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  • 24 Apr 2020 6:43 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    The 23rd LD's first Central Committee meeting of the COVID-19 era was held via the internet yesterday evening, April 23rd. We heard reports from legislators and campaign pitches from prospective legislators and other prospective elected officials.

    This Zoom.us facilitated meeting was well attended with 55 members there. For those who didn't attend and don't want to wait for the Minutes of the Meeting, we have attached a link to the Meeting Recording and Password:

    Topic: April LD23 General Meeting

    Start Time : Apr 23, 2020 06:30 PM

    Meeting Recording:

    Access Password: 6Z#4X6&#

  • 8 Apr 2020 3:10 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Mary Bryant Here is part of a message sent today by WA Democrats Chair, Tina Podlodowski:

    With this news we have received quite a few questions already this morning regarding the continuation of the delegate selection process and National Convention. Because of this I thought it would be prudent to get an email out as soon as possible to clarify that Senator Sanders suspension of his campaign does not affect our delegate selection process currently. Senator Sanders still retains his 687 LD level delegates to our state Convention, and we are still electing National Delegates pledged to Senator Sanders at the CD selection process on May 30th. 

    Please don’t stop recruiting to fill these delegate slots. Remember the link is: https://www.waelectioncenter.com

    Both the State and National Convention are about so much more than just casting the final vote for the Democratic Presidential nominee. These conventions are an opportunity for you to network with folks who share your beliefs and vision for our future, organize, build, and make lifelong friendships. I know at least a few of you out there met at 2016 Convention, and have been fast friends ever since…I am still friends with people from my experiences at the 2000 Convention in Los Angeles!

    Also remember, while the delegates to State Convention are elected by presidential preference, it’s important to remember that essentially none of the work that we do at State Convention is connected to the Presidential Nominating process. The role of a State Convention delegate is exactly the same today as it was yesterday, regardless of the candidate they represent, and they still have all of the same ability to influence the future of our party. And, if folks are concerned about gathering in June at the State Convention, do know that we keep in close contact with statewide health and safety efforts, and will do nothing that puts anyone at risk. There should be no pandemic-related obstacles to becoming a delegate, other than obvious ones of personal health and family situation.

    So, please continue your recruitment efforts. As of last night we only had recruited enough delegates to fill 33% of all seats statewide, with the highest districts delegate recruitment (LD 22, congratulations!) only having 61% of possible seats filled. This news will inevitably bring further obstacles to filling these seats, but as a party, we have to ensure that everyone realizes the way to build the party is by participating, and that there is a lot to do at both State and National Convention, and, most importantly, we, as Democrats, want their voices with us.

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  • 5 Apr 2020 5:31 PM | Virginia Bell

    The 23rd Legislative District Democrats have 33 delegates, and 16 alternate delegates for a total of fortynine. Results of the Washington State Democratic Presidential Primary ballot indicate that Joseph R Biden won 19 delegates plus 9 alternates and Bernie Sanders won 14 delegates plus 7 alternates. 

    Please consider running to be one of the delegates representing the 23rd Legislative District. The time commitment is limited with most meetings held on-line. Potential delegates must be a resident registered voter in the 23rd Legislative District and note their presidential candidate (Biden/Sanders). We encourage you to participate in this grass roots level of democracy by registering before April 20 online here:  https://wademscaucus2020.azurewebsites.net/  

  • 5 Apr 2020 5:30 PM | Virginia Bell

    Due to the current state of emergency in Washington State preventing our ability to gather and conduct caucuses for this election, these election procedures have been provided by the Washington State Democratic Executive Committee under their emergency powers (details available here). In short, as long as the public emergency lasts, the Washington State Democratic Party organizations may conduct meetings by electronic or other remote access means

  • 5 Apr 2020 5:28 PM | Virginia Bell

    Please consider running to be one of the delegates representing the 23rd Legislative District. The time commitment is limited with meetings held on-line. Potential delegates must be a resident registered voter in the 23rd Legislative District and note their presidential candidate (Biden/Sanders). We encourage you to participate in this grass roots level of democracy by registering https://www.waelectioncenter.comYour application is due April 26, 2020

    Duly elected and appointed 23rd Legislative District Democratic Precinct Committee Officers (PCO) will receive a digital ballot with the list of potential delegates, which must be returned no later than 9:00 pm on Sunday May 3rd, 2020. The Precinct Committee Officers will be responsible for electing the delegates to the 6th Congressional District Caucus and Democratic State Convention. Results will be available by May 5, 2020.

    The 23rd Legislative Delegates will participate in the 6th Congressional District virtual meeting on May 30. At this time, the Washington State Democratic Convention is still scheduled to be held in Tacoma, Washington, June 12-14. 

  • 27 Mar 2020 10:50 AM | Virginia Bell

  • 21 Mar 2020 11:01 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    Washington State Democrats |​ Every Race in Every Place 


    Due to the recent COVID- 19 viral outbreak, the WA State Democratic Party will be adapting a revised delegate selection process in order to help protect the health and safety of the American people. This means that the materials on www.waelectioncenter.com are no longer accurate, and will be amended to account for the revised delegate selection process no later than March 27th.

    If you are interested in running for delegate to the State and/or National Convention, please register athttps://wademscaucus2020.azurewebsites.net/. The revised delegate selection process will depend heavily on this software, so registering online is now an essential piece to being an eligible candidate for delegate. All individuals who register (including those who have already done so) will receive an email when the new process is available. Registration will close on April 24th, 2020.

    If you have any questions, please contact delegatehelp2020@wa-democrats.org.

    Here is additional information from Mary Bryant, Kitsap County State Committee Person:

    LD Caucuses have been cancelled due to coronavirus. Precinct Committee Officers will be electing delegates electronically/remotely to the CD caucus and state convention. Anyone interested in running for delegate should complete the application at waelectioncenter.org. More will be shared soon.

  • 3 Mar 2020 3:29 PM | Douglass MacKenzie (Administrator)

    This news is via Representative Drew Hansen, 23rd LD Representative.

    Drew Hansen


    All right we just got out of an hourlong briefing with the Washington State Secretary of Health. Here’s the deal:


    COVID-19 transfers by droplets, so unless someone coughs directly into your face, you’re probably going to pick it up by shaking someone’s hand or touching surfaces (door handles, elevator buttons, etc.). The virus stays on surfaces for minutes/hours, maybe days (not clear yet). This means we all need to do three things:

    a. WASH YOUR HANDS. All the time, but especially after you use the bathroom, when you get home, when you’re touching lots of stuff, etc. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, That’s like singing the first verse of “Amazing Grace” sort of fast; so make this your prayer/worship time. (Or pick your favorite chorus, you can also do Van Halen’s “Dreams.” (“So baby dryyyy your eyeeesss…”—except dry your eyes with a tissue, see next point). It’s 25 seconds; I just timed it.)

    But really, really wash those suckers. Remember when your kids were babies and they’d have what we called a “blowout diaper”? You would change that diaper and then you would scrub the heck out of your hands—you’d wash between the fingers, on the backs of the wrists, under the cuticles, etc. You would not mess around because you had poop all over and it was disgusting. That’s how you should wash your hands: like you just changed a kid’s blowout diaper.

    b. DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE. If you can’t wash your hands all the time at least keep them away from your face. If your nose itches; wipe it on your sleeve. If your eyes itch; blink them. But one way you get this thing is if you touch your nose/mouth/eyes with infected hands, so keep them away from your face.

    c. OPEN DOORS WITH ELBOWS/WRISTS. See first point about surface contact. Don’t touch surfaces. Use your wrists to open doors, pull your sweatshirt down over your hands, push elevator buttons with your elbows, etc.


    Most people (80%) who get COVID-19 have mild symptoms (you can also get infected and have zero symptoms). Even if you’re infected, it’s probably not that big a deal if you’re generally healthy, no chronic illness/respiratory problems, not elderly, etc.

    Data point: Right now, we have 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Washington State—14 in King County, 4 in Snohomish County—and 6 deaths (all older, with chronic underlying conditions). For comparison, over 70 people have died of seasonal flu in Washington State this year, including 4 kids.

    But guess what? It’s not about you. You’re not washing your hands blowout-diaper style so you don’t get sick; you’re doing it so other people don’t get sick: your friend’s dad who is immunosuppressed from cancer treatment, your elderly neighbors, your friend who is fighting off pneumonia, or whatever.

    The symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. (They show up on average in 2-14 days, most by 5-6 days after exposure.) No big deal for some people, but a really big deal for people who are older, immunosuppressed, underlying health issues, etc. So even if you’re not worried about yourself be a good teammate and act right so other people don’t get sick.


    The first Washington State case was confirmed at 3:15pm MLK Day. By 5:30pm, the Washington Department of Health was on a call with CDC leadership; by noon the next day CDC had people on the ground in Shoreline. That first case had 67 close contacts; local public health monitored all of them (none developed symptoms).

    Right now, Wash. public health personnel are monitoring 231 people for travel-related exposure. And they’re doing investigations for more outbreaks. And they’re tracking ER admits for respiratory ailments. And they’re keeping the public informed with press conferences, phone line for questions (800-525-0127), websites, etc. (Fun fact: our state website COVID-19 information is so good that other states are just cutting and pasting it. Except sometimes they forget to take off the Wash. State phone numbers, so suddenly our call center blows up with calls from all over the country.)

    I can’t stand the snooty dismissiveness of “bureaucrats” and this is a case in point: a lot of public employees are working very, very hard right now to keep us safe. So thank a public employee, especially ones in public health!


    That’s it. I hope this is helpful. And remember: Wash your hands - don’t touch your face - open doors with elbows/wrists!

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