2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

February 1, 2022    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  Sixteen members and guests were in attendance.

 

We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Yanah Cook (YC) paid homage to the Nisqually Tribe and their lands.

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was reviewed and approved.

 

Representative Kim Schrier

DL welcomed Dr. Schrier back to our group and asked her to update us on activities in D.C.  She spoke of the present state of the economy, the bright spots but also the kitchen table issues families are facing.  She reported on the America Competes Act bill in the House which creates incentives for manufacturing in the U.S. and bringing the production of semiconductor chips back to the U.S.  She also stated that, even though there is much work to be done, the top priority right now is voting rights.  She and Devon Davenport took questions from the group.

Carolyn Barclift, Chair Build Back Better USA, Thurston County

DL welcomed Carolyn Barclift (CB) back to our group for a presentation of Messaging Huddles, a way to create and share effective messaging in a world overrun by disinformation and propaganda.  Her presentation focused on forming small groups of people to work on messaging.  She noted that training will be on February 8, 17, and 24 and she would send the link to DL to distribute to the group.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the January 4, 2022 General Meeting. 

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick (BA) reported we have a total of $5,102 in our Operating Account.  All disbursements for the fundraiser have been made. 

 

BA reminded us that per our Bylaws, each new calendar year we must approve our Dues schedule.  The E-Board is recommending that we make no changes to the existing schedule which is:

 

            Regular member         $25

            Patron                         $50

            Senior, disabled          $15

            Hardship                      -0-

 

Motion was made, seconded and carried unanimously to keep the schedule as presented above.

 

Amendments to Bylaws

  1. The E-Board is recommending to the general body that they approve the following Amendment to Article V of our Bylaws. 

Article V.  Officers/Executive Board.

Add Section 5.

In the event that redistricting causes relocation of officers to another legislative district mid-term, officers affected by the redistricting would be allowed to remain in their positions until the next LD biennial reorganization meeting.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to approve the Amendment to Article V as written.

 

2.   The E-Board is recommending to the general body that they approve the following Amendment to Article IV of our Bylaws. 

Replace Section 6 “Virtual Meetings” with the following:

 

Article IV.Section 6.Virtual Meetings

Ongoing factors affecting meeting accessibility are: transportation, meeting room fees, climate and health safety concerns, making the default option for Regular Meetings and Party Organization Meetings (Section 1 & 2 above).In person meetings may be scheduled by 51% vote of PCOs at any Regular Meeting.Such meeting times and locations must be determined 60 days in advance. (Last amended May 5, 2020).

 

Motion was made and seconded to approve Amendment to Article IV as written above.  There was discussion between YC, BA, and DL to change the language from “51% vote of the PCOs at any Regular Meeting.” to “by a majority vote of the Executive Board.” 

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to approve the amended language noted above.

 

 

 

Motion was then made, seconded, and carried unanimously to approve the Amendment to Article IV, Section 6.  Virtual Meetings.

 

Ongoing factors affecting meeting accessibility are: transportation, meeting room fees, climate and health safety concerns, making the default option for Regular Meetings and Party Organization Meetings (Section 1 & 2 above).By a majority vote of the Executive Board, in person meetings may be scheduled and meeting times and locations must be determined 60 days in advance. (Last amended May 5, 2020).

           

State Committee Meetings

Leeroy Perkins (LP) and YC reported that we should have resolution on the redistricting maps by February 10.

 

NAACP Update

YC has invited the President of the Tacoma Branch of the NAACP to our March meeting.  She also reported there will be a national call for The Mass Poor People’s & Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington on June 18, 2022.  She will have more to report next month.

 

Eatonville School District

Laura Crews (LC) reported on radical, right-wing members being elected to the school board in Eatonville.  Domestic extremism has made its way into the community and school board meetings are awash with vocal views of anti Vax, anti mask, anti CRT, anti sex-ed, etc.  LC said that there is talk of having a community meeting and she would let us know if one is scheduled.  Members of the 2nd LD could attend to show support for the moderate viewpoint.  DL suggested we can get our messaging out without branding ourselves, preventing further divisiveness.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

 

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

January 25, 2022     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance: Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                        Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                        Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook, State Committee Person

                        Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                        Tim Kerfoot, PCO (TK)

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. 

 

Agenda

We reviewed the Agenda and approved it.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the final draft of the December 28, 2021 minutes.

 

DL shared a suggestion from the State Dems Chairs’ Meeting that we become familiar with and collect data on our LD’s resources of agencies and organizations that offer services such as rent assistance, vaccination services, food banks, etc.  This would help us when we go out and talk with our voters – if we find that they need assistance in these areas, we would have a list of resources to offer to them.  YC indicated there will be a count of homeless in Pierce County January 28-29 and that type of list would be valuable in meeting with homeless populations.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $5,102.23 in our Operating Account and $2,510 in our Events Account.  Payments have been made to the Rainbow Center for their donation and BA will send the 29th their portion of the proceeds - $771 - along with their seed money of $500.

 

BA received verification from state party attorneys that we do not need to file the Form 8871 –state parties are evidently exempt from having to file.

 

BA discussed a new dues schedule for this calendar year.  Per the Bylaws, we are to approve a new schedule at the beginning of each year.  He is recommending no changes to our existing schedule of:

            Regular                                               $25

            Senior, Disabled, Limited Income       $15

            Patron                                                 $50

            Hardship                                              $-0-

 

It was the consensus of the group to keep the dues structure as is with no changes at this time.

 

CER WA

DL shared a list of 115 LD2 members that he would like us to call to determine if they are interested in attending our meetings, to let them know what the LD is doing, and what our work for the year will include.  He will divide up the list among the E-Board members and YC, BA, and YM will come up with a script for calling.

 

Eatonville 3%ers

BA discussed the fact that very radical conservatives  (3%ers) are being elected to the school board in Eatonville.  Three Percenter ideology promotes conspiratorial views about government overreach and promotes upheaval against perceived violations of the Constitution.  There is a group of Eatonville Progressives meeting tomorrow night regarding censoring of books.  BA noted that this same type of radical movement is happening across the nation and wondered if there was some organization on the Progressive side to counter their conspiratorial views.

 

Bylaws Changes

DL verified that we will be voting on two Bylaws amendments at our general meeting next Tuesday.

 

Increasing Membership

YC discussed the springtime get together of PCOs.  We need to set a date so that Jeanne Archie can hold that time open for us.  She stressed the fact that we need to increase membership and suggested a special meeting to come up with outreach and recruiting ideas.

 

It was suggested that we will have everyone sign in with their e-mail address under the Chat feature on our Zoom general meetings.  TS will capture that and send out meeting invitations to them.

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group finalized the Agenda for the general meeting. 

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 8:40 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

January 4, 2022    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  Eighteen members and guests were in attendance.

 

We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Phyllis Farrell (PF) paid homage to the Nisqually Tribe and their lands and assured them we will do our best to honor their heritage and traditions.

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was reviewed and approved.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the December 7, 2021 General Meeting. 

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick (BA) reported we have a total of $5,523 in our Operating Account and $3,266 in our Events Account.  We will pay $661 (30% of the net proceeds of $2,203) to an LGBTQ organization as selected by the winner of the trivia contest.  The balance will be split between the 29th LD and us, each receiving $771. 

 

With regard to the notice from the IRS about Form 8871, he contacted the State Democrats for their advice but has not heard back from them.  He will follow up.

 

BA discussed recent attention on domestic extremism now found at school board meetings and local elections offices with attacks and threats made against citizens performing a public service. 

 

Carolyn Barclift, Chair Build Back Better USA, Thurston County

DL welcomed Carolyn Barclift (CB) back to our group for a presentation of voting rights.  She emphasized the importance of passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act to enact national standards for voting.  Republican strategies are in play to suppress voting and voter turnout.  They are training an army of poll watchers in an attempt to interfere with and control legitimate elections.  It is projected they will spend $40 million on these efforts in the 2022 election. 

 

CB urged us to call our Senators and the White House to vote yes on the two voting rights bills and to change the filibuster rules.    She also reported a partnership has been formed between the DNC and grassroots groups to “Organize Everywhere”.  She is the State of Washington lead in this effort.

 

Redistricting

Leeroy Perkins (LP) reported that two suits have been filed against the Redistricting Commission purportedly because the Commission was in violation of open meeting laws, and now the case is being sent back to the Supreme Court of Washington.  The new boundaries approved by the Commission are to be voted on within the first 30 days of the legislative session.

 

Fundraiser Followup

LP reported that we received an inquiry from the emcee of our Fundraiser as to her payment.  We had not contracted with the emcee and was under the impression she was donating her services.  Since the Chair of the Event has moved out of state, we are not sure what was promised to the emcee.  However, one of the members of the Event Committee has agreed to “take care of it”.  BA noted that this might be an in-kind donation and would need to be reported.  LP will have the committee member contact BA with the details.

 

PCO Event

DL reminded the group of a proposed springtime event for PCOs.  YM suggested Cross Park on Canyon and Military to hold the event.

 

Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI)

DL received the completed voters’ opinion poll results conducted by the NPI and shared these with the group.  We can use this study for talking points when canvassing for votes. 

 

Amendments to Bylaws

The E-Board is recommending to the general body that they approve the following changes to our Bylaws.  We will post both proposals on our website giving 30 days notice to the body and will vote on both proposals at our February general meeting.

  1. Proposed amendment to our Bylaws that would allow existing officers who have been relocated to another LD under Redistricting to remain in their positions until the next LD biennial reorg meeting. 

Article V.  Officers/Executive Board.

Add Section 5.

In the event that redistricting causes relocation of officers to another legislative district mid-term, officers affected by the redistricting would be allowed to remain in their positions until the next LD biennial reorganization meeting.

 

  1. Replace Section 6 “Virtual Meetings” with the following:

 

Article IV.Section 6.Virtual Meetings

Ongoing factors affecting meeting accessibility are: transportation, meeting room fees, climate and health safety concerns, making the default option for Regular Meetings and Party Organization Meetings (Section 1 & 2 above).In person meetings may be scheduled by 51% vote of PCOs at any Regular Meeting.Such meeting times and locations must be determined 60 days in advance. (Last amended May 5, 2020).

 

Good of the Order

Julian Wheeler (JW) announced training for election observers will be held this Saturday, January 8 at 1:00 at the Puyallup Elks.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

December 28, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance: Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                        Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                        Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

                        Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                        Tim Kerfoot, PCO (TK)

 

Absent:            Yanah Cook, State Committee Person

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m. 

 

Agenda

We reviewed the Agenda and approved it.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the final draft of the November 30, 2021 minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $5,523 in our Operating Account and $467.68 in our Events Account.  Expenses in the Events account included credit card processing fees of $40 and $6.99.  DL will inactivate the Gateway account, which is used for the fundraiser, and that will eliminate the $40/month charge.

 

BA is still awaiting instructions to distribute money to fundraiser recipients.  

 

Redistricting

LP reported that the Legislature must adopt the new maps by February 3. 

 

Proposal One – Retain Officers

The E-Board will propose to the general body the following Amendment to our Bylaws which will allow officers affected by redistricting to remain in their current positions until the next reorganization meeting.  This is being done to prevent disruption of the 2nd LD governance body.  This will be posted on our website and on Facebook to give the required 30-day notice to the membership and the general body will vote on the Amendment at their February meeting.

 

 

 

 

Article V.  Officers/Executive Board.

Add Section 5.

In the event that redistricting causes relocation of officers to another legislative district mid-term, officers affected by the redistricting would be allowed to remain in their positions until the next LD biennial reorganization meeting.

 

 

Proposal Two – Continue Zoom Meetings

With regard to how meetings will be held – whether in person or virtual – we will propose to the general body an amendment to our Bylaws to continue with virtual meetings with a provision that the membership can petition for in-person meetings when necessary.  The E-Board feels because of the large geographic area of the 2nd LD, for health safety concerns, and the cost of meeting rooms, it would be most convenient for members to meet virtually.  DL and TS will work on language to present for an amendment.

 

Homelessness

DL reported that the Northwest Progressive Institute has listed homelessness at the top of voters’ concerns.  Governor Inslee recently circulated plans to tackle the problem.  DL has summarized the Governor’s proposals and formatted them for a brochure type card that we can hand out to voters when we are doorbelling.  YM asked that he change the wording of “affordable” housing to “attainable and sustainable” housing.

 

Growth Management

YM reported that the WA Can’t Wait organization is starting a new phone campaign on their initiatives to fight sprawl to protect communities and our climate.

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group finalized the Agenda for the general meeting. 

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 8:40 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

December 7, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  Fourteen members and guests were in attendance.

 

We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Yanah Cook (YC) acknowledged and thanked the Nisqually Tribe for sharing their tribal lands and resources with us and assured them we will work toward the good of these lands.

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was approved with the addition of Northwest Progressive Institute and Growth Management Act topics.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the November 2, 2021 General Meeting.  It was suggested that we add the number of people in attendance at the meetings to the minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick (BA) reported we have a total of $5,523 in our Operating Account and $514.67 in our Events Account.  We netted $2,203.38 from our fundraiser and will pay out 30% to an LGBTQ organization as selected by the winner of the trivia contest.  The balance will be split between the 29th LD and us.

 

BA also reported he received an IRS Notice of a delinquency in filing Form 8871 for 527 organizations.  We have never filed one before.  He has a call into the State Democrats to get their advice.

 

BA reported we received a letter from the Kim Schrier campaign asking for a donation.  This was discussed at the E-Board meeting to propose a $150 donation be approved by the general body.  Motion was made and seconded to approve a donation of $150 to the Kim Schrier campaign.  During discussion, it was suggested that the amount be $200.  An Amendment to the Motion was then made and seconded for a $200 donation.  The Amendment passed by a vote of 10-2.

 

 

 

Congresswoman Schrier Update
Devon Davenport(DD), Campaign Manager for Ms. Schrier, updated the group on legislation passed by the House.  Of course, the Infrastructure Bill was signed into law which will bring many opportunities for the 8th District.  The Legacy Roads and Trails bill, sponsored by Ms. Schrier, will repair roads, trails, tunnels, and bridges under the jurisdiction of the Forest Service and restore waterways and natural migration of fish and other aquatic species.  The Build Back Better Plan passed the House.  This bill reduces the cost of insulin to a co-pay of $35, allows for the negotiation of prescription drug prices, and provides a major investment in a clean energy economy.  The bill now is headed to the Senate for a vote.  Schrier is also supporting affordable and accessible health care for all.

DD announced that Ms. Schrier has a challenger in her re-election campaign.  Reagan Dunn, son of former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn, has announced his candidacy.  He has much institutional support in the Republican party and has raised a large amount of campaign money.  The 2nd LD has committed to support Representative Schrier in her campaign.

Carolyn Barclift, Chair Build Back Better USA, Thurston County

DL welcomed Carolyn Barclift (CB) back to our group for a presentation of how and why we must hold on to our Democratic majority in the House and elect Democratic Senators in 2022.  CB stressed that we have only 48 weeks to the mid-terms.  We all agree that our Democracy is under attack and we must get involved now and stay involved year round and fight to protect our freedom to vote and fight against election sabotage.  The BBB USA organization works to combat disinformation, share truthful information in positive ways, and hold the Media accountable.  She reported that many Republicans are staffing up to become poll watchers.  We need Dems to do the same. CB provided much important information on how we can promote the BBB Plan and learn to talk about the benefits of the Plan and spread the word.  She will provide links to her presentation and upcoming events.

 

Redistricting

Leeroy Perkins (LP) reported that the State Supreme Court voted to accept the Redistricting Plan as presented by the Redistricting Commission.  Under this new plan, the 2nd LD will lose two officers and one active PCO.  This is the final plan and it would take 2/3 majority of both houses of the State Legislature to change the plan.

 

PCO Event

YC proposed a springtime event for PCOs to plan for getting the vote out by connecting with our neighbors and sharing the information about the BBB Plan, the Infrastructure Plan, and the American Rescue Plan and the benefits they provide to us.  Jeanie Archie volunteered to host the event at her place.

 

 

 

Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI)

YC read a resolution adopted by NPI this week which outlines what they believe should be legislative priorities for Washington State in 2022.  Some of their priorities are:

  • Ending the practice of state elections in odd numbered years

  • Abolish Tim Eyeman’s polls (advisory votes)

  • Levy a wealth tax and strengthen the estate tax

  • Insure K-12 schools have the resources to address staffing shortages caused by the Pandemic

  • Protect school students and staff by repairing seismically vulnerable buildings

 

Growth Management Act

Yolanda Markle (YM) reported on the meeting of Washington Can’t Wait Campaign that she attended today.  They focused on land use and climate change. 

                   

Vote to Retain Officers

DL explained that our Bylaws require that officers be residents of the 2nd LD.  With the new Redistricting Maps being drawn, we will lose two of our officers to other districts.  In order to prevent disruption to the governance of our LD, the 2nd LD Board is proposing to the general body that we amend our Bylaws as follows: 

Article V.  Officers/Executive Board.

Add Section 5.

In the event that redistricting causes relocation of officers to another legislative district mid-term, officers affected by the redistricting would be allowed to remain in their positions until the next LD biennial reorganization meeting.

 

We will post this Amendment on our website as notice to the general body and will vote on the amendment at our January meeting.

 

Vote to Continue Zoom Meetings

The EBoard discussed how we would proceed with our meetings when Washington’s Pandemic State of Emergency is lifted – do we continue Zoom meetings, continue with in-person meetings, or utilize a combination of both types?  Zoom meetings allow for a greater participation of members so it is likely we will want to at least continue some meetings on Zoom. We will keep this on our agenda for further discussion.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

November 30, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                                Tim Kerfoot, PCO (TK)

                                Leo Stauch, PCO (LS)

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. 

 

Agenda

We reviewed the Agenda and approved it.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the final draft of the October 25, 2021 minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $5,523 in our Operating Account and $514.67 in our Events Account.  Our fundraiser netted $2,203.38 and now we need to distribute 30% to charities and divide the balance between the 29th LD and us.  BA requested documentation as to payment amount and named charity in order to distribute the funds.

 

Redistricting

LP reported that November 15 was the deadline for the Redistrictiing Commission to finalize new political boundaries.  The Commission failed to submit before the deadline, but did submit new maps after the deadline.  The WA State Supreme Court now has the jurisdiction to adopt a new redistricting plan or they can use the plan presented by the Commission.  Their deadline for adopting a new redistricting plan is April 30, 2022.

 

Proposal One – Retain Officers

If the maps proposed by the Commission are adopted, the 2nd LD would lose members of its Board and an active PCO to another district.  This would create a hardship on the LD and disrupt our governance.  DL suggested that we ask the general body to suspend the rules of residency for affected officers until the next reorganization meeting (January 2023) and allow them to stay on in their positions.

 

There was some discussion as to whether the proposal could be in the form of a suspension of rules or if it had to be an amendment to our Bylaws.  In any event, TS will draft a proposal for review by the E-Board prior to our general meeting next week.

 

YC recommended that we let the PCOs know they may be affected by the redistricting changes.  She and Leeroy will work on a plan to communicate to our PCOs when the time comes.

 

Proposal Two – Continue Zoom Meetings

If the State ends the “state of emergency” put in effect because of the Covid pandemic, do we need to change our Bylaws so that we can continue to have virtual meetings.  The Board feels we would want to have a mix of in-person and virtual meetings so that we can draw a larger attendance to our meetings.  Because of the large area our LD covers, it is not always possible for members to attend in-person meetings and it would be more convenient for members to attend virtually.

 

It was decided to keep this item on the Agenda for future meetings and work toward drafting language for this proposal.

 

Growth Management

YM reported that she continues to attend Pierce County Council meetings and raise concerns about the commercial development in the wetland.  She also reported on her involvement with Revenue for Housing in Pierce County, an organization that is trying to come up with solutions to solve the affordable housing problem.  They are proposing a 1/10 of 1% tax, along with state and federal matching funds, to construct up to 360 units per year.

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group finalized the Agenda for the general meeting. 

 

Good of the Order

YC suggested we ask Representative Schrier to come speak to the body about the Infrastructure Bill and what it will do for WA State.  TK also asked that we invite the CD3 candidate to a meeting in January or February.  DL asked him to connect with the candidate.  We discussed the need to connect with voters and let them know what the Democrats have done for them in passing major pieces of legislation this year with the Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Plan and how these laws will help them.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 8:50 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

November 2, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Yolanda Markle(YM) acknowledged and thanked the Nisqually Tribe for sharing their tribal lands and resources with us and assured them we will work toward the good of these lands.

 

DL called on everyone to introduce themselves.

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was approved as presented.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the October 5, 2021 General Meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick (BA) reported via e-mail that we have $5,523 in our Operations Account after remitting $100 to each of the three Olympia Port Commissioner candidates – Iyall, Hansen, and Simmons.  Our Events account totals $3,171. 

Fundraiser

Leeroy Perkins (LP) reported that all auction items have been delivered to buyers.  We still need to finalize the Events account and distribute 30% of the proceeds to local Rainbow organizations and divide the balance between us and the 29th LD.

 

Kim Schrier Campaign

Ali Erdmann reported on activities of Congresswoman Schrier.  Schrier recently co-wrote an op-ed stating that it is the morally right thing and the politically smart thing to do to pass the healthcare, education and climate bill.  She will be hosting a town hall tomorrow on the subject of vaccines for children.  Ali will post a link in our chat room for those interested in attending.

 

Schrier also wrote a letter to President Biden urging him to use his Executive Order power to fast track Covid testing in the US which will make it more accessible.  She co-introduced a bill to overhaul and improve our emergency stockpile supplies and PPE equipment.  This bill, which passed in the House, would also provide resources to states to improve their stockpiles.  Ms. Schrier also introduced the National Forest Restoration and Remediation Act to provide long-term funding for the Forest Service.  This bill is awaiting a floor vote.

 

Her campaign is phone banking weekly and building its volunteer base.  Ali will put information in the chat room on how to become involved in the campaign.

Purged Voter List

Leo Stauch(LS) reported on feedback he received from individuals that participated in calling.  Most of the information on the voter lists is not correct information, is duplicated several times, and very few calls actually reached a live person.  It was the consensus to wrap up this effort and spend our time on phone banking or another activity that will produce better results.

 

Redistricting

LP reported the Commissioners have published their proposed State Legislative and Congressional district maps. Commissioner maps are available for viewing online now. The deadline for the Commission to submit their new Congressional and Legislative maps to the Legislature is November 15th, 2021.  LP will put the link to the redistricting website in our chat room.

 

Growth Management

YM reported that developers are now digging a hole in the aquifer near 208th Street and this will result in the loss of ground water for their neighborhood.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

October 25, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance: Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                        Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                        Bob  Akervick, Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                        Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                        Tim Kerfoot, PCO (TK)

                        Leo Stauch, PCO (LS)

                        Sarah Coe (SC)

                        Laura Crews (LC)

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. 

 

Agenda

We reviewed the Agenda, made a couple of edits and approved it.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the final draft of the September 28, 2021 minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported  that we have $5,823 in our Operating Account and $3,171 in our Events Account.  We donated $500 each to Joe Colombo, running for Puyallup City Council, and to the Northwest Progressive Institute from the Operating Account and paid $2,400 to our fundraiser coordinator from the Events account.

 

Phone Banking

TK, SC, and LC have been active in the Eatonville area with local elections.  SC is running as a non-partisan candidate for the Eatonville School Board.  DL suggested that she employ GOTV and phone banking methods of campaigning so as not to inform voters that she is backed by the Democrats.  BA is also active in phone banking in his locality.  SC reported on sign-waving events coming up.

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

LP reported that all expenses have been paid for the event and auction items are being delivered.  We are still receiving deposits from Auctria, so don’t have a final accounting of the event.  When we do have a final accounting, we will distribute 30% of the proceeds to local Rainbow organizations and split the balance with the 29th LD.

 

It had been suggested that the split of the event proceeds be distributed 60% to the 29th and 40% to us because Cassandra had done a considerable amount of work pulling the event together.  The E-Board discussed and came to the consensus to keep the split at 50/50.

 

Elections and Endorsements

YC reported that we have not received any endorsement questionnaires from candidates.  DL suggested that we donate $200 to each of the Democratic candidates  Joel Hansen, Bob Iyall and Jesse Simmons, all running for the Olympia Port Commissioner position.  Motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to recommend to the full body that we contribute $100 each to the campaigns of Joel Hansen, Bob Iyall, and Jesse Simmons.

 

NAACP

YC attended the NAACP ALASKA OREGON WASHINGTON STATE-AREA CONFERENCE.  Topics of discussion centered around voter suppression, police accountability and other issues of discrimination and inequality affecting members in our communities and at the state Purged Voter List

LS reported on feedback he received from individuals that participated in calling.  Most of the information on the voter lists is not correct information, is duplicated several times, and very few calls actually reached a live person.  It was the consensus to wrap up this effort and spend our time on phone banking or another activity that will produce better results.

 

Redistricting

LP reported the Commissioners have published their proposed State Legislative and Congressional district maps. Commissioner maps are available for viewing and public comment online now. The deadline for the Commission to submit their new Congressional and Legislative maps to the Legislature is November 15th, 2021.

 

Growth Management

YM reported that she continues to attend Pierce County Council meetings and object to the county’s development work in wetland areas in her neighborhood.  They are now digging a hole in the aquifer which she says is illegal.  Discussion ensued about the legality of their work and whether she should contact an environmental law attorney.

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group finalized the Agenda for the general meeting. 

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

October 5, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and acknowledged and thanked the Nisqually Tribe for sharing their tribal lands and resources with us and assured them we will work toward the good of these lands.

 

DL called on everyone to introduce themselves.

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was approved as presented.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the September 7, 2021 General Meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick reported we have a total of $7,288 in both accounts.  We paid $67 for a six month rental for our Post Office Box.  The first check he wrote for the P.O. Box was lost in the mail, so he put a stop payment on it and issued a new check.  The fee for the stop payment was $34.

 

The events account includes $1,426 of seed money from the 2nd and 29th LDs for the upcoming fundraiser plus $940 in ticket sales for the event which hasn’t hit our account yet.

Candidate Time – Kim Schrier

DL welcomed Ali Erdmann (AE), DCCC Organizing Director for Kim Schrier.  She updated us on Representative Schrier’s work in Congress – her work for the Build Back Better agenda and the Women’s Health Protection Act.  On campaign activities, she has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and they will be working with the Schrier campaign on environmental issues.  A recent Republican poll shows a one point spread in favor of an unnamed Republican opponent for this race.  This race is expected to be a close race and this is why the DCCC has invested so early in this race and why AE is here in WA State helping the Schrier campaign.  AE announced there are opportunities for phone banking and encouraged members to volunteer.  She will post the information in the chat room.  She also announced the redistricting meetings this weekend and they are mobilizing people to testify on the proposed maps.  She took questions from the members and left the meeting.

 

 

 

Candidate Time – Port of Olympia

Bob Iyall and Jessie Simmons answered a set of questions delivered by DL around certain issues of the Port.  The questions were:  what are two greatest challenges to you if you were elected Port Commissioner, what you would do with rising sea levels, should Port Commissioner serve needs of citizens or needs of corporations, what about environmental concerns with regards to dredging the harbor or shipping lanes, do you favor a solar farm adjacent to the Olympia airport, and what are the benefits or detriments of removing the Capital Lake dam to create an estuary.  They also answered questions from the general membership.

 

Fair Vote Washington

Volunteers from Fair Vote Washington - Kit Muehlman, Lisa Yeager, and Zachary McCauley - attended the meeting to explain rank-choice voting.  They pointed out problems with our current system being wasted votes and driving polarization.  Benefits include having a say in the final count, promoting civil, issues-focused campaigns, giving the voter a stronger voice and more choices, saving money and encouraging new candidates.  They presented an illustration of how it works.

 

HB 1156 is likely to be voted upon by the State legislature next January to allow local jurisdictions to use rcv.  A new bill for rcv for the presidential primary is also expected to come before the state legislature.  San Juan and Clark Counties are working on charter amendments to use rcv in local elections.  There will be a statewide supporter call on October 16 via Zoom and we are all invited to attend.

 

The presenters took questions from the group and left the meeting.

 

Redistricting

LP reported that Tina Podlodowski sent out an “all hands” bulletin last week to encourage all democrats to write to the Redistricting Commission or personally testify to object to the Republican mapping recommendations.

Tim Kerfoot reported that he has been listening to the Commission’s meeting, and most comments are coming from the Democrats.

 

Fundraiser

Last committee meeting is tomorrow.   We are all set with an emcee from the pride community.  Speakers include Kathy Orlando, Kim Schrier, Laurie Jenkins, and AG Bob Ferguson.  There will be a trivia game and a silent auction is underway.

 

Candidate Conribution

DL reported that the E-Board is recommending to the general body that we donate $500 to the campaign of Joseph Colombo, a candidate for Puyallup City Council.  Motion was duly made, seconded and passed unaminously to donate $500 to the campaign of Joe Colombo.

 

Good of the Order

LP reported that Yanah Cook has  been in the hospital for 4 days and was dismissed today.  He sent her a small bouquet of flowers from the 2nd LD.  Motion was made, seconded, and passed unanimously to reimburse LP for the flowers.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

September 28, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                                Tim Kerfoot, PCO (TK)

                                Leo Stauch, PCO (LS)

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. 

 

Agenda

We reviewed the Agenda, made a couple of edits and approved it.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the final draft of the August 31, 2021 minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported via e-mail that we have $6,807.61 in our Operating Account and $514.67 in our Events Account.  We paid $67 to renew our Post Office box for another six months.

 

Elections and Endorsements

YC reported that we have not received any endorsement questionnaires from candidates.  She did recommend that we contribute to Joe Colombo’s campaign for Puyallup City Council.  We also discussed whether we should contribute to the campaigns of Bob Iyall and Jesse Simmons, both running for the Olympia Port Commissioner position.  Both are Democrats and have similar platforms.  We decided to hold off donating to these two candidates – they are invited to our general meeting next week and we will make a decision regarding contributions to them following the meeting.

 

Motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to recommend to the full body that we contribute $500 to the campaign of Joe Colombo.

 

Purged Voter List

LS reported that he sent lists of 50 voters to each member of the E-Board and to Jeanne Archie, Tim Kerfoot, and Denise Moody.  He also sent the lists for other counties to Kathy Orlando who will distribute to her counterparts.

 

YC reported that she has called most of her list and finds that, per the information provided by LS, much of the voter information is incorrect – duplicate information, wrong addresses and phone numbers, deceased voters, etc.    She mostly was able to leave messages.  Dave reported similar experiences with his phone calling.

 

YC asked if we are doing anything as a group to Get Out the Vote (GOTV).  DL said that we should each make ourselves useful to campaigns that reach out to us.  He reported that he is making calls for the Schrier campaign.  He noted it is still early in the campaign cycle, but she is ramping up her campaign now.  LP suggested that she may face a tough election depending on the results of redistricting.

 

DL and LP noted an email from Tina P, State Chair, regarding the need for ALL DEMOCRATS to respond to the re-districting committee and object to the proposed redistricting maps as being Republican gerrymandered.  If every Democrat voices their opposition to this attempt by Washington Republicans to gerrymander the existing districts, then the approval will move to the State Supreme Court where their oversite will prevent gerrymandering.

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

LP named speakers for our event, including Kim Schrier, Tina Podlodowski, and Bob Ferguson.  We have secured a host who will also provide entertainment.  We haven’t secured many auction items, so we could use more help in this area as well as increasing ticket sales.  LP cautioned the group that we may lose money on the event.  LP showed us the website for the event with the latest graphics.

 

Growth Management

YM reported that she continues to attend Pierce County Council meetings and persists in her efforts to question and attempts to halt measures that hurt our wetlands and environment.

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group finalized the Agenda for the general meeting.  We will contact Bob Iyall and Jesse Simmons, both running for Olympia Port Commissioner, to attend our next general meeting and answer questions from the group.  It was decided to have a forum type of questioning – DL will create a set of questions to ask both candidates so that we will have a better idea of who we want to support for the Port of Olympia Commissioner.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 9:30 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

September 7, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Yanah Cook (YC) acknowledged and thanked the Nisqually Tribe for sharing their tribal lands and resources with us and assured them we will work toward the good of these lands.

 

DL called on everyone to introduce themselves.

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was approved as presented.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the August 3, 2021 General Meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick reported we have a total of $7,389 in both accounts.  Expenses in the Events account included the $500 payment to Logan for the Fundraiser and we received $500 from the 29th LD for their portion of the cost of Logan’s services. 

Candidate Time

DL welcomed Joe Colombo to the group.  He is running for the Puyallup City Council, District 2.  He founded the Puyallup Indivisible Group and noted his opponent is a Trump supporter and QAnon believer.  His agenda for the Council will be to improve  neighborhoods with efficient traffic and sidewalk patterns and correct lighting; address key choke-points including crosswalks to safely connect neighborhoods, bike lanes to keep kids safe, and trails that need to be finished. He also believes we should address homelessness and affordable housing and corporations threatening farmland with warehouses.

 

He is having a formal campaign kickoff on Tuesday, September 14 at 5:30.  Marty Campbell will be a speaker.  He is asking for donations to his campaign as his opponent has a sizeable war chest built with local Republican donations.  We have a chance to fill this position with a Democrat.  YC suggested that the 2nd LD contribute to his campaign.  DL asked YC to bring it up at the next E-Board meeting.

 

 

 

Northwest Progressive Institute

DL introduced Andrew Villeneuve (AV), founder of the Northwest Progressive Institute, a research organization with an advocacy focus.  They specialize in gathering intelligence that progressive activists and organizations can use to advance progressive causes.  They would like to conduct comprehensive polling in Pierce County with the objective of taking the pulse of likely 2022 Pierce County voters on a wide range of issues.  This will help equip progressive leaders across Pierce County with credible data pinpointing the path forward for the causes that we care about.  They are looking for donations of $3,700 to complete the fundraising necessary to conduct this polling.  AV answered many questions from the group.  Motion was then duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve donating $500 to NPI. 

 

Pierce County Fair

Leeroy Perkins (LP) thanked all volunteers who staffed the booth.  We registered a few voters and signed up new 2nd LD members. 

 

Purged Voter List

Leo Stauch (LS) presented a report from a purged voter list we received from the State Dems.  He noted there was a lot of duplicate information on the list.  Cities were incorrectly placed in the wrong county and there are several entries for one voter with multiple addresses and phone numbers.  He spent some time correcting the list and sorting it by County, then City, then alphabetically by last name and has it in a form that can be divided up among the 2nd LD members.  The goal is to contact the voter, get the correct contact info and address for them, and ask them to re-register to vote and encourage them to vote in the upcoming elections. LS agreed to break the call list into 50 name, or less, blocks and attendees should send their email info to LS to receive their block of names.  He will also try to secure a script for the phone calls.

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

(LP) reported the committee continues to meet, however, participation has been minimal.  We have not nailed down speakers nor collected many auction items.  He mailed out sponsorship forms to elected officials but has received no commitments.  We are one month away from the event and LP has doubts if we can successfully carry out the event.

 

Volunteers for Voter Registration

Wendy Wright has requested volunteers to help man the voter registration booths at the various farmers’ markets in the area.  DL has the list of dates and places for the remaining events.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

August 31, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

Tim Kerfoot

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m. 

 

Agenda & Minutes

Motions were made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the agenda and final draft of the July 27, 2021 minutes.

 

Pierce County Fair

LP thanked all volunteers who staffed the booth.  We registered a few voters and signed up new 2nd LD members. 

 

Elections and Endorsements

BA reported that they have not had another meeting and no action has been taken on endorsements.

 

Acknowledgement of Native Lands

DL has asked that Yanah Cook (YC) provide us with the script she uses to acknowledge the Native Lands at our general meetings.  YC normally does the acknowledgement, but when she isn’t at the meeting, we don’t have the proper verbiage to use.

 

Purged Voter List

Leo Stauch (LS) presented a report from a purged voter list we received from the State Dems.  He noted there was a lot of duplicate information on the list.  Cities were incorrectly placed in the wrong county and there are several entries for one voter with multiple addresses and phone numbers.  He spent some time correcting the list and sorting it by County, then City, then alphabetically by last name and has it in a form that can be divided up among the 2nd LD members.  The goal is to contact the voter, get the correct contact info and address for them, and ask them to re-register to vote and encourage them to vote in the upcoming elections.

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

LP reported that we have a “Save the Date” flyer and updated sponsorship form for the fundraiser.  He has posted them on all applicable websites and Facebook.  He will e-mail our elected officials and send them the sponsorship information.  We need to secure some prizes for the event. 

 

NPI Polling

Kathy Orlando shared an e-mail with us from Northwest Progressive Institute.  They specialize in gathering intelligence that progressive activists and organizations can use to advance progressive causes.  They would like to conduct comprehensive polling in Pierce County with the objective of taking  the pulse of likely 2022 Pierce County voters on a wide range of issues.  This will help equip progressive leaders across Pierce County with credible data pinpointing the path forward for the causes that we care about.  They are looking for donations of $4,700 to conduct this polling.  We will recommend to the full body that we pledge $500 to them contingent upon them raising the balance.

 

Volunteers for Voter Registration

Wendy Wright has requested volunteers to help man the voter registration booths at the various farmers’ markets in the area.  She will send DL the locations and dates and we will share with the body to see if we can help her staff the booths.

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group finalized the Agenda for the general meeting. 

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

August 3, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was approved with the addition of Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor as a speaker.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the July 6, 2021 General Meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick reported we have $6,796.55 in our Operations Account and $514.67 in our Events Account.  Expenditures in the Operations Account included $85 for Pierce County Fair tickets for booth volunteers and we received $100 in dues and donation.  The only expense in the Events account was the $3.99 CyberSource monthly fee.

Congresswoman CD 10

DL welcomed Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (MS) to our meeting.  She updated us on negotiations and progress of HR1 – For the People Act, the Infrastructure bill, the Voting Rights bill and the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act.  She also made the point that we need to hold onto our majority and expand our majority and not worry about losing progressive members if we gain centrists.  If we don’t hang on to our majority, our agenda is not pushed forward.  MS said that they may reconvene in August if the Senate passes the Infrastructure bill.  She took questions from the group then left the meeting.

 

Candidate Time

DL called upon Bob Iyall (BI) to pay our respects to the Nisqually tribe and their native lands.  BI is running for Thurston County Port Commissioner, District 2.  He discussed his background with the Nisqually tribe and his qualifications and vision for the Port Commission.  He noted the problems of the Port’s enterprises losing money and being subsidized.  He wants to understand their budgeting process and understand why these enterprises need subsidizing.  He wants to be a voice for the three tribes in Thurston County and for the outlying areas that are underserved.  He took questions from the group and left the meeting. 

 

 

 

Thurston County Auditor

Mary Hall (MH) reported turnout is 26% in Thurston County tonight.  It’s sad to see this kind of turnout with the hotly contested elections in Olympia.  We need people to show up in the mid-term elections next year.  She also talked about the misinformation regarding “the Steal” and reiterated how secure our elections are.  She encouraged us to visit our local election center to see how the system works so we can speak to it in the community. 

 

Introductions

DL asked attendees to introduce themselves.

Pierce County Fair

Leeroy Perkins (LP) announced that we still need a few volunteers to man the booth.  We will setup on Wednesday evening (August 11) – BA has purchased tickets for those who will work the booth.

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

(LP) reported the committee continues to meet.  We are in the process of working out a contract with Logan for her services.  We will have our next meeting Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Resolutions

DL presented a resolution which would support the governor signing the Equity Now Executive Order to overturn I-200 re Affirmative Action.  When I-200 was passed, it essentially ended the practice of Affirmative Action in Washington.  We believe it was never the intent of the voters to end the practice of Affirmative Action in WA and this act would restore the practice.  Motion was made, seconded and carried unanimously to endorse the resolution.

 

We have another resolution from Whole Washington which would call for universal health care for all Washington residents.  We will try to get a representative from Whole Washington to explain their mission to the group.

 

Resume In-Person Meetings

LP reported that neither the schools nor fire departments are booking out their rooms yet, so we will not be resuming in-person meetings at this time.  BA suggested that when we do start back with in-person meetings, it would be helpful to have zoom meetings interspersed.

 

Good of the Order

DL reported the Pierce County Democrats are having a picnic on August 15.  He also discussed the information handout he is producing listing benefits of the American Rescue Plan on one side and a property owner’s “Know Your Rights” on the other side.  An alternate card will contain emergency phone numbers for Pierce County.  There will be space on the cards for branding and logos for LDs, PCOs, etc.  These will be available to hand out at the Fair and will be shared with Pierce and Thurston County Dems for use by PCOs and canvassers to give to voters.

       

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

August 3, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was approved with the addition of Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor as a speaker.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the July 6, 2021 General Meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick reported we have $6,796.55 in our Operations Account and $514.67 in our Events Account.  Expenditures in the Operations Account included $85 for Pierce County Fair tickets for booth volunteers and we received $100 in dues and donation.  The only expense in the Events account was the $3.99 CyberSource monthly fee.

Congresswoman CD 10

DL welcomed Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (MS) to our meeting.  She updated us on negotiations and progress of HR1 – For the People Act, the Infrastructure bill, the Voting Rights bill and the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act.  She also made the point that we need to hold onto our majority and expand our majority and not worry about losing progressive members if we gain centrists.  If we don’t hang on to our majority, our agenda is not pushed forward.  MS said that they may reconvene in August if the Senate passes the Infrastructure bill.  She took questions from the group then left the meeting.

 

Candidate Time

DL called upon Bob Iyall (BI) to pay our respects to the Nisqually tribe and their native lands.  BI is running for Thurston County Port Commissioner, District 2.  He discussed his background with the Nisqually tribe and his qualifications and vision for the Port Commission.  He noted the problems of the Port’s enterprises losing money and being subsidized.  He wants to understand their budgeting process and understand why these enterprises need subsidizing.  He wants to be a voice for the three tribes in Thurston County and for the outlying areas that are underserved.  He took questions from the group and left the meeting. 

 

 

 

Thurston County Auditor

Mary Hall (MH) reported turnout is 26% in Thurston County tonight.  It’s sad to see this kind of turnout with the hotly contested elections in Olympia.  We need people to show up in the mid-term elections next year.  She also talked about the misinformation regarding “the Steal” and reiterated how secure our elections are.  She encouraged us to visit our local election center to see how the system works so we can speak to it in the community. 

 

Introductions

DL asked attendees to introduce themselves.

Pierce County Fair

Leeroy Perkins (LP) announced that we still need a few volunteers to man the booth.  We will setup on Wednesday evening (August 11) – BA has purchased tickets for those who will work the booth.

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

(LP) reported the committee continues to meet.  We are in the process of working out a contract with Logan for her services.  We will have our next meeting Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

 

Resolutions

DL presented a resolution which would support the governor signing the Equity Now Executive Order to overturn I-200 re Affirmative Action.  When I-200 was passed, it essentially ended the practice of Affirmative Action in Washington.  We believe it was never the intent of the voters to end the practice of Affirmative Action in WA and this act would restore the practice.  Motion was made, seconded and carried unanimously to endorse the resolution.

 

We have another resolution from Whole Washington which would call for universal health care for all Washington residents.  We will try to get a representative from Whole Washington to explain their mission to the group.

 

Resume In-Person Meetings

LP reported that neither the schools nor fire departments are booking out their rooms yet, so we will not be resuming in-person meetings at this time.  BA suggested that when we do start back with in-person meetings, it would be helpful to have zoom meetings interspersed.

 

Good of the Order

DL reported the Pierce County Democrats are having a picnic on August 15.  He also discussed the information handout he is producing listing benefits of the American Rescue Plan on one side and a property owner’s “Know Your Rights” on the other side.  An alternate card will contain emergency phone numbers for Pierce County.  There will be space on the cards for branding and logos for LDs, PCOs, etc.  These will be available to hand out at the Fair and will be shared with Pierce and Thurston County Dems for use by PCOs and canvassers to give to voters.

       

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

July 27, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. 

 

Agenda

We reviewed the Agenda, made a couple of edits and approved it.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the final draft of the June 29, 2021 minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $6,781.55  in our Operating Account and $518.16 in our Events Account.  We received $100 for dues, so the total of both accounts is $7,400.21.

 

Pierce County Fair

LP reported the volunteer sign up sheet for staffing the fair booth is almost filled up – we need three more time slots filled and he and YC will reach out to folks for help.  BA said that the fair will give us 12 free passes and one 4-day parking pass.  It looks like we will have 31 volunteer slots,  so that means we need 19 more tickets to give out to our volunteers.  If purchased before August 1, tickets are $5 each; after that, they are $7.  BA is asking that we approve the purchase of 19 more tickets.  Motion was made, seconded and carried unanimously to approve the purchase of 19 additional fair tickets for our fair booth.

 

Elections and Endorsements

BA reported that he, LP and Phyllis Farrell met.  They decided they will continue the strategy of not soliciting endorsements.  If someone asks for one, we will consider it.  Otherwise, we will offer assistance to candidates in our LD as we are able to.  LP will put a couple links on our website of best candidates to vote for – one from the League of Women Voters.

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

LP reported that the last meeting was attended by only five people.  We are struggling to maintain a committed group of volunteers and make any headway on organizing the event.  We will see how the next meeting goes (this Friday).

 

Vote Builder

DL shared the memo from WA State Dems regarding Votebuilder training and Matchback reporting.  PCOs, campaign staff, and volunteers are eligible for training.  This training will help us gather accurate, useful information about voters and maintain it in the database for use at election time.  There are four groups of voters that we have identified as critically important to engage in 2021:
 

  • Voters for whom we have no or little data

  • Voters who did not return their ballots in 2020

  • Registering purged voters

  • Registering new voters

 

BA asked who were included in the “volunteer” category.  YC will get clarification from the State Dems.  DL asked if Leo Stauch would be the coordinator of this project for the LD – TS said she would pass this request along to him.

 

We discussed whether we would use the Matchback Reporting and call back voters who have not returned their ballots at election time.  We would need someone to organize this project.

 

Growth Management

YM reported on the grand opening of Cross Park in Frederickson.  This park is on land that was sold to Pierce County by the Cross Family.   Friends of the Park were instrumental in raising money to insure completion of the park.  YM reported that Democrats Kirby and Conway of the State Legislature insured that funds were allocated – ribbon cutters were Republicans Pierce County Executive Dannmeier and Pierce County Councilwoman Cruver.  YM expressed her frustration because both Dannmeier and Cruver were opposed to using Pierce County funds to help build the park and yet they take the credit for getting it done.  It was suggested that she write a letter to the editor of local papers.  Also, we decided to ask for volunteers at the general meeting for anyone who wants to take on the task of writing letters to the editors of local newspapers when we want to express an opinion.

 

2021 Rural Summit

DL has produced a pamphlet with important local emergency numbers and a list of benefits from the American Rescue Plan (Build Back Better) with links to the resources.  It also contains a property owner’s “Know Your Rights” section with contact numbers.  These will be available for going door to door to hand out to voters – we will just need to correct contact information for the local agencies depending on precincts.  We can also hand these out at the Pierce County Fair.  With these handouts, we can remind voters that it was the Democrats who made these benefits from the American Rescue Plan possible.  There is space available for branding and logos for LDs, PCOs, etc.

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group finalized the Agenda for the general meeting.  We will contact Bob Iyall and Jesse Simmons, both running for Thurston Port Commissioner, to speak at the meeting.  We also need to announce to the general body that we cannot resume in-person meetings at this time as library and fire department locations have not opened up spaces yet.

 

DL shared Resolutions from Thurston County – one from Whole Washington which would have universal health care for Washington residents; the other resolution would support the governor signing an Equity Now Executive Order which would overturn I-200.  We will send these out to the general body before the meeting so that members will be familiar with the topic before being asked to vote on the resolutions.  Question arose if we need to send to State Central Committee before sending to governor.  YC will get clarification from the State Democrats on this question.

 

Redistricting and having a summer picnic were also items added to the Agenda.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 9:10 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

July 6, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then Jeanne Archie (JA) paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land. 

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was approved without objection.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the June 1, 2021 General Meeting.

 

Candidate Time

DL called on Elizabeth Pew, candidate for the Port of Tacoma Commissioner, to acquaint us with her campaign.  She resides in West Tacoma and has a background in human resources and career and workforce development.  She believes we need strong leadership for business and trade, for environmental accountability, economic justice and effective collaboration.  The Port of Tacoma is a source for many jobs and we should be able to marry jobs with protection of the environment.  She took questions from the group then left the meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported we have $6,781.55 in our Operations Account and $518.66 in our Events Account.  We received a $1,000 donation from Marilyn Strickland and paid $52.50 for liability insurance for the Pierce County Fair. The only expense in the Events account was the $3.99 CyberSource monthly fee.

Mission & Vision Statements

DL presented a Mission and Vision Statement that the E-Board drafted for the general body’s consideration. 

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the 2nd Legislative District Democrats of Washington State is to encourage citizen participation and promote the values, principles and programs of the Democratic Party by supporting the election of public officials who advocate for these values.

 

Vision Statement

We envision our efforts will:

  • build a thriving candidate support organization of participating, committed members

  • successfully elect or re-elect candidates or officials who promote Democratic Party values in the 2nd Legislative District area

  • cultivate and educate an inclusive and thriving community led by strong, diverse Democratic leaders at all levels of government.

 

The drafts were posted on the 2nd LD’s website prior to this meeting.  Upon Motion duly made and seconded, the 2nd LD Dems unanimously approved the Mission and Vision Statements.

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

Leeroy Perkins (LP) reported that we have pared down the event to a virtual event without an auction this year.  We will have a trivia contest, a few speakers, and entertainment around our event title of “South Sound Democrats take PRIDE in our Community.”  The event will take place October 8 at 7:00 p.m.  We are in contact with Logan Clements to define her role and fees.

 

Graham Fair

DL also reported that we will have a booth at the Pierce County Fair this year and we will need volunteers to staff the booth.  JA will loan us her tent again this year and provide the button making machine.  We will gather candidate signs and brochures to have at our booth.  LP will be sending a sign-up sheet out to gather volunteers.

 

Resume In-Person Meetings

LP reported that neither the schools nor fire departments are booking out their rooms yet, so we will not be resuming in-person meetings at this time.

 

Good of the Order

DL reported on the Thurston County Dems meeting – he listed names of candidates to whom the group will provide campaign services.  He also noted endorsements.

 

Julian Wheeler (JW) announced that election observer training will be held next week and that, if anyone was interested, they should contact him.

       

The meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

June 29, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m. 

 

Agenda

We reviewed the Agenda and approved it with no changes.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the final draft of the May 25, 2021 minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $6,781.55  in our Operating Account and $526.65 in our Events Account.  We received a $1,000 contribution from Congresswoman Strickland and paid $52.50 for liability insurance for the Pierce County Fair. 

 

Mission/Vision Statements

The Board spent some time continuing to work on our Mission and Vision Statements.  We finalized a draft and will send it out to the general body before our July 6 meeting.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the 2nd Legislative District Democrats of Washington State is to encourage citizen participation and promote the values, principles and programs of the Democratic Party by supporting the election of public officials who advocate for these values.

 

Vision Statement

We envision our efforts will:

  • build a thriving candidate support organization of participating, committed members

  • successfully elect or re-elect candidates or officials who promote Democratic Party values in the 2nd Legislative District area

  • cultivate and educate an inclusive and thriving community led by strong, diverse Democratic leaders at all levels of government.

 

DL advised that he is working on a communication on a property owner’s “Bill of Rights” along with information on benefits included in the American Rescue Act.  He is thinking of printing this information on card stock to be given out to voters as we are speaking to them.

 

 

Elections and Endorsements

YC reported the Committee met to discuss their Mission, Vision and responsibilities.  They plan to pursue connections with all candidates in the Eatonville, Orting area to see how we can best support them.  YC has been in contact with Kristin Poole, an Eatonville Democrat and activist, to determine what support they need from us. 

 

DL said he had a call from Earl Gray, a Democratic consultant, who is willing to take on one or more candidates to assist and advise them on their campaigns.  DL will put YC in touch with him.

 

Pierce County Fair

We discussed having a booth at the Pierce County Fair – which runs from August 12-15.  It will be imperative that we have a group of volunteers to man the booth during that time. 

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

LP reported that the Committee has decided to have a virtual scaled-down event this year.  We will not have an auction but instead will have a trivia contest.  Our fundraising will come from ticket sales and bids on donated “bigger ticket” items such as overnight stay at a B&B.   

 

Growth Management

YM reported that the Pierce County Council has ceded a right of way which prevents the extension of 38th St as a North/South route in the area.  The extension of 38th had been in the comprehensive plan for the Fredrickson area and residents feel this is another occurrence of giving in to corporate interests at the expense of the residents of Pierce County.

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group finalized the Agenda for the general meeting. 

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 8:50 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

June 1, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then Yanah Cook (YC) paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land. 

 

Honor Diversity

In the spirit of honoring diversity at each of our meetings, YC announced that the local chapter of the NAACP will have a “Juneteenth” celebration and that invitations are forthcoming.  Bob Akervick (BA) also said that we should listen to President Biden’s speech that he gave today commemorating the Tulsa massacre.

 

Approve Agenda

YC asked that we add the topic of resuming in-person meetings to the Agenda.  The Agenda was approved without objection with this addition.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the May 4, 2021 General Meeting.

 

Candidate Time

DL introduced Bob Iyall (BI) who is a candidate for Olympia Port Commissioner, District 2.  He currently serves as  CEO of Medicine Creek Enterprise Corporation, a for-profit corporation co-owned by the Nisqually Indian Tribe to manage the numerous business affairs of the Tribe.  He  has also held several positions with the Nisqually Indian Tribe.   Mr. Iyall expressed his appreciation to the LD for honoring the Nisqually people.

 

Understanding the vision and purpose of the Port and the strength of their strategic plan and goals would be the focus of BI’s platform.  He would also concentrate his efforts toward improving the health of the south Puget Sound waters, an issue that heavily impacts the livelihood of the Nisqually people and their fisheries.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported we have $5,834.05 in our Operations Account and $526.64 in our Events Account.  The only expense was the $3.99 CyberSource monthly fee in our Events Account.

 

BA also announced that annual dues are now payable.  We have only received a few payments, so he encouraged all in attendance to pay the 2021 dues.

Growth Management

Cindy Beckett (CB) discussed the Growth Management Act (GMA) and how it affects lands in our district.  She is a Master Watershed Steward/Consultant specializing in Groundwater, Wetlands, and the Laws that protect them. She was a former Land Use Advisory Commissioner and is fully versed in the GMA.  She explained that the GMA is a series of state statutes that requires fast-growing cities and counties to develop a comprehensive plan to manage their population growth.  She explained that the Master Builders of America provided much input in the writing of the Act.  Even though it is codified under WA law, it has little enforcement mechanism.  She is concerned about the degradation of our aquifer and the overbuilding in wetlands.  She encouraged anyone who has a concern about this type of issue in their neighborhood to contact her.

 

DL thanked Ms. Beckett for her presentation and suggested that the 2nd LD should come up with a Property Owners’ Bill of Rights.

 

Mission, Vision, Strategic Plan

DL announced that the E-Board is meeting on June 16 at 7:00 to begin creation of a Mission and Vision Statement and a Strategic Plan for the 2nd LD.  We would like input from everyone and he encouraged everyone to attend the meeting.

 

Nominations for 2nd Vice Chair

DL asked for nominations from the floor.  Jan Zahir was nominated and agreed to serve as 2nd Vice Chair. 

 

Bylaws Vote

DL again explained the changes presented for approval at this general meeting:

  1. Added back  Article III, Section 3 Membership Dues, which was inadvertently omitted from the last revision

  2. Replaced references to State Committee Man and State Committee Woman with “two State Committee Persons (representing two genders)” or “State Committee Person”, as appropriate.

  3. Article IV. Membership Meetings. Section 3. Reorganization Meeting: Deleted reference to state laws, in accordance with court cases that establish the supremacy of party rules over state laws in party organization decisions and processes. Also added a provision that bylaws will be adopted for the new biennium at the reorganization meeting.

 

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to accept the changes to the Bylaws as described above.

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

Leeroy Perkins (LP) announced the next meeting of the group will be this Friday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.  He said participation was low at the last meeting and asked that members of the Committee please attend.

 

State Committee Person Report

YC announced that The Washington State Redistricting Commission will hold a general public outreach meeting on June 14.  If you wish to attend you must register at www.redistricting.wa.gov.

 

Resume In-Person Meetings

YC suggested that we start meeting in person again, possible every other meeting.  LP is looking into securing meeting space.  This was discussed by the members but no decision was made.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

May 25, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. 

 

Agenda

We reviewed the Agenda and approved it with no changes.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the final draft of the April 27, 2021 minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $5,834.05 in our Operating Account and $526.64  in our Events Account.  The only transaction during the month was the $3.99 fee for the monthly CyberSource fee.  Bob noted that he would make another pitch at our general meeting for payment of dues.

 

Staffing Committees

DL had previously asked for volunteers to step up for committee assignments.  Dave Little, Theresa Stauch and Leeroy Perkins volunteered to staff the Audit Committee.  We also need a committee to work on strategic planning and budget preparation.  It was decided that the entire E-Board will staff this committee and we will meet before the next E-Board meeting.  YC suggested that before we start our strategic planning we should define our Mission and Vision Statements.  We decided each of us would bring our ideas to our first meeting.  Also, we will seek input from the general body.

 

Bylaws

The proposed Bylaws will be presented to the general body for approval.  LP will post these proposed bylaws on the website.

 

Elections and Endorsements

YC asked if we are going to continue with the calling program to put a democrat on the ticket in “Every Race”.  DL replied that we should keep in touch with people who show an interest in running for office or for attending our meetings.

 

YC reported that the committee of BA, Phyllis Farrell, and YC met to define the purpose and scope of the committee.  They will identify democratic candidates in the 2nd LD who are running for office, prioritize and organize campaign support for candidates, and be a liaison with candidates.  They have outlined their tasks to do and have scheduled another meeting.  YC explained that there will be a sub-committee called the Vetting Committee (not Endorsement).

 

Some of the candidates and positions they have identified so far are:

  1. Eatonville City Council & School Board

  2. Port Commissioner for Pierce County

  3. Jesse Simmons – Olympia Port Commissioner, District 2

  4. Bob Iyall, Olympia Port Commissioner, District 2

  5. Bethel School Board

 

DL and BA have also identified Kristin Poole as an Eatonville democrat and activist who is recruiting democrats to run for office.  DL asked that we make a list of those candidates who have reached out to us and we will focus our resources on these individuals.

 

State Committee Persons’ Reports

LP reported on the Fundraiser Committee meetings.  The committee will meet again this Friday to determine the name of the event – our theme has been established.  We are still undecided whether to have a virtual or in-person event. 

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group reviewed the Agenda for the general meeting and made some changes.  DL said that he would contact Cindy Beckett to see if she would speak to our group about the GMA.  YC will contact the NAACP to see if we can get a representative to discuss diversity.    

 

Good of the Order

DL discussed the Governor’s vetoes which have upset some democratic legislators and Native Americans regarding the Environmental Grand Bargain and bills for protections for native lands.  DL asked Tina Podlodowski if she knew why the Governor vetoed subsections of the bills but she didn’t have any information at this time.  Other current events political topics were discussed as well.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 9:00 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

May 4, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:11 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then Yanah Cook (YC) paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land. 

 

Approve Agenda

The Agenda was approved without objection.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was duly made, seconded and unanimously carried to approve the minutes of the April 6, 2021 General Meeting.

 

Introductions

DL asked guests, new members, and candidates to introduce themselves. 

 

  • Julian Wheeler (JW), Pierce County Election Observer/Coordinator - announced trainings for Elections Observers coming up on July 14 and 15.  He left his contact information for those interested in the training.

  • Carolyn Barclift (CB) – guest speaker – topic “Recognizing and Combating Disinformation”; she was Chair of the Thurston County for Joe Biden group which has turned into the Thurston County Build Back Better group

  • John Linboe  (JL)– South Pierce County Fire Commissioner

  • Brett Hancock (BH) – recently moved to Orting and is considering running for City Council

  • Alan Cardenas (AC) – new member

  • Jessie Simmons (JS) – candidate for Olympia Port Commissioner, District 2 – he updated us on his campaign; he has raised $5,000, he has endorsements from Senator Sam Hunt, the IUPAT and the Teamsters, he will be getting access to VoteBuilder thanks to the Thurston County Dems Campaign Services Committee process

  • Yolanda Markle (YM) – announced she has withdrawn her bid for Bethel School Board as she will support the incumbent

 

Formation of Election Committee

DL asked YC, Cinnamon Brown (CBr), and Bob Ackervick (BA) to be on the Election Committee.  DL explained the purpose of the Committee will be to meet with candidates and ultimately make recommendations to the body as to what kind of support should be provided for the candidates.  CBr declined the invitation. He asked for more volunteers from the group and Phyllis Farrell (PF), AC and BH agreed to serve.  PF will be the Lead of the committee.  Leeroy Perkins (LP) will provide the Committee with a list of Pierce County candidates.

 

Nominations for 2nd Vice Chair

DL announced the resignation of Leo Stauch(LS) from the 2nd Vice Chair position and asked if anyone was interested in serving. 

 

Fighting Disinformation

CB presented a power point presentation on Misinformation, Disinformation, and Outright Lies.  She explained the differences between Misinformation (unintentional mistakes), and Disinformation (fabricated or manipulated information to create conspiracy theories) and also reviewed the different sources in which we get our information.  She provided us with a list of watchdog and fact checking sites. 

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported we have $5,834.05 in our Operations Account and $526.64 in our Events Account.  The only expense was the $3.99 CyberSource monthly fee in our Events Account.

 

Bylaws Update

DL reported that the Bylaws have been reviewed and the following changes were made:

  1. Added back  Article III, Section 3 Membership Dues, which was inadvertently omitted from the last revision

  2. Replaced references to State Committee Man and State Committee Woman with “two State Committee Persons (representing two genders)” or “State Committee Person”, as appropriate.

  3. Article IV. Membership Meetings. Section 3. Reorganization Meeting: Deleted reference to state laws, in accordance with court cases that establish the supremacy of party rules over state laws in party organization decisions and processes. Also added a provision that bylaws will be adopted for the new biennium at the reorganization meeting.

 

DL explained that the Bylaws refer to an Organization and an Association.  The “Organization” includes elected and appointed Precinct Committee Officers residing in the 2nd LD.  These members vote for the Chair, Vice Chair, and State Committee Persons.  The “Association” includes Organization members plus acting Precinct Committee Officers and members in good standing. 

 

The Bylaws with the proposed changes are on the 2nd LD website.  He asked the membership to review the Bylaws and we will vote on the proposed changes at our June general meeting.

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

LP announced the next meeting of the group will be this Friday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.  A theme has been selected – focus on LGBTQ in our community.

 

State Committee Person Report

YC provided a legislative update.

 

The following bills passed:

  • SB 5038 – prohibits open carry of certain weapons at public demonstrations

  • SB 5096 – excise tax on capital gains

  • SB 5051 – restore trust in criminal justice system

  • SB 5160 -  tenant protections

 

PF also reported the passage of:

  • HB 1220 -  supports emergency shelters and housing through local planning and development regulations

  • HB 1091 - reduces greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel

 

Other legislation passed gave working families a tax exemption, provided additional funding to behavioral health organizations, provided additional medical coverage for low-income seniors and increased stipends for health care providers.  She noted that 233 House Bills and 150 Senate Bills were passed this year – a very productive session that was held virtually.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

April 27, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                                Leo Stauch (LS), 2nd Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. 

 

Agenda

DL asked if there were changes to the Agenda.  Items added were GMA Update, Bylaws discussion, and New Committees.  Motion was made, seconded and carried unanimously to accept the amended Agenda.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried unanimously to accept the final draft of the March 30 minutes.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $5,834.05 in our Operating Account and $530.63  in our Events Account. 

 

Every Race

DL asked those who are participating in the Party’s calling campaign to put a democrat on the ballot in every unfilled race to report on their efforts.  YC, LP, YM and BA reported that the reception has been mostly positive but no one was interested in running for office.  They are extending invitations to those called to come to the 2nd LD meetings.  BA commented that if we acquire some new members/candidates to the 2nd LD, we need to be very welcoming to them so they want to keep coming to our meetings.  DL said that he had more energetic engagement with the “Volunteers” list, so the group will split this list and call them. 

 

State Committee Persons’ Reports

LP reported on the Fundraising Committee meetings.  The group has established a theme of LGBTQ Local People Centric and are considering a date in early October. 

 

Growth Management Act Update

YM reported that HB 1220  - supporting emergency shelters and housing through local planning and development regulations - has passed both houses and sent to the governor.  YC questioned if this bill includes environmental protections.

 

 

 

 

Bylaws Discussion

DL discussed changes made to the bylaws as follows:

 

  1. Added back  Article III, Section 3 Membership Dues, which was inadvertently omitted from the last revision

  2. Replaced references to State Committee Man and State Committee Woman with “two State Committee Persons (representing two genders)” or “State Committee Person”, as appropriate.

  3. Article IV. Membership Meetings. Section 3. Reorganization Meeting: Deleted reference to state laws, in accordance with court cases that establish the supremacy of party rules over state laws in party organization decisions and processes. Also added a provision that bylaws will be adopted for the new biennium at the reorganization meeting.

DL explained the difference between the Organization and the Association.  We will present the changes at the May general meeting and vote on them in June.

 

Forming New Committees

DL reminded us that he had asked for volunteers to staff committees.  He didn’t get any volunteers so he said we will discuss at the next E-Board meeting.

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group reviewed the agenda for the May general meeting and made changes where needed.  YC said that she is anticipating several new members will attend our meeting and she would like us all to extend them a warm welcome and have a meeting that gets them energized and wanting to come back. 

 

DL asked YC to compose a list of volunteer activities that new members can volunteer for. 

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 8:57 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

April 6, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then Yanah Cook (YC) paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land. 

 

Introductions

DL asked guests to introduce themselves.

                            

Congressional Report – Kim Schrier

Congresswoman Schrier once again thanked the 2nd LD for their support during her 2020 campaign for re-election to the House.  She reported that she was re-appointed to the Agriculture Committee and appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee.  She has been traveling through the 8th District meeting with constituents.  She took questions from members then left the meeting.

 

Approve Agenda and Minutes

The Agenda was approved without objection.

 

Troyer Resolution

DL called on Cinnamon Brown(CB) who presented a Resolution calling for the resignation of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer from office over the incident in January between Sheriff Troyer and a black newspaper delivery person.  CB recounted the events of the incident, citing racial profiling, lying, and abusive police practices by the Sheriff.  She believes he is a danger to our community and should be removed from office.  Other LDs in Pierce County have already passed the Resolution and she is asking that the 2nd LD to do the same.

 

Motion was made and seconded to adopt the Resolution.  DL called for discussion.  Leo Stauch (LS) said that he was opposed to this action.  He feels this incident should first be fully investigated and given due process before any attempt is made to remove the Sheriff from office.  Also, that the Pierce County Council has approved $50,000 to hire an attorney to investigate the matter.  Others voiced their opinions on the matter.  A vote was then taken and the Resolution passed with 9 Yays and 4 Nays.

 

Nisqually Delta I-5 Project

DL introduced David Troutt (DT), Chair of the Nisqually River Council and Natural Resources Director for the Nisqually Indian Tribe.  DT presented a slide show describing the work the Nisqually Tribe has done to preserve the entire watershed.  The Tribe’s work has also identified a potential disaster in the Nisqually River Estuary where the I-5 roadway crosses the delta.  DT explained that the current design of I-5 is funneling glacial sediment offshore and restricting critical ecological functions in the delta, impacting not only the habitat and landscape of the estuary, but causing the river to change its course.  In the event of a major flood event similar to the 1996 flood, a significant section of I-5 crossing the delta could be washed out, cutting off a major north south route and creating a national security risk due to the heavy use of I-5 and its access to JBLM. He reiterated the urgency of this matter and encouraged us to contact our state representatives to approve funding for mitigation of this situation.  DT took questions from the group.

 

Olympia Port Race

Jessie Simmons (JS) announced his candidacy for Olympia Port Commissioner, District 2.  He discussed his background and vision for the Port of having both organized labor and environmental groups working together for the good of the community.  He took questions from the group.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick (BA) reported that we have $5,834.05 in our Operating Account and we hold $530.63 in our Events Account.  Expenses during the month included a $3.99 fee for CyberSource from the Events account.

 

Bylaws

DL announced that a committee of the 2nd LD has reviewed the Bylaws of the organization and is recommending to the body a few changes.  The changes are posted on our website and will be voted on at the May meeting.

 

Strategic Planning/Budget & Audit

DL asked for volunteers to staff a committee for strategic planning and budget and audit committees. Leeroy Perkins (LP) volunteered for the budget committee.  Discussions for strategic planning will be addressed in the next E-Board meeting.

 

South Sound Democrats Fundraiser

LP announced the next meeting of the group will be this Friday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m.  The group needs to decide on a theme, title, date, and format of the event.

 

Growth Management/Votebuilder

Yolanda Markle (YM) had no report on Votebuilder; but did announce HB 1241 was still alive in the Legislature.  YM announced she is running for the Bethel School Board.

 

Minutes

Motion was made, seconded and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of the March 2, 2021 general meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:57 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

March 30, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                                Leo Stauch (LS), 2nd Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

Phyllis Farrell (PF)

Cinnamon Brown (CB)

 

                               

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. 

 

Recall Troyer Resolution

CB updated the group on the effort to unseat or recall Sheriff Troyer over an incident with a black male newspaper delivery person.  She indicated there is a well thought-out process being conducted to investigate the matter.  Pressure is being applied by various groups to force the sheriff to resign.  A committee of Pierce County Democrats wants to join in on the efforts to unseat the sheriff and Lawyers Against Systemic Racism are becoming involved.   If he doesn’t resign, these groups are researching recall efforts.

 

DL inquired if there was any action the 2nd LD should be taking if the body decides to join in supporting this cause.  CB replied that we should present the resolution provided to us to our general body for a vote.  The resolution demands the resignation of Sheriff Troyer.  DL agreed to do this.

 

Agenda  and Minutes

Motions were made, seconded and carried unanimously to approve the Agenda for tonight’s meeting and the minutes of the February 23, 2021 meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $5,834.05 in our Operating Account and $534.62 in our Events Account.  Transactions during the month included an expense in the Operating Account of $67 for renewal of our post office box and $3.99 in our Events account for our monthly CyberSource fees. 

 

Bylaws Discussion

DL reported the Committee read through the Bylaws in detail trying to understand the verbiage and to correct language to bring them up to date on actual practices and processes we use.  DL also explained that there are two types of groups identified in the LD – organization and association.  LD2 PCOs and officers in coordination with the State party are considered the “organization”.  Members in good standing and who vote on LD2 issues are considered the “association.”  They are not involved in state party business.

 

The Committee will present the revised Bylaws at the April general meeting and voting will take place at the May general meeting.

 

Whole Washington Health Trust

DL discussed a resolution from the organization, Whole Washington, supporting universal healthcare to all Washingtonians with a funding mechanism that they say will save billions of dollars annually.  Whole Washington is asking our LD to consider passing this resolution and is offering to have one of their representatives attend our meeting to discuss.  It was decided to invite one of their representatives to our next meeting to present us with more information.

 

Growth Management

YM led a discussion around Pierce County growth management issues and legislative bills in process that address some climate change and greenhouse gas emissions mitigations.  Specifically, HB 1099 – we should contact each of our representatives and ask that they support it.  DL asked that YM provide specifics about this issue and HB 1099 at our general meeting next week and who we should contact to ask for their support of this legislation.

 

State Committee Persons’ Reports

YC reported on the status of state bills:

SB 5038 –prohibiting the open carry of certain weapons at public demonstrations and the state capitol.   Passed by Senate and House, now headed to governor for signature.

SB 5353 – creating a partnership model that facilitates community engagement with law enforcement.  Currently in Committee in the House and looks to pass.

HB 1091 – reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.  Currently in Senate Ways and Means Committee and looks like it will pass. 

LP announced the next planning meeting of the South Sound Dems Fundraiser Event will be April 9 at 7:00.  Items to discuss at the meeting are establishing a theme and title and firming up a date.  He did contact PLU and they are ready to host a live event or virtual. 

Run in Every Race

DL thanked those that worked with him on this project to identify offices in the 2nd LD which have no Democratic candidates running or offices in which a Republican holds or is running for office. 

 

Budget & Audit Committee

BA discussed the need to establish a budget and audit committee and to staff it accordingly.  He also suggested the group should have a strategic plan prior to making a budget.   It was moved, seconded, and carried unanimously to establish a budget and audit committee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

Planning for General Meeting

The group reviewed the agenda for the April general meeting and made changes where needed.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

March 2, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  DL called on Yanah Cook (YC) to lead us in a Moment of Silence to honor the 500,000 plus lives lost to Covid.  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then YC paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land. 

 

Celebration of Democratic Achievements

DL noted the numerous Democratic achievements to date under the new Administration:

  • Over 208 million vaccinations

  • Covid cases have decreased from 300K/day on 1/8 to 76K/day today

  • The US has rejoined the Paris Accord

 

Approve Agenda and Minutes

Motions were made, seconded, and carried unanimously to adopt the March 2 meeting Agenda and Minutes of the February 2, 2021 general meeting.

 

Introductions

DL asked everyone to introduce themselves and expressed his thanks to those who attended tonight.

 

Guest Speaker

DL introduced Ben Anderstone from Progressive Strategies NW who presented an election analysis of the 2020 elections.  He answered many questions from the group.  DL and the body thanked him for his presentation and he left the meeting at 8:10 p.m.

 

Honor Diversity

YC acknowledged that our group has not had a practice of specifically honoring various diversities such as “Black History Month” and suggested that the 2nd LD start a new tradition of doing so. 

 

Report from Kim Schrier

Devon Davenport (DD), Campaign Manager for Kim Schrier (KS), thanked the 2nd LD for their support in re-electing KS.  She reported that KS has been re-assigned to the Agriculture Committee of the House and has been appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee, which is the committee that addresses health care.  DD answered questions from the group then left the meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick (BA) reported that we have $5,834.05 in our Operating Account and we hold $538.61 in our Events Account.  Operating Expenses during the month included $323 for a 2nd LD Zoom License and $67 P.O. Box rental fee.  We also paid a $3.99 fee for CyberSource from the Events account.

State Committee Persons’ Report

Leeroy Perkins (LP) announced that The Washington State Democratic Party, together with the ASDC Best Practices Institute, are launching the 2021 Washington Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar Training Program, a free six-week, twelve-part webinar course .  This training is for PCOs, key volunteers, as well as LPO leaders and covers aspects of grassroots campaigning including voter registration, organizing, digital organizing and tools, communications and technology tools, political research and fundraising.  You must register for the course and the deadline for registering is March 14.

 

LP also announced the first meeting of the planning committee of the 2nd and 29th LDs for our annual fundraiser.  This initial meeting will be on Friday, March 19 and agenda items include selecting a date, theme and whether the event will be live or virtual.

 

YC spoke of how the T3 training will fit together nicely with what we are trying to do with our own PCO development and training.

 

YC discussed HB1363, which has passed in the House and is now in Committee in the Senate.  The bill addresses secondary traumatic stress in the K-12 workforce.  She feels this bill is worth supporting and we can individually write our representatives in support of passage.

 

Legislative Update

Kurt Erickson (KE) educated the body in how to research bills before the Washington legislature.  He also drew our attention to specific bills as ones to watch and/or write our legislators to support.  He highlighted a list of bills that the Republicans have targeted as ones they want to fail.

 

Good of the Order

YC discussed becoming a volunteer lobbyist – you register with the PDC and take a class.  She noted this was a good way to gain easier access to a legislator.

 

Julian Wheeler (JW) announced upcoming election of poll observers in July and asked people to consider becoming an observer.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:01 p.m.

 

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

February 23, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                                Leo Stauch (LS), 2nd Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

Phyllis Farrell (PF)

 

                               

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. 

 

Agenda  and Minutes

DL reviewed the agenda and made a few changes.  Motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the amended Agenda (attached).

 

Motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 26, 2021 E-Board  meeting.  YC abstained.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $5,901.05 in our Operating Account and $538.61 in our Events Account.  Transactions during the month included an expense in the Operating Account of $323.49 for an LD Zoom account and $3.99 charge in our Events account for our monthly CyberSource fees.  BA also reported that he has ordered a business debit card for the organization.

 

Organization Best Practice

YM and DL presented information and a Power Point on meeting norms and best practices that they received from a democratic party meeting.

 

Motion was made, seconded and carried to form an ad hoc committee to update and revise the section of our Bylaws regarding Committees.  YM will schedule a meeting.

 

State Committee Persons’ Reports

YC reported she is working on the scripts for the calling campaign of 2nd LD dems and is also working on filtering the lists down to “strong dems” only for the first wave of calls.  She stated she has met with the 29th and 31st LDs regarding PCO development and will schedule a time to meet with the 27th soon.  She also reported that the State has developed a training program for PCOs and she will have more to report at our March 2 meeting (see additional information below).

LP posted up a copy of the e-mail sent out by Tina Podlodowski launching the 2021 Washington Train the Trainer (T3) Webinar Training Program!  T3 is a free six-week, twelve-part webinar course, covering aspects of grassroots campaigning including voter registration, organizing, digital organizing and tools, communications and technology tools, political research and fundraising.  LP will post this information on our website.

LP next discussed the group rules of our Facebook Page.  The group decided we needed to revise and strengthen the language about the proper use of the site and consequences for misuse.  Per a suggestion from PF, we will have two administrators on the site who must agree on a decision to remove a post from the site.  LP and YC are the two administrators.

LP will schedule a meeting for March 19 to start planning our annual fundraising event.

Thurston County Dems

DL reported on endorsement actions taken by the Thurston County Dems at their recent meeting with regard to state legislative bills:

 

  • Open carry legislation that would 1) prohibit the open carry of firearms on the state Capitol campus in Olympia and within 250 feet of a permitted demonstration and 2) prohibit three or more people from openly carrying or displaying a weapon in a threatening manner.

  • Censure of  Mayor Selby of Olympia for using the term “domestic terrorism” referring to a group of homeless people who entered a Red Lion Hotel

 

Planning for General Meeting

YC and Kurt Erickson will coordinate their presentations on legislative news.  We will have a Moment of Silence at the upcoming meeting for the 500,000 lives lost to the Covid disease.

 

Agenda items to add to our general meetings on an on-going basis will be:

  •  Celebration of Democratic Achievements

  • Honor Diversity

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

February 2, 2021    7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then Yanah Cook (YC) paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land. 

 

DL reported that we are recording the meeting.

 

Approve Agenda

Additions were made to the agenda as follows:

  • Yolanda Markle – Meeting Standards

  • Jani Hitchen – Pierce County Council Update

  • Phyllis Farrell – Thurston County Board of Commissioners Climate Emergency

  • Nelago Nuunyango – Alliance for Gun Responsibility

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adopt the amended Agenda for tonight’s meeting.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve minutes of the January 5, 2020 Reorganization meeting.

 

Introductions

DL asked everyone to introduce themselves and expressed his thanks to those who attended tonight.

 

Guest Speaker

DL introduced Cynthia Stewart (CS), President of the Tacoma-Pierce County League of Women Voters, who gave an informative presentation on homelessness in Pierce and Thurston Counties.  She will provide a copy of the presentation to anyone requesting it.  CS took questions from the group then left the meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

Bob Akervick (BA) reported that we have $6,224.54 in our Operating Account and we hold $538.61 in our Events Account.

Committees

DL presented a list of committees and their functions that we would like to form and populate with 2nd LD members.  He asked that members take a look at the list and volunteer to serve on one or more committees.  We will have a lead person for each committee and the committees will determine their own leadership structure.  Robert Moody (RM) thought we should combine the elections and endorsements committees.  DL replied that we can look into that later.

 

Meeting Standards

Yolanda Markle discussed the need to keep on topic and follow the agenda timelines.  She felt this would prevent the meetings from running too long.  DL agreed but said that often times he has requests for last minute agenda items which make the meetings run longer. 

 

Pierce County Council

Jani Hitchen reported to the group on her activities with the Pierce County Council, committees of which she is a member, and programs she will be working on. 

 

Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Nelago Nuunyango reported on her involvement with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility.  This organization works to end the gun violence crisis in our community and to promote a culture of gun ownership that balances rights with responsibilities.  They have successfully led a statewide coalition of citizens and supporters to pass life-saving initiatives.

 

DL stated he would like to have more discussion on gun safety and gun rights at a future meeting.

 

Climate Emergency – Thurston County Board of Commissioners

Phyllis Farrell announced that Thurston County and the Thurston Regional Planning Council has created a Climate Mitigation Plan to address the climate emergency in their area.  She asked that we send a letter of support of the plan to the County Commissioners by next Tuesday.  Motion was made, seconded and carried to write the letter.

 

Endorsement Committee

Because of time constraints, Robert Moody (RM) postponed his report until our next meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

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2nd LD E-Board Meeting

January 26, 2021     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Yolanda Markle (YM), Vice Chair

                                Leo Stauch (LS), 2nd Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committee Person

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committee Person

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                                Robert (Bob) Moody (RM),

                                Kurt Erickson (KE)

                                Cinnamon Brown (CB)

                                Patti Dailey (PD)

                               

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. 

 

Agenda  and Minutes

DL asked if there were any changes to the Agenda.  Yanah asked that she be given time to speak about the State Democrats Reorg and a Resolution from the State Committee.

 

Having made those changes to the Agenda,  Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the Agenda. 

 

Minutes were provided for review, and Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the Minutes of the December 29, 2020 E-Board meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that we have $6,124.54 in our Operating Account and $542.60 in our Events Account.  Transactions during the month included membership dues coming in and expenses for a renewal of a one-year subscription for our website.  BA reminded everyone to fill out the dues form (found on our website) and send it in with your membership dues.

 

Committees

DL asked the E-Board to consider which committees we felt were needed for the 2nd LD and whether they would be standing or ad-hoc.  He feels that the efforts of these committees will help to grow our membership and recruit PCOs to our organization.

 

There was much discussion about the necessity of certain committees, their purpose, how they would be formed, and who would populate them.  It was determined that our Bylaws allow the E-Board to form the committees.  Therefore, in consultation with at least three members of the E-Board, DL is establishing the following committees.  We will bring this to the general meeting and ask for volunteers to be on the committees and establish the chairman or lead of each committee.  LS will research our County and State Committee Structure and come up with a purpose/description of each of these committees to present to the general meeting next week.

 

 

 

Standing Committees                                                                    Ad Hoc Committees

Endorsements                                                                                  Elections

Affirmative Action                                                                           Legislative

PCO Recruitment & Training                                                        Audit

Outreach

Budget

 

 

Expanding Participation

DL discussed a calling campaign he is working on to encourage PCO participation in non-represented precincts in the 2nd LD.  He is putting together a call list of people previously involved with the Democratic party and he is working on a call script to use in this campaign.  CB expressed her desire that we be more welcoming and inclusive to new members and that we don’t separate them into breakout rooms (if virtual) or ask them to leave the room (if in person) while votes are taking place.

 

DL also asked that TS and BA purchase another Zoom membership for the 2nd LD so that TS can facilitate the Zoom meetings.

 

PCO Training

YC reiterated her desire for PCO mentorship and training.  She would like to develop a PCO mentorship program, revitalize the existing PCO handbook, and provide training on Votebuilder for new and existing PCOs.

 

Legislative Action

KE volunteered to update us on activities in Olympia.  He pointed out that Democrats have charge of both houses of the Legislature and the Executive branch of our state government.  KE reported that there is $2.3 billion earmarked for the State of WA to reimburse us for unemployment benefits under the stimulus bill passed in December.

 

Bills before the State Legislature:

  • HB 1121 – authorizes school districts to grant individual student emergency waivers from credit and subject area graduation requirements because the student was unable to complete certain requirements due to the pandemic

 

  • HB 1108 – foreclosure protection extended through 2021

 

  • SB 5013 – Plan for redistricting

 

  • SB 5061 – extension of unemployment benefits for people who lost their jobs during the pandemic

 

  • HB 1225 – re school based health clinics

 

State Committee Persons’ Reports

LP reported he attended a State Committee Persons meeting last Saturday and the State Dems general meeting is being held this coming Saturday.  Election of Officers is on the agenda for this upcoming meeting.  Tina Podlodowski is running for another term and is being opposed by Lyn Idahosa.  CB and LP spoke of their reasons to support the existing Chair.

 

Growth Management

YM discussed her involvement with county government over the clear cutting in her neighborhood to make way for more development.  She has concerns over environmental issues, uncontrolled growth, and traffic issues among others with this activity.  What she is discovering is that the Growth Management Act has no teeth in it for enforcement.  KE said that all constituents should contact Representative Barkis to express their concerns.

 

Endorsement Committee

RM reported the Committee met on January 12 to discuss composition of the committee, conflicts of interest, and to research the idea of combining our questionnaires with other LDs.  YC asked if they could find a date for the meetings that would accommodate everyone’s schedules.  RM said they had conducted a survey of availability and the majority of people on the committee could meet on the second Tuesday.  DL asked the committee to revisit and see if they could find a date amenable to everyone.

 

Minutes Process

TS asked the group to consider changing the way minutes of the general meeting are reviewed, corrected, and approved.  She proposed the following:

  • The minutes will be transcribed as soon after the meeting as is possible. 

  • The minutes will be posted to our website (for all members to review) as a draft with a note that any corrections to the minutes need to be submitted within one week of the date of the posting, otherwise the minutes will be deemed the final draft to be approved as submitted.

  • Any corrections received within that week will be noted on the original and that copy will be posted to the website (for all members to review) and submitted to the body for approval at the next meeting.

This will allow any member of the body to have access to the minutes as originally written and corrected and will prevent time spent reading the minutes at our meetings and confusion if corrections are presented. 

State Committee Resolution

YC read a Resolution from the State Committee regarding Initiative 1300, THE MANUEL ELLIS WASHINGTON ANTI-DISCRIMINATION ACT (WADA), which is now a bill before the legislature.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn at 9:14 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

Final Corrected minutes 1-7-21

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

December 1, 2020     7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then Yanah Cook (YC) paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land. 

 

DL reported that we are recording the meeting.  Changes to the agenda included removing the 2nd Vice Chair Report and adding a discussion regarding PCOs to YC’s report.  Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adopt the amended Agenda for tonight’s meeting.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve minutes of the November 4, 2020 general meeting.

 

DL asked everyone to introduce themselves and expressed his thanks to those who attended tonight, noting the larger than normal turnout to our meeting.

 

DL introduced Kurt Erickson to the group as a possible state legislative candidate in 2022 from our district.  Mr. Erickson briefed us on his educational, career, and military background.  He is a graduate of the Institute for a Democratic Future and has been active in the Pierce County Democrats.  He believes he could conduct a strong campaign as he feels there are many Independents and Republicans who could be swayed to join our camp for the following reasons:

 

  • His strong and lengthy military career

  • He is against real estate development in Pierce County – he wants to keep it rural

  • He is a gun owner so he can’t be painted as a gun-control liberal

  • He is a capitalist who believes in regulation

 

Mr. Erickson took questions from the group and thanked us for inviting him to our meeting.

 

DL next called on Michael Prince to update us on Representative Kim Schrier’s activities.  He reported that Ms. Schrier has not returned to the capital due to Covid risks but that she is working from her home.  She is hopeful that they will pass a Covid relief bill in the near future.  She will try to retain her position on the Agricultural Committee as she has learned much during her first term and enjoys being on the Committee.  As an incumbent, she is now eligible (and would very much like) to be on the Energy and Commerce Committee where health care is legislated. 

 

DL called on our next guest, Kathy Orlando, Chairman of the Pierce County Democrats, to report on her activities.  She expressed her thanks for our work in the Democratic successes we enjoyed this election.  She also noted that Pierce County is having their Reorganization Meeting soon and PCOs should be receiving correspondence from them.  They are proposing substantial changes to their structure and will hold pre-meetings for candidate speeches and to answer any questions about the proposed changes.

 

DL inquired about PCO training and KO replied that they will roll out training in January.  One of the new positions of the Pierce County Dems being proposed is that of Vice Chair of PCO Development.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Bob Akervick (BA) reported that we have $3,185.54 in our Operating Account and we received $500 from the WA Dems for our participation in the PCO Survey, bringing our account balance to $3,685.54.  We hold $630.59 in our Events Account.

 

DL and BA discussed 2020 membership – any member who has not paid for 2020 can pay now and be eligible to vote at the Reorg meeting in January.  A form is posted on the website and Facebook page which needs to be filled out and returned with a check for the dues.  Leeroy Perkins (LP) stated he would send out an e-mail to all members notifying them.

 

Cinnamon Brown (CB) asked if non-residents of 2nd LD are allowed to vote if they have paid their dues.  BA said he would have to check our Bylaws.

Later in the meeting BA noted that the Bylaws require residence in the district. Also, in the past, people could vote all the way up to the Reorg meeting if they paid before the meeting.  The Board then discussed that having members pay up through the meeting would place unnecessary pressure on the vote facilitator to keep monitoring Paypal and would slow the flow of the meeting.  After discussion, it was agreed by all to cut off dues collection 3 days prior to the Reorg meeting.

REORGANIZATION MEETING

DL advised that our Reorg meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.  He described three options for running the meeting as follows:

 

  1. Robert’s Rules of Order – this allows persons to nominate candidates from the floor and present motions to amend Bylaws. 

  2. Prescribed meeting in which you vote on previously nominated candidates for each office and adoption of Bylaws with or without amendments.  No nominations or amendments are taken from the floor.

  3. Combination of 1 and 2.

 

DL put together three sample polls to determine how the body wants to run the Reorg meeting.

Results of the polls were:

 

  • Option 2 will be used to run the Reorg Meeting

  • Current Bylaws with recommended changes to be voted on at the Reorg Meeting

  • The Body is comfortable using this method of voting

 

We will need to determine who the PCOs are that are eligible to vote at the meeting.  They must be “elected” and not appointed.

 

DL announced the following nominees for offices:

 

Chairman – Dave Little

Vice Chair – Robert Moody

2nd Vice Chair – Yolanda Markel

Treasurer – Bob Akervick

State Committee Person – Leeroy Perkins

State Committee Person – Yanah Cook

Secretary – Theresa Stauch

 

DL asked if there were any other nominations from the floor tonight and again stated no nominations will be allowed from the floor at the Reorg Meeting.  CB questioned why we were not allowing nominations from the floor as we have done this in the past.  DL explained that we made the decision for organization and time efficiency.  JA volunteered that editing a poll (ballot) during the meeting would not be that difficult and she volunteered to help with that.  BA commented that it was the State Party’s recommendation that Option 2 be used, and he recommended that we select this option and not complicate the process.  He also recommended that we set a date for nominations to end.  It was decided to allow nominations until the date of the next E-Board meeting which will be on December 29.

 

STATE COMMITTEE PERSONS’ REPORTS

YC reported that she has been doing much outreach to our PCOs and is working on developing a handbook for new PCOs so that they have some guidance and training on their job function.  She asked the Chair if we could expand the e-vites to our meetings to specifically invite them and she also would like us to set up a Standing Committee for PCO Recruitment and Development.

ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE

Robert Moody (RM) has set tentative meetings for Dec 9 and 16th to review rules and procedures of the Committee.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

November 24, 2020     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Robert (Bob) Moody (RM), Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committeeman

Yanah Cook (YC), State Committeewoman

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                                Leo Stauch (LS)

                                Yolanda Markle (YM)

                               

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m.  DL noted that the meeting is being recorded. 

 

Agenda  and Minutes

DL asked if there were any changes to the Agenda.  Since Jeanne Archie was absent, YC agreed to report on Outreach.  Motion was then made, seconded, and carried to approve the revised Agenda.  Motion was also made, seconded, and carried to approve the Minutes of the October 27, 2020 E-Board meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported we have $3,185.54 in our Operating Account and $630.59 in our Events Account. 
We had one expense of $3.99 from Cyber Source, a credit card processing fee related to our fundraiser event.  Also, BA reported that Logan did not receive her final payment so he put a stop payment on the original check and issued a new one.  The Bank charged a $34 stop payment fee and the organization authorized the expense to come out of the 2nd LD account.

 

LP advised that we will be getting $500 from the WA State Dems for our participation in the PCO survey.  Even though we did not get 85% participation, the State Dems decided to award partial payments for participations. 

 

This led to a discussion around the involvement and participation of PCOs of the 2nd LD.  It is disappointing that so few attend our meetings and participate in events or respond to surveys.  YC suggested that we put them on a special e-mail list and use that for outreach to these individuals.  We need to issue personal appeals to them, present them with training materials, give them access to Vote Builder and make our meeting agendas centered around issues that we are interested in, such as:  healthcare, environmental issues, civil rights, water issues.  We could reach out to other LDs and seek out groups or individuals representing some of these issues to come speak at our meetings and make them more inviting to LD members who don’t attend.

 

Reorganization

DL reported that the 2nd LD Reorganization meeting will be held on January 5, 2021.  In planning for the meeting, the Chair asked who would be running for re-election and if anyone else was interested in running for an office.  RM and BA stated they would step aside if anyone else wanted to run for their seats and DL reported that Jeanne Archie will be stepping down from the 2nd Vice Chair position. 

 

 

The following will be seeking re-election:

 

                Dave Little - Chairman   

                Bob Moody – Vice Chair

                Bob Akervick - Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins – State Committeeman

                Yanah Cook – State Committeewoman

                Theresa Stauch – Secretary

 

YM agreed to run for position of 2nd Vice Chair. 

 

DL and BA discussed the State Dems guidelines for nominations and voting.  DL suggested that nominations can be made at the December meeting then  put on a balloting system to be voted on at the January reorg meeting.  No nominations will be made from the floor at the January meeting and we will use a balloting system for voting.  DL discussed using the polling system from Zoom and that Jeanne Archie has an upgraded version of Zoom and has offered to help with the polling. 

 

Motion was made by BA, seconded and carried to authorize DL to explore an upgraded Zoom application for the 2nd LD that will enable us to conduct polling and purchase the upgrade with 2nd LD funds.

 

Another item for the Reorg Meeting Agenda is to adopt our current Bylaws.  DL asked BA if we had any changes needed to the Bylaws.  BA replied that we had discussed three changes earlier in the year, but as far as he could tell, we did not adopt them.  We did amend the Bylaws in May to allow for virtual meetings because of the Covid pandemic.  BA noted that we must publish the proposed changes at least one week before the voting meeting.

 

The proposed changes included 1) adding a section on Membership Dues, 2) replace references to Committeeman and Committeewoman to Committee Persons, and 3) party rules supersede State or County bylaws under Membership Meetings.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to recommend these Bylaws changes to the full body and to publish these changes one week prior to the Reorganization Meeting.

               

LP noted that “Dues” should be on the agenda for the Reorg meeting.  Most people renew their memberships at the December or January meeting, however, now that we are doing electronic meetings, it was suggested that we do a mass e-mail to members for renewal of their memberships.

 

The group also discussed clarifying definitions of eligible voters.

 

State Committee Persons Report

YC reported she is working on revising our PCO Handbook and contacting PCOs to try and entice them to be more active in the 2nd LD.  She suggested we form a standing committee for PCO recruitment.

 

YC also reported that she and Jeanne attended the Tacoma Chapter of the NAACP meeting last Monday.  YC was elected to a position on their Executive Committee..

 

 

Endorsement Committee

RM reported he will set up a meeting in December to set assignments for reviewing the rules, procedures, and processes of the Committee and to set the schedule of meetings for 2021.

 

Planning for General Meeting

DL presented a draft agenda for the December meeting for the E-Board to review.  The group agreed with the topics presented.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:44 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

November 4, 2020     7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:18 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then Yanah Cook (YC) paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land. 

 

Additions to the Agenda included the following:

  • Discussion of survey regarding breaking barriers

  • Reorganization

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adopt the amended Agenda for tonight’s meeting.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve minutes of the October 6, 2020 general meeting.  There was one opposing vote.

 

Cinnamon Brown (CB) asked if we take attendance at the meetings.  Since we started having our meetings via Zoom, we have not taken attendance.  Zoom has a recording capability so going forward, we will record future meetings and take attendance by introductions of all members.

 

DL asked everyone to introduce themselves, pointing out that we had several new members in attendance.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Bob Akervick reported that we have $3,219.54 in our Operating Account which includes $1,000 from the WA State Democratic Party.  These funds are considered “Exempt” and cannot be used for direct candidate support but could be used for things like voter registration or get-out-the-vote campaigns.  Other receipts in the Operating Account included a $20 donation and the proceeds from our fundraiser - $2,125.91.  We have $700 in our Events Account.

 

STATE COMMITTEE PERSONS’ REPORTS

Leeroy Perkins(LP) discussed the upcoming PCO Building Barriers survey, stating that while he thinks it is a worthwhile effort, he wondered if we would be successful in meeting the 85% participation goal of PCOs in the 2nd LD for a $1,000 incentive donation offered by the WA State Dems.  He also stated we need to strongly encourage all PCOs in our district to start attending our meetings.  YC responded that this is what we need to work on now – increasing our membership by making calls to all PCOs.  We also need to start sourcing candidates to run for local election positions.  CB informed us that she has referred several people to the 29th LD and she had a good conversation with the Chairman of the 29th LD, Cassandra Brown, to reciprocate with us.

 

YC also reported that she has been nominated by the Tacoma NAACP to be on their Executive Board.

 

REORGANIZATION

CB asked if the 2nd LD was going to review our Bylaws and have we formed any committees to do so.  YC replied that this is one reason we need to increase our membership so that we can have people to populate these committees.  DL stated that we have already discussed coming up with procedures to address such things as adopting resolutions, endorsements or initiatives .  Often in the past, these are presented at meetings for action and the body has not had time to review or discuss them. 

 

BA noted that these are two separate documents – the procedures would become a separate document from the Bylaws.  BA also stated that, if we don’t get the Bylaws reviewed at this time, we can go ahead and adopt them and conduct the review later and amend them if necessary. 

 

CB reported that she is on the Pierce County Bylaws Committee and they are adding several Vice Chair positions such as Vice Chair for PCOs, Vice Chair for Fundraising.  Adding these positions will help to share the workload of the body and present opportunities for growth and leadership among its members.

 

The groups spent some time discussing election results from the election held yesterday.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

October 27, 2020     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Robert (Bob) Moody (RM), Vice Chair

                                Jeanne Archie (JA), 2nd Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committeeman

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                                Leo Stauch (LS)

                               

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

The group had a lengthy discussion on race relations with the goal to make the 2nd LD more enlightened and diverse and to make us a more effective and inclusive democratic legislative district.

 

 Agenda  and Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the Agenda.  Motion was also made, seconded, and carried to approve the Minutes of the September 29, 2020 E-Board meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported on balances and transactions as follows:

 

Event’s Account

Cash Balance                                      $   700

 

Operating Account

Cash Balance                                      $ 3,219.54

 

Transactions                                                                                       Expenses                                                            

Donations – WA Dems                      1,000.00                            Contribution s to Candidates

Donation – Misc                                         20.00                                           Doglio                   $  250

Fundraiser                                             2,125.91                                            Strickland                 250

                                                                                                                                Schrier                       250

                                                                                                                                Seaquist                    500

                                                                                                                                Steadman                500

                                                                                                                                Rockett                     100

 

BA noted that the operating funds balance, $3,219.54, contains a $1,000 donation of Exempt funds from the State party.  Exempt funds are prohibited from being spent on direct candidate support, but could be spent on signs that are not candidate specific, ex. “Democrats are Alive and Voting”, used in our campaign in 2018.  Attached are the guidelines furnished by the party with the donation.

 

Sign Project

LP reported that a team of 2nd LD volunteers put up signs the last two weeks and, unfortunately, many of them were torn down or disappeared soon after.  He and JA thanked everyone for their hard work!

 

Good of the Order

The group discussed post election actions as an agenda item for the upcoming general meeting, such as searching out candidates for 2022 and working with Indivisible Groups to increase our effectiveness and reach.

 

We also discussed writing procedures for some of the processes and actions of the 2nd LD, for example, how we review and approve various resolutions and initiatives brought to us by outside groups.  We believe having processes in place will allow us to have clear expectations of how matters that come before the group are handled, provide more efficiency in running meetings, and provide consistency with our actions. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

October 6, 2020     7:00PM to 9:00PM

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and then Yanah Cook (YC) paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land. 

 

Additions to the Agenda included the following:

  • Discussion of survey from Tina Podlodowski regarding breaking barriers

  • Campaign updates

 

Motions were made, seconded, and carried to adopt the amended Agenda for tonight’s meeting and minutes of the September 1, 2020 general meeting.

 

Everyone introduced themselves.  Special guest attending was Democrat Melanie Morgan who is running for re-election to the Washington House of Representatives to represent District 29, Position 1. 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Bob Akervick submitted a written Treasurer’s Report as he could not attend the meeting.

Event’s Account

Total donations                       $ 7,560

Expenses                                    2,308     ($2,056 to event planners and $252 credit card fees)

Net                                          $ 5,252

Less ½ to the 29th LD               $ 2,626

 

Operating Account

Balance on Hand                     $ 2,923

Donations                                       700

Total Cash                               $ 3,623

 

STATE COMMITTEE PERSONS’ REPORTS

Leeroy Perkins(LP) reported that the annual Fundraiser was a great success.  A wrap-up meeting was held last Friday.  LP thanked everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success.  He said that our event planners, Mary and Logan, went above and beyond the scope of their contract to help us make the Fundraiser a quality event.  To that end, he proposed that we give them an extra $1,000 to help compensate for the extra hours they put in on our event.  The general body approved the payment.

 

YC reported on the WA Dems Central Committee virtual meeting held on September 12.  She is a member of the Ag and Rural Communities Caucus and she attended their meeting as well.  The mission of this group is to rebuild the Democratic Party in rural areas, to find candidates to run for office, and to help train PCOs in the field.  The Central Committee meeting focused on rules and advocacy.  YC reported on an incident that occurred during a discussion around police accountability.  A derogatory comment was made about George Floyd which caused much outrage among the members.  The person that made the comment (a white woman) was censured.  Because of this incident, the Washington State Progressive Caucus is providing a 21 day racial and equity challenge to be facilitated by Erin Jones.  Information about the challenge will be posted on our website.

CANDIDATES/ISSUES

Leah Griffin, a volunteer for the R-90 campaign attended the meeting and spoke to us about R90.

Referendum 90 supports allowing Senate Bill 5395 to take effect, thereby requiring public schools to provide comprehensive sexual health education for all students and requiring students to be excused if requested by their parents.

 

The Washington State Legislature passed and the governor signed Senate Bill 5395 (SB 5395) in March 2020. Opponents of the bill collected signatures to place SB 5395 on the ballot as Referendum 90 and are advocating for a reject vote on the referendum.   Advocates for R-90 maintain that age-appropriate sex-education would be taught to school children.  They also maintain that this type of education is the best way to prevent sexual violence and to lower rates of STDs and pregnancies.  Ms. Griffin is seeking endorsement from the 2nd LD.

 

Phyllis Farrrell discussed the CD 10 candidates and her view that Ms. Doglio is a more progressive candidate that Marilyn Strickland on issues regarding climate, labor support, environmental concerns and tribal communities.  She noted opportunities to participate in phone banking for Ms. Doglio.

ENDORSEMENTS

RM reported the Committee reviewed the application of Janice Bridges for Pierce County Sheriff and stated that the Committee is not recommending endorsement of any candidate for Pierce County Sheriff.  Motion was made, seconded, and carried that the 2nd Legislative District Democrats will not be endorsing a candidate for Pierce County Sheriff.

 

They also reviewed the application of Sharanda Amamilo for Thurston County Superior Court, Position 8 and are recommending endorsement of this candidate.  This will be a dual endorsement for this position along with Scott Ahlf.  Motion was made, seconded, and carried to endorse Sharanda Amamilo for Thurston County Superior Court, making this a dual endorsement with Scott Ahlf.

 

After the election in November, the Committee will begin meeting to review and revise processes and rules of the Committee.

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CONTRIBUTIONS TO CAMPAIGNS

DL asked the body for suggestions on which candidates we would want to contribute money to and what amounts.  Cinnamon Brown proposed a Motion that we give each of the Congressional District candidates a substantial sum to show support from the 2nd LD.  She stated that the 27th, 28th and 29th LDs have all donated large sums to the CD candidacies.  YC asked for an amendment to the Motion of giving a nominal amount (such as $100) to these candidates as a symbolic gesture.  YC stated that these CD candidates have hundreds of thousands of dollars in their coffers and even a $250 donation would be a rather nominal donation to them.   YC also suggested that the funds the 2nd LD had just worked hard to raise should go toward being proactive and strategic for the 2021 year candidates.

Phyllis Farrell thought we should also support Michael Steadman who is running for Thurston County Commissioner.  We also decided to contribute to Larry Seaquist running for Pierce County Executive and Veronica Witcher Rockett, a candidate for Washington House of Representatives from our district.  After much discussion, Motion was made, seconded, and carried to contribute the following:

Congressional District Races

            Beth Doglio, Marilyn Strickland, Kim Schrier             $250 each

Michael Steadman, Thurston County Commissioner             $500

Larry Seaquist, Pierce County Executive                                $500

Veronica Witcher Rockett, WA House of Rep, Dist 2             $100

 

BREAKING BARRIERS SURVEY

We were informed by Tina Podlodowski, Chair of the The WA State Democrats, that they are launching a survey of PCOs in order to help recruit more members to the LD and to create a welcoming and diverse environment.  This will give us important information about the demographics and interest areas of our LPOs and PCOs, it will help us understand where we can provide additional support, training, and inclusivity measures moving forward to reorganization, and for year-long efforts focusing on these issues in 2021.

 

A timetable was given in the e-mail and the project will kick off on November 2.  An incentive of $1,000 will be given to the LD if they get 85% participation by PCOs by November 16.  It was stressed how important this is to improve the Democratic Party in our state.

 

The meeting adjourned at  9:00 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

September 29, 2020     7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom Video Conference

 

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

                                Robert (Bob) Moody (RM), Vice Chair

                                Jeanne Archie (JA), 2nd Vice Chair

                                Bob Akervick (BA), Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP), State Committeeman

                                Yanah Cook (YC), State Committeewoman

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                                Leo Stauch (LS)

                               

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Adopt Agenda 

The Agenda was reviewed and two items were added:

  • Code of Conduct

  • Sign Project

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the amended Agenda.

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the Minutes of the August  25, 2020 E-Board meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that all of Auctria’s transactions from the Fundraiser have been entered into our books.  Preliminary numbers for the Event’s Account look like this:

 

Event’s Account

Total donations                                $ 7,560

Expenses                                                2,308     ($2,056 to event planners and $252 credit card fees)

Net                                                         $ 5,252

Less ½ to the 29th LD                       $ 2,626

 

Operating Account

Balance on Hand                              $ 2,923

Donations                                                  700

Total Cash                                           $ 3,623

 

Sign Project

BA and Bill Harrington have put signs together to be put up after ballots are mailed.  Members of the Committee volunteered to help put signs out on Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18.

 

Outreach

JA reported on the following:

  • the NAACP has formally condemned the Supreme Court nomination process, calling it an abuse of power. 

  • The local chapter is concentrating on getting out the vote (GOTV) and census participation.  The Power of Five is being stressed – get five new people registered to vote and the NAACP will follow up with them to keep them informed of the voting process. 

  • WA state is ranked 2nd in the nation for census participation. 

  • Pierce County is offering one month of rental assistance during Covid 19 to eligible households.  Applications can be made on-line to:   https://www.cognitoforms.com/PCHSHomelessPrograms/EmergencyRentalAssistanceProgramApplication

  • Pierce County is also offering grant assistance to small businesses to implement Covid-19 safe practices (PCAdaptGrant@piercecountywa.gov

  • JA provided the Board with information about hate groups in WA state – tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  WA state does monitor these groups.  https://www.splcenter.org/hate-map?state=WA  She also referred to a map showing lynchings in the US.  https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/explore

  • the virtual Magnuson Dinner held last week. 

  • there will be voter registration in Yelm and Frederickson tomorrow

  •  the 2nd LD is helping Larry Seaquist with literature distribution.

 

YC shared the link to the resolutions considered at the 111th Annual Convention of the NAACP. 

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Endorsement Committee

RM reported the Committee reviewed the application of Janice Bridges for Pierce County Sheriff and stated that the Committee will not be endorsing any candidate for Pierce County Sheriff.  They also reviewed the application of Sharanda Amamilo for Thurston County Superior Court and will be recommending endorsement of this candidate.  This will be a dual endorsement for this position.

 

After the election in November, the Committee will begin meeting to review and revise processes and rules of the Committee.

 

State Committee Persons Reports

LP reported on the Fundraiser – he was very pleased with the production and the outcome of the Event.  He thanked everyone for their hard work in making the event come together, especially our event coordinators, Mary and Logan.  We will have a wrap up meeting on Friday at 7:00.  We will go over the disposition of auction items left to be distributed.

 

YC reported on the WA Dems Central Committee Meeting held virtually on September 12.  She is a member of the Small Business Caucus  and the Ag and Rural Communities Caucus and she attended those meetings as well.   The Central Committee meeting focused on rules and advocacy.  The Ag and Rural Caucus focused on rebuilding the Democratic Party in rural areas, to find candidates to run for office, and to help train PCOs in the field.

At the meeting, during a segment on Meaningful Police Actions, a comment was made by a white female member denigrating George Floyd.  Much outrage was expressed which resulted in the Washington State Progressive Caucus providing a 21 day racial and equity challenge.  Erin Jones is the trainer and she “will guide participants on a journey of story, race, identity and how to be more effective allies and leaders within our own families and communities.”  Information about the challenge will be posted on our website.

 

YC suggested that we form a standing committee for sourcing candidates for precinct committee officers and local offices.  We have many open PCO positions and we need to work at getting them filled which will draw more people into the 2nd LD.

 

YC brought up an incident that happened last July in which one of our LD members insinuated that YC conspired with the 29th LD to stop another candidate from being endorsed for the same position that YC was running for.  The Chairman of the 29th LD stated this was false – that never happened.  YC would like an apology from the member who made the accusation.  There was much discussion and it was determined that DL and BA would meet with the member.

 

YC also suggested that we adopt a Code of Conduct/Ethics for the 2nd LD.  It was suggested that we get a copy of the document the WA State Dems use and adapt it to the 2nd LD.  Motion was made, seconded, and carried to research for potential adoption a Code of Conduct document from the Washington State Democrats and amend our Bylaws to incorporate such document.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District General Meeting Minutes

September 1, 2020

 

Meeting called to order at 7:01pm

Agenda reviewed and adopted

August 4th General Meeting minutes reviewed and adopted

Carolina Mejia – Thurston County Position 1 – Felt they had an impressive primary with Phyllis Farrell being a solid advisor to her campaign.  Key issues are protecting the environment, affordable housing, budget, getting on top of COVID and more accessibility of the council to the public.  The republican party pulled their endorsement of their candidate due to issues raised.  Her team in monitoring a write in candidate potential (Bud Blake) as an issue of concern that Phyllis Farrell raised.  Gabriela Hyre is her campaign chair.  Leeroy asked about the status of her citizenship being challenged.  Carolina advised they have a court hearing this Friday at 1:30PM and her campaign will send us a link when they receive it so we can try to attend and support her.  Jon Pettit (worked with Glen Morgan) challenged her citizenship status.

Campaign Contact info:  www.carolinaforthurston.com 

 

Dr Kim Schrier – Pushing for every day affordable testing, community safety, making of face masks in America, pressing to stop the villainization of protestors.  Talks have stalled on COVID budget talks; she is on call 24hours to return to Washington if things change on that front.  She and the Democratic team are also focusing efforts on saving the Post Office.  Her team needs support on voter outreach!  Bailey Bressler is her focal for voter contact, phone banks, out vote (reaching out to friends via texting tool) and signage.  Outvote is a tool that you download to your phone that links to your contact list for ease of use. 

Campaign support links:

Phone Bank:  https://www.mobilize.us/schrierforcongress/event/307660

Yard Signs:   https://www.mobilize.us/schrierforcongress/event/315047

Outvote:  https://www.campaign.outvote.10./dr-kim-schrier-for-congress?referral

Campaign focal:  Dory@drkimschrier.com

 

Michael Steadman – Thurston County District 2 – former Lacy city council member, USMC, and reserves.  Focused on infrastructure, budgetary issues, innovation to move area forward with positive impact on good paying jobs and strengthening the local economy, such as windfarms, solar, fish ladders, etc.  He is hyper focused on ramifications of this race.  Its extremely important for qualified Democrats to gain control.  Phyllis Farrell advised that the environment group has endorsed Michael.

 

Janice Bridges – registered write in candidate for Pierce County Sheriff – her daughter started this process.  Campaign contact is Facebook; mamzforsheriff, her moniker is the anti-racist grandma.  She strongly believes there needs to be a deep and radical change of the department.  She has been studying race in America for the last several years and has a “complete revisioning” approach to the public safety model by divesting from current funding strategy and shifting those funds to “community response teams”.   She is a graduate of University of Washington – Tacoma, has been in the social work sector including juvenile court and the CASA program.

 

Amanda Kaaihue – State Dems Coordinated Campaign – asking for phone bank help.  Contact her at (360) 926-0870 or email amanda@wa-democrats.org.  Sunday = Dialer tool 5-8PM, Mon – Thurs Virtual Phone banking 5-8PM, Saturday virtual phone banking 10am-1pm.

WADA – Washington Anti-discrimination Resolution – reviewed and unanimously approved.  Dave Little will sign and move our document forward.

Endorsements:  Committee brought forward to dual endorse Marilyn Strickland and Beth Doglio. Motion passed with consensus and two opposed (J Archie and D Moody) and one abstention (Y Cook).

Committee brought forward recommendation to dual endorse Denny Heck and Marco Lias.  Motion passed with consensus with two opposed (J Archie and D Moody).

Committee brought forward to endorse Carolina Mejia and motion passed with consensus with one opposed (D Moody).

Committee brought forward to endorse Michael Steadman and motion passed with consensus with one opposed (D Moody).

Committee stated they did not have enough information to present an endorsement recommendation for the Supreme Court Position 4 and one candidate asked we NOT endorse.

Committee stated they recommend we take more time to consider write in candidate for Sheriff Janice Bridges.

Treasurer Report - $3901 in the General Account and $739.83 in Fundraiser Account.  Recommended after discussion at previous Executive Session that we make the following donations to these specific candidates:  $750 to Veronica Rocket Whitcher, $750 to Larry Seaquist, $250 to Jani Hitchen and $250 to Carolina Mejia.  Body unanimously approved this recommendation and Bob Akervick will get checks cut to them right away.

 

Magnuson Event is still going virtual September 24th at 6PM.  Our attendee emails were sent on August 11th and again September 1st to the organizing committee as they requested.  Each attendee should be getting their own link to this event from Joe Barden or someone from the Washington Dems group.  Jeanne will keep following up.  We do still have one open slot to anyone who wants to pay $125 entrance fee.

Leeroy advised our Fundraising Planning is going well although we are down to the wire and there is some nervousness!  Meetings have increased to twice a week up to the day.  We are still seeking donations for the silent and live action and each member needs to do what they can to drum up ticket sales.  Thanks in advance for that!!!

Veronica Rocket Whitcher spoke and thanked the group for the generous donation to her campaign.  She will be using the funds for mailers.  She also needs help with phone banking.  Her phonebank hours are Thursday 5pm-9pm and Sunday 3pm-5pm.  Contact Veronica at (360) 480-2614 or email voteveronicaLD2@gmail.com.

Good of the order:

Jeanne shared that Larry Seaquist put out information that the Pierce County Executive Must Conduct an Immediate Investigation of the “Rubber River” Environmental Disaster; where rubber debris litters miles of Puyallup River after artificial turf was used in dam project without a permit.  This information coming from a Seattle Times article this past Friday.  We need to keep an eye on this issue and see how we can/should support pressing this issue forward.

Jeanne also spoke about Dr Dave Littles’ email where you can register to attend a free virtual event with author Martha Jones and discuss her new book, “Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the  Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All”.  Event is September 8th at 10am PT.

Meeting adjourned at 9PM.

Submitted by Jeanne Archie

 

 

Legislative District 2 – Executive Board Meeting

August 25, 2020

 

Meeting convened officially at 7:08PM

Attendees:

Dr Dave Little (DL)

Bob Akervick  (BA)

Jeanne Archie (JA)

Leeroy Perkins (LP)

Robert Moody (RM)

Yanah Cook (YC)

Amanda Kaaihue (AK)     Regional Coordinator  amanda@wa-democrats.org

Jesse  Wineberry (JW)    WADA Initiative  jcwceo@gmail.com

 

 

Agenda reviewed and approved

Prior meeting minutes reviewed and approved; BA motioned, YA seconded, all approved

 

BA reviewed financials.  Operating account has no change and sits at $3901.63; Fundraiser account has $472.81 with some outstanding income yet to post.

BA presented recommendations for candidate contributions discussed previously with some of the executive team using the $2000 to distribute.  Focus is on local LD2 candidates and other local candidates along with county positions; state and federal positions are in stronger financial positions…..

Proposed to distribute $750 to Larry Seaquist, $750 to Veronica Whitcher Rocket, $250 to Jani Hitchen and $250 to Carolina Mejia.  Motion to approve by LP, seconded by BA.  All approved with one abstention by JA.

 

Ancillary discussion by YC; recommending we consider forming a Recruitment Committee linked to Outreach Committee but separate focused effort.  YC wants to be an integral part of that effort.  Focus will be on strategic work on organizing, supporting and getting strong candidates.  No immediate action committed but all agreed in principle and will focus on this at future meeting(s).

 

Biden Campaign signs discussed with AK answering our questions.  The state and/or Biden campaign has asked we commit to phonebank hours to get the 300 signs  AK will check on “why” this is being asked of us given all the work we currently do supporting Democratic party efforts both locally and  nationally.  There is a clear sense of “being held hostage until we commit”.  YC and LP noted that we are in a VERY republican area and have VERY FEW Biden signs and that leads to a perception that the campaign is not aggressively trying to insert the Democratic message into our area.  We  DID commit to support phone banks and DL  has already been supporting  at least once a week.  To sign up, contact Amanda Kaaihue (360) 926-0870 at amanda@wa-democrats.org

 

AK will advise where we can get the Biden signs.  LP and  BA committed to go to Yanah’s at 10am on 8/26/2020 to deconstruct her remaining campaign signs to use the wooden stakes  for the Biden signs.  The team advised AK to share with the state party that we pay for the screws and  wooden stakes as that method is the only and best method to ensure the signage stays firmly in place.  The metal stakes don’t work well on our rural roads where we have to place most of our signs.

 

JA reviewed the WADA resolution.  One change recommended in last paragraph that JA will make.  YC motioned to approved, LP seconded and unanimously approved.

JW will advise our next steps for how we can support the effort.  Kim Wyman’s  office has been stalling the WADA campaigns effort to get a new Initiative Number. They submitted the request for a number in July.  This prevents them from creating and publishing the new website and such.  The attorney supporting the WADA team submitted a formal letter to SOS saying they would craft an injunction to stop any and  all initiative numbers issued to anyone unless WADA receives its number by this Friday.

JW asked that we push for endorsement of this action at the State level.

JW said that Pierce County Democrats approved WADA.

 

Endorsements – RM noted he has been made aware of a write in candidate by the name of Janice Bridges.  He reached out with our questionnaire and has a meeting scheduled with this write in candidate this week and will advise status at our next meeting.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:55PM

 

Submitted by Jeanne Archie