Updated May 28, 2013
Chair Marcee Stone-Vekich's Message for June
Your attendance is required because our June 12th endorsement meeting is coming up and you don't want to miss it. Remember, if you were a member of the 34th last year, you can renew up through the June 12th endorsement meeting and vote. The requested donation for membership is $34 and can be made on the website here. Don't wait till the last minute. We don't want to hold up the start time of our endorsement meeting while people are renewing their membership.
We are one of the last 2 districts in the county to be holding our endorsement meeting. Most of the districts clambered in order to have their endorsement meetings prior to the filing date for candidates. Their intentions were good because they wanted the candidates to be able to list their endorsement in the Voters' Guide. But it also caused them to hold special meetings at an extra cost to their districts. And risked members not being able to participate that would normally have attended a monthly meeting. An early endorsement can be a badge of honor for the district and the candidate. It can also backfire on the district. While I attempted to organize us early, too many candidates didn't file until the very last day of filing on May 17th. In hindsight, I think this served our district well, because we haven't endorsed a candidate in the race that is no longer in it, nor have we had to have a long drawn out battle over re-endorsing candidates at this early stage.
There is plenty of information out there about the candidates running now. So if you missed our forums, you can catch up here and here. Or see candidate interview videos at www.36th.org and read candidate questionnaires at www.kcdems.org to find out more about the candidates vying for our endorsement on the 12th.
A big shout-out to Ted Barker! He organized our participation in the South King County Democrats Third Annual Dinner on May 18, 2013. This allowed us to raise some much needed funds going into campaign season and network with our fellow democrats in other districts. And I thought Barb Parker's sauce was the best. She was robbed!
Last week, I worked the line at the White Center Food Bank. The first time, in a while, I admit. This is truly feel good volunteerism. But it also hits you just how many people in our community, of all ages, have been affected by hard times and the failed corporatist government policies that got us here. Please join us at the WCFB on the fourth Wednesday of the month to help out. Contact Aileen Sison to help out.
Thanks so much for being a part of the 34th District Democrats. I look forward to seeing you June 12th!
Chair, 34 th District Democrats
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