Section 1: Amendments

    These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Central Committee provided that the proposed amendment has been read at a prior regular meeting. PCOs will be provided with a copy of the proposed amendments and sent a reminder of the time and place of the meeting at least 10 days prior to the meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Precinct Committee Officers present and voting is required to amend the Bylaws.

    Section 2: Standing Rules

    The Central Committee may adopt ordinary resolutions of a permanent nature, known as Standing Rules, to further define and prescribe policies and procedures as necessary to execute its powers defined in these Bylaws.

  • Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern all questions of procedure not covered in these Bylaws.

 
 

Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs)

PCOs (“Precinct Committee Officers”) are the neighborhood-level elected representatives of the party. Whatcom County has 178 precincts, and each precinct should have a Democratic PCO. PCOs are elected in even-numbered years to represent their precinct of residence. They can also be appointed by the Chair, to serve a vacant precinct as an Appointed PCO. Elected Democratic PCOs are the qualified voters at the County and LD Democrats’ meetings in December and January following the Primary, where they elect the Democratic Party Officers.

PCOs walk, ride or call their precincts before elections, informing neighbors and handing out Democratic voting recommendations. They remind people to vote and spread the word about Democratic candidates. They may have house parties, phone trees, or block captains. There are many ways to do this job.

We are looking for PCOs! If your precinct has no PCO listed, we are looking for someone to fill this spot. You can be appointed PCO.  If your precinct already has a PCO, you can be appointed as an Acting PCO for a nearby vacant precinct or you can assist your PCO as a Precinct Captain. Why not volunteer? Use our contact form and let us know if you would like to learn more.

  • Precinct: 101
    Region: Point Roberts
    Neighborhood: Point Roberts

    PCO Name: Virginia Lester
    Contact: (360) 945-2827 | cadenza@whidbey.net
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 102
    Region: Birch Bay
    Neighborhood: South of Semiahmoo

    PCO Name: Nathan Smith
    Contact: (503) 309-4438 | gldmax@hotmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 103
    Region: Birch Bay
    Neighborhood: West Birch Bay Village

    PCO Name: Bonaventura Broadway
    Contact: (360) 305-4246 | bonne.andrews@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 104
    Region: Birch Bay
    Neighborhood: East Birch Bay Village

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 105
    Region: Birch Bay
    Neighborhood: Semiahmoo

    PCO Name: Darby Bennett
    Contact: (360)224-9830 | bonnyesmom@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 106
    Region: Birch Bay
    Neighborhood: West of Peace Portal

    PCO Name: Robert Edwards (Acting PCO)
    Contact: (360) 595-7362 | riznob10000@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 107
    Region: Birch Bay
    Neighborhood: South of Birch Bay-Lyden Rd

    PCO Name: Stacie Jefferson
    Contact: (360) 961-6754 | rubberfroggie@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 108
    Region: Birch Bay
    Neighborhood: North of Bay Rd, West of Blaine Rd

    PCO Name: Ruth Higgins
    Contact: (360) 371-5312 | ruthhiggins7@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 110
    Region: Blaine area
    Neighborhood: south and east of Blaine

    PCO Name: Don Starr
    Contact: (360)332-8934 | nwstarr@gmail.co
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 111
    Region: Blaine area
    Neighborhood: between Blaine and Birch Bay

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 112
    Region: Blaine area
    Neighborhood: east of Blaine

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  | 
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 113
    Region: Blaine area
    Neighborhood: north of Custer

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 114
    Region: Custer
    Neighborhood: south of Loomis Trail

    PCO Name: Heather Christianson
    Contact: (360) 440-6686 | beitilyng@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 115
    Region: Custer
    Neighborhood: east of Delta Line Rd

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 116
    Region: Delta
    Neighborhood: west of Weidkamp Rd

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: 
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 117
    Region: Delta
    Neighborhood: northwest of Lynden

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 118
    Region: Lynden area
    Neighborhood: just west of Lynden

    PCO Name: Joe Kirkman
    Contact: (360) 354-3796 | votejensen@live.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 119
    Region: Birch Bay
    Neighborhood: south of Bay Rd, west side

    PCO Name: Eliana Steele
    Contact: (360) 371-3441 | eliana.steele@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 120
    Region: Birch Bay
    Neighborhood: south of Bay Rd, east side

    PCO Name: Ray Poorman
    Contact: (360) 319-5567 | rpoorman@ssnw.com 
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 121
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: west of Ferndale

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 122
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: north of Ferndale

    PCO Name: Mary Alden
    Contact: (360) 223-8181 | mary@sunrisechapel.org
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 123
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: northeast of Ferndale

    PCO Name: Linda Schonborn
    Contact: (360) 656-5898 | schonborn1@msn.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 124
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: east of river, north of King Tut

    PCO Name: Kristopher McLane-Leavitt
    Contact: (360) 441-4010 | krimcl@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 125
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: west of Guide, south of Bay

    PCO Name: Bob Seaman (appointed)
    Contact: (360)303-6373 | rlseaman@peoplepc.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 126
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: Mountainview

    PCO Name: Bob Cecile
    Contact: (360) 232-6320 | bobc1952@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 127
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: southwest of Ferndale

    PCO Name: Candice Wilson
    Contact: (360) 380-9943 | candynbob@aol.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 129
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: east of river, south of King Tut

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 130
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: west of Guide, south of King Tut

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 131
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: east of Ferndale

    PCO Name: Steve Lydolph
    Contact: (360) 384-5414 | stevl@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 132
    Region: Ferndale area
    Neighborhood: southeast of Ferndale

    PCO Name: Tatum Kenn
    Contact: (360) 853-5952 | tatumkenn97@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 133
    Region: Lummi Res
    Neighborhood: north of Smokehouse Rd

    PCO Name: Barbara Lewis
    Contact: (360) 594-1501 | barbaralewis0217@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 134
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: west of airport

    PCO Name: Natalie McClendon
    Contact:  (360) 319-8287 | natalie@nataliemcclendon.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 135
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: airport area

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  | 
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 136
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: just south of airport

    PCO Name: Judy Anderson
    Contact: | JudyAnderson7373@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 137
    Region: Lummi Res
    Neighborhood: south of Smokehouse Rd

    PCO Name: Leslye Revey
    Contact: (360) 303-2877 | reveyleslye72@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 138
    Region: Lummi Island
    Neighborhood: Lummi Island

    PCO Name: Janet Lutz-Smith
    Contact: (360) 758-7112 | jlutzsmith@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 139
    Region: Lynden area
    Neighborhood: north of Lynden

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 140
    Region: Lynden area
    Neighborhood: east of Lynden

    PCO Name: Erin Dewey
    Contact: (253) 670-0677 | dewgrl02@hotmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 141
    Region: Sumas area
    Neighborhood: south of Sumas

    PCO Name: George Welch
    Contact: (360) 303-2997 | gmwelchew@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 142
    Region: Sumas area
    Neighborhood: southeast of Sumas

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 143
    Region: Maple Falls area
    Neighborhood: NE Whatcom

    PCO Name: Lisa Wolfe
    Contact: (360) 599-3380 | lsealpup@aol.com 
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 144
    Region: Lynden area
    Neighborhood: south of Lynden

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 145
    Region: Lynden area
    Neighborhood: south of Lynden

    PCO Name: John Bosche
    Contact: (360) 398-2862 | johnbosche1@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 146
    Region: Everson Area
    Neighborhood: southwest of Everson

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 147
    Region: Nooksack area
    Neighborhood: south of Nooksack

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 148
    Region: Kendall
    Neighborhood: Kendall and surroundings

    PCO Name: Eli Gunn-Hirsch
    Contact: (360) 656-6574 | Eligunnhirsch@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 149
    Region: Ten Mile
    Neighborhood: Laurel

    PCO Name: Thomas Brakke
    Contact: (360) 392-8670 | tbrakke@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 150
    Region: Ten Mile
    Neighborhood: E. Axton

    PCO Name: Aileen Satushek
    Contact: (360) 398-2295 | aileensatushek@prodigy.net
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 151
    Region: Ten Mile
    Neighborhood: N of Kelly/W of Mission

    PCO Name: Michele Kammerer
    Contact: (360) 398-2878 | michele@gendersanity.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 152
    Region: Ten Mile
    Neighborhood: E of Mission/S of Goshen

    PCO Name: Tyrel Haveman
    Contact: (360) 306-5512 | tyrel@binarypeople.net
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 153
    Region: Ten Mile
    Neighborhood: Goshen/Lawrence

    PCO Name: Rolf Beckhusen
    Contact: (360) 671-6900 | beck2014@aol.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 154
    Region: Deming
    Neighborhood: Guide/Kelly/Smith

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 155
    Region: Ten Mile
    Neighborhood: Deming/Welcome/Sumas Mt.

    PCO Name: Max Twitchell
    Contact: (360) 927-6600 | Maxtwitchell@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 156
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: N of Bellingham

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 157
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: NE of Bellingham

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 158
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Van Wyck

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 159
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: N of Silver Beach

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 160
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: N of Silver Beach

    PCO Name: Bill Newmon
    Contact: (360) 510-5945 | bnewmon@msn.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 161
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: N of Silver Beach

    PCO Name: April L. Schoessler
    Contact: (360) 319-6101 | aprilschoessler@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 162
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: N of Silver Beach

    PCO Name: Paula M. Rustan
    Contact: (360) 922-0101 | pmrustan@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 163
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Squalicum Mt.

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 164
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Squalicum Lake

    PCO Name: Andy Snow
    Contact: (808) 599-0175 | andysnow57@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 165
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Rome

    PCO Name: Victoria Savage
    Contact: (360) 201-6165 | nofoshrine@earthlink.net
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 166
    Region: Acme
    Neighborhood: Blue Mt./county line

    PCO Name: Jim Abernathy
    Contact: (916) 214-5239 | jim@missionaccomplishedacademy.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 167
    Region: Van Zandt
    Neighborhood: E of Van Zandt

    PCO Name: Kathi Taylor
    Contact: (360) 592-4501 | wizardoflee@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 168
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: N Lake Whatcom

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 169
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Geneva/Galbraith Mt.

    PCO Name: Bryan Lane
    Contact: (360) 383-0408 | bryan_lane@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 170
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Geneva

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 171
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: W of Yew

    PCO Name: Sharon Alford
    Contact: (360) 383-0408 | svalford@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 172
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: E of Yew

    PCO Name: Susan Moen
    Contact: (360) 778-2510 | susanmoen@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 173
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Lake Louise Rd

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 174
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Sudden Valley

    PCO Name: James Peterson
    Contact: (360) 778-3226 | radical542011@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 175
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Sudden Valley

    PCO Name: Sean Lyons
    Contact: (360) 441-1824 | Moxiehat@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 176
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Sudden Valley

    PCO Name: Deborah Parker
    Contact: (360) 671-3188 | firstplanetarian@hotmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 177
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Sudden Valley

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 178
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Sudden Valley

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 179
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: SE Lake Whatcom

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 180
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Chuckanut

    PCO Name: Marci (Hanson) Haskell
    Contact: (360) 961-4198 | marcihaskell@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 181
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: Lake Samish

    PCO Name: Dylan Richardson
    Contact: (360) 739-7641 | dylanrichardsonwa@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 182
    Region: Bellingham area
    Neighborhood: S Lake Whatcom

    PCO Name: Peter Klco
    Contact: (360) 733-9377 | peter@peterjamesstudios.com
    Legislative District: 40

    S

  • Precinct: 183
    Region: Newhalem
    Neighborhood: Newhalem area

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 201
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: N of W Horton

    PCO Name: Jeanine Tater
    Contact: (360) 355-8763 | jeanninectater@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 202
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: WCC area

    PCO Name: Brian Estes, Acting PCO
    Contact: (360) | bestes@gmail.com 
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 203
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: N of W Bakerview

    PCO Name: Ruth I. Hesse
    Contact: (206) 755-8458 | rihesse.lmp@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 204
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Bellis Fair area

    PCO Name: Andronetta Douglass
    Contact: (360) 392-8782 | andronetta@douglass.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 205
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Northwest & Alderwood

    PCO Name: Robert (Bob) Marshall
    Contact: (360) 647-1752 | rcmarsh48@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 206
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Northwest & Birchwood

    PCO Name: Stephen Jackson (Acting PCO)
    Contact: (702) 403-2243 | swjaxon@gmail.com 
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 207
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Cedarwood

    PCO Name: Kelly Morgan
    Contact: (360) 303-3847 | kelly.morgan@bellinghamschools.org
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 208
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Country Club

    PCO Name: Ryan Matthew Ferris
    Contact: (360) 815-6856 | rferrisx@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 209
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Squalicum Harbor

    PCO Name: Jim Hansen
    Contact: (360) 676-8014 | jh_mk1234@msn.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 210
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: North St. & Meridian

    PCO Name: Frances Badgett
    Contact: (360) 527-1097 | frances@me.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 211
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: E of Meridian/N of Bakerview

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 212
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: E of Meridian/S of Bakerview

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: ( | 
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 213
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: E of Meridian/N of Illinois

    PCO Name: Amy Glasser
    Contact: (360) 366-7492 | glassera@hotmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 214
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: E of Meridian/S of Illinois

    PCO Name: Linda S. Magee
    Contact: (360) 205-2742 | lsmagee@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 215
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: N Sunnyland

    PCO Name: John McGarrity
    Contact: (360) 738-9695 | jmcgarrity@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 216
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: S Sunnyland

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 217
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: E of James/N of Division

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 218
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: E of James/N of Sunset

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 219
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: S of Barkley Blvd/E of I-5

    PCO Name: Devlin Henderson Sweeney
    Contact: (360) 888-6691 | anagor12@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 220
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: N of Barkley Blvd/S of Sunset

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 221
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Barkley/Northridge Park

    PCO Name: Robert McCloud (appointed)
    Contact: (360) 201-6002 | mccloud@nwlaborers.org
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 222
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Columbia/Squalicum/Elizabeth Park

    PCO Name: Penny L. Hinkel
    Contact: (360) 733-8365 | pennyhinkel@aol.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 223
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Lettered Streets N

    PCO Name: Meghan Payne
    Contact: (360) 480-8302 | meghan.payne@hotmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 224
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Lettered Streets S

    PCO Name: Earl Hutchins
    Contact: (360) 756-0152 | westhollyhouse@hotmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 225
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Downtown

    PCO Name: Denise Marshall
    Contact: (360) 325.1716 | info@wcdwc.org
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 226
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: State & Maple

    PCO Name: Seth Ceely
    Contact: (206) 914-4892 | sethceely@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 227
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Bellingham High Sch

    PCO Name: Andrew Reding
    Contact: (805) 710-5500 | aareding@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 228
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: York

    PCO Name: Lisa McShane
    Contact: (360) 201-0779 | lisa@lisamcshane.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 229
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Roosevelt

    PCO Name: Emmanuel Stanus-Ghib
    Contact: (425) 301-3694 | emmanuelstanusghib@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 230
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: S Roosevelt

    PCO Name: Jamie Bennett
    Contact: (360) 441-9262 | jamie@savantstudiosinc.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 231
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Civic Field/Bayview

    PCO Name: 
    Contact:  | 
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 232
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Roosevelt

    PCO Name: Jean Layton (Acting PCO)
    Contact: (360) 663-5939 | jeanlayton@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 233
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: S of Barkley

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 234
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Big Rock

    PCO Name: Bob Burr
    Contact: (360) 922-0391 | bobburr@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 235
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: N Silver Beach

    PCO Name:  Judith Entwife

    Contact: (360)734-0444 | jentwife@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 236
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Silver Beach

    PCO Name: 
    Contact: (360)  | 
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 237
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: NE Lake Whatcom

    PCO Name: Daniel M. Brown
    Contact: (360) 927-4622 | danbrown1027@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 238
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: NE Lake Whatcom

    PCO Name: Stan Snapp
    Contact: (360) 305-0607 | Stansnapp@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 239
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: N of Whatcom Falls

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  | 
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 240
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Alabama Hill

    PCO Name: Dan Raas
    Contact: (360) 676-1621 | daraas@aol.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 241
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Bloedel Donovan

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 242
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: East of Yew

    PCO Name: Zetta Bracher
    Contact: (360) 734-1487 | zbracher@msn.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 243
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Kulshan

    PCO Name: Nancy Palumbo
    Contact: (360) 325-1304 | nncpalumbo@aol.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 244
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: N of Blvd Park/South Hill

    PCO Name: Karlee Deatherage
    Contact: (425) 268-5245 | karleejd@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 245
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: WWU

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 246
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Sehome Hill

    PCO Name: Dianne Foster
    Contact: (360) 671-3590 | vefoster@earthlink.net
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 247
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: I-5/Maple/Lincoln

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 248
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: S of Lakeway/Lincoln

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 249
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: S of Lakeway/Puget

    PCO Name: Laurel Cook
    Contact: (360) 671-0739 | laurelcook@aol.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 250
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: South Hill

    PCO Name: Tom Goetzl
    Contact: (360) 738-3559 | tom_goetzl@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 251
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: S of Adams/W of 16th

    PCO Name: Daydre Phillips
    Contact: (360) 303-3072 | daydrep@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 252
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: WWU

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 253
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Bill McDonald Pkwy

    PCO Name: S. Adam Schaefer
    Contact: (808) 382-6693 | s.adam.schaefer@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 254
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Ridgemont

    PCO Name: Gwen Groden
    Contact: (360) 366-8030 | itsjustgwen@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 255
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Samish Heights

    PCO Name: Patricia MacDonald
    Contact:  (360) 383-6484 | patriciajmac@outlook.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 256
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Fairhaven

    PCO Name: Cheryl Hockett-Prelle
    Contact: (360) 733-2368 | willcher@q.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 257
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Happy Valley N

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 258
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Happy Valley S

    PCO Name: Ralph Schwartz
    Contact: (360) 223-4065 | ralph.d.schwartz@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 259
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Connelly Creek area

    PCO Name: Peter Drewes
    Contact: (360) 224-0731 | peterreads@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 260
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Edgemoor W

    PCO Name: Douglas Hornal
    Contact: (808) 754-2387 | freeflight1@me.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 261
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Edgemoor E

    PCO Name: Maggie Matheson Hanson
    Contact: (360) 318-3557 | maggiemhanson@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 262
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Fairhaven Park

    PCO Name: Michael Chiavario (appointed)
    Contact: 360-671-3615 | mchiavario7@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 263
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Happy Valley S

    PCO Name: Keith Fredrikson
    Contact: (360) 927-2933 | keithfredrikson1957@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 264
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Chuckanut

    PCO Name: Shannon Wright
    Contact: (360) 510-4766 | shannonwr@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 265
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Arroyo Park

    PCO Name: Scott Andrew Sanderson
    Contact: (360) 319-0424 | sandman49686@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 266
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: Lake Padden

    PCO Name: Abe Jacobson
    Contact: (360) 303-1059 | abejacobson1948@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 40

    Precinct: 267
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: East Columbia

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 268
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood: W of Cordata to Pacific Hwy

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 269
    Region: City of Bellingham
    Neighborhood:

    PCO Name: David Porter
    Contact: (360) 676-0438 | dporterlaw@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 301
    Region: City of Blaine
    Neighborhood: N of H/E of 6th

    PCO Name: Richard May
    Contact: (360) 332-5425 | electionproof@aol.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 302
    Region: City of Blaine
    Neighborhood: S of H

    PCO Name: Amy Haynes
    Contact: (360) 223-7259 | amyghaynes@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 303
    Region: City of Blaine
    Neighborhood: Semiahmoo

    PCO Name: Cheryl Strong
    Contact: (360) 325-3061 | cheryl.strong@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 304
    Region: City of Blaine
    Neighborhood: N of H, W of 6th

    PCO Name: Barrie Hull
    Contact: (360)332-5563 | bthull@unions-america.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 401
    Region: City of Everson
    Neighborhood: North of Nooksack River

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 402
    Region: City of Everson
    Neighborhood: South of Nooksack River

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 501
    Region: City of Ferndale
    Neighborhood: W of Church Rd

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 502
    Region: City of Ferndale
    Neighborhood: E of Church Rd/N of Thornton

    PCO Name: Sherry Zeilstra
    Contact: (360) 380-1438 | sherryzee@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 503
    Region: City of Ferndale
    Neighborhood: E of Church Rd/S of Thornton

    PCO Name: Michael J Collins 
    Contact: (360) 319-2714 |  michaeljcollins83@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 504
    Region: City of Ferndale
    Neighborhood: E of Church Rd/N of Mtn View

    PCO Name: Teresa Taylor
    Contact: (360)384-4530 | teresantaylor@yahoo.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 505
    Region: City of Ferndale
    Neighborhood: Downtown

    PCO Name: Dennis Tucker
    Contact: (360)384-5807 | Dentucker7@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 506
    Region: City of Ferndale
    Neighborhood: N of Downtown

    PCO Name: Amanda Zimmerman
    Contact: (406) 350-0156 | azimmerman506@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 507
    Region: City of Ferndale
    Neighborhood: N of Thornton/W of I-5

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 508
    Region: City of Ferndale
    Neighborhood: NE Ferndale

    PCO Name: Scott T. Jensen
    Contact: (360) 815-1848 | thefabman@msn.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 509
    Region: City of Ferndale
    Neighborhood: SE Ferndale

    PCO Name: Richard (Swil Kanim) Marshall
    Contact: (425) 530-7008 | Sk@swilkanim.net
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 601
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: NW Lynden

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 602
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: Ridgeway/Bender

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 603
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: E of Vinup

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 604
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: Eastside

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 605
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: N of Downtown

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 606
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: E of Depot

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 607
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: E of Bender

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 608
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: Downtown

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact: |
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 609
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: N. Guide

    PCO Name: VACANT
    Contact:  | 

    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 610
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: Mid-Guide

    PCO Name: Charis Snyder-Gilbert
    Contact: (360) 778-3257 | csnyderg@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

    Precinct: 611
    Region: City of Lynden
    Neighborhood: S. Guide

    PCO Name: Alyce V. Werkema
    Contact: (360) 354-4397 | georgenalyce@comcast.net
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 701
    Region: City of Nooksack
    Neighborhood: Downtown

    PCO Name: Gary Meader
    Contact: (360) 966-3327 | sofarsogood261@gmail.com
    Legislative District: 42

  • Precinct: 801
    Region: City of Sumas
    Neighborhood: Downtown

    PCO Name: Donald H. Knutzen
    Contact: (360) 988-0501 | knute69@frontier.com
    Legislative District: 42

 

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  • If it’s federal legislation, you can either look online at Congress.gov, or call your local US Senator’s or Congressman’s office. For state legislation, go to the Washington State Legislature or contact your state Senator or Representative. You can read the minutes and see the hearing schedule of both the County Council and the City Council.

  • The County Auditor’s office has clear instructions for the steps you must take for filing for public office. Filing takes place every last week in July for one week only. Within two weeks of the time you announce your intention to become a candidate, you must file with the Public Disclosure Commission. Both of these offices have excellent websites and helpful personnel. To be endorsed by the Democrats, you need to be a member in good standing or a PCO, and you need to speak with the Chair of the party.