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2nd LD General Meeting

  December 5, 2023 7:00p.m.

         Zoom Meeting        

               

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

Jan Zahir (JZ) Secretary   

Bob Akervick (BA) Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP) PCO              

Yanah Cook (YC) PCO

Gary Hartmann (GH) State Committee Person

Laura Crews (LC) State Committee Person

Erasmo Ruiz (ER) 2nd Vice Chair

Wendy Wright (WW) Member

Tim Kerfoot (TK) PCO

Jeanne Archie (JA) PCO

Susan Gordon (SG) Member

Debbie Vinyard (DV) Vice Chair

Warren Neth (WN) PCO

John Linboe (JL) Member

Sara Develle- Team Strickland

Lynn Hammonds- Team Strickland

DL Call to order 705pm

DL and the group approved the agenda.

DL led the pledge of allegiance for the group.

YC Honored Nisqually Native Lands.

Warren Neth introduced himself as a PCO from 02-179. He is the owner of Cosmic Carrot Farm in Yelm.

Wendy Wright introduced herself. She is a member of the South Hill Advisory Commission.

Sara Develle of campaign Team Strickland gave an update of congresswoman Strickland’s (WA-10) activities.

She informed us that Strickland will join the New Democrat Coalition as a Leadership Member. 

Strickland has been named a Co-Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program to help Democrats retain incumbent seats.

DL offered to help with Strickland’s campaign.

JA announced Erasmo's Victory Celebration - Saturday Dec 9th 1-4PM    10006 255th St Ct E Graham, WA 98338 (Jeanne Archie’s home)

Erasmo Ruiz’s swearing in is on Tuesday December 12th at 7PM:        516 176th St E , Spanaway, WA, 98387

DL proposed we vote on giving Marilyn Strickland, Kim Schrier and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez $200. each for their campaigns. We voted to donate the money to them.

YC felt that making phone calls for their campaigns would be helpful.

GH reported that Shasti Conrad advised Debra Hartmann that the State Democrats would pay for the State Fair booth for 2024.

LC will withdraw the Ukraine support resolution that she drafted. It has already been submitted to the State Democrats by another member.

DL discussed a wealthy donor to the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty that has begun fun­nel­ing mon­ey into a sig­na­ture dri­ve that aims to qual­i­fy six right wing ini­tia­tives to the 2024 Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture. The initiatives are often located at tables outside of Walmart stores. They have collected 400,000 signatures for these initiatives.

More information at: https://www.nwprogressive.org/weblog/2023/09/republican-megadonor-brian-heywood-opens-his-wallet-to-fund-six-initiative-signature-drive.html/amp

https://ballotpedia.org/Washington_I-2117,_Prohibit_Carbon_Tax_Credit_Trading_Initiative_(2024)

YC discussed organizing an all-day retreat from 10am to 3pm for the 2024 LD2 agenda. It was suggested that we meet at BA’s home the week after Christmas, possibly December 27.  Some of the topics for discussion at the meeting will include youth outreach and their interest in gun control and climate change. Also, up for discussion will be fundraising, the State Fair booth and strategic meeting plans.

DL discussed his interest in the Nisqually Tribe having a voice in LD2. He suggested we have three months of in-person meetings at a Nisqually venue in February, March and April 2024.  He suggested that we have a total of six in-person meetings a year.  

YC felt that more hybrid meetings would be better.

WW reported on a Puyallup pastor that told his congregants who to vote for in the November 7 elections. It was suggested that Indivisible and Fuse get involved in reporting this matter to the IRS.

BA treasurer’s report as follows: Bank Account Balances: Operations Account $3,373.66, Events Account $2,162.60, Total $5536.26

The minutes from the November 7th meeting were approved.

The meeting adjourned at 845 pm.

2nd LD General Meeting

  November 7,2023 7:00p.m.

                 Hybrid Meeting        Bethel Learning Center    

                       

In attendance:  Dave Little (DL), Chairman

Jan Zahir (JZ) Secretary   

Bob Akervick (BA) Treasurer

Leeroy Perkins (LP) PCO              

Yanah Cook (YC) PCO

Gary Hartmann (GH) State Committee Person

Laura Crews (LC) State Committee Person

Erasmo Ruiz (ER) 2nd Vice Chair

Yolanda Markle (YM) PCO

Bill Hollingsworth (BH) Member

Carrie Thibodeaux (CT) Orting schools

Melissa Kinzler (MK) Orting schools

Ed Hatzenbeler (EH) Orting Schools Superintendent

Dylan McTighe (DM) Member

DL Call to order 705pm

DL and the group approved the agenda.

DL led the pledge of allegiance for the group.

YC Honored Nisqually Native Lands.

Ed Hatzenbeler, superintendent of Orting Schools, spoke on the issues concerning his school district.  The issues included overcrowding of schools, enrollment increases, school upgrade needs and the need for a new elementary school.  He talked about needing safety and security upgrades.  He felt that an increase in impact fees from Pierce County residential development would benefit the district.  He felt that the school levy election results needed to be changed to a simple majority of 50% for approval.

ER updated the voter totals that came in tonight, which put him in a tight race.

BA treasurer’s report as follows:

Fundraiser:

  •           Total income (including $2,007.46 in-kind)                     $5,862.46

  •           Total Expenses (also including $2,007.46 in-kind)       $3,135.58

  •           Net                                                                                                $2,726.88

  •           30% share to Erasmo’s campaign                                     $    779.49

  •           2nd LD Share                                                                                $1,947.49 

Bank Account Balances (not reported at meeting): 

  •           Operations Account                                                                $3,373.16

  •           Events Account                                                                         $2,166.59

 

DL suggested that we hand in a Ukraine resolution to the WA State Democrats.

YC motioned to move forward with the Ukraine resolution and forward it to the proper individuals. We passed the resolution in a LD2 vote.

GH offered to hand in the Ukraine resolution at the WA State Democrat meeting in January.

YM spoke of an Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Authorizing Wage Adjustments for Non-Represented Employees; Amending the Pierce County Salary Classification Plan; and Setting an Effective Date.

The Meeting adjourned at 9pm.

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