Monthly Meeting Minutes

    July Membership Meeting Notes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    34th District Democrats
    Monthly Membership Meeting
    The Hall at Fauntleroy

    Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg

    Pledge of Allegiance

    Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:

    Bob Hasegawa –Reported that the Legislative session was still unfinished due to a hold up over the Hurst decision. There is still no Capital Budget.

    Representative Eileen Cody

    King County Executive Dow Constantine

    County Council Chair Joe McDermott reports that the Regional Policy Committee has cut the proposed 12 cents per 1k of property valuation to 10 cents. Joe believes in 12 cents, with the monies going to vets, human services and senior assistance.

    Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed

    Adoption of the Agenda – MSP

    Chairs Report –
    Event review:
    West Seattle Grand Parade
    White Center Jubilee
    Vashon Strawberry Festival
    BBQ for Dave Upthegrove
    34th LD Garden Party on August 11th – The Resist and Persist Carnival and BBQ! Tickets on sale!

    PCO Walk lists are available – See Brooks Salazar

    Treasurer’s Report – $13,709.87 in the bank! $1166.00 in income and expenses of $3,600. 22 NEW members and we are up to 560 members!

    Committee Reports –
    Volunteer: 70 members strong!
    There will be a clean up of our adopted stretch of Roxbury on 8/5. Details are on the website
    under the “Get Active” tab.

    Presentation on Initiative 940, De-escalate Washington, which seeks to require law enforcement personnel to receive training in de-escalation techniques, and dealing with the mentally ill. It also establishes a duty to render first aid and adopts a “Good Faith” standard for the use of deadly force.
    Marcee Sue-Vekich spoke in support of the initiative.
    A speaker against the initiative commented that she did not know what we were voting on endorsing and thinks we are taking a step back.
    Leslie Harris spoke for, commenting that her employer represented a victim of police violence and that we should not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    Membership voted to endorse the signature gathering campaign.

    Mayoral Endorsement:

    Nominated for endorsement:
    Jenny Durkan
    Bob Hasegawa
    Jessyn Farrel
    Cary Moon

    Joe McDermott spoke for Jenny Durkan
    Marlene Allbright spoke for Bob Hasegawa
    Chris Porter against Bob Hasegawa
    Ivan Weiss for Bob Hasegawa
    Grace Stiller for Jessyn Farrell
    Joe Powers for Cary Moon

    7:38 Vote

    While ballots were counted, Leslie Miller from the Seattle School Board reported that the Seattle School District still had a $74 million deficit. She gave some push back regarding moving the district’s wait list and decried the huge opportunity gap between children of color and white children.

    Credentials Report:

    96 credentialed members present.

    Voting breakdown:

    Name # of votes %

    Moon 4 4.3
    Farrell 23 24.7
    Durkan 23 24.7
    Hasegawa 43 46.2

    Need 60% to win endorsement outright.

    8:05 Second Vote

    While ballots were counted, Bill Tracy spoke about White Center Jubilee Days. Starts Wed the 19th, and the carnival runs until Sunday.
    Lisa Herbold spoke about the passage of a city-wide income tax, and was looking forward to replying to State Republican Chair Susan Hutchison’s comments about it.

    8:11 Results

    Durkan 26 27.6
    Farrell 27 28.7
    Hasegawa 41 43.6

    8:12 Runoff between Jessyn and Bob

    8:22 Results

    Jessyn 42 44.2
    Bob 53 55.8

    Moved and seconded for Dual Endorsement
    Norman Sigler spoke for Dual Endorsement and yielded the remainder of his time to Jessyn Farrell.
    Marcee Stone-Vekich spoke for No Endorsment

    8:30 Voting

    Nick Bohall asked members to share the live stream. Lynne Randall reminded membership of our Twitter account.

    Dina Johnson informed the membership about the Highland Park Elementary Reading Partners, a volunteer program to promote literacy among CoC. Over half of the kids there cannot read at their grade level. 80% of the students on free/reduced price meals program. There is a GoFundMe page, and donations will be returned if they do not reach their goal. (Secretary update: They met their goal!)

    8:40 Results


    For 76 80.9%
    Against 18 19.1%

    Martha Koester reminded the membership of a Phone Bank for wavering Republicans every Wednesday at the SEIU Hall, 1914 North 35th Street.

    Aretha Basu, the Field Director for Teresa Mosqueda’s campaign introduced herself and spoke for Teresa. Volunteers are welcome!

    Marcee Stone-Vekich warned about Tim Eyman’s Initiative 941 to bring back $30 car tabs.

    Jacque Truong spoke for Mitzi Johanknecht, who is running for King County Sherriff.

    8:45 – Adjourn to Whiskey West.

    June Membership Meeting Notes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    34th District Democrats
    Monthly Membership Meeting
    The Hall at Fauntleroy

    Meeting called to order at 7:00 by Chair David Ginsberg

    Jose Inueguzfrom the 33rd LD sang the Star Spangled Banner.

    Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:

    Joe McDermott – Announced the addition of a quarter of a million dollars to the County’s resilience fund for immigrants and refugees, and of a levy to support affordable housing and reduce homelessness.

    Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed

    Adoption of the Agenda – MSP

    Chairs Report –
    Sadness over the tragedy of the attack on Congress at their baseball practice.
    Plea to call Representatives and Senators to vote vs. Trumpcare.
    A brief explanation of the night’s format and participants.
    Pramila having a phone bank for John Ossof on Saturday the 17th.
    Solicitation of Garden Party Theme.
    Solicitation of Fund Raising Co-chair
    Plea for respect of speakers
    Request for Yes or No questions from the crowd for the lightening round.

    Committee Reports –
    Outreach: 2 events the weekend of the 17th, one in Burien and the other in Morgan Junction.
    Partnering with the 33rd in Burien.

    King Co Proposition 1
    Campaign Manager Jack Sorenson spoke about KC Prop 1, proposed by Dow Constantine and
    Sponsored by Joe McDermott.
    Boost Arts & Heritage funding, including but not limited to In-Class programs and
    free field trips by about $637 million.

    Free and reduced tickets to cultural events for poor and middle class students.

    350 organizations would get funding for arts, science, and heritage programs.
    As an example, Pacific Science Center currently serves 70,000 kids a year under
    a similar program, would be able to triple this with Prop 1 funding.

    COC and traditionally underserved communities would be eligible for extra funding.
    Would be funded by a 0.1% Sales Tax, 1cent for every 10 dollars spent. This was the only funding option available due to restrictions from the State Legislature.

    School districts would be accountable to For Culture, a 30 year old organization that will report to the King County Council. In answer to a question from the membership Jack said that any monies from baseline programs could not be swapped out because there are not any funds for them anyway.

    Moved and seconded for endorsement of KC Prop 1.

    Dow Constantine rose and thanked the 34th for consideration of the endorsement. Thanked Jack Sorenson for his efforts on behalf of the proposition. Remarked that it had been a bad day and encouraged everyone to stay strong.

    Jason Cheung spoke for endorsing.
    Michael Taylor-Judd spoke against, stated that we can’t keep raising an already regressive sales tax.
    Sean Riley spoke for, observed that South End students do not get the support that North End students do.
    Liz Giba-Knowles spoke against, stating that housing policy is education policy and the funds would be better spent on housing.

    Vote on KC Prop 1. 70 for, 19 against.

    KC Prop 1 endorsed by 34th Dems.

    Mayoral Candidate Showdown! Master of Ceremonies Chris Porter

    Each candidate will get 2 minutes to introduce themselves, then there will be a lightening round.

    (D) indicates running as a Democrat.

    1 Jason Roberts (D)
    2 Michael Harris
    3 Mike McGinn
    4 Bob Hasegawa (D)
    5 Tiniell Cato
    6 James Norton
    7 Cary Moon (D)
    8 Jenny Durkan (D)
    9 Jessyn Farrell (D)

    Top 3 will move on.

    8:10 Voting begins.

    8:23 Results

    Candidate # of votes Place

    1 Jason Roberts 3 8
    2 Michael Harris 2 9
    3 Mike McGinn 7 5
    4 Bob Hasegawa 28 2
    5 Tiniell Cato 5 6
    6 James Norton 4 7
    7 Cary Moon 10 4
    8 Jenny Durkan 33 1
    9 Jessyn Farrell 24 3

    Moving on to 2nd round:
    1 Durkan
    2 Hasegawa
    3 Farrell

    Question for Jessyn — How will you handle homelessness?
    Answer: Complex issue that involves short and long term issues.

    Short term: People need to be safe, achieved by encampments, tiny homes, and an
    Increase in shelters.

    Long term: Housing affordability needs to be addressed, via support for renters,
    Increased density, and allowing more “mother in law”-type dwellings. Mental health issues
    Factor in as well.

    Question for Bob — Homeless children, or Homeless men?
    Answer: Quit stacking taxes on folks. ½ of people over 55 cannot afford rent. There is not enough
    housing to meet demand. This needs to be increased, and a publicly owned municipal bank
    is the perfect vehicle to carry that forward.

    Question for Jenny — Shall the city use police as school resource officers, or hire privately hired ones?
    Answer: There is no “one size fits all” answer to the questions. Pledges to be very data driven.
    75% of the time force is used by the police the person being acted upon has a mental health
    or drug influence issue. Schools need resources to divert kids from the criminal justice system.

    Lightening Round: 30 seconds each.

    Jessyn – On a citywide income tax. How to mitigate the $40 it will cost folks? Argues the premise, agrees that the current taxation system is not good.

    Bob — On how to be inclusive in Seattle. even with Republicans? Passed most legislation that that he
    Introduced, and often worked across the aisle.

    Jenny — What will Seattle be like in 25 years? She would like to see eclectic, diverse neighborhoods. We
    Need a better Transit system to help this happen.

    8:37 Voting begins.

    8:43 Credentials report, 108 credentialed members present.

    8:45 Results:
    Hasegawa — 39 votes
    Farrell — 37 votes
    Durkan — 30 votes

    FINAL ROUND – Last 2 candidates get 1 minute each.

    Question 1. Seattle is the fastest growing city in America. How do we increase transit and growth with Trump in office? Why are you the person to do it?

    Jessyn cites her proven track record on transit issues.

    Bob observes that a municipal bank will increase transit financing capacity and will help cover any
    Federal shortfall.

    Question 2. Bob’s idea for a Public bank. How do we capitalize it? Thoughts?

    Jessyn — Implement it, it is a great idea!

    Bob — Has been working on it for awhile, even knows Tea Party members who agree with him on it, and ithas support from public financing experts. We could divert current funding to it.

    Question 3. How to deal with food deserts?

    Bob – SE Seattle is the biggest food desert in the US. We need to build out transit so that these folks can
    Get to stores.

    Jessyn – Is transit the answer? Wants to foster small businesses and remove barriers for them. Increase the opportunities for people to grow their own food. Grocery chains could be asked to do more.

    Bob – Agrees that these are all good strategies. Some limits on the size of big box stores might be part of the answer as well.

    Jessyn – Day 1 of her term she would review the City Budget process to look for ways to remove barriers to small business start ups. Would look ahead to see what kinds of stores were coming to town, and would act on getting big stores to help.

    Bob – Involve the Got Green organization in SE Seattle and bring the community together to ask them what THEY want.

    8:57 Voting

    9:03 Results

    39 for Hasegawa
    53 for Farrell

    Presentation of “The Hat”

    Ted Barker moves to endorse in Mayor’s race tonight. Seconded.

    Ted argues that we can’t wait, need to get it into the PCO walking kit.

    Argument against is that there was a perception that an email went out that said that endorsements would be made in July.

    Chair states that no such email went out.

    Chris Porter argues for, It is time, we can’t wait too much longer.

    Marcee Stone-Vekich argues against, it is too early and there are still too many candidates in the race, maybe wait until after the primary.


    32 for endorsing
    43 vs endorsing.

    Nays have it, no endorsement tonight.

    No Treasurer’s report.
    No New PCO’s.

    Good of the Order –

    Michael Taylor-Judd reminds of the Light Rail Workshop on June 22nd at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

    Martha Koester reminds that Burien Drinking Liberally is the 4th Thursday of the month at Angelo’s from 6:30 to 8:30.

    9:15 Adjourn to Whiskey West.

    May Monthly Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    May 2017 Monthly Meeting Minutes

    34th District Democrats

    Monthly Membership Meeting


    The Hall at Fauntleroy


    • Meeting called to order at 7:02 by Chair David Ginsberg
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:
      • Pete Holmes – Running for re-election, Seattle City Attorney
        • Running for his third term as Seattle City Attorney, requests the 34th’s endorsement
      • Bob Hasegawa – Current State Senator, 11th Legislative District, running for Seattle City Mayor
        • Update: Special Session of the State Legislature is likely.
        • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his Mayoral bid
      • Dow Constantine – King County Executive
        • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his re-election bid
      • Joe Fitzgibbon – State Representative for the 34th, Position 2
        • Let’s help to Flip the 45th!
      • John Urquhart – King County Sheriff
        • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his re-election bid, does not want to see the Sherriff’s department slide backwards, referencing the Stranger Slog article about the King County
        • Sheriff’s deputy who was fired for contaminating a homeless person’s water bottle with pepper spray
      • Eileen Cody – State Representative for the 34th, Position 1
      • Judge David Mann – Washington State Court of Appeals Division 1
        • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in his re-election bid
      • Lorena González – Seattle City Council Position 9, At Large.
        • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in her re-election bid
      • Joe McDermott – King County Council Chair
        • Update on the Veteran’s and Human Services Levy. It expires at the end of the year, he will push to both maintain and extend it
      • Liz Giba – North Highline Fire Commissioner
        • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in her re-election bid
      • Nancy Tosta – Burien City Council, Position 5
        • Requests the 34th’s endorsement in her re-election bid
      • Lisa Herbold – Seattle City Council District 1
      • Update: Current focus is passing a city-wide income tax. She is working with Trump-proof Seattle to write a smart, bulletproof plan that will get rid of our regressive sales tax. She is hoping for a full council vote in late July
    • Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed
    • Adoption of the Agenda – MSP
    • Chairs Report –
      • The April Meeting’s Endorsement vote was illegal according to the bylaws. This was determined after a study of the bylaws and consultation with the County and State parliamentarians. Hence, the April endorsement vote for Seattle City Council Position 8 was invalid. A re-vote will be taken tonight. Candidates MUST attest that they are Democrats to be eligible for endorsement consideration
      • Members who will be eligible to vote are those members who were:
        1. Members in good standing at the April meeting
        2. Members in good standing last year and who have paid their membership dues at tonight’s meeting
    • State Committee Report –
      • Lisa Plymate is confident that the State Party is in good hands with Chair Tina Podlodowski.
      • Meeting format has been changed, and more time is being spent working rather than waiting.
      • Lisa is on the Election and Endorsement Committees and Chris Porter is Co-Chair of the Affirmative Action committee. The Heroes’ Narrative from Fuse Washington is being utilized as it recognizes the value of messaging, and not just the recitation of facts and figures. We as a party need to take a page from the GOP’s playbook and create a narrative. The State Party budget has leapt from $2,000 to $17,000 a month. And, if someone is a good Democrat and is prepared to race, we as a party will support them, as EVERY RACE MATTERS.
      • June first will kick off a summer of canvassing, where our PCOs will go door to door and just listen to the residents in their precincts.
      • Chris reminded the membership to PLEASE mind their recycling, as too much trash lately has been mixed in with the recycling, thereby contaminating it and rendering it garbage
    • Presentation on the Democracy Voucher program by Program Manager René LeBeau:
      • Program goals are to increase the amount of campaign contributions and to increase the number of candidates running. 3 candidates have qualified for the program and 8 more are in the process of qualifying. There have been 3300 unique contributors and $200,000 paid out to candidates.  The names of contributors and the amounts of their contributions are on the program’s website. June 2nd is the deadline for candidates to apply for them. A media announcement is forthcoming to inform which candidates qualified and the process for replacing lost vouchers
    • Consideration of Primary Ballot Endorsements
      • Seattle City Council Position 8
        • Teresa Mosqueda, Jon Grant, (A point of information was raised asking if Jon Grant was a Democrat, which Chair advised would be taken up later), Hisam Goueli, Sara Nelson and No Endorsement were all moved and seconded for endorsement consideration. It was pointed out that a vote of No Endorsement would require 60% of the vote to pass. Hisam, Teresa and Sara all declared themselves to be Democrats. Jon Grant stated that he was not and removed himself for consideration, asking his supporters to vote No Endorsement
        • Lisa Plymate spoke for Teresa Mosqueda.
        • Peggy Tlapak spoke for Non Endorsement, which was ruled out of order by the Chair.
        • Jimmy Haun spoke for Teresa
        • Rachel Glass spoke for Hisam Goueli.
        • No speakers against.
        • Michael Matt Miller spoke for Sara Nelson.
        • No speakers against.
        • Chas Redman and Dave Toledo spoke for No Endorsement, stating that it frees PCOs to door knock their conscience.
        • Brooks Salazar spoke against No Endorsement, stating that’s not what the 34th is about.
        • No other speakers in favor of No Endorsement
    • 8:00 Credentials Report, Balloting and Vote Tallying in process
    • Meanwhile:
      • Annie Phillips moved to have Nancy Tosta added to the Block Endorsement Slate. After some parliamentary back and forth, it was allowed.
      • Martha Koester moved to have Liz Giba added to the Block Endorsement Slate.
      • King County Councilman Dave Upthegrove arrives and is acknowledged.
    • 8:06 – Vote tallying continues. Credentials report is given.
      • 94 voting members present.
      • Vote tallying concludes. Teresa Mosqueda wins the sole endorsement of the 34th District Democrats with 63.3% and 60 votes.
      • In descending order, No Endorsement 22.3%/21 votes, 9.6/9 votes Hisam Goueli, and Sara Nelson 4.3/4 votes.
    • 8:08 – Teresa thanks the membership
      • Marcee Stone-Vekich moved that Stephanie Bowman be added to the Block Endorsement Slate.
      • Final Block Endorsement Slate:
        • King County Executive Dow Constantine
          KC Sheriff John Urquhart
          Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes
          Seattle Position 9 Councilmember Lorena González
          KC District 5 Councilmember Dave Upthegrove
          Burien City Councilmember Nancy Tosta
          North Highline Fire Commissioner Liz Giba
          Seattle Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman
      • All are endorsed.
      • Port Commissioner Position 4 is brought up.
      • A vote to sustain the Chair passes vs a motion to endorse Port Commissioner Position 4.
        • Chairs decision is appealed and overruled.
      • Max Vekich moved to endorse John Persak for Port Commission Position 4.
        • Seconded.
      • Patrick Wicklund moved to endorse Brooks Salazar for Port Commission Position 4.
        • Seconded.
      • Brooks Salazar moved to endorse Jacob Richardson for Port Commission Position 4.
        • Seconded.
      • John Persak spoke for himself and declared as a Democrat.
      • Brooks Salazar spoke on time yielded by Patrick Wicklund and declared as a Democrat.
      • Marcee Stone-Vekich spoke vs Brooks Salazar, pointed out that the ILWU works at, not for, the Port.
      • Brought up that Brooks may have had an advantage over any opponents due to his role as PCO Committee Chair and access to member list. Ted Barker spoke for Brooks Salazar and stated that he was not contacted by Brooks regarding this matter.
      • Jacob Richardson spoke on time yielded by Brooks Salazar and declared as a Democrat.
    • 8:30 Paper ballot taken and votes tallied.
      • John Persak has 45 votes 57.7%, followed by Jacob Richardson with 18 votes and 23.1% and Brooks Salazar with 15 votes and 19.2%.
        • Runoff ballot is taken for Port Commission Position 4.
        • Jim Matta, candidate for Burien City Council addressed the membership and requested their endorsement.
        • John Persak wins endorsement with 52 votes and 69.3%. Jacob Richardson has 23 votes and 30.6%
      • Port Commissioner Position #1
        • Norm Sigler, Ryan Calkins, and John Creighton all were moved and seconded for endorsement. All were declared Democrats.
        • Norm Sigler and Ryan Calkins both spoke for themselves.
        • Ivan Weiss spoke for John Creighton.
        • Justin Hersh spoke against John Creighton
        • Vote was taken and tallied, Ryan Calkins wins sole endorsement, 48 votes and 71%. Norm Sigler had 15 votes with 22%, and John Creighton with 5 votes and 7%
      • David Mann moved for endorsement for Washington Court of Appeals Position 1.
        • Seconded.
        • Peter Goldman spoke for him, no one against.
        • Motion for Endorsement passed by acclamation
      • Krystal Marks moved for endorsement for Burien City Council Position 7.
        • Seconded.
        • No other candidates, and endorsed by acclamation
      • Pedro Orguin moved for endorsement for Burien City Council Position 1.
        • Seconded.
        • No other candidates, and endorsed by acclamation
      • Jimmy Matta moved for endorsement for Burien City Council Position 3.
        • Seconded.
        • No other candidates, and endorsed by acclamation
      • No additional endorsements put forth
    • No Old Business
    • New Business
      • Brooks Salazar running a class on how to use Vote Builder, Sundays from 1-2pm
    • Treasurer’s Report
      • 518 Members!
      • $16,905.74 in the bank
      • $700 raised at the Earth Day fundraiser
      • $674 collected in Membership Dues
    • Good of the Order
      • Chris Porter with a reminder to sort recycling.
      • Marcee Stone-Vekich reminded the membership to “Decline to Sign” Initiative 1552, which curtails rights for the Transgendered to use the restroom with which they identify.
      • Ted Barker reminded the membership of the South King County Democrats Spaghetti Feed.
    • 9:13 – Adjournment to Whisky West.
    • Good of the Order
    • 9:50 – Meeting Adjourned.

    April Monthly Meeting Minutes

    150 150 34th Democrats

    April 2017 Meeting Minutes

    34th District Democrats

    District Reorganization Meeting


    The Hall at Fauntleroy

    • Meeting called to order at 7:09 by Chair David Ginsberg
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Recognition of VIPs and Elected Officials:
      • Lorena Gonzalez – Running for re-election, Seattle City Council Position 9
        • Her priorities: Sustainable Police Reform, getting paid family leave statewide, and a
        • Legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants and refugees
      • Judge David Mann
      • Joe McDermott – King County Council
        • Update: Resilience fund voted through committee to help the 1 in 4 King County
        • Residents who are foreign born
    • Approval of the Minutes – (M)oved, (Seconded) and (P)assed
    • Adoption of the Agenda – MSP
    • Chairs Report –
      • Short explanation of the Showdown Format. 5 rounds, questions pulled from a hat, each
      • Candidate has 2 minutes. Top 6 as voted by the Membership move on to the 2nd round
      • Expressed need for a Fundraising Committee Co-Chair
      • Solicited suggestions for Garden Party theme
      • Announced Campaign kickoff for Dave Upthegrove on April 13
    • Legislative Action Committee highlighted sheet of ideas to support a Democratic Budget
    • Showdown in the 34th — Seattle City Council Position #8
      • MC Chris Porter announced Jenn Huff had dropped out of the race and Rudy Pantoja could not make it.
      • Speaker order chosen at random
      • First – John Grant
        • Make Seattle affordable, get corporations out of politics, is only accepting small donations.
        • (Q)uestion: How to protect commuters and visitors downtown.  (A)nswer: The Bicycle Master Plan and the Center City initiatives must be funded, impact fees should be considered
      • Second – Teresa Mosqueda
        • Heavily endorsed, focus on Healthcare and affordable housing, family leave and childcare.
        • (Q) Her opinion of homeless camp sweeps (A) Homelessness is a public health crisis, we need to get people inside and out of the elements
      • Special Appearance by Representative Pramila Jayapal – Updated on current priorities:
        • College for All with Bernie Sanders
        • Healthcare
        • Immigration
        • Medicaid cut by $800 million under Trumpcare proposal, its defeat was a victory for the American people, and she has signed on to HR 676, Medicare For All.
        • Of the Puget Sound area – “We are the Moral Conscience of our country!”
        • Trump’s action against Syria was unconstitutional, and Syria is not an imminent threat
        • “You can’t bomb your way to peace.”
        • Trump’s budget adds $54 million to the military and takes $54 million from EVERYTHING else.
        • Keep Resisting – “Strength emerges from times of crisis.”
        • Adam Smith may sign on to the College for All bill.
        • Emphasized the importance of workers and unions, and of OSHA standards and workplace safety rules.
        • Is Moving to West Seattle!
      • Third – James Passey – Libertarian
        • Taxation should be the LAST option considered. Is in favor of “Responsible Taxation”.
        • (Q) What advice for Seattle Schools to address achievement gap between white students and students of color. (A) Supports higher wages for teachers and the right for them to organize.
        • Wants to “help the adults help the kids”
      • Fourth – Sheley Secrest – Law clerk, VP of the local NAACP chapter, worked for the Urban League.
        • Her community got her where she is, we should “lift as we climb.” (Q) Does she support the annexation of White Center (A) Example of Skyway, suspects people in White Center feel like  they “are on an island.”
      • Fifth – Ryan Asbert – Developing Collaborative Democracy, a new kind of representation which is transparent and accessible.
        • (Q) How to spread tax reform (A) Is open to any tax proposal, sees the sales tax as regressive,
        • Doors are open to anything
      • Sixth – Charlene Strong – Need to be caring, and citizens should have a voice. Works as a civil rights commissioner.
        • (Q) Supports a progressive income tax? (A) Yes. Sales taxes are regressive. Property taxes should be lowered as well
      • Seventh – Mac McGregor – 1st transgendered candidate in the state. Seattle needs to support diversity. “We will never be a first class society if there are second class citizens.”
        • (Q) Catholic hospitals should disclose their policies on care that they provide, Yes or No? (A) Yes
      • Eighth – Dr. Hisam Goweli – Professor at the UW, is a medical doctor. Advocating for the homeless and POC/LGBTQ, also for quality, affordable health care, housing, affordability, and greater access to cultural services.
        • (Q) Opposed to metered parking in West Seattle? (A) More reliable mass transit is needed, then people wouldn’t complain about parking
    • Membership votes for who continues to 2nd round. Questions from a hat.
      • Jon Grant, Teresa Mosqueda, Sheley Secrest, Charlene Strong and Hisam Goweli move on
      • Hisam – (Q) How to address sex trafficking? (A) Has worked with victims in trauma and ERs, counsels them as well. This issue affects EVERYONE and there should be Zero Tolerance
      • Charlene – (A) Do you oppose a new stadium in SODO (A) Yes. Impact on Port and its labor force is too great, cannot afford the effect on traffic as well
      • Sheley – (Q) Her recommendations to builders to address housing issues (A) Points out she would be the only renter on the Council. There absolutely should be more affordable housing, as it is a public health issue
      • Jon – (Q) What can be done to address the housing fiasco in Seattle? (A) Former head of the Tenant’s Union. (A) 25% of new buildings should be affordable. Is running a campaign of specificity, there should be a corporate tax to help build affordable housing
    • Teresa and Jon to Final Round.
      • Question #1 – How would they address Food Deserts?
        • Jon – City should incentivize corner markets,  rent control for commercial properties
        • Teresa – Seattle is known for prosperity, BUT we should not have Food Deserts. Community plots should be available for locally grown/produced food. All of her policies would be viewed through a Health/Equity lens
        • Jon’s response – What are Teresa’s specifics?
        • Teresa’s response – Has done the work , has brought the people who are affected to the table for the discussion
      • Question #2 – Opinion of All Our Best, a new mayoral program to help African American males
        • Teresa – Communities of Color have less access to good jobs. School to Prison pipeline needs to be broken.  Involve the people affected in the discussion
        • Jon – Favors Restorative Justice for students. Expulsion should be the last option, try to keep the kids in school/ Develop and implement a program for post school life
        • Teresa’s response – Points out that prosperity is not being shared, and she will speak for the forgotten
        • Jon’s response – The community must be engaged as City Hall has been unresponsive. Big Business should pay impact fees to help fund schools
    • Closing Statements
      • Jon – City Council voted against affordable housing, he will push for it
      • Teresa – She will make sure that Seattle works for everyone
    • Winner of the Shootout: Jon Grant
      • Jon – 53 votes
      • Teresa – 44 votes
    • Moved and Seconded to endorse Jon, Teresa, Sheley, Hasim and Charlene
      • Members vote by paper ballot, tallying of the ballots begins
    • Burien Candidates introduced:
      • Pedro Olguin
      • Krystal Marx
      • Charles Schaefer – identifies as a Libertarian
      • Jimmy Matta
      • Nancy Tosta for Deputy Mayor
    • Endorsement for Seattle City Council Position #8
      • Question from the membership: Is Jon Grant eligible for our endorsement? He is running as a Democratic Socialist
      • (Meanwhile, tallying of the ballots continues)
      • Much discussion. It is MSP to table this endorsement until the May meeting.  Vote was by show of hands, 42 for tabling 28 against.
      • Results of ballot are announced:
        • Jon – 34 votes, 42%
        • Teresa – 36 votes, 44%
        • Charlene -1 vote, 1.2%
        • Sheley – 4 votes, 4.9%
        • Hasim – 6 votes, 7.4%
    • Treasurer’s Report – 406 members! Budget outlined, moved and seconded to approve.
    • Slate of Committee Chair nominees announced:
      • Carrie Alexander for Events
      • Chris Godwin for Finance
      • Chris Porter for Fundraising Co-Chair
    • Appointment of PCOs:
      • Irene Stewart -1473
      • Hugo Garcia – 0913
      • Christina McHugh – 1471
      • Craig Branham – 3632
      • Jason Cheung – 1255
    • Good of the Order
    • 9:50 – Meeting Adjourned.

    March Monthly Meeting Minutes

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    34th District Democrats

    District Monthly Meeting


    The Hall at Fauntleroy

    Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chair David Ginsberg.

    Pledge of Allegiance.

    A short welcoming address from the Chair for new members, an invitation to be a PCO, and a request for a volunteer to fill the role of Technician.

    Adoption of Agenda and Meeting Rules.

    Moved, seconded, and passed.

    Treasurer’s Report – 145 people joined at the February meeting and Current membership is 335.

    Committee Reports:

    Legislative Action – Ann Martin explained purpose of committee and invited members to join. Emphasized helping the 31st and 45th Districts to take back the State Senate due to special elections.

    Data & Technical Committee report – Nick Bohall gave a short introduction of the new interactive PCO map.

    Candidates for Seattle City Council made short speeches introducing themselves to the membership.

    Teresa Mosqueda highlighted her public healthcare background and her endorsement

    From Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

    Sheley Secrest cited her commitment to Jobs Not Jails and housing and community issues.

    Address from Mayor Ed Murray

    The Mayor spoke about balancing Growth with Equity, fighting the new administration’s

    Policies, and homelessness.  He took one question about the Mayoral Office


    Main Program, Part I: Threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, presented by Robby Stern from the Puget Sound Advocates For Retirement Action.

    In honor of Women’s History Month, the program focused on women and Retirement and the Social Security safety net. Wage inequality and POC participation rates examined.

    King County Sherriff John Urquhart addressed the membership and pledged that the King County Sherriff’s Department would NEVER enter into a 287(g) agreement to assist ICE.

    Main Program Part II: Velma Veloria, the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Washington State Legislature and Organizer and Policy Advocate for the Faith Action Network spoke about the scourge of Human Trafficking and its impact on women and POC.

    Unfinished Business:

    Resolution regarding greenhouse gas emissions, HB-1646. Moved, seconded, and passed.

    New Business:

    Digital Communications – Chair Carrie Alexander invited members to join the committee and encouraged membership to interact with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Video Project was highlighted, with Lynn Randal and Ann Martin being featured.

    Appointment of New PCOs:

    • Eric Ferrel – 34-0298
    • Juniper Rogneby – (Acting) – Carpenter
    • Gina Topp – (Acting) 34-1420
    • Jeanne Fellin – 34-1425
    • Ruth Kerr – 34-1422
    • Chryssa Brazil – 34-1246
    • Shelley Chase -34-1448

    All were moved, seconded, and passed.

    Resolution opposing attacks on our health benefits. Moved, seconded, and passed.

    Resolution Expanding Social Security. Moved, seconded, and passed.

    Resolution in support of HB-1144 which would amend limits on greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State. Moved, seconded, and passed.

    A Letter by the Washington Federation of State Employees was introduced in support of a Statement Regarding Locality Pay to Create an Equitable Living Standard. Moved, seconded, and passed.

    King County Council Chair Joe McDermott informed the membership of a County program for legal aid to immigrants.

    Good of the Order

    Adjourned at 9:00 p.m. by Chair David Ginsberg.

    February Meeting Recap: How to Resist Trump and Protect What We Hold Dear

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    Thank you to everyone who attended in person or watched on Facebook live and made our first program such a success! This is what the beginning of a movement looks like, and this is a movement that will rescue our democracy, restore decency and a leave a liveable planet for our kids.

    Together we will win.

    The attendance last night was inspiring, staff at the Hall at Fauntleroy put the headcount at just over 700! An additional 674 watched via the Facebook live feed provided by Indivisible West Seattle.

    Per usual, the best play by play of the evening can be found on the West Seattle Blog here:


    We started the night with 195 members, and this morning we have 290, thank you to everyone who joined last night! Last year at this time we had 350 members, so we’ve still got a ways to go just to stay even with last year, and I know we can do better – if you haven’t joined for 2017 please do so now, and please consider monthly donations as it helps us plan. Note: it costs about $10/month per member to provide the programs and candidate/election support we do, so a monthly donation of $10 is the sustaining level. If you can afford to give more please do – we’ll put your money to good use continuing to build the strongest Democratic organization in the state! You can join or renew on our new website at


    We started the night with 125 PCOs, and ended with 141. Thank you to everyone who signed up to be a PCO last night, this is by far the biggest impact one can have on voters and elections, and we don’t want to leave any potential democratic voters behind. We have 209 precincts, so we’ve still got work to do here. If you’re interested in becoming a PCO please contact Brooks Salazar at

    Lobby Day

    King County Democrats Lobby Day is Monday, February 20th. If you’re interested in carpooling to Olympia please contact Steve Butts at

    Calling all High School Activists!

    Do you know a high schooler who’s concerned about their future and interested in having their voice heard in Olympia? The 34th District Democrats are sponsoring a bus to take high schoolers from the 34th to Olympia for Lobby Day. Please have them contact ASAP to get on board.

    Sponsor an activist! Please contribute whatever you can to help send these budding young activists to Olympia by making a contribution on our website here:

    Taking the next step and getting involved

    Here are some ways you can get involved in the new 34th District Democrats organization:

    1. Become a PCO:
    2. Become a member:
    3. Volunteer:
    4. Join one of our Executive Committees:
    5. We’re still looking for an Executive Board member to chair the Finance Committee. If you’re interested in this role please contact me at

    And here are the speakers and organizations we heard from last night. Please join one or more as well as joining the 34th. Our strength will come in the relationships we build.

    1. ACLU of Washington:
    2. Greater Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition:
    3. IndivisibleSEA:
    4. American Muslim Empowerment Network:
    5. Equal Rights Washington:

    Thanks again for everything you do. We’re building a grassroots organization to protect what we hold dear and leave our kids a world we can be proud to leave them.

    It won’t be easy, but it will be rewarding. And we will win.

    In solidarity,
    David Ginsberg
    Chair, 34th District Democrats

    DigComm Meeting Notes – January

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    DigComm Agenda – January

    1. Social media crew who tweets, instagrams, etc from their OWN accounts and tags #34dems or @34dems etc
    2. Get a volunteer to make a video of member stories, PCO stories
    3. Map for PCO – who’s going to do it, what will it look like, what does it need
    4. Contact your rep via Indivisible
    5. Robert’s Rules of Order simplified
    6. Legislation in everyday terms
    7. Who gets what permissions
    8. What is the best way to display volunteer events
    9. Member suggested things for agendas
    10. Bus for Lobby Day

    Attendance: Zoey, John, Carrie, David, Kyle, Ted, Jake, John, and Heather

    Discussion of Points

    1. Members use accounts they have already, and tag or share 34th social media accounts to get more traffic to them
      1. Instagram – John (Photography)
      2. Committee reports during, share something at each meeting about how digcomm works, eg how Facebook algorithm works, why we have different accounts, what they do, ect.
      3. Zoey really connected
      4. Message goes out to what accounts we have
      5. Get list of hashtags for events, in general, to members so they can use them too
    2. Ann Martin – First female member, first member story
      1. Member stories only
      2. Reach out and ask anyone who wants to share their story
      3. Bring up if they are a PCO in the videos
    3. Address finder
      1. Interactive map
      2. What precincts, if there is a PCO, contact pro
      3. Show nearby PCO, somehow know if there is no PCO there, contact PCO chair directly
      4. Also show area coordinators
      5. PCO form on the website
    4. David main contact
      1. Another committee or caucus for it
      2. Focus on congressional action with other legislative districts in congressional district
      3. Page on website
      4. BY FEB 8th meeting, email to go out to membership, summary of who, what, and why and how to contact, photos of people coming
      5. Back of agenda for meetings
        1. Chair explains, don’t fear to interrupt
        2. Website – Carrie
      6. Reps give blurb
        1. Talk with LAC and facilitate
        2. Need both TLDR (too long, didn’t read) and long version
        3. How to impact
    5. Website: Editor – Committee Chairs
      1. Other social media, Chair, first & second chair, other at discretion of chair
    6. Treina keeps track or volunteers, Jake asks for
      1. Put volunteers on certain events
      2. Make page for onetime and recurring events
      3. Signup – volunteer; Get Involved
      4. Mailing list – mailing list; Get Informed
    7. Better explanation of how meetings go
      1. One page about how meetings works
      2. Maybe put on back of agenda
      3. Maybe coordinate with Joy as a welcome packet
    8. Has to come from students
      1. When to reserve busses, shop around
    9. Move from paper membership signing
    10. Goals: Half day retreat with E-Board to set goals for the 34th
      1. If we can increase voter turnout by 10%, we can deny Republicans the governor
      2. Do something engaging in the committee
      3. Get together

    Meeting Minutes January 11, 2017

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    34th District Democrats

    District Reorganization Meeting


    The Hall at Fauntleroy

    Meeting called to order at 7:02 by Temporary Meeting Chair Bailey Stober, KCDCC Chair.

    Flag Salute, led by Bailey Stober.

    Appointment of temporary officers for the reorganization meeting.

    Secretary: Chris Porter

    Parliamentarian: Marcee Stone-Vekich

    Sergeant at Arms: Ivan Weiss

    Tally Committee: Steven Jamison

    Adoption of Agenda and Meeting Rules.

    Moved and seconded and passed by acclamation.

    First Credentials Report: 62 PCOs signed in and eligible to vote.

    Reading of Rules

    Adoption of District Organization Bylaws and Standing Rules

    Moved and seconded and passed by acclamation.

    Election of 2017 District Chair:

    David Ginsberg nominated by Marcee Stone-Vekich. Ivan Weiss spoke in support of David’s nomination. David delivers speech asking for membership’s vote.

    David Ginsberg is elected by unanimous acclamation.

    David Ginsberg is installed as chair and takes up the gavel of the 34th District Democrats. New Chair

    makes a plea for unity after a divisive primary and general election season.

    Election of District Officers by PCOs:

    First Vice Chair: Treina Aronson by unanimous acclamation.

    Second vice Chair: Michael Taylor-Judd by unanimous acclamation.

    State Committeewoman: Lisa Plymate by unanimous acclamation.

    State Committeeman: Chris Porter by paper ballot.

    KCDCC Female Delegate: Carrie Alexander by unanimous acclamation.

    KCDCC Male Delegate: Les Treall by paper ballot.

    KCDCC Female Alternate: Martha Koester by unanimous acclamation.

    KCDCC Male Alternate: Ted Barker by unanimous acclamation.

    Appointment of District Credentials Committee is moved, seconded and passed by unanimous acclamation.

    Second District Credentials Report regarding Non PCO members. 31 present. 68 PCOs signed in and

    eligible to vote.

    Election of Secretary: Jason Cheung nominated by Steven Butts, seconded by Gina Topp.

    Elected by unanimous acclamation.

    Election of Treasurer: Gina Topp nominated by Karen Chilcutt , seconded by Jason Cheung.

    Elected by unanimous acclamation.

    Committee Chair Slate submitted to the membership. Each candidate made a short

    introductory speech before the vote was taken.

    Finance: Michael Taylor-Judd

    Digital Communications: Carrie Alexander

    Diversity and Inclusion: Sean Riley

    Finance: TBD

    Fundraising: Elisabeth Atwood

    Hospitality: Kate Riley

    Legislative Action: Ann Martin

    Membership: Joy Pakuluk

    Outreach: Karen Richter and Steven Butts, Co-chairs.

    PCO: Kathy Marshall

    Program: David Ginsberg

    Event Planning: Jacob Holt

    Volunteer: Treina Aronson

    Web Editor: Nick Bohall

    Newsletter Editor: Steven Butts

    Parliamentarian: Jacob Holt

    Data and Technology: TBD

    Old Business:


    New Business:

    Martha Koester (?) submitted a resolution to oppose Medicare Privatization. ________________ spoke against, Chris Porter spoke for. Moved, seconded and passed

    by acclamation.

    Nick Bohall unveiled new 34th District Website.

    New PCOs appointed:

    Chris Langeler in Precinct 1511

    Ryan Kuehn in Precinct 1499

    Lynn Randal in Precinct 1047

    Good of the Order:

    Rachel Glass spoke about the Women’s March and the West Seattle Democratic Women and Hate Free Delridge sign making party on Sunday, 1/15 at Treina’s house, running from 11am-2pm.

    Lisa Plymate spoke about the Health Care Rally at Westlake Park, also on 1/15

    Ann Martin spoke about the 34ths volunteer efforts at the White Center Food bank, every fourth Wednesday evening.

    Chris Langeler spoke about the benefit concert for the West Seattle Helpline on 1/13 at Alki United Church of Christ.

    Chris Porter spoke again in favor of the Medicare resolution. Warned of a dilution of benefits by incoming administration.

    9:04 Meeting adjourned to Elliott Bay Brewery