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Endorsements for the 2019 Primary

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 42nd LD Dems Endorsement meeting today! Here are the candidates who received endorsement:

  • Satpal S. Sidhu for Whatcom County Executive
  • Brian A. Estes for Whatcom County Council District 4
  • Jaime Arnett for Whatcom County Council District 5
  • Carol Frazey for Whatcom County At Large
  • Rebecca Xczar for Whatcom County Accessor
  • Joy Gilfilen for Whatcom County Sheriff
  • April Barker for City of Bellingham Mayor
  • Hollie Huthman for Bellingham City Council At Large
  • Ryan O’Larey for Ferndale City Council Position 5

Congratulations to the candidates who received the 42nd LD Dems Endorsement.
Thank you to all 18 candidates who participated today.

Letter to Candidates – Invitation to request 42nd LD Democrats 2019 Endorsement

Dear 2019 Candidate,

Congratulations on running for office!

Would you like to request the endorsement of the 42nd Legislative District Democrats?

You can request endorsement by emailing the Chair your request no later than June 1, 2019.

We are excited to learn more about you and your candidacy, and look forward to your participation in our endorsement process.

We will be using the Whatcom Democrats Candidate Questionnaire.

We are collaborating with the Whatcom Democrats so candidates will only need to complete a single questionnaire. Make sure you complete this questionnaire as soon as possible. You can contact the Whatcom Democrats here to request a questionnaire. Additionally, you may submit a statement so that our membership may get to know more about your values and goals. Limit your response to no more than 500 words. Please include a Resume or CV, along with all relevant campaign contact information. Questionnaire responses and your additional submittals will be sent to our Membership Google Group list for review as they are received, starting Friday, 5/17. We will do our best to forward on all questionnaires received prior to the Endorsement Meeting, however we cannot guarantee those received after 5:00 pm on Thursday, 6/6/19.

Please plan to attend our Jun 8th Endorsement Meeting:

-Doors open at 9:30am, meeting begins at 10 am

-Ferndale WECU – Located at 5659 Barrett Road, Ferndale, WA 98248

All candidates who have requested endorsement consideration (or their representatives), per our bylaws and endorsement rules, will be given the opportunity to address our membership at our June 8th Endorsement Meeting. Candidate attendance is highly recommended but not required to be endorsed.

Introductory Speech:

-2 minutes, for each candidate or official campaign representative

Question & Answer Session:

-1 minute response to each membership question provided (3 questions provided by the membership), only for candidates in attendance

Closing Speech:

-2 minutes, for candidates in attendance

Other Items of Note:

  • Speaking order is in reverse of how candidacy positions are listed on the Auditor’s website:
  • Each position up for endorsement will be provided with the opportunity of a separate Question & Answer session from other offices being considered for endorsement.
  • A two minute video statement by the candidate is allowed if unable to attend the June 8th meeting – however – the video link/digital copy/flash drive must be received no later than Thursday, 6/6/19 by 5pm. Please contact us ASAP for additional information.
  • All voting is by paper ballot. Once ballot counting has begun, per our Standing Rules for Endorsement, no additional ballots will be accepted.
  • Only members of the 42nd LD Democrats may vote at the endorsement meeting. To be a voting member you must be a Democratic PCO or a voter residing in the 42nd LD who has paid 2019 membership dues at least 14 days before the endorsement meeting. [ Click HERE to Pay Dues online . Dues must be paid by May 25th to be eligible to vote. ]
  • We expect voting members to attend the entire endorsement meeting and evaluate all candidates. Coming to vote for only one candidate is disrespectful to the other candidates and to our endorsement process.
  • One representative from each campaign may observe the tally count.
  • Candidates are evaluated individually. This means our members can vote for all, some or none of the candidates. This means multiple endorsements are possible.
  • Candidates must reach a 60% threshold of total votes to be endorsed.
  • As Chair, I will personally call each candidate with the results of the tally count shortly after the results are official. The results will also be emailed to our membership and posted on our website within 24 hours at:
  • All candidates, members and visitors are asked to be courteous and respectful. Inflammatory language or personal attacks during the meeting will not be tolerated and offending candidates/members/visitors will be asked to leave.

Please review our Standing Rules for Endorsement and let us know if you have any additional questions:

Thank you for stepping up to run for office,

Jamie Douglass

Chair, 42nd Legislative District Democrats

New Officers Elected

The results of the 42nd LD Dem’s biennial re-organization election are:

Chair – Jamie Douglass

Vice-Chair – Andi Douglass

Secretary – Ashley Brown

Treasurer – Don Starr

State Committee Member – Candice Wilson

State Committee Member – Nick Lewis

New officers will serve for two years, 2019-2020. Congratulations and Good Luck to all of them.

– Our Endorsed Candidates – The Blue Wave is on the way ! –

The 2018 General Election will be on Tuesday, November 6.
The Auditors Office will be mailing Ballot on Wed Oct. 17
42nd LD Democrats endorse these Candidates and Initiatives for the 2018 Election:

U.S. Senate – Maria Cantwell
U.S. Representative – CD1 – Suzan DelBene
U.S. Representative – CD2 – Rick Larsen
State Senator LD 42 – Pinky Vargas
State Representative Pos. 1 – LD 42 – Justin Boneau
State Representative Pos. 2 – LD 42 – Sharon Shewmake
Whatcom County Prosecutor – James Erb
Whatcom County Council – Carol Frazey
Whatcom PUD – Commissioner Dist. 2 – Atul Deshmane
Washington State Supreme Court – Justice Position 8 – Steve Gonzalez
YES – Initiative #1631  – Initiative Measure No. 1631 concerns pollution.
YES – Initiative #1639 – Initiative Measure No. 1639 concerns firearms.
YES – Bellingham Home fund — COB Proposition 2018-5 – Low-Income Housing Levy

General Election Endorsement Meeting

This is our endorsement meeting for the November General Election. #BlueWave
Here’s where we commit to throwing our weight behind our Democratic candidates.
Saturday, September 810 AM – 12 PM
“Tillicum House” (at Pioneer Park)  2004 Cherry Street, Ferndale, WA 98248   (map)

– You must be a member of the 42nd LD Dem’s to vote.
– If you’re a Democrat who lives in the 42nd Legislative District but not a member of the 42nd LD Dem’s, you can pay your $15 annual dues at the door and become a voting member (or join online, anytime, on our website Meeting begins a 10AM, you must attend the meeting to vote on endorsements. If you are planning to join at the door, please arrive a little early.

Summer Picnic! – Don’t Miss the Fun.

42nd LD Democrats/Whatcom Democrats Country Picnic

Saturday, July 21, 4pm to 8pmHovander Homestead Park, Ferndale

Relaxing summer fun with 42nd LD and Whatcom Democrats. Country fair foods, mellow music from Councilman Barry Buchanan, and speeches from candidates and elected officials. Features our famous candidate dessert auction, where candidates compete for the glory of most popular dessert.

Tickets $10 with a side dish; $15 without – Click this link to: Buy Your Ticket Now!
OR, Purchase tickets by calling Whatcom Dem’s office at 360-647-7661

Dem picnic - dessert contest

Dem picnic – dessert contest