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What Makes You a Democrat?

Do you consistently vote for Democratic candidates because they reflect your values? Do you believe that your elected officials should pursue a progressive agenda for our society? Have you previously declared your affiliation with the Democratic Party when you registered to vote in another state? Well, it’s time to make it official. Join the Whatcom Democrats today!

Benefits Of Membership

  • Knowing that you are helping to build a strong local Democratic Party that is ready to put Democrats in every elected office.
  • The ability to vote on party endorsements of candidates, issues, and resolutions. These are the decisions that direct our resources and energy toward supporting what’s most important to local Democrats.
  • The opportunity to help shape the future of the Whatcom Democrats through involvement as a PCO or participation on committees that make decisions about the direction and activities of the party.
  • You can be involved as much or as little as you like! Your support is appreciated and valued, no matter at what level.

Have a question?

Democracy Runs on Citizen Involvement
Here’s How You Can Help:

The Whatcom Democrats work year-round to develop the communications networks, electioneering tools, and leadership and volunteer skills to support candidates who share our values.

Take action – become a Volunteer!

Become a Precinct Committee Organizer (PCO):

The PCO (Precinct Committee Officer) is the party’s representative in each neighborhood. PCOs are elected every two years by voters in each precinct. In addition to informing their neighbors about our endorsed candidates, PCOs have the responsibility of voting on bylaws and electing officers to the party.

In precincts that don’t currently have an elected PCO, we are looking for people to serve as appointed PCOs, with similar responsibilities but limited voting rights for party issues. Step up to talk to voters in your precinct and work to get Democrats elected! See list of PCOs.

Join or assist one of the Dems core committees:

  • Join the Outreach Committee and help develop ways to reach out to the general community. March in parades, staff booths at local festivals. Call 647-7661 for latest meeting information.
  • Join the Issues and Advocacy Committee and discuss issues that interest you. Meetings are held each month.
  • Join the Events Planning/Finance Committee. We need people who like to plan events such as fundraisers.
  • Join the Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and help the Whatcom Democrats better represent all of the residents of Whatcom County.

Assist with campaigns:

Whether you are focused on local, national, or international issues, electing the right leaders comes down to local campaign organizing. When campaign season starts (typically in June), the Whatcom Democrats swing into action. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Neighborhood Canvassing – join our weekend or weekday canvassing teams, talking to voters about our candidates and how important this election is. Or, participate in phone banks. Training always provided.
  • Help sustain our hard-working volunteers with finger-food snacks for our office and phone-calling volunteers.
  • Help organize a neighborhood gathering to meet the candidates. You provide an outdoor setting, and we will bring everything else. We also need someone with a truck to haul our gear to these events.
  • Help in the Campaign office, answering the phone, greeting walk-ins, and otherwise keeping the office staffed and open during our high activity times of Saturdays and weekdays 4 – 8 pm. People willing to commit to a regular shift are particularly appreciated!

Other volunteer opportunities:

  • Serve as an Election Observer. Contact Lead Observer Jim Fox for details.
  • Support the work of our Office staff.
  • Come early to our monthly general membership meeting and help set up chairs or help staff the front door for disability access.
  • Do you have special skills or interests that you would like put to use in support of the Whatcom Democrats? Tell us what you want to do!

VOLUNTEER TODAY!

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Self-Governed, Self-Supported

Our modest annual budget is supported completely by local memberships, donations, and fundraising events. Every donation makes a difference!

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Sign-up for Event and Meeting Reminders, Late-breaking Activities and Volunteer Opportunities, Press Releases, and other announcements. Average of two to three emails per month, sent by party officers. Please also subscribe to the monthly newsletter, so we don’t have to duplicate newsletter messages to both lists.

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Letters to the Editor

Here’s the basic information: All letters should be no more than 200 words – shorter letters are more likely to be included and read. Include your name and a daytime telephone number. It would be best to submit a letter to more than one newspaper:

  • Bellingham Herald. Email your letter to: letters@bellinghamherald.com
  • Cascadia Weekly. Email to: letters@cascadiaweekly.com
  • Ferndale Record-Journal. Email to: news@ferndalerecordjournal.com
  • Foothills Gazette. Email to: foothills@lyndentribune.com
  • Lynden Tribune. Email to: editor@lyndentribune.com
  • The Northern Light. Email to editor@thenorthernlight.com
  • All Point Bulletin. Email to editor@allpointbulletin.com

Have a question?

Clubs & Organizations

Here some helpful links and information for regional and local Clubs and Organizations.

Washington State Democrats

40th Legislative District Democrats

42nd Legislative District Democrats

Young Democrats of Whatcom County

Whatcom Democratic Women’s Club

The Club meets monthly at various places in Bellingham. Visitors are welcome, and there is always an interesting program with guest speakers on a current issue or topic. Contact us via email, through the Whatcom Democrats office at 360-647-7661 or an officer listed below.

  • Denise Marshall, President, 360-325-1716
  • Ann Richardson, 1st Vice-President, 360-371-0827
  • Dolly Simplot 2nd, Vice-President, 360-778-3608

The Whatcom County Democratic Women’s Club is independent, and is a ratified official Affiliated Organization of the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee. The Women’s Club has it’s own Bylaws, Standing Rules, dues, and membership.

The Club is also an official chapter of the Washington State Federation of Democratic Women.