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.

.

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

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

August 4, 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. 

 

 

Motions were made, seconded, and carried to adopt the Agenda for tonight’s meeting and minutes of the July 7, 2020 general meeting.

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

 

The following candidates spoke to the group about their respective candidacies, qualifications, and visions for the offices they are seeking.  When finished with their presentation, they took questions from the group.

 

Veronica Whicther Rockett, State Representative, Position 2

Marilyn Strickland, US Representative, District 10

 

Jordan Waits presented an Economic Resolution for Covid 19 which he would like the 2nd LD to consider, approve and pass on to the Legislature.  This resolution urges the Legislature to not make cuts in the state budget due to the pandemic.  This would only make worse the dire economic situation we are in with high unemployment and an economic recovery anticipated to be very slow.  It was decided that the group will consider the resolution and vote on it at the September meeting.

 

Moriah Draper, outreach coordinator for the Washington Anti-Discrimination Act (WADA) Campaign and Vice President of Young Democrats at UW, and Jesse Wineberry, former state congressman, presented resolution I-1776 to the group for its consideration and endorsement.  I-1000 narrowly failed passage last November and is being reintroduced as I-1776 with some additions.  Public safety, economic and health disparities, and vaccine availability have been addressed in this new initiative.  December 31 is the deadline to gather signatures.   Again, the group will take some time to digest the initiative and vote on it in September.

 

 

 

 

 

ENDORSEMENTS

 

Robert Moody (RM) reported there are no endorsement recommendations at this time.  The Committee will convene after the general election in November to review its processes and make recommendations to the general body.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

Bob Akervick (BA) reported we have $3,901 in our operating account and $1,200 in our events account.  We transferred $200 to the events account from the operating account in order to keep a balance in the account.  $1,000 was paid to our fundraiser event facilitator.

  

BA suggested we should have a meeting of the E-Board after the primary to determine how to disburse candidate contributions.

 

OUTREACH

 

Jeanne Archie (JA) reported that she attended the NAACP meeting.  Their thrust at this time is to get out the vote and the census drive.  They are also in tune to I-1776.

 

JA also reported that the Magnusen dinner has been rescheduled to September 24 as a virtual event.

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

 

LP announced our next meeting is Wednesday evening at 6:30.

 

The meeting adjourned at  8:05 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

July 28, 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

                                Phyllis Farrell (PF)

                                Leo Stauch (LS)

                               

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

 

Adopt Agenda 

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

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the Minutes of the June 30, 2020 E-Board meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that our operating account bank balance is $4,101.63.  $40.30 was moved from the operating account to the events account for our portion of the deposit ($500) for the virtual September fundraiser. 

 

Since the payment of the deposit of $500 will deplete our events account, BA recommended that we transfer $200 from the operating account to keep the account open.  After some discussion, Motion was made, seconded, and carried to transfer the $200.

 

Outreach

JA reported that she and YC attended the NAACP meeting.  The group is focusing on “Get Out the Vote – GOTV” and the Census.  The regional president of the NAACP, Gerald Hankerson, sent a letter to the Secretary of State of Washington, Kim Wyman, demanding that her office cease voter suppression tactics.

 

We should pay attention to Initiatives 1776, which expands prohibitions on discrimination by state agencies, and 1777, which would allow electronic signatures on petitions supporting initiatives.

Endorsement Committee

RM reported there will be no recommendations until after the primary.  After the general election, the Committee will review their processes and make recommendations to the general body.

 

 

 

Annual Fundraiser

LP reported the theme for the fundraiser this year will be “Honoring 100 Years of Unsung Women in Action”.  He also noted the schedule for upcoming meetings:

 

                August 5 & 12                    6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

                August 19 & 26                  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

Leeroy will be the point person to collect auction items.

 

Yanah Cook Campaign Update

Yanah reported on current phone banking activities and sign waving for next Sunday and Monday.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

July 7, 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.  Each member introduced him/herself to the group.

 

Requests were made to add two items to the agenda:

 

  • Representative from Kim Schrier’s office

  • Experimental polling

 

Robert Moody (RM) also asked that the Endorsement Committee Report be moved to the top of the agenda.

 

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to adopt the amended Agenda.  Motion was also made, seconded, and carried to approve minutes of the June 2, 2020 general meeting.

 

ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE

RM reported there had been a decision made to use an anonymous balloting procedure for an endorsement that was to take place at this meeting.  RM stated that we have always had votes out in the open and that we should not change our procedure in the middle of an election cycle.  The Endorsement Committee was not consulted on the proposed anonymous vote method prior to the meeting.

 

After much discussion, following a point of order request, Chairman DL suggested a vote be taken.  Motion was made, seconded, and carried to maintain the same transparent voting procedure throughout this current election cycle.

 

RM then reported the Endorsement Committee is recommending to the general body endorsement of Marcus Young for Pierce County Council, Position 3.  This would be a dual endorsement for this position.  RM explained the early endorsement of one candidate was allowed prior to the filing deadline.  The early endorsement effectively shut out any other candidate and the Committee felt this was a mistake.

 

Mr. Young spoke to the body, relating his experience and qualifications for the position.  Discussion followed and a vote of the body was taken.  The result was 7:2 in favor of Mr. Young’s endorsement.

 

RM stated that after the 2020 elections, the Endorsement Committee will take up the matter of how balloting is done and also whether a candidate or office holder of the 2nd LD can be on the Endorsement Committee.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

 

The following candidates spoke to the group about their respective candidacies, qualifications, and visions for the offices they are seeking.  When finished with their presentation, they took questions from the group.

 

Denny Heck, Lieutenant Governor

Caroline Mejia, Thurston County Commissioner Dist 1

Eric Lemay, US Representative, District 10

Marko Liias, Lieutenant Governor

Darin Harris, Pierce County Sheriff

 

Max Toubman, new Field Director for Kim Schrier’s campaign introduced himself and asked for volunteers to help with her campaign.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

BA reported we have $4,142 in our operating account.  The event account contains $459.70. 

BA said he will set up a meeting of the Budget Committee to review budget implications if we go ahead with our fundraiser and determine how much we will be able to contribute to candidates.

 

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

 

LP announced we have met with Logan and Mary, a vendor who facilitates virtual fundraising events.  The Committee is recommending to the body that we hire Logan and Mary using Option 2, the $2,500 package.  LP explained that the package included an in-kind donation of $500.  Motion was made, seconded, and carried to hire Logan and Mary.  The next meeting will be on July 12 at 6:30 via Zoom. 

 

GOOD OF THE ORDER

 

  • LP expressed his displeasure with the dual endorsement of candidates for the Pierce County Council  Position 3. 

 

  • Bob Hasegawa spoke to the group about the establishment of a public bank.  He believes taxpayers would receive greater accountability about the use of their taxes from a publicly-owned bank.  Taxpayer dollars would be used to reinvest in infrastructure needs, create jobs, increase access to capital for small businesses, and generate new revenue without raising taxes, all the while keeping taxpayer dollars in WA state.

 

He presented a model resolution to the group and asked that we consider passing the resolution.

 

  • Veronica Whitcher Rockett’s campaign for 2nd LD State Representative is conducting phone banking and rolling out other events.

 

The meeting adjourned at  8:50 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

June 30, 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

                                Cinnamon Brown (CB)

                                Leo Stauch (LS)

                               

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

 

Adopt Agenda 

Changes were made to the agenda as follows:

 

Add Report from Cinnamon Brown

Remove Outreach

 

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 May 26, 2020 E-Board meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that our operating account bank balance is $4,601.63 and our Events bank balance is $459.70. 

 

Cinnamon Brown Report

CB reported that she has been attending other LD meetings in the area to observe and learn what they are doing.  She is a member of “Beyond the Protest” a group formed by Kathy Orlando, Pierce County Dems., as an action committee to answer back to the protests.  The Beyond the Protest group believes in reallocating law enforcement’s budget, not defunding it.  She also reported on the Pierce County Sheriff Forum held recently.  None of the candidates were stellar in CB’s opinion, but she does like Darin Harris and would like the 2nd LD to invite him to our next general meeting. 

 

Jeannie Archie

JA had the chance to meet with Larry Seaquist, candidate for Pierce County Executive.  She continues to be impressed with his outreach efforts to various groups and organizations .  He has held Facebook meetings with small business owners, listening to concerns facing them.  He exemplifies a collaborative leadership style and is interested in issues facing each group he speaks with.  JA referred him to organizations she is involved with such as the NAACP, emergency food network, and the Graham Business Council.

Endorsement Committee

RM reported that the Committee decided to streamline their endorsement questionnaire to mirror the Pierce County Dems questionnaire.  This will take effect the next election cycle and will help candidates in filling out the myriad of forms they need to complete in the campaign process.

 

RM sent an e-mail to candidates who have not yet completed questionnaires that endorsements by the 2nd LD can only happen by completing a questionnaire and having an interview.

 

RM noted that the LD’s early endorsement of Yanah Cook for the Pierce County Council District 3 seat has become problematic in that another candidate has surfaced running for the same position.  Under our policy to vet all candidates, the Committee is obligated to consider his application.  We have reviewed his questionnaire and interviewed him.  This resulted in our recommendation to dual endorse both Yanah Cook and Marcus Young for the District 3 seat. 

 

Some members of the E-Board questioned the endorsement process and much discussion ensued.  Some discussion was centered on whether the 2nd LD was being inclusive and fair when it came to endorsing candidates of color.  An allegation was made that the reason the 29th LD didn’t endorse Mr. Young was because they were concerned about the consequences it might have on the joint sponsorship of the Rosa Parks/Eleanor Roosevelt Fundraiser with the 2nd LD.  This allegation was later denied by members of the 29th LD.  DL wrapped up the discussion by stating that the dual endorsement of Marcus Young recommendation will be made to the general body for a decision.

 

DL reported that Gael Tarleton’s campaign made a request to purchase our mailing list at a price of $.01 per contact.  There was discussion that, if we charged for it, would that become an “in-kind donation”, or the sale of an asset.  Or would we just extend it to the candidate as a perk.  No decision was made.

 

PLU Annual Fundraiser

LP reported the committee reviewed a proposal from an event planner giving us three options for our virtual on-line event/auction.  More information was needed from the planners, so we will reconvene on July 5 and hopefully be able to make a decision at that time whether to use the event planner.

 

Yanah Cook Campaign Update

No update was reported.

Good of the Order

LP announced an online karaoke fundraiser for Veronica Witcher Rockett on July 2 from 7-9.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

June 2, 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 Cynthia Iyall, Tribal Administrator of the Nisqually Tribe, paid our respect and honor to the Nisqually Tribe and their sacred land.  Each member introduced him/herself to the group.

 

Bob Ackervick asked to add a statement about the current national unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police to the Agenda.  Motions were made, seconded and carried to adopt the Agenda as amended and to approve the minutes of the May 5, 2020 meeting.

 

TODAY’S SITUATION

 

Bob Ackervick suggested that we have a great opportunity to make some permanent and fundamental change as a country right now regarding the way police treat all our citizens.  The recent death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police should make us ask what our role will be in affecting change. 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

 

The following candidates spoke to the group about their respective candidacies, qualifications, and visions for our state and nation.  When finished with their presentation, they took questions from the group.

 

Beth Doglio, US Representative, District 10

Veronica Whitcher Rockett, State Representative, Position 2

Larry Seaquist, Pierce County Executive

Yanah G. Cook, Pierce County Council, Position 3

Rick Payne, State Senate, District 2

 

Devon Davenport reported on activities in Kim Schrier’s office of late.  She passed along Ms. Schrier’s anger and frustration at the murder of George Floyd.  She is co-sponsoring legislation, Farmers Feeding Families bill, that will connect farmers who have lost markets for their crops during the pandemic with food banks.  Ms. Schrier has also hired a field director for her campaign.

 

 

Nisqually Tribe Best Practices During the Pandemic

 

Cynthia Iyall (CI) spoke to the group about best practices for keeping the Nisqually Tribe communities safe during the Covid 19 outbreak.  She reported that there are 1,800 residents on the reservation and 2,000 employees who work there.  She explained that, with an experienced team in emergency preparedness on hand, they had the foresight to shut down early and send employees home.  Within two weeks, their employees had the ability to work from home.  They are encouraging their elders to stay at home and to use delivery services for their needs.

 

CI believes this is a message from Mother Earth to slow down and rethink how we treat the planet.  It’s also a time to spend with family and enjoy life’s activities with your family – with a slower pace of life.

 

TRIBAL CONNECTION

 

Larry Cordier (LC) spoke next and lauded CI for her example of strong and decisive leadership.  She worked very hard to make sure members of the tribe were safe and provided needed services to them.

 

LC believes this election is about needing leadership.  His goal is to meet with all the tribes and insure they get out to vote.  As soon as we are able to move about under the Governor’s mandates, he will visit each tribe to secure a contact for getting out the vote.  Jeanne Archie asked LC how they are currently registering voters.  He replied that they will hold voter registration events on the reservations.  He stated there is a lot of energy among tribal residents and a sense of urgency in getting out the vote.  Residents see how the current administration is chipping away at their native sovereignty, their treaty rights, and self determination.

 

ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE

 

Robert Moody (RM) presented a spreadsheet of candidates considered for endorsement and the Committee’s recommendation.  The body formally endorsed the following candidates:

 

Dr. Kim Schrier, 8th Congressional Seat

Jay Inslee, Governor

Hillary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands

Bob Ferguson, State Attorney General

Pat McCarthy, State Auditor

Gael Tarleton, Secretary of State
Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction

Mike Pellicciotti, State Treasurer

Mike Kriedler, State Insurance Commissioner

Larry Seaquist, Pierce County Executive

Yanah Cook, Pierce County Council

Scott Ahif, Thurston County Superior Court

Mathew Thomas, Pierce County Superior Court

Tom Quinlan, Pierce County Superior Court

 

The Committee also made the decision not to endorse a candidate for the 10th Congressional District race until after the primary election.

 

LP announced that Veronica Whitcher Rockett from the 2nd LD Democrats, has recently filed to run for State Representative Position 2.  LP recommended that we automatically endorse her as she is from the 2nd LD Dems.  RM said that the rules for endorsement allow for early endorsement.  Motion was made, seconded, and carried to endorse Veronica Whitcher Rockett for State Representative Position 2.  (1 Nay vote, 2 abstain)

 

Leo Stauch, member of the Endorsement Committee, objected to the vote.  He stated that the Endorsement Committee had decided at their last meeting not to endorse candidates until they have been fully vetted by the Committee.  He said he did not want to vote on a candidate until he had enough information about the candidate to make that decision.  

 

BUDGET COMMITTEE

 

Bob Akervick (BA) reported on the Budget Committee’s recommendations for disbursing $2,500 to candidates’ election campaigns.  The following criteria were established:

 

  • Candidate has requested endorsement; what was their score

  • Candidates from Pierce and Thurston Counties

  • Donation made after Primary

  • Candidates for local offices should be given preference as their resources are limited

  • Must be a viable candidacy

  • Other endorsements

 

The Endorsement Committee recommended and Motion was made, seconded, and carried to disburse $500 to the campaign of Yanah Cook as soon as feasible.

 

It was also decided to post the Endorsement Questionnaires on our website.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

 

BA reported we have $4,982.50 in our operating account.  The event account contains $459.70. 

BA also reported that the Budget Committee met to reallocate our funds as we will not be having an in-person fundraiser this year.  We will allocate $2,500 to candidates, reserve $500 for contingencies, and carry forward $1,500 to 2021.  Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the above reforecast of our budget.

 

 

 

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

 

LP announced our next meeting will be on June 7th at 1:00 via Zoom.  We will discuss the possibility of an online auction.

 

YANAH FOR PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL

 

YC reported she has removed herself from the Endorsement Committee as she is a candidate and her presence could be a conflict of interest.

 

OUTREACH

Jeanne Archie (JA) reported that the Warren Magnuson dinner, which was postponed because of the Covid outbreak, has not been rescheduled.  She will refund participants’ payments.  All participants asked that she donate that money to the 2nd LD.

 

The meeting adjourned at  9:00

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

May 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

                                Yanah Cook (YC), State Committeewoman

                                Theresa Stauch (TS), Secretary

                                Tim Kerfoot       

                                Larry Cordier

 

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

 

Adopt Agenda 

Changes were made to the agenda as follows:

 

Add Pierce County Fair

Add Contributions to Candidates

Move Yanah’s section up in the Agenda as she has to leave the meeting early

 

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 April 28, 2020 E-Board meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that our operating account bank balance is $4,474.56 and our Events bank balance is $459.70.  No changes from last month.

 

Pierce County Fair

BA announced that the fair will be a “virtual” event this year.  Since we have paid our fee for this year, there are three options for what to do with the prepaid fee:

 

  1. Move the fee to pay for 2021 and this will hold our place

  2. Request a partial refund (all but $50) and this will also hold our place

  3. Request a full refund

 

The Board voted for option 1 – to leave the fee with the Fair Board and hold our place for 2021.

 

Contributions to Candidates

BA suggested that we come up with some rules regarding donations to candidates for office.  We have limited funds and many candidates we want to support.  The Board decided to have Bob set up a Budget Committee meeting to address this issue.

 

Tribal Relations

Larry Cordier(LC) joined our meeting to discuss registering voters among the Native Tribes.  He has reached out to the Nisqually Tribal Chair to ask for a contact who can work with us on registering voters.    He noted that right now the tribes are concentrating on getting members to fill out their census forms.  LC suggested ways we can get the message out through social media and their tribal newsletters.

 

YC suggested that, if she is elected to the County Council, she could work with someone from the Nisqually tribe on issues affecting the Nisqually River.  LC said that both the Nisqually and the Yakima Rivers are producing low salmon returns, so we definitely need someone to help legislate to protect the runs.  He will research a contact Yanah can work with.

 

Outreach

There was no report.

 

Campaign Update

YC reiterated how important phone banking is right now – this is our way of canvassing during Covid.  She again asked everyone to contribute what time they can – phone banking is on Tues, Wed and Thursday.  On Sunday, phone banking begins after the Kitchen Cabinet meeting.  YC announced a new campaign manager, Caleb Northrip.

Endorsement Committee

RM reported that the Committee will be recommending to the general body the endorsement of twelve candidates.  The Committee has developed a form to present at the general meeting listing the candidates and the position they are seeking, scoring result, and the Committee’s endorsement  recommendation in a simple to read form.  There are still some outstanding questionnaires to come in – RM will contact the candidates again.  He stated some rules the Committee has come up with:

 

  • we aren’t obligated to endorse a candidate before the Primary

  • there are no “automatic” endorsements; early endorsements are not automatic endorsements

  • the Committee has no obligation to endorse a candidate even if they file as a Democrat

 

The Committee interviewed Larry Seaquist yesterday – he is running for the Pierce County Executive position.  The Committee was very impressed with his background and qualifications and he will attend the June general meeting and speak to the group.  There is a Zoom event tomorrow at 6:00 for Mr. Seaquist. 

 

Delegate Selection

Jeanne Archie (JA) reported on the delegate selection voting  process she participated in for her district.  Each delegate candidate could give a one minute speech  for their candidacy.  Three women from the Biden camp pulled out of the race so that people of color could be seated as delegates.

 

PLU Annual Fundraiser

LP announced our next meeting will be held June 7 at which time we will discuss the possibility of a virtual auction.  It is the consensus of the group that we will not have an in-person event this year because of the Covid pandemic.

 

 

Good of the Order

TS reported on her work on the Platform Committee for the State Democratic Convention.  She participated in developing the 2020 platform for the Health Care, Health Services and Gun Safety platform.

 

LP announced a new member to the 2nd LD – Virginia Myers – and that we have another PCO from Orting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

May 5, 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 paid our respects and honor to the Nisqually tribe and their sacred land.  Each member introduced him/herself to the group.

 

Changes were made to the Agenda to add State Committee Report by Yanah Cook and Kim Schrier’s Campaign Report by Devon Davenport and to remove the PLU and Outreach reports.  Motions were made, seconded and carried to adopt the Agenda as amended and to approve the minutes of the April 7, 2020 meeting.

 

Bylaws Change to Allow Electronic Meetings During Emergencies or Exigent Circumstances

Because of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the stay at home order mandated by the State, the 2nd LD is meeting and conducting business via video conferencing.  The E-Board discussed changing our bylaws to reflect this form of meeting and they are recommending this change to the general body of the 2nd LD.  Therefore, the following Motion was made, seconded and carried to change our Bylaws to allow this form of governing during emergencies or exigent circumstances.  This form of meeting has also been approved by the State Attorney General.

If emergency or exigent circumstances prevent safely holding a meeting or vote of the 2nd LD or a 2nd LD committee at a physical location, the Chair or Acting Chair may direct that meeting and voting to be announced, convened and held electronically.

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

 

The following candidates spoke to the group about their respective candidacies, qualifications, and visions for our state and nation.  When finished with their presentation, they took questions from the group.

 

Scott Ahlf, Thurston County Superior Court Judge, Position 8

Tom Quinlan, Pierce County Superior Court Judge, Position 6

Marko Liias, Lieutenant Governor

Denny Heck, Lieutenant Governor

Phil Gardner, US Representative, District 10

 

Devon Davenport reported on activities in Kim Schrier’s office of late.  She is working on making sure that there is parity with insurance coverage for “telehealth” appointments in this day of Covid19.  She is also working on food assistance programs to help farmers with the crops they can’t sell – trying to connect them with resources.  She is also supporting funding for local government and municipalities so they don’t have to cut vital responders and services.

 

 

NATIVE AMERICAN GOTV

Larry Cordier joined us to report on his efforts to get out the vote among the various Native American Tribes in the state.  He also feels this is the most important election of our time.   He is touring all 29 tribes in the state and making contact with the tribal councils.  He has much support from the tribal councils and is organizing volunteers to do phone banking to encourage tribal members to vote. 

 

Mr. Cordier explained that native interests align so closely with Democratic values – environmental conservation, protection of fisheries, respect of sovereignty of people.  He believes we can bring out a sizeable Native American vote this November.

 

ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE

Robert Moody (RM) reported the Committee is meeting this Wednesday to review two candidates.  We have sent out several questionnaires and are waiting for them to be returned.  Three candidates have received automatic endorsements from us – Jay Inslee, Kim Schrier, and Yanah Cook.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Bob Akervick (BA) reported we have $4,474.56 in our operating account.  The event account contains $459.70.  No changes in balances this past month.

 

STATE COMMITTEEPERSON REPORT

Yanah Cook (YC) reported that PCOs need to file by May 15 for election to their positions.

 

YANAH FOR PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL

YC reported her Committee continues to phone bank but we need to pick up the pace and the voter pamphlet language has been drafted.

 

The meeting adjourned at  9:00 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

April 28, 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

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:13 p.m.

 

Adopt Agenda 

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

 

Approve Minutes

Motion was made, seconded, and carried to approve the Minutes of the March 24, 2020 E-Board meeting.

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that our operating account bank balance is $4,474.56 and our Events bank balance is $459.70.  No changes from last month.

 

Bylaws Change to Allow Electronic Meetings During Emergencies or Exigent Circumstances

Because of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the stay at home order mandated by the State, the 2nd LD is meeting and conducting business via video conferencing.  Therefore, the following Motion was made, seconded and carried to change our Bylaws to allow this form of governing during emergencies or exigent circumstances.  This change will be recommended to the general meeting of the 2nd LD in May.

If emergency or exigent circumstances prevent safely holding a meeting or vote of the 2nd LD or a 2nd LD committee at a physical location, the Chair or Acting Chair may direct that meeting and voting to be announced, convened and held electronically.

Pierce County Fair

The board discussed the possibility of the Pierce County Fair being canceled in August if the pandemic  orders stay with us.  We decided that, if this happens, we will donate the $250 booth fee we have already paid back to the Fair.

 

Endorsement Committee

RM reported that several questionnaires have been sent to judicial and non-judicial candidates.  The Committee is currently reviewing the questionnaire from Marilyn Strickland for the House of Representatives 10th District seat.  Tom Quinlan has sent in his questionnaire, however, it was the form from the Pierce County Dems.  We won’t ask him to complete ours as the questions are very similar.

 

Some candidates have indicated they would like our endorsement but haven’t asked for it.  YC feels the candidate should ask for the endorsement.  BA suggested the Chair of the Endorsement Committee have the leeway to send out a questionnaire to a candidate.  In any event, DL said that an incumbent democrat will automatically get our endorsement.  He also said that we shouldn’t endorse any candidate for the 10th CD seat right now.

 

RM reported that the Rules of the Committee have been revised to say the Committee is responsible to the E-Board.  He will also add the provision that the Chairman will have the leeway to send a questionnaire to a candidate even though they haven’t asked for it.

 

Audit Team

DL reported that the Audit Committee did not get to perform their function as there was no election of delegates in our LD.  However, it seems there are two people that were missed on the delegate roster – Bill Fishburn and Seth Blausteine.  Since we have vacancies on our delegate roster, DL will ask the State Dems if they can be added.

 

Fundraiser

There was no report.

 

Campaign Update

YC reported she is still working on questionnaires for endorsements.  Phone bank training was held for her volunteers, however, the calling hasn’t “gotten off the ground” yet.  YC is looking for a volunteer to organize a group phone banking event.

YC, along with her consultant, is drafting the language for the voter pamphlet.  She may ask some of us to proof the text and give her feedback.

Outreach

There was no report.

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

 

 

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

April 7, 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 paid our respects and honor to the Nisqually tribe and their sacred land.  Each member introduced him/herself to the group.

 

Motions were made, seconded and carried to adopt the Agenda and to approve the minutes of the March 3, 2020 meeting.

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

US Representative Dr. Kim Schrier joined the meeting and brought us up to speed on her activities in Congress related to the current pandemic and she shared lessons learned about the spread of the virus and actions needing attention.  She took questions from the group.

 

The following candidates spoke to the group about their respective candidacies, qualifications, and visions for our state and nation.  When finished with their presentation, they took questions from the group.

 

Gael Tarleton, Candidate for Secretary of State

Tom Quinlan, candidate for Superior Court Judge, Position 6

Kristeen Reeves, candidate for US Representative, District 10

Marilyn Strickland, candidate for US Representative, District 10

Beth Doglio, candidate for US Representative, District 10

Yanah G. Cook, candidate for Pierce County Council, District 3

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Bob Akervick (BA) reported we have $4,474.56 in our operating account.  The event account contains $459.70. 

 

REACHING OUT TO PCOs

DL reminded us that we need to reach out to our PCOs to be delegates to the state and national conventions.

 

WARREN MAGNUSON DINNER

Jeanne Archie (JA) announced the Warren Magnuson dinner has been postponed to Saturday, May 9 at 5:00 due to the Coronovirus outbreak.   

 

 

 

RP–ER BRUNCH FUNDRAISER

Leeroy Perkins (LP) announced our next planning meeting will be Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 via Zoom.

 

YANAH FOR PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL

Yanah Cook (YC) announced her new campaign manager – Suzie LeFurgey.  She received donations of $1,100.  Her campaign is developing a video which will be put out on Facebook Live, and is phone bank calling as we cannot go door to door.  The OHOP social gathering is rescheduled for Saturday, June 6 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

OUTREACH

JA reported she has tried to contact PCOs but has had no response.  Cathy Flora suggested that we “text” outreach to our members.

 

ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE

Robert Moody (RM) had nothing to report.

 

 

 

The meeting adjourned at  9:00 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd LD E-Board Meeting

March 24, 2020     6:30 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

 

The first part of the meeting was taken up with learning the Zoom Meeting application and how to navigate the different functions.  The business  meeting was called to order at 8:30 p.m. by DL. 

 

Adopt Agenda 

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

 

Approve Minutes

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

 

Treasurer’s Report

BA reported that our operating account bank balance is $4,474.56. and our Events bank balance is $459.70. 

 

Pierce County Fair

BA reported he has paid the booth fee for the Pierce County Fair in the amount of $250.

 

Warren Magnuson Dinner

JA reported that the dinner has been moved to August 8.  We still have two open slots to fill.

 

Delegate Selection

DL reported the delegate allocation for LD2 is nine for Sanders with four alternates and ten for Biden with five alternates.  In light of the Covid 19, the State Democratic Party has announced the selection will be online only and you would need to go online and register to become a delegate.  We need to reach out to our members and encourage them to be delegates.  DL will text all PCOs to ask if they want to be delegates and let them know they will be selecting the delegates.

 

Our task is to get the word out that LD2 members have an opportunity to be a delegate to the state and national convention.  Deadline for registering to be a delegate is April 24 with selection on April 26.

 

Standing Committee Members

LP announced we need to elect members to be on the Platform, Rules and Credentials Standing Committees of the Party.  YC and LP agreed to be on one of the committees and TS expressed interest.  She subsequently agreed to be on the Platform Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraiser

YC reported the Committee is reviewing the menu options and we should be able to finalize the menu at our upcoming meeting.

 

Campaign Update

YC reported her literature has been printed and she has received them. She is working on contacting Union shops to get her smaller signs made. She reported that her new democratic opponent has some doubtful credentials. He has been endorsed by the WA State Progressive Caucus and she questioned whether she should also seek their endorsement in the District she is representing. The Board stated emphatically that she should.

 

Endorsement Committee

RM  asked the Committee if they would like to proceed with the judicial questionnaire via video conferencing or put this project on hold until we can meet in person again.  They decided they could accomplish the job via e-mail or video conferencing. 

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

March 3, 2020     7:00PM to 9:00PM

Bethel Learning Center - Spanaway

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by Chairman David Little (DL).  We recited the Pledge of Allegiance and introduced ourselves to the group.

 

Guest speakers tonight included:

Tom Quinlan, candidate for Superior Court Judge, Position 6

Matthew Thomas, candidate for Superior Court Judge, Position 7

Marilyn Strickland, candidate for US Representative, District 10

Yanah G. Cook, candidate for Pierce County Council, District 3

Devon Davenport, aide to US Representative Dr. Kim Schrier.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

DL and BA revised the existing agenda to include all of tonight’s speakers.  A motion to approve was made, the motion seconded and the Agenda approved.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

After reviewing the previous months minutes projected to screen by BA, motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the February 4, 2020 general meeting, without amendment.

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

 

  • Mr. Tom Quinlan, candidate running for the Superior Court, position 6.Mr. Quinlan introduced himself, provided a brief history of himself, his heritage, and current family status.He explained he has a son with an addiction problem and therefore has firsthand knowledge of the issues faced by Washington families that are living the same scenario.Mr. Quinlan is concerned deeply about the adherence to the rule of law, a foundation of our country. As a first generation Irish American, he feels the country is in crisis with respect to adherence to the rule of law, lack of mental health support and proper support for these facing addiction.In Mr. Quinlan’s opinion, the issue with substance abuse is insufficient bed space to facilitate those affected; this problem cannot be corrected by the judiciary, rather it must be addressed by the Legislature.Mr. Quinlan enjoys working with immigrant children and helping with their issues. He is also a Lt. Col. in the Army Reserve, serving as a Judge Advocate.

 

  • Matthew Thomas, candidate for Superior Court Judge, position 7.Matthew provided a brief family history, married, two children, UW Grad, and as part of his education, spent 1 year in Nicaragua attempting to convince the government there to use the jury system for their court cases. He explained that during his education that, during certain college classes, his group was given actual student cases to try.Some of those cases appeared unwinnable; however, through full inspection of the evidence, it became clear that these cases were tests of the student’s ability to see all the facts, a lesson that made him understand the importance of uncovering the full truth.Following graduation, Matthew sought out trial work, going to work in the prosecutor’s office.He is concerned about the adherence to the “Rule-of –Law”; that no one is above the law; and believes strongly in an independent judiciary.He is also aware of “Implicit Bias”, a phenomenon that can infect the thinking of some individuals.He believes a good juvenile court is a must.His response to a question regarding Tort reform was to leave existing law as is.

 

  • Marilyn Strickland the former mayor of Tacoma also running for the 10th Congressional seat being vacated by Denny Heck.A Tacoma native and military child.Running to support those whose shoulders have given her the opportunity to run for US Congress. She provided the following as points of her candidacy.

 

  1. Cost of Healthcare needs to be affordable to all and transparent so that no costs are hidden.

  2. Climate Change is an immediate threat, fires and floods are happening more often and we need to provide better and more options for transportation.

  3. Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid need to be safe guarded.She believes Universal Healthcare will be the best for the citizenry, a public option to the existing ACA is her preferred beginning.

  4. Criminal Justice reform; remove the “cash bail” system because it disproportionately impacts minorities.Disband/remove “for profit” prisons.

  5. Continue environmental cleanup around Puget Sound.Fund the Puget Sound Cleanup Project started by Rep. Heck and Derek Kilmer.

  6. Provide alternate facilities for public transportation to get people out of cars and busses.

 

  • Yanah Cook, candidate for Pierce County Council, position 3.Yanah informed the group of her reason for running, explaining the current council has not been proactive to the needs of the rural community.Issues such as water rights, pollution control, and zoning for development are at the heart of her concerns.Developer’s proposals are being rubber stamped by the council without regard to infrastructure impacts, road, utilities, schools, etc.Concerns remain about unconnected streets that require 1st responders to go around rather directly to a call.The council only meets on Tuesday’s at 3:00 PM, making it hard for the ordinary citizen to attend, this needs to change and the once per year community meeting is insufficient to allow public input.Yanah will be speaking at the Ohop Grange, April 3 form 6 – 9; and at the Elk Plain Grange on April 4 from 12 to 4.

 

  •  Devon Davenport, political director for Congresswoman Kim Schrier (CD 8), updated the 2nd LD on activities by Congresswoman Schrier.Rep Schrier has been a part of the push to include Dental, Vision, and Hearing coverage to Medicare Insurance, that measure has passed the House and is currently sitting on McConnell’s desk.Salmon recovery at the Howard Hansen Dam, work currently underway, was supported by Rep Schrier.Information regarding Covid-19 (Coronovirus) testing and where that issue currently stands with Rep Schrier can be found on her website.Large election signs are currently being stored by Michael Prince; you can contact him at mike@drkimschrier.com.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Bob Akervick (BA) reported we have $4,732 in our operating account, less $53 to renew the Post Office box. The event account contains $459.70.  He asked that the budget committee meet again to review information that wasn’t known in our last meeting, then; a 2020 budget can be presented to the general group.

 

CAUCUS PLANNING

DL reminded all of our upcoming planning meeting, and that the LD is in need of additional volunteers.  The next meeting will be at the Nisqually Pines Community Center in Yelm, Wednesday March 18.

 

WARREN MAGNUSON DINNER

JA announced the Warren Magnuson dinner has been postponed to Saturday, May 9 at 5:00 due to the Coronovirus outbreak.   The LD has purchased a table, and there are two open slots for those who wish to attend.  Please contact Jeanne ASAP if you wish to attend.

 

YANAH FOR PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL

See above notations for Yanah Cook in SPEAKERS.

 

RP–ER BRUNCH FUNDRAISER

Leeroy Perkins (LP) announced the date for the next Rosa Parks-Eleanor Roosevelt Brunch will be Saturday, September 12, at the PLU Campus.  Planning meeting are:

 

            Sunday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00             Parkland Library

            Sunday, March 22, 1:00 – 2:30           Parkland Library

 

Both DL and LP indicated they have had conversations with representatives of the Governor’s office regarding his potential appearance at the event.  Both are continuing to work on that possibility.

 

OUTREACH

JA reported she did attend the Hilltop Health Kids and Family Carnival, Saturday, February 29, and that it was a pleasurable success and that everyone she met was registered to vote and planning to vote.  She had also attended the NAACP GOTV meeting; plus she and Yanah attended the Seattle Chamber Committee regarding affordable housing.

 

 

 

ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE

Robert Moody (RM) reported work on the Judicial/Prosecutorial Questionnaire was well underway, that the first draft had been provided to committee members. Responses and suggestions were still coming in and he felt it would be a few days before the final product was available.  RM thought the upcoming E-Board meeting would be the place to finalize the questionnaire. 

 

GOOD OF THE ORDER

JA – Reiterated the date change for the Magnusson Dinner, still need two slots filled.

 

HB 2672, Centers and Corridors, died in committee and will not become law this session.  If anyone wants to discuss growth management, they can contact “Future Wide” on the internet for additional information.

 

The next Pierce County Council meeting will be held at the Council offices, 930 Tacoma Ave. South, Tuesday.

 

 

 

The meeting adjourned around 8:55 p.m.

 

Submitted by Leo Stauch for Theresa Stauch, Secretary

2nd Legislative District Democrats

General Meeting

February 4, 2020     7:00PM to 9:00PM

Bethel Learning Center

 

 

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 introduced ourselves to the group.  Guest speakers tonight included Phil Gardner, Marilyn Strickland, and Joshua Collins – all running to fill Denny Heck’s 10th District Congressional Seat.  Also in attendance was Devon Davenport, aide to Kim Schrier.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

After reviewing the Agenda and adding Joshua Collins and Devon Davenport to it, Motion was made, seconded, and carried to accept the agenda.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 7, 2020 general meeting .

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

 

  • Phil Gardner, candidate running for the Congressional seat from the 10th District, introduced himself to the group.Phil explained that he has worked for Congressman Heck for ten years, most currently as District Director in Washington State.He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the voices of the people of Washington’s 10th Congressional District are heard in Congress – to fix our broken healthcare system, to modernize our infrastructure, to fight for our veterans and military families, and, most urgently, to get serious about the climate emergency and saving Puget Sound.

 

  • Marilyn Strickland is the former mayor of Tacoma also running for the 10th Congressional seat.She notes her proven record of local and regional leadership, deep roots in the South Sound, and the ability to build broad-based coalitions

She is committed to fighting for progressive values and an economy that works for all of us. That means lower health care costs, equal pay for women, affordable college and the ability to retire with dignity. She intends to work to solve the challenges that come with growthin our area – from transportation and housing to health care and climate change.

 

  • Josh Collins, candidate also running for the 10th District Congressional Seat, updated the group on his campaign.He stressed among his top priorities is the Green New Deal, sustainable agriculture and clean water, trans and LGBTQ rights, healthcare for all, and ending homelessness.He announced there will be a Washington Youth Climate Strike on February 15 in Olympia and invited us to come out for it.

  • Devon Davenport, political director for Congresswoman Kim Schrier, updated the 2nd LD on activities in the Schrier camp.Affordable health care remains the #1 issue for Ms. Schrier.She has been the top voice on HB3, a bill to lower prescription drug prices, and she is co-sponsoring a new bill – the Primary Care Access Act – that will allow for 3 visits to a primary care provider per year with no out-of-pocket costs. Ms Schrier is proud of her vote on the impeachment of President Trump and is committed to holding him accountable.Devon announced that the Schrier campaign has hired a campaign manager – Chris Costa.

 

All guests took questions from the group and left the meeting.

 

TREASURER’S REPORT

Bob Akervick (BA) reported we have $4,635 in our operating account and $454.70 in our events account.  He will have a budget planning meeting next Monday at his home in Eatonville.

 

CAUCUS PLANNING

DL reported our  next planning meeting will be held on February 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the Nisqually Pines Community Center in Yelm.  LP advised he did visit the site of the caucus and that we will need to get a wi-fi hot spot.  We should be able to use just the large room and won’t need any small breakout rooms.  Bathroom accommodations are nearby the main caucus room.

 

WARREN  MAGNUSON DINNER

DL announced the Warren Magnuson dinner is Saturday, March 7 at 5:00 at the WA State Convention Center.  We have purchased a table and he would like enough attendance to fill the table.  Cost is $125/person and payments should be given to Jeanie Archie (JA).

 

YANAH FOR PIERCE COUNTY COUNCIL

Yanah Cook (YC) reported that the next meeting for her campaign committee will be held on February 7 at the Stauch home at 7:00 p.m.  She reported she has received the endorsement of Mike Pellicciotti, current Washington State Legislator and candidate for Washington State Treasurer.

 

FUNDRAISER

Leeroy Perkins (LP) announced the next few planning meeting dates for the fundraiser at PLU in September:

 

            Sunday, February 23, 1:00 – 2:30       Graham Library

            Sunday, March 8, 1:00 – 3:00             Parkland Library

            Sunday, March 22, 1:00 – 2:30           Parkland Library

 

 

OUTREACH

JA reported she will attend the Hilltop Health Kids and Family Carnival on Saturday, February 29 at the People’s Community Center in Tacoma.  She will be providing voter registration to attendees.  The carnival also will have free dental cleaning for adults and children and free blood pressure screening.

 

JA attended the NAACP Chapter meeting and is collaborating with them on efforts to get out the vote as well as getting census data.

 

DL noted that we had planned to have a representative from the Peirce County Sheriff’s Office attend our January meeting to discuss their policing program and operation of the office.  DL will call them to reschedule.

 

JA also attended the Graham Business Association meeting.  She noted a website called “NOW – National Organization for Women, Seattle” which provides legislative updates on their site.  She asked if LP could add this link to our website.

 

ENDORSEMENT COMMITTEE

Robert Moody (RM) reported no new requests for endorsements.  He will plan a meeting of the committee to complete a judicial candidate questionnaire.

 

GOOD OF THE ORDER

Motion was made, seconded and carried to accept the resignation of Pat Roberts Dempsey as PCO for 02-139 Precinct and to be replaced with Jeanne Archie. 

 

DL read a letter he has written to the State Democratic Party asking that they allow Joshua Collins access to Vote Builder.  Evidently, because he has declared as an Independent, the party is placing additional requirements on him.  We are not endorsing this candidate, however, we feel he should have the same access as other candidates.  Motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the letter being sent to the WA State Democratic Party.

 

Member Denise Moody asked the group to support HB 2861 – a bill that would allow small farms to sell their beef without having to meet the higher quality standards of commercial meat sellers.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:54 p.m.

 

Submitted by Theresa Stauch, Secretary

Secretary