On January 28, 2017, the Washington State Progressive Caucus will hold a re-oranization meeting in Olympia (exact time and location to be announced shortly). Members in good standing (those who have paid 2016 dues by December 29, 2016) will vote on the following positions:ChairWestern Washington Vice ChairEastern Washington Vice ChairSecretaryTreasurerBoard Member at Large (Membership)Board Member at Large (Training)Board Member at Large (Outreach/Fundraising)Board Member at Large (Information Technology)
Western Washington Vice Chair: -- Eric Holt -- A progressive is one who knows the right thing to do and has the courage to do it. We have seen the Democratic party move further away from our core values and as a result of that we keep losing elections. I believe the answer is inclusion. It will be my goal as Vice-Chair (west) to build coalitions with independent, rural and agricultural progressives and to help them feel welcomed and valued in our caucus and party. I believe we should be having monthly meetings in all Congressional, County or Legislative Districts to brainstorm and support our communities. We will then be judged not by our voices but by our good deeds. If you believe our Party needs a new direction, a re-alignment with progressive values and a base with the courage of our convictions, then I would be honored to have your support. (Martin Chaney does not intend to run for re-election.)
Secretary: -- Martha Koester -- I am running for Secretary again, having been in the position since 2005 and attended every quarterly meeting since then. I think that continuity on a few of the board positions is a good idea, and am willing to keep going.Treasurer: -- Open -- Carrie Potts has done a wonderful job as our Treasurer, and we thank her for her service and dedication. She does not intend to run for re-election.
Board Member At Large (Membership):
-- Patrick Allcorn -- I am running for Board Member at Large (Membership). I am an elected PCO from Mercer Island, dedicated to growing the Democratic Party and taking the power away from corporations and giving it back to the people. I believe we need to be a party that SHOWS UP! We can't expect any real progress if we only knock on doors and make phone calls when we need votes. We need a PCO in every precinct, and we need PCOs who will knock on doors year round. I want every voter to know who is their Democratic PCO. I will work hard to grow the Progressive Caucus which will help in making sure that we have Progressive PCOs in every precinct.
-- Judith Shattuck -- I am running to fill the position of At Large Board Member in charge of Membership, being vacated by Steve Zempke. Membership organization is the foundation of what the caucus can accomplish. Given the urge turnout of progressives across the state in this years’ election cycle, I see no reason that we cannot accomplish fundamental change in election and campaign issues. The model I want to use was presented by Coralee Auverson Brewer at the last meeting with a power point I put together. ( I was unable to be at the last meeting.) By organizing sub-groups across the state with representation within the caucus, eg, the candidate preferred in East King County will effectively have advocates across the state. The same is true for issues, whether local or statewide. I know that some areas have already organized on this model and I want to build on that beginning. I've included that document as an attachment. As some of you know I was a founding member of the caucus, and served on the executive board for many years. I am excited by the opportunity to build on the work we’ve accomplished in the past and bring goals formed many years ago to fruition. Thanks for your consideration and your vote. (Steve Zemke does not intend to run for re-election.)
Board Member At Large (Training): -- Jean Thomas -- I intend to run for re-election as Board Member at Large (Training). Having finally generated some income, which will allow funds for needed auto repairs, I will be able to attend all future caucus meetings as well as to drive to various locations to offer the Effective Communication workshop I’m developing with the assistance of a couple caucus members. I must admit that the focus of the workshop has changed several times during this contentious election cycle, but I feel good about the workshop’s current focus.
Board Member at Large (Outreach/Fundraising): -- Open -- (Coralee Brewer does not intend to run for re-election.)Board Member At Large (IT): -- Matt Woodward -- I'm a web developer and technology solutions architect for the United States Senate, and help the Jefferson County Democrats a lot with tech-related issues. I'm also a PCO in Jefferson County and serve as the Elections Committee Chair on the board.
Conservatives hold majorities in the U.S. Congress and in the WA State Senate, yet there has never been a better time for progressives to make our voices heard. The slide into economic and political oligarchy provides no benefits to working people, and when they look for alternatives, we must seize the opportunity to show them how a progressive economic agenda will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment and provide health care for all. Candidates who support such an agenda will earn support and votes from a populace disillusioned by income inequality and tired of playing a game that is rigged by powerful interests against the rest of us. We hope you find this website informative and that you will consider joining the Washington State Progressive Caucus.
After the disastrous results of November 8, it is imperative that the Democratic Party – at every level – engage in serious reflection in which we acknowledge our missteps and course-correct for the future. Washington State must not be exempt from this exercise. Upcoming county and legislative district party reorganizations in December and January present an opportunity for those conversations at the local level. But perhaps the the most impactful forum for us to engage in this necessary evaluation is the election of the Chair of the State Democratic Party, which takes place the last weekend of January 2017.
The State Party Chair not only leads the Washington Democratic Party, but also has a vote on the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). It is more than fair and reasonable that the race for State Party Chair be a contested and competitive one – and we assure it will be. This will be a race where multiple people put forward their vision for the future, outline their qualifications, and do the hard work of winning over the hearts and minds of the grassroots volunteers who will carry the work forward. We encourage members of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) to withhold their support and endorsement in the race for Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party until they’ve given all other candidates an opportunity to make their case. And we encourage those seeking to affect change to run for a local state committee position.Washington has long been viewed as a “blue” state. And while we passed ballot measures and elected Democrats at the statewide level, that’s where our blue streak ends. Now is not a time to pat ourselves on the back for maintaining on a statewide level. Instead we must seriously reflect on why we’re losing ground at every level below. We have consistently lost seats in the State House for the past 10 years, and now cling to a one-vote majority. Since 2013, Republicans have controlled the State Senate. In this 2016 election, we lost countless county-level races across the state previously held by Democrats. There is no excuse for this in a “blue” state.Sweeping this election under the rug and simply carrying on as we have been is a recipe for disaster. We need to look at the warning signs that were ignored, the opportunities that were missed and how we avoid making these mistakes in the future. Average people are hungry for change and want to get involved. But work must be done to welcome them, and to ensure they have a consistently positive experience. Investments of time and treasure are critical to empower every day people to get engaged in their government. Having a vision for the future is necessary, but not sufficient. Our State Party Chair must have the skill and discipline to raise the millions of dollars necessary to run a robust voter engagement program year-round (not only in even-numbered years) and the technical campaign and organizing expertise to implement it. The success of the Democratic Party depends on the work of thousands of volunteers. These local leaders need a State Party Chair who respects their donations of time and money. Strong local chapters are needed to win local elections, and the Chair must offer the support and resources necessary for these local efforts to excel.Please join us in taking the time to properly reflect and plan for the future before making a decision on the right leadership to fulfill our goals and objectives.Signed,Local volunteers, members of the state central committee, candidates and elected officials, including supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. For a list of signers, and to add your name, please visit: http://eepurl.com/cpuKMX