2nd LD Democrats choose State Convention Delegation

Hello 2nd Dems,

The Democrats of the 2nd Legislative District held their 2022 LD Caucus to elect delegates to the WA state Democratic Convention in Tacoma to be held this summer on June 25th 2022. A full slate of 14 delegates with 1 alternate were chosen. Congratulations to the 2022 delegates and all those who attended and participated in the caucus process. Special thanks to Pierce Dems Chair, Kathy Orlando, for acting as caucus chair and helping us out with all the prep work prior to the event. We will be having a handful of preparatory meetings to help get our delegation prepared for what to expect at the convention... Schedule to follow...

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In the wake of our double levy failure in February, the School Board has authorized both levy renewals to rerun in the April 26th Special Election. This is the last election available before the end of the school year and will allow us to plan accordingly for the 2022-23 budget.

If the levy renewals fail again, the district will have to cut $30 million from its budget for this fall, and an additional $20 million in 2023.

98% of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy goes toward staffing, which means hundreds of jobs could be cut if the levy fails.

The importance of these measures cannot be understated. If the levy renewals fail again, the following areas will be directly impacted:

  • Administration

  • Athletics

  • Clubs

  • Class sizes

  • Community projects

  • Extracurricular activities

  • Health and safety

  • Highly Capable programs

  • iPads

  • Multilingual education

  • Music Education

  • Security

  • Support for our most struggling learners

  • Teaching and Learning

  • Technology support in schools

  • Transportation

School districts can only put levies before the voters twice per calendar year. If the levy renewals fail again in April, they won’t be able to be voted on again until February 2023, making layoffs inevitable.

Please note: Both of these levies are renewals. They are NOT new taxes.