January 2018 Meeting Minutes

      150 150 34th Democrats

      34th District Democrats

      Monthly Membership Meeting


      The Hall at Fauntleroy



      Meeting called to order at 7:01 by Chair David Ginsberg


      7:02 Pledge of Allegiance.


      7:03 VIP’s present:


      Bill Tracy, President of the Southwest Suburban Sewer District.

      King County Executive Dow Constantine

      King County Council Chair Joe McDermott

      Seattle City Council Member Lisa Herbold

      Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud


      Thanks to Bruce Stotler, who sold land to the city for half of its value, adding to Schmitz Park.


      Minutes were MSP, as was adoption of the meeting agenda.


      Chairs Report –

      Reflections on the past year. 2017 was the year of Resistance.


      2018 will be the year of Resurgence.



      Main Program

      Tina Podlodowski, Chair of the Washington State Democrats

      Western states will lead the Blue Wave, Nevada and Arizona have been good for Democrats in

      the past. The DNC appears to be renewing its commitment to individual states, and this is a

      helpful direction for it.


      Emphasis on rural canvassing this past cycle, found that the use of texting increased Democratic turnout by 28%. Tavern Tour and investment in BIG signs were good strategies in this effort.


      Looked for Areas of Intersection


      Family Wage Jobs and Wage Equity

      Health Care

      Education – Not just college, the trades and union apprenticeships as well.

      Affordable Housing

      Retirement with dignity

      Building a deep bench.


      TargetSmart initiative identified Moral Pillars, using this approach to hone our message in 2018.


      Joe McDermott – Spoke about the need to Pause and Reflect during Martin Luther King Day.

      Advised that the Light Rail Stakeholder Advisory Group was looking for a West Seattle resident to join it.


      Lisa Herbold spoke briefly about the Seattle City Council’s Infrastructure Plan.


      Treasurer’s Report –

      Treasurer Gina Topp reports that we have $21,101.94 in the bank and that 187 members have signed up so far in 2018.



      Committee Reports –


      Lisa Plymate is stepping down as State Committee Woman (Thank you Lisa!).

      Ivan Weiss nominates Ann Martin as her replacement. Ivan’s nomination is seconded, and

      Ann is elected by acclamation. Congratulations, Ann!


      Ann then went on to present a Resolution to state the 34th’s support of real infrastructure investments. MS and unanimously Passed.



      No Unfinished Business



      No New Business


      No PCO candidates to appoint.


      Good of the Order

      9:02 Adjourned