2014 General Election Endorsements

Candidates running opposed are not listed.

State Legislature:

  • 48th LD Representatives:  Ross Hunter (incumbent), Joan McBride
  • 48th LD Senator: Cyrus Habib


  • 1st District Representative:  Susan DelBene (incumbent)
  • 9th District Representative: Adam Smith (incumbent)

Northwest Electoral District Court:

  • Judge Position No. 1:  Janet Garrow (incumbent)
  • Judge Position No. 2:  Ketu Shah (incumbent)
  • Judge Position No. 3:  Lisa O’Toole or Marcus Naylor*


  • I-591 (Prohibiting gun confiscation without due process of law):  No
  • I-594 (Requiring federal background checks for every gun transfer with limited exceptions): Yes

* Judges (Pro Tem) O’Toole and Naylor were dually endorsed by this organization during the primary election ccampaign.  Both survived the primary and now seek the same judgeship.

Yes Rodney’s leaving, but we still must fight for the State Senate

(Editor’s Note:  Matt Isenhower’s campaign against the incumbent state senator in our neighboring 45th LD has been flagged by our Rep. Ross Hunter and others as a key campaign to regain Democratic party control of the Senate. Ross noted that he, Cyrus Habib and Joan McBride emerged with overwhelming majorities in the primary election and appear assured of election to the state Senate and Legislature from our LD.   He has encouraged the 48th to lend our resources to the 45th to assist Matt.)

Now you have two chances to put your feet on the ground and walk for Matt Isenhower, Senate Candidate for the 45th LD, and  take back the State Senate

  • Sunday 9/14 at Bella Bottega QFC Starbucks, Redmond
  • Saturday 10/18 at 10 AM, place to be determined.

This is a great way to get exercise and work for an excellent candidate who has the ability to help change the power structure in the State Senate.  Let’s get a permanent solution to education and women’s health.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android device, please let me know.  We would like to get as many walking lists via Mini-Van as we possibly can, and save a tree or two.  If you are not familiar with Mini-Van, please contact me (425-822-7765 or 425-985-5017) for a brief lesson on how to download the app on your device.

–Karen Tennyson, 2nd Vice Chair (PCOs)





August 20 Annual Picnic

48th LD Democrats’ annual picnic will be hosted by the Ross Hunter re-election campaign Wednesday evening at the home of Ross Hunter in Medina. Ross also will be inviting other guests of his campaign, and you will have an opportunity to contribute to Ross’ relection campaign. Electeds or candidates with any questions about the format for the evening should contact Representative Hunter, not the 48th LD Chair.

Attendance is by RSVP to the Hunters only. For an Evite invitation and electronic RSVP, or see the 48th LD Democrats FACEBOOK page or email 48thdems@gmail.com for a forwarded invitation.

You also will have the opportunity to order and pay for your tickets for the Eastside Democrats Dinner on Sunday, September 7.

The campaign is providing beer and non- alcoholic beverages, organic hot dogs and hamburgers, and a place to sit. We’re hoping folks will bring salads and desserts, plus other bits to fill in.

Ross needs three persons to help with set up, three persons to help with take-down, and two persons who will handle the grill during the picnic. Please contact 48th Vice Chair Virginia Rogalsky (virginialr@yahoo.com) as soon as possible if you can assist.

Kirkland July 4 Parade 10:30 AM

The official 48th LD parade delegation will join State Senate candidate Cyrus Habib walking with US Rep. Suzan DelBene..  Endorsed judicial candidates are invited to join the delegation.


Staging will be at the DelBene campaign’s Position 45 between 5th Ave W. from Market to 3rd St. W.  Bring a hat, sunscreen and water.  Maps and other information are available at the event website: http://www.celebratekirkland.org/parade.htm.


We also have an invitation to support the Matt Isenhower 45th LD Senate campaign, marching either with him instead of the 48th or recycling back after we complete the parade to the Friends of Matt Isenhower at Position 82.

Nominations and Endorsements for August 2014 Primary election

Rep. Cyrus Habib was nominated as the Democratic Party candidate for State Senate from the 48th LD and former Kirkland mayor Joan McBride as the candidate for the seat Cyrus will vacate in the State Legislature Wednesday night, 48th LD Democrats Chair Phil Kouse announced. Rep. Ross Hunter was nominated for re-election to his legislative seat.

U.S. Rep. Susan DelBene (1 CD) and Rep. Adam Smith (9 CD) received the district party sole endorsements for re-election to Congress.

The 48th LD Democrats solely endorsed Judge Janet Garrow for Northeast District Court Position 1 and Judge Ketu Shah for Position 2.

Lisa O’Toole and Marcus Naylor received dual endorsement for District Court Position 3. As judges pro tem, both candidates survived a rigorous and competitive hiring process to substitute for elected judges. Our members believe that each candidate brings valuable background and perspectives to the judiciary.

Superior Court and other candidate endorsements will be considered in June.

Endorsement meeting Wednesday May 21

Attention candidates:  our Endorsement Meeting will be May 21, not our June meeting as previously announced. 
The meeting was moved up due to the deadline for publishing the county Voters Guide.

State Party rules require us to nominate rather than endorse candidates from our district for State Senate and the two seats in the State Legislature.  

The only announced candidates known to be seeking our nomination at this time are Cyrus Habib for State Senate and Ross Hunter and Joan McBride for State Legislature.

Candidates for nomination who have not already notified 48th Chair Phil Kouse they are requesting endorsement and attended at least one meeting should declare their intend and plan to attend the May 21 meeting.  Non-incumbents are requested to provide a copy of a King County Democrats questionnaire and the questionnaire from one labor union or council from which they are seeking endorsement.  Contact Phil Kouse at 48thdems@gmail.com.

US Reps Smith and DelBene at 4/16 LD meeting

U.S. Representatives Adam Smith (9th CD) and U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene were scheduled to attend.  Congressman Smith will leave early for an appearance at the 41st LD meeting. (Click on the red ball above right for the pull-down menu with meeting time and place, etc.)
  1. Congressional Updates and Q&A, Representatives Smith and DelBene.
  2. Campaign update:  Joan McBride for State Senate
  3. Other candidate/organization courtesies
  4. Treasurer’s report
  5. Report of LD Chair Phil Kouse deferred from last meeting
  6. Convene brief special session of LD Caucus to receive report on specific resolutions referred to Caucus Resolution Committee to be put into final form, and to determine whether to refer them to the State Convention with or without our recommendation to pass the resolutions.
  7. Courtesies for candidates/organizational reps arriving from other LD meetings
  8. Good of the Order:  Vice Chair Virginia Rogalsky re: Cinco de Mayo Party; Vice Chair Karen Tennyson re: special May meeting PCO Votebuilder training. Others from floor.

The Democratic Party wants YOU!

Every two years, Democrats around the state gather with their neighbors at Caucuses and Conventions to decide on the direction of the Washington State Democratic Party.
This year, that process kicks off on March 9 with the Legislative District Caucuses.  The 48th LD Caucus will meet from 1-3 PM at Rose Hill Elementary School, 8110 – 128th Ave NE, Kirkland.  The LD Caucuses are followed by County Conventions on April 12to adopt a county Platform and county resolutions, and the State Convention on June 21st in Spokane to adopt a state Platform, state resolutions and other party business.
We will be electing 8 delegates and 6 alternates to the State Convention,, and may consider platform proposals and resolutions to refer either to the county or state conventions.  You do not have to be a PCO or member of the 48th LD Democratic organization to attend, vote or be eligible to election as a delegate or alternate.
Have you been intending to get more involved with Democrats in your area?  the Caucuses and conventions are a great place to start.  Attend our LD Caucus and run for State Convention delegate.  Ethnic minority Democrats are encouraged in particular to place your names into consideration.  By attending our LD Caucus and/or County Convention as an involved Democrat or the State Convention as an elected delegate, you will have the chance to shape our Party platform and pass resolutions.
It is interesting to note that in 2008, Washington State hosted the largest Precinct Caucuses in United States history.  The Caucuses kicked off the grassroots movement that elected Barack Obama in that historic election.
Ex Officio members of the State Convention from the 48th LD are U.S. RepresentativesAdam Smith and Suzan DelBene, State Senator Rodney Tom, State RepresentativesRoss Hunter and Cyrus Habib, 48th LD Chair Phil Kouse, and 48th State Committeepersons Becky Lewis and Santiago Ramos.

Time to renew your dues for 2014!

The membership form does not reflect the change passed at our January meeting to suggested dues of $48 per year.  Fixed and limited income members are still welcome as always to renew or join by payment of an affordable amount.