Updated April 14, 2013

34th District Democrats' Committee Pages

Each major committee has its own Committee page - you can get to them from the links below. We'll try to put documents, meeting minutes and similiar information on these pages. See the calendar at right or the calendar page for upcoming committee meetings. Contact the chair of each committee for more information or to get involved. See below on this page for a description of all the committees:

•   By-Laws - Brian Earl - 935-3731
•   Diversity - Aileen Sison - 206.747.0802
•   Finance - Walter Sive - 933-7577
•   Fund-Raising - Carol Frillman
•   Legislative Action - Tamsen Spengler - 932-2772
•   Membership - Joy Pakulak - 206.935-4750
•   Outreach - Steve Butts - 206.935.0798
•   PCO Committee - Les Treall - 206.948.5423

34th District Democrats' Committee Descriptions

This section is just a description of the purpose of each committee.

•   Finance
•   Fundraising
•   Membership
•   Outreach
•   Leadership Development
•   Program
•   Communications
•   Newsletter
•   Young Democrats
•   By-Laws & Rules
•   Legislative Action, Platform & Resolutions
•   PCO/Area Organizing
•   Caucus & Elections
•   Hospitality

Committees and Committee Chairs

•   The parliamentarian shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the chair. (Article IV-5). Vote of the membership is not required.

•   The Finance Committee assists the Treasurer in the preparation and implementation of the annual budget, audits the financial records of the Organization, and generally oversees the financial health of the Organization. The Treasurer shall be a member of this committee.

•   The Fundraising Committee plans and conducts fundraising for the Organization, and shall be responsible for conducting at least one major annual fundraising event, in addition to other fundraising events and activities at the discretion of the Fundraising Committee and the Executive Board. The Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee shall be a member of this committee, either of whom may, but shall not be required to, serve as the Fundraising Committee Chair.

•   The Membership Committee recruits new members, fosters retention of existing members of the Organization, and manages member information and data. The Membership Committee shall serve as the credentialing body for regular and special meetings, and shall certify which members have voting rights at such meetings.

•   The Outreach Committee plans and executes outreach events, voter registration drives, and other activities to increase visibility and diversity of the Organization and raise political awareness within the various communities of the 34th Legislative District.

•   The Leadership Development Committee supports recruitment of candidates for official positions in the Organization, and shall encourage competitive officer elections. The Leadership Development Committee shall disseminate information about the various officer and committee chair positions and report to Membership on the candidates willing to run for various offices at least one month before elections are held. Candidate nominations from the floor shall be taken during a Membership meeting and shall be given equal standing to candidates identified by the Leadership Development Committee. The Chair of the Organization may also request that the Leadership Development Committee make recommendations for Standing Committee chair appointments

•   The Program Committee shall seek speakers and propose topics for discussion at regular and special district meetings, shall solicit suggestions for speakers and topics from Membership, and shall make recommendations for the same for consideration by the Executive Board. The Program Committee shall propose an annual schedule of key events of the Organization to the Executive Board for approval. The Program Committee may organize and hold at least one "Issues Forum" each calendar year that shall be open to the public.

•   The Communications Committee shall oversee the preparation of mailings and communications of the Organization. The Secretary of the Organization, Corresponding Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Information Technology Manager shall be members of the Communications Committee, any one of whom may serve as the Communications Committee Chair.

•   The Newsletter Committee assists the newsletter editor in the preparation and mailing of the monthly newsletter. The Newsletter Editor chairs this committee.

•   The Young Democrats Committee recruits Democrats under the age of 36 to join and participate in the Organization, organizes events for young Democrats, and supports the efforts of the Membership & Outreach and PCO/Area Organizing Committees. This Committee is not formally associated with the State or County Young Democrats organizations.

•   The By-Laws & Rules Committee prepares and recommends modifications of the by-laws and rules to the Executive Board and the Membership.

•   The Legislative Action, Platform & Resolutions Committee researches and informs the Membership and the people of the 34th Legislative District regarding proposed legislation placed before any legislative body having jurisdiction within the District. This committee shall prepare a draft Platform for consideration and ratification by the membership, and for consideration and adoption at the Legislative District Caucus. The proposed Platform shall be published in the newsletter and posted on the website for at least 30 days prior Legislative District Caucus. Approval of the Platform requires a majority vote of the seated delegates present at the Legislative District Caucus.

•   The PCO/Area Organizing Committee supports recruitment of, and trains, organizes and assists Precinct Committee Officers in the discharge of their duties. This Committee shall establish Area Organizing Subcommittees (AOS) to advance PCO recruitment and involvement in the Organization.

•   The Caucus and Elections Committee shall plan, organize and hold the Democratic presidential and state caucus proceedings in the District, and shall coordinate Organization efforts on public elections with the KCDCC and WSDCC.

•   The Hospitality Committee supports the social life of the organization by making meetings a welcoming place for all members, their families, and guests, including staffing a welcoming table and providing food and refreshments. The Hospitality Committee shall organize an annual Summer Picnic and a Holiday Party for the Membership.

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•   Diversity Committee
•   Finance (Treasurer's) Report
•   Finance Committee
•   Fundraising Committee
•   Hospitality Committee
•   Leadership Development
•   Legislative Action Committee
•   Membership Committee
•   Outreach Committee
•   PCO/Area Organizing
•   Program Committee
•   Treasurer's Report


Elected Officers
Marcee Stone-Vekich - 206.465.1963
Ted Barker - 206.954.7755
First Vice Chair
Tamsen Spengler - 206.932.2772
Second Vice-Chair
Karen Chilcutt - 206.935.3216
Kathryn Sprigg - 206-933-6754
Lisa Plymate - 206.937.5050
State Committeewoman
Chris Porter- 206.856.0182
State Committeeman
Maria Ramirez - 206.767.2724
King County Committeewoman
Michael Arnold - 253-377-2028
King County Committeeman
Layne Bautista - 206.938.1765
KC Committeewoman Alt
Jimmy Haun - 206.390.2761
KC Committeeman Alt

Committee Chairs
Brian Earl - 206.935.3731
By-Laws Chair
Communications Chair
Aileen Sison - 206.747.0802
Kari Feeney
Diversity Co-Chairs
Walter Sive - 206.933.7577
Finance Chair
Carol Frillman - 425.785.7502
Fundraising Chair
Mike Heavey - 206.755.1576
Hospitality Chair
Tamsen Spengler - 206.932.2772
Legislative Action
Joy Pakulak - 206.380-5448
Membership Chair
Steve Butts - 206.935.0798
Outreach Chair
Les Treall - 206.948.5423
PCO Chair
Marcee Stone-Vekich - 206.465.1963
Steve Karbowski- 206.
Program Chairs
Jimmy Haun - 206.390.2761
Martha Koester - 206.762.6417
Newsletter Editor
Bill Schrier - 206.937.8045
Web Editor

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