National Politics

Special Meeting of Spokane County Democratic PCOs

Save the Dates!

Originally posted June 17th, 2020
The sixteen voting members of the Executive Board of Spokane County Democrats met on June 16, 2020 and unanimously set the meeting dates for the special meeting of Spokane County Democratic Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) to elect four officers and to vote on endorsements for the 2020 election cycle.

The meeting will be held virtually on Saturday, July 11, 2020 starting at 9:00 am and continuing as late as 5:00 pm on that day. If necessary, the virtual meeting will resume on Sunday, July 12 at 12:00 noon and continue until as late as 5:00 pm on Sunday.

The official Call to Meeting, along with the draft Agenda and draft Rules, will be issued to PCOs no later than June 26, 2020.

The Call to Meeting and related materials will also be posted on our website and on the Spokane Democrats Facebook page.

Committees are currently working on the draft Agenda and draft Rules for the special meeting. Another committee is working on creating a document package by which candidates for officer positions will self-nominate by providing written biographical and profile information and qualification statements to be used by the voters in the special meeting, the Democratic PCOs in Spokane County.

The Executive Board has also unanimously approved a “Roles & Responsibilities of Officers – Spokane County Democrats” document which includes excerpts from the organization’s Bylaws relating to the duties of the Chair, Vice Chair, and the two State Committee Member positions.

Democrats in Spokane County who are interested in self-nominating for an elected officer position should read through the document to better understand the roles and responsibilities of the elected officers prior to completing their candidate self-nomination documentation package.

The candidate self-nomination document package will be released on or before June 26, 2020, after approval by the Executive Board. The completed document package will be due back sometime in early July (by a date yet to be determined) to allow sufficient time for the information to be sent to the voting members of the organization for review prior to the virtual special meeting.

Endorsements by the organization of candidates for public office will also be considered at the special meeting.

Voting will be conducted electronically with the assistance of the Washington State Democratic Party, which recently held its virtual state convention with over 1,500 attendees voting electronically on platform and other matters.

Progressive Victories Around Spokane County

What a night!

The Democratic Party is so proud of our amazing, hardworking endorsed candidates, so many of whom had huge victories Tuesday night. Voters recognized the great results achieved by Council Members Breean Beggs and Candace Mumm by reelecting them handily, and sent the impressive Kate Burke to join them and keep our successful progressive super majority. A clean sweep!

We also saw a big shift in Spokane Valley city council, with voters roundly rejecting the ultra conservative incumbents. We are so proud of Angie Beem and Chris Jackson, who showed that people-centered campaigns can lead to Democratic victories in places once thought to be conservative strongholds. Chris is in a close race, however, so stay tuned. We may need YOUR help to chase down ballots to make sure he comes out on top!

We also have good news from the 7th Legislative District, where Karen Hardy and Susan Swanson ran the most competitive races Democrats have seen in the district in years. While they didn’t win this election cycle, they showed that Democrats are willing to fight for every vote in every district. Now let’s build on their momentum!

More wins came from our endorsed candidates Thomas R. McGarry, Mary Wissink, and Nathan Jeffries, in three water and fire districts. Another clean sweep!

Across the state, a HUGE victory in the 45th district by Manka Dhingra gives the Democrats control of the state Senate! We can now end the gridlock and get to work for the people of Washington State, but it’s up to us to show our Democratic legislators we’ve got their backs.

From coast to coast, we saw a huge blue wave Tuesday night. Our hard work is paying off, folks. Thank you for being a part of this movement to put people first!