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This is a marathon, not a sprint.

I'm stepping down from DFW

Democratic Party | DFA | Progressive Infrastructure
Hi everyone, I'm stepping down as Executive Director of Democracy for Washington. I'd like to hand the reins over to someone by the middle of January. Please feel free to ask questions and put out your ideas. Chad

Letter to Chair Dean

Democratic Party | DFA | Howard Dean
DNC Chair Howard Dean, You have spoken about how we need to focus more on the rural areas of the United States for Democrats to succeed; however, I see a fault in this argument. I believe in the idea and plan, but I do not feel that the members of the party understand how to be rural. I have worked on various campaigns and I have continually seen the downfall of the Democrats trying to bring people to the party. It is not where we stand on the issues, it is not how we respect others beliefs as a whole, but it is the everyday interactions that Democrats have with the average person.

Tacoma News Tribune endorses IRV

Election Reform | Local election

Pierce County has 9 Charter Amendments on the ballot in November. Amendment 3 would implement Instant Runoff Voting for County elections and below. The Tacoma News Tribune had this to say:

Proposed Amendment 3

Implements instant runoff voting.

This is an intriguing experiment in democracy worth trying.

Instant runoff voting is a method that eliminates primary elections and allows voters to rank their choices in order of preference. If no candidate draws a majority of first-place votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and the remaining votes are distributed according to voter preferences. The process is repeated until one candidate receives a majority. The process is done quickly by computer.

From: Fennelle Miller

Democratic Party | Local election

Dear Friend:

As many of you know by now, I was not successful in the Democratic primary in my bid to be the next Kittitas County Commissioner, but I sure came close! I lost to Dale Hubbard by 27 votes.

The fact that I came so close to winning is thanks to the tremendous outpouring of support I received from all of you! We had a strong message and I was a strong candidate, but I could not overcome the lead Dale had by starting his campaign earlier. I am proud of the positive, intelligent campaign we ran and just cannot thank you all enough. Whether you donated time or money, and simply sent me best wishes, your support was very much noticed and appreciated.

Our endorsements for the 2006 General Election.

DFA | Local election | Progressive Infrastructure | State election

We asked, you delivered. Here are the candidates that DFA members around the state are working to elect.

Name Race Progressive Majority DFA Website or Email
Ed Foote State Rep, District 4, Seat 2
Don Barlow State Rep, District 6, Seat 1 DFA-Link
Jack Miller State Rep, District 7, Seat 1 DFA-Link
Josh Brown Kitsap County Commissioner, Position 3
Eric Teegarden Snohomish County PUD Commissioner DFA-Link
Sherri Appleton State Rep, District 23, Seat 1
Patricia Lantz State Rep, District 26, Seat 1
Larry Seaquest State Rep, District 26, Seat 2 Endorsed
Christine Rolfes State Rep, District 23, Seat 2
Maralyn Chase State Rep, District 32, Seat 1
Jesse Saloman State Senator, District 42 DFA-Link
Roger Goodman State Rep, District 45, Seat 1
Caitlin Ross State Rep, District 9, Seat 1
Derek Kilmer State Senate, District 22 Endorsed DFA-Link
Christopher J. Marr State Senate, District 6 Endorsed DFA-Link

Please keep us up to date on how these candidates are doing!

Candidates Forum

State election

Sun, 10/22/2006 - 2:00pm
There will be a candidates forum October 22nd from 2 pm until 4:30. Candidates will be from the 47th and 33rd Districts and the 8th and 9 th congressional districts. This event will have Republicans AND Democrats and will be held at the Kent Regional Library. If you have any questions contact :

Bailey Stober
253-520-2496 needs immediate local logistical help! is attempting an unprecedented phonebanking campaign microtargeting the 30 most competetive congressional districts in the country (Call for Change). We are opening 40 offices this week and are having a lot of trouble finding a space in Bellevue, Washington! It is of the utmost importance that we seal a place asap to ensure a successful campaign. What we need: (in Bellevue)600ft2+, 24/7 access, good cell reception, and something in the $650/month range(although we are flexible on that).

Calling for 2006 endorsements

Activism | Democratic Party | DFA | Local election | Progressive Infrastructure | State election

Dear Democracy for Washington Members:

It's time again for DFW to endorse quality candidates in our state that reflect our progressive ideals. We want your input. Please post YOUR choice for endorsements (no more than 3 suggestions per person, please!) here on the DFW website, or e-mail to McKenna at: DFW's executive board will then meet and narrow down our endorsements to a handful of candidates.

A Few Choice Words a NARAL Pro-Choice Washington Event!


Thu, 09/07/2006 - 6:00pm
A Few Choice Words
A fundraiser celebrating the power of WORDS to incite action and social change.

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2006
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: The BalMar
5449 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
*Please note, this is not an all-ages event, you must be 21 or older to attend*

Two levels of support, one great event!
$40 VIP Tickets - Purchase a seat and guarantee your up-close and personal view of our fantastic performers. There are a VERY LIMITED number of VIP tickets available so get yours NOW!

Wake up Walmart Tour - Who wants tickets?

Activism | Jobs & the Economy | Progressive Infrastructure

Mon, 09/04/2006 - 6:00pm
The Wake up Walmart tour is coming to Seattle! Actually, we're the end of the line, and they're planning a big event at Seattle's Town Hall. Interested in attending? Well, you're in luck. I was just contacted by Steve Lancing from UFCW Local 21, and he would like DFW's help promoting the end point of the Wake up Walmart Bus Tour. He has 50 tickets for DFA supporters in Washington. First come first serve!