Friday, August 17, 2012
WHEREAS, 46th District Democrats favor open space creation in densifying urban neighborhoods, e. g. Thornton creek daylighting at Northgate which has given Northgate a new identity, and
WHEREAS, Sound Transit intends to vote August 23, 2012 to sell to the University of Washington the air rights above the sound Transit University District Station as a site for faculty housing, and
WHEREAS, Phil Thiel, University of Washington Department of Architecture Professor Emeritus, proposes the site be preserved as an open space plazato provide a public meeting ground to serve the broader community, and
WHEREAS, Sound Transit has refused to hear the Thiel alternative, and
WHEREAS, the State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) requirements have not been met,
NOW THEREFORE, the 46th Legislative District Democrats urge Sound Transit to delay the vote until SEPA is complied with and the Thiel proposal is given a fair and honest hearing.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Our endorsement makes you eligible for inclusion in our Primary Election Guide. For this primary we are printing 20,000 copies. The Election Guide will be distributed to voters' doorsteps by our PCOs and 46th LD volunteers.
As a former candidate, I know the expense involved in getting your message to voters. When I ran in 2009, the 46th did a traditional "lit drop" where I delivered thousands of expensive mail pieces to them to bundle in a mass with a gaggle of other candidates. Voters got a pile of stuff dropped on their doorstep. I'm telling you, this is MUCH better and significantly less expensive.
We've handed out and displayed samples at prior meetings. If you'd like to see a sample, let me know.
Our Primary Election Guide is supported by advertising dollars. We already have a little over one-third reserved, so do not delay in your space reservations. Space is on a first-come, first served basis.
Full page: $1,200
Half page: $600
Quarter page: $300
Deadline for advertising copy and your check is June 8.
Contact me at this email address with reservations and/or questions.
46th LD Democrats
Endorsed candidates and issues, in no specific order. Where two candidates are listed for the same office, it is a Dual Endorsement.
|Susan||Owens||SCOWS, Position 2|
|Steve||Gonzalez||SCOWS, Position 8|
|Bruce||Hilyer||SCOWS, Position 9|
|John||Ladenburg||SCOWS, Position 9|
|Bill||Bowman||KC Superior Court, Position 19|
|Scott||Johnson||KC Superior Court, Position 20|
|Elizabeth||Berns||KC Superior Court, Position 25|
|Hong||Tran||KC Superior Court, Position 29|
|Ken||Schubert||KC Superior Court, Position 40|
|Kimberly||Allen||KC Superior Court, Position 30|
|Judy||Ramseyer||KC Superior Court, Position 46|
|John||Urquhart||King County Sheriff|
|Kathleen||Drew||Secretary of State|
|Gerry||Pollet||46th House Seat 1|
|Sarajane||Siegfriedt||46th House Seat 2|
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
46th District Democrats make Nominations for the State Legislature for the 2012 Election
The 46th District Democrats welcomed new members from Lake Forest Park and Kenmore this week, including guest and 32nd District Senator Marilyn Chase. The district expands in 2013 to add these two Northshore cities. The monthly general meeting included a candidate forum and was held in the Elks Club Lodge just over the LFP city boundary on 145th Street NE. The 46th District, which has long been recognized as one of the State’s most progressive districts, is anchored by the University District in the south and includes the North Seattle communities along the western shore of Lake Washington as well as the Greenlake neighborhood.
As expected, attendance at the Sunday April 15th’s Democratic Precinct Caucuses was down from the huge crowds experienced in 2008, but the 200 PCOs and members who gathered at Thursday’s general meeting were enthusiastic about supporting Barack Obama for President, Jay Inslee for Governor and other Democrats near the top of the ballot for statewide office. Thursday night, they were attentive and focused as they listened to many candidates running for the state legislature and other local and judicial offices.
Following Washington State Democratic Party Rules, the 46th District Precinct Committee Officers cast ballots to officially Nominate their preferred Democratic candidates in the three Legislative District races. The Nomination process identifies the official Democrat in these races prior to candidates filing for office with the County Auditor and Secretary of State. This step is required because the State of Washington does not have a true “primary” election, but holds an election on August 7th, 2012 to narrow the field to the top two vote-getting candidates.
Candidates earning the 46th District nominations were:
- 46th District Senate Seat: Sen. David Frockt, who was appointed to the vacant Senate seat after the death of Sen. Scott White;
- 46th District House Seat 1: Rep. Gerry Pollet, who was appointed to the vacancy created when Frockt was appointed to the Senate; and
- 46th District House Seat 2: Sarajane Siegfriedt, a human services advocate and long time party activist.
Candidates for statewide, congressional and judicial positions were also in attendance to build support within the district membership in preparation for the 46th District Democrats’ Endorsement Meeting in May. PCOs and members were particularly interested in the candidates running for an open seat on the State Supreme Court against Republican Richard Sanders, who lost his seat in 2010. Sanders, a Vashon Island libertarian, was narrowly defeated by Charlie Wiggins after 16 years on the court. Other challengers for this open seat include Appellate lawyer Sheryl Gordon McCloud, former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg and King County Superior Court Judge Bruce Hilyer.
Delegates and Alternates elected at the Precinct Caucuses are encouraged to attend the Legislative District Caucus to elect Delegates and Alternates to the Congressional District Caucuses for the 1st and 7th Congressional Districts, and approve the 46th District 2012 Platform. This meeting will be held on April 28th, 2012 10:00am, at Ingraham High School, 1819 N. 135th Street, Seattle.
The 46th District Democrats will meet again on May 24th at Olympic View Elementary School for the Endorsement Meeting.
Contact: Chad Lupkes, Chair, 46th District Democrats
Phillippa Kassover, Executive Board Member
Monday, April 16, 2012
We would like to let you know about three opportunities to get your message in front of our members and the voters in the 46th Legislative District.
The LD Caucus Call will be mailed out to close to 320 Delegates and Alternates elected during the Precinct Caucuses on April 15th. This will be published this Wednesday, so opportunities are limited. We will be publishing an updated version for the 28th, however, so please keep this in mind through the month of April. Don’t forget, the LD Caucus will be on April 28th at Ingraham High School, and all candidates asking for our Endorsement in May are welcome to stop by.
The Demogram is our monthly newsletter, published online as well as printed for our members who have asked for a paper copy. We have around 400 members at this point, but the Demogram goes out to around 1,000 people directly. This is an ongoing opportunity for all candidates, endorsed or not. Once we’ve endorsed in a particular race, however, advertising in the Demogram is limited to endorsed candidates..
The prices for the LD Caucus Call and the Demogram are on the Demogram page at the very bottom. Here is a link:
The third opportunity is our 2012 Primary Election Guide. This is what is delivered door-to-door by our Precinct Committee Officers to the voters in our district. In 2010, we printed 10,000 and it had a significant impact on many of the races. The Election Guide is what we provide to our PCOs for purposes of “dropping” lit. Individual fliers will not be distributed by the 46th Democrats to PCOs, although PCOs and volunteers from your campaigns are of course welcome to distribute your own literature in our district on their own.
Ad space in the Election Guide is limited to Nominated and Endorsed candidates, and we try to make this budget neutral to the 46th and affordable to campaigns by pricing the ad revenue equal to the printing cost. Our research and history with this format demonstrates that this represents a significantly lower cost to your campaign than traditional lit dropping of individual campaign flyers, and it also helps our organization grow by presenting a strong list of candidates. Part of the Election Guide is a sample ballot that is very popular to help our voters go from the top to bottom of the ballot with our endorsed and nominated candidates.
We’ll be in touch immediately following the Endorsement meeting on May 24th with the price list for the various ad sizes, so if you plan to ask for our endorsement please have your ad ready to go so we can get them printed and distributed on time. The ad copy deadline for our Primary Election Guide will be the first week of June. Just for clarity, we print one Election Guide for the Primary Election, and another for the General Election. Advertisement copy is transferable between these two, but will need to be purchased separately, as our budget for each depends on that specific election.
You can see a PDF of our 2011 General Election Guide here (http://46dems.com/2011/generalelectionguide.2011.pdf).
For the Demogram and LD Caucus Call, the format we use to publish is Microsoft Publisher. Ads should be in .pub or .svg formats. Second best is a high-resolution, non-compressed .jpg. or .gif graphics format. Other formats are possible with enough lead time.
For the 2012 Primary Elections Guide, all advertisements should be submitted in high-resolution .pdf format in the precise size purchased.
Please consider these opportunities carefully!
Please let us know if your campaign is interested in taking advantage of any of these opportunities. Ad revenue helps us with our budget and enables us to fund our operations, help our endorsed candidates and also help our brother and sister Legislative Districts around the state. The 46th is a strong district, and with your help we can have a significant impact on the upcoming elections for Congress and the State Legislature.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Chad Lupkes, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David Miller, Elections Committee Chair (email@example.com)
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
The news as we approach the end of the Legislative Session in Olympia is both good and bad.
The good news is that Rep. Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney was able to get a very important bill passed to keep the housing assistance going to the homeless and to those in the most need of help by their government. This effort is something we can all be thankful for, and Phyllis deserves the credit.
Rep. Gutiérrez Kenney has also announced that this will be her last session in Olympia. She was first appointed in 1997 to fill the House vacancy left by Senator Ken Jacobsen when he moved from the House to the Senate. Over the last 15 years she has been a champion for our values and our platform, but her activism didn’t start then. It goes farther back than most realize. The online version of this article has links to several sources on the web for her history, and it’s a very rich history full of caring for her family, her friends and her community. We’re all grateful for the time that she has spent using her experience for the betterment of everyone in Washington State.
- Historylink.org: Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney (b. 1936)
- Historylink.org: Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney is appointed to the Washington State House of Representatives on January 5, 1997
- Ballotpedia: Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney
The bad news out of Olympia started on Friday, March 2nd. After working hard all session to find compromises and agreements with both political parties, Senate Democrats found themselves betrayed by three of their own, who used their votes to push through a State Budget that does not reflect the hopes or dreams of the people of Washington. Instead, it guts our most important programs. Engrossed Senate Bill 5967 was replaced by a “striker” amendment, basically a Frankenstein replacement bill, which the Senate Democrats fought to defeat for most of the session on Friday night until it was finally adopted by a vote of 25 to 24. Now it’s up to the conference committee to try and repair the damage.
The Senators who used their votes to empower the Republican Party and the conservative movement this past Friday are: Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48), who is running for reelection in 2014; Sen. Jim Kastama (D-25), who is running for Secretary of State in 2012; and Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-35), who is also running for reelection in 2014. We also need to be aware that our own Senator David Frockt led the charge on amendment after amendment to the final budget bill to try and restore the cuts to things like education and family planning. He managed to get the only amendment that passed through, one restoring $500,000 to the Leadership 1000 college scholarship program. Bravo!!
Now both the House and the Senate need our voices to be heard in support of our values, and we need to get busy preparing for the 2012 (and 2014) elections to make sure this never happens again.
Our March meeting will move quickly with some presentations about our new district that have been delayed for a while, and an important discussion on Local Issues for our 2012 Platform. I hope to see you there! And a last note, our April meeting will be at a new location. Watch for it!
Chair, 46th District Democrats