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Whatcom Democrats Campaign Code of Conduct


All campaign workers - candidates, paid staff, interns, and contractors who will work with other campaign workers - as well as volunteers who will supervise others will be required to acknowledge and agree to this code of conduct as a condition of employment. This code of conduct will be made visible to campaign volunteers.


The goal of this document is to ensure that each member of the campaign team feels valued, safe, and supported within the team structure. To that end, in addition to being a condition for employment, this document is intended to serve a dual purpose: to ensure that all members of the campaign team undergo explicit education in the expectations that the campaign leadership have defined and to ensure that resources for taking appropriate action are available, should they prove necessary.


I, _________________________, understand that the following values, policies, and practices govern all employees, volunteers, contractors, vendors, and others working with the “Campaign”. I hereby agree to abide by the following as a requirement of my involvement with the Campaign, and understand that failure to do so may result in my dismissal:

The Campaign expects all employees, volunteers, contractors, vendors, and others to respect the rights and opinions of others, and to refrain from behavior that impairs our mission, purpose, or culture of empowerment in the workplace.

The Campaign is deeply committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from any kind of harassment, bullying, or discrimination. Conduct that is discriminatory, harassing, or otherwise disempowering will not be tolerated. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Behavior that causes or threatens to harm any person connected with the Campaign, physically or emotionally, or causes reasonable apprehension of such harm or subjecting another to a substantial risk of such harm;

  • Physical or verbal threats against, extreme disrespect to, or intimidation of any person which results in limiting her/his full participation in all aspects of the Campaign; 

  • Activity that constitutes discrimination because of age, race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or marital or relationship status; 

  • Engaging in disorderly conduct such as fighting; threatening behavior; sexual, gender-based, or other harassment; public disturbance; or drunk and disorderly conduct; and 

  • Other behavior inconsistent with the standard of conduct expected of the Campaign or its commitment to providing an environment conducive to progress, empowerment, and political leadership.

  • The Campaign does not tolerate any form of sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct. Sexual harassment may include sexual advances, sexual solicitation, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct that is of a sexual nature. Sexual misconduct includes behavior that falls short of the legal definition of sexual harassment, but nonetheless is unprofessional, inappropriate, and inconsistent with our cultural values.

  • The Campaign expects all employees and contractors to treat one another and the public equitably, fairly, and with professionalism and respect at all times.

  • The Campaign encourages its employees or contractors to report behavior that is unprofessional, inappropriate, unfair, or inequitable.

  • Retaliation for reporting inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. The Campaign is committed to ensuring that no employee experiences an adverse effect or consequence as the result of speaking up.

  • The Campaign is committed to creating a safe and violence-free work environment and will not tolerate violence or threats of violence of any kind.

  • The Campaign is an equal opportunity employer. All employees and job applicants will be treated fairly and equitably, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

  • The Campaign encourages its employees, contractors, volunteers, and others to take action to make our community and workplace better. That means we all need to do our part to create an environment that is more empowering, equitable, and enjoyable for all who wish to be a part of our campaign. This includes reporting misconduct and/or identifying inappropriate behavior as such when we observe it as bystanders.

  • Any time I feel that the Campaign could be doing better, I understand that the Campaign encourages me to speak up and share my concerns with my supervisor or another trusted employee. The Campaign believes that employees, volunteers, and others have an obligation to do their part to create a culture that is supportive and free from intimidation or bias.

  • If, for whatever reason, I do not wish to talk to my supervisor about a concern, I understand that the following campaign advisors have agreed to be points of contact and are committed to taking my concerns seriously and will work with me to respond to the situation in accordance with my wishes. What I discuss with these individuals will remain confidential until I choose otherwise. While not employed by the campaign, these advisors have also agreed to this code of conduct:


Andrew Reding, Chair, Whatcom Democrats 

Cell: (805) 710-5500


Kelly Krieger, First Vice Chair, Whatcom Democrats

Cell: ‭(206) 419-0879‬


Dan Raas, Candidates Committee Chair

Cell: ‭(360) 739-3538‬


  • The Campaign knows that it is impossible to identify every possible scenario in one document. To that end, we rely on each other’s judgment and willingness to take action in order to ensure that we maintain a workplace culture that is equitable and empowering. If I am not sure how this code applies to a certain situation, I understand that I should seek clarification from my supervisor, another trusted colleague, or one of the campaign advisors listed above.






______________________________ Signature


_______________________________ Print name


_______________________________ Date

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