Posted October 1, 2010
King County Democratic Central Committee:
September 28, 2010
Report by 34th District King County Committeeman Ivan Weiss
The King County Democratic Central Committee, by a 27-2 vote, endorsed Joe Fitzgibbon for Position 2, State House of Representatives, in the 34th District, at its September meeting, Tuesday, September 28 at the Carpenters Hall in Renton. The KCDCC Leadership Council had recommended confirming the 34th District Democrats' endorsement.
A separate motion to endorse Michael Heavey, Fitzgibbon's opponent in the general election, failed, with 11 votes for and 18 against.
KCDCC delegates declined to endorse in the House race in the 5th Legislative District after a motion to endorse David Spring failed 26-2. Spring had defeated the 5th LD's and KCDCC's endorsed candidate, Dean Willard, in the primary. Republican Glenn Anderson is the incumbent, running for re-election.
Delegates endorsed Seattle School District's Proposition 1, the Supplemental Operations levy, and King County Proposition 1, the sales tax increase for criminal justice and fire protection.
Two proposed King County Charter amendments were endorsed and one was not. Delegates favored Charter Amendment 1, which amends the charter preamble, and Charter Amendment 2, which removes the requirement that campaigns file public disclosure paperwork with King County, because the state Public Disclosure Commission already receives those filings. Charter Amendment 3, which would allow the King County Sheriff to serve as the county's bargaining agent for law enforcement officers' working conditions, only got one vote for endorsement. Delegates preferred to endorse keeping that bargaining power in the hands of the County Executive.
KCDCC raised $155 with an auction of John F. Kennedy memorabilia. Beth Zubitis, chair of the 30th District Democrats, was the high bidder. KCDCC chair Suzie Sheary, presiding over her final meeting after three productive terms, presented a slide show on Democratic enthusiasm.
Delegates passed two resolutions, one to our Congressional delegation in support of protecting Social Security and Medicare, and one to the State Legislature in support of a bill that would form a "sister-state" relationship between Washington and the state of Punjab in India.
KCDCC meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month, at the Carpenters' Hall in Renton. The next meeting, however, will be the post-election reorganization. That will be Saturday, December 4, 9 AM, at the Machinists' Hall in South Park. The agenda will include election of a new administration for KCDCC, with possible bylaws and resolution discussions. The new administration will conduct the Legislative District reorganizations that normally take place in December and January. Only the precinct committee officers elected in the August 2010 primary will vote, but all Democrats are welcome, and are encouraged to attend. The King County Democrats' Web site is www.kcdems.org.
Ivan Weiss, King County Committeeman
Posted May 29, 2009
King County Democratic Central Committee:
May 25, 2009
Initiative 1098, the high-earners’ income tax, was the main event at the May meeting of the King County Democratic Central Committee, Tuesday March 25 at the Carpenters Hall in Renton.
Eric Magnuson of Yes on I-1098 explained to delegates what the Initiative would do if passed by the voters and enacted. In addition to the tax on high earners, it would reduce the state’s portion of property taxes, saving the average homeowner about $400 per year, and would virtually eliminate the Business and Occupation tax, this providing relief to small businesses, and enabling job creation and retention.
King County Democratic chair Suzie Sheary “welcomed” perennial Republican candidate Dino Rossi to the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Patty Murray, saying “bring it on!”
The delegates heard from candidates Joe Fitzgibbon, who is running for State Representative, Position 2, in the 34th District. They also heard from Cindy Ryu, former Mayor of Shoreline, candidate for State House in the 32nd District, and from Susan Mahoney, candidate for judge in Southwest District Court, which includes Burien and Vashon. Mahoney is challenging incumbent judge Judith Eiler.
Andrew Villeneuve of Northwest Progressive Institute promoted his group’s gala and fundraiser, June 9 at the community Center at Mercer View. That is the same night as the 34th District Democrats meeting, but interested Democrats can donate to NWPI online at www.nwprogressive.org. NWPI has been leading statewide opposition to Tim Eyman and his destructive initiatives for several years now.
Delegates delivered an early endorsement for Cindy Ryu, endorsed Referendum 52, HJR 4220 and SJR 8225. They endorsed a NO vote on Eyman’s Initiative 1053, a YES vote on Initiative 1068, and NO vote on Initiative 1082. They passed a resolution that would regulate certain limousine carriers more tightly.
KCDCC meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every month, at the Carpenters’ Hall in Renton. The next meeting is June 22. All Democrats are welcome, and are encouraged to attend. The King County Democrats’ Web site is www.kcdems.org.
Report submitted by Ivan Weiss
King County Committeeman
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