Letter from New Chair Kirsten Williams

Hello Everyone!

About a week ago we reviewed our email list and I was surprised to see that I recognized about 80% of the names, and as your new chair, I hope I can say that soon I will recognize 100%!

I am so sad to be losing the experience and dedication of our out-going board members, Mike Sarratt, Valerie Sarratt, Susan Swanson and Tom Cloud. They have been invaluable to the organization and I’m sure will stay active Dems as they travel far away—or stay close to us here. If you have a chance, please thank them for all they have done.

I’d also like to welcome our new Vice Chair Daniel Harn, secretary Sandy Vaughn and treasurer Suz Levis. They bring a new excitement and expertise to our organization.

Michael Clark and I just returned from the Washington State Democratic Central Committee meeting in Vancouver. The weekend was packed with elections for four DNC delegates, two state meetings worth of resolutions to pass, and information on getting the word out about our new primary caucus hybrid. With proper preparation…hopefully we can avoid any unforeseen challenges like what Iowa faced.

With election season upon us, I believe our first priority is building out the infrastructure to support our local, state and national candidates. We have to start developing that strategy NOW. We will be asking for feedback from you all, so please be thinking about how we can build a sustainable support structure and organization. The rollout for our PCO Drive will happen at February’s general meeting. We’ll talk strategy for reaching out to potential PCO’s—and the benefits of being a PCO!

This month’s newsletter contains information about the new caucus / primary system. Below are dates related to the presidential primary. NOTE: While the county auditor will allow mistakes like unsigned ballots to b corrected, if you fail to mark the Democrat check box (or Republican or both) your ballot is invalid and can not be corrected. Please get the word out to your friends and families. February 21

Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day). Ballots are mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers.

March 2

Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day. Register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

March 10

Deadline for Washington State voter registration or updates (in person only).

March 10

Presidential Primary - Deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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