2015 Primary Endorsements

Here are the candidates endorsed by the PCOs and members of the 48th District Democrats 5/18.

King County Assessor:  Lloyd Hara (incumbent)

King County Council District No. 6: Claudia Balducci

City of Bellevue Council Position No. 5: Vandana Slatter

City of Kirkland Council Position No. 2: Shelley Kloba (incumbent)

City of Kirkland Council Position No. 6: Dave Asher (incumbent)

King County Superior Court Judge Position 7:  Janet M. Helson

King County Superior Court Judge Position 15: Samuel S. Chung

King County Judge Position No. 21: Veronica A. Galvan

Our next endorsement meeting is Wednesday June 17.

May meeting changed to Monday 5/18

Legislative briefing by
State Senator Cyrus Habib and
State Rep. Joan McBride.
(All PCOs/members may vote)
Note the change in day and date from our usual Third Wednesday meeting date.

 The meeting was changed by members’ vote to accommodate the Board of Elections candidates’ publication deadline on Wednesday 5/20.


7:00 PM Check-in 

Northwest Arts Center, 9825 NE 24th St., Bellevue. Doors open 6:45.

7:10 Call to order, approval of agenda and minutes.

Legislative briefing by Cyrus and Joan (Rep. Ross Hunter met with us via Skype in April.)
Courtesies:  CD and organizational updates, first requests for our endorsement, etc.


  • Our Bylaws require a previous appearance by a candidate or representative requesting our endorsement to be considered for endorsement at tonight’s meeting.
  • Candidates qualifying for consideration at tonight’s meeting:
  1. Candidates for King County Auditor:  Lloyd Hara (incumbent) and John Wilson. 
  2. King County Council: Claudia Balducci.
  3. Bellevue City Council: Vandana Slatter.
  4. Kirkland City Council:  Shelley Kloba.
  5. King County Superior Court Judges: Samuel S. Chung, Veronica A. Galvan, and Janet M. Nelson (incumbents appointed by Gov. Inslee to vacated positions). Judge Nelson was sworn in last week and was inadvertently omitted in our newsletter from the list of candidates who have appeared at prior meetings to request our endorsement.
On-going and new business will be deferred until June except for any PCO appointments presented by our First Vice Chair for approval.
Good of the Order and Adjournment.

Procedures for Candidate Endorsements Monday, May 18

By Phil Kouse, Chair.

Here is the 48th LD procedure for endorsements for the 2015 primary election.

Our first round of endorsements will occur on Monday evening, May 18, rescheduled from our regular Wednesday May 20 meeting night to accommodate the Board of Elections publication schedule.

Our Bylaws require that a candidate or representative must have appeared at a meeting at least one month before our May endorsement meeting to request our endorsement. Candidates or their proxies appearing May 18 and requesting our endorsement for the first time may be considered for endorsement at our June meeting.

Our Executive Board requests that candidates submit copies of their King County Democratic Central Committee questionnaire and of a questionnaire submitted to a labor council or union, or explanation why no labor endorsement was sought. These should be sent at least five days in advance to 48thdems@gmail.com, subject line “Endorsements.”

The 41st LD also is considering endorsements on May 18. 41st Chair Karol Brown and I have agreed that candidates for endorsements of both LD’s should appear first at the meeting of the 41st LD and then at the 48th about 8:15.  Candidates for Redmond and Kirkland Councils or any other offices not sharing judicatories with the 41st will be considered earlier in our meeting.

If your campaign has any questions, please contact me at (425)533-3385.

Homeless shelter volunteers needed 4/14

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Eastside Winter Shelter Dinner–Woman and Children April 14

The 48th District Dems , with help from Dems in the 41st District, are hosting a dinner for the homeless on April 14th at the Redmond United Methodist Church. We have enjoyed the last two dinners we served in December and March. Actually helping individuals face to face is very rewarding.

We need at least 4 more volunteers to help purchase or make food–please step up to help if you can.

The next dinner will be April 14th, beginning at 7:45 for servers. If you cannot be there, you can donate food items to be used for the dinner.The church is located at: 16540 NE 80th St in downtown Redmond. If you are interested in helping, please CONTACT: Becky Lewis, rebeccie@comcast.net or 425-746-5869.

Reorganization Meeting Agenda for 1/14

7 PM January 14 (Second Wednesday)

Northwest Arts Center

9825 NE 24th Street, Bellevue

Call to Order by Temporary Meeting Chair

  • Rich Erwin (KCDCC Chair), Roger Crew, and Steve Kasner from King County Democrats board, officiating.

Flag Salute

Appointment of Secretary, Parliamentarian, Sergeant at Arms and Tally Committee

Credentials Report

Adoption of Agenda and Meeting Rules

Adoption of District Organization Bylaws and Standing Rules

Election of District Chair

Appointment of District Credentials Committee

Election of All Other District Officers

  • District Credentials Report regarding non-PCO members
  • Officers elected only by elected PCOs: First Vice Chair,WSDCC and KCDCC committee persons and KCDCC alternates.
  • Officers elected by all members in good standing: Second and Third Vice Chairs, Treasurer, Communications Director.

Approval of PCO Applications

Old Business

New Business

  • Appointment of Standing Committee(s)
  • 2015 Budget

Good of the Order


Bylaws Revisions – Executive Board meeting January 6

It was decided at the December special meeting to complete revision of the Bylaws and Special Rules of Order in preparation for our Reorganization Meeting (January 14) at our Executive Board meeting. The Board meeting will be 7 PM January 6, at the home of 2nd Vice Chair Karen Tennyson.

Only those sections not already finalized on December 10 will be reviewed.  If you are not a Board member and wish to attend, contact Karen to r.s.v.p. and get the address and directions at karen.tennyson@gmail.com.

The text of the proposed revised Bylaws and new standing rules can be viewed and copied HERE.  (Note: a new draft was uploaded at about 10:30 PM on January 2.) Please print your own copy to bring to the meeting.

2014 Holiday Party Wednesday 12/17

Please celebrate the holidays with us:
All 48th Members and potential members are welcome at the 48th LD Annual Holiday Party.
Becky and John Lewis’ House
16552 SE 19th St.
Bellevue WA 98008
Potluck Wednesday 12/17 6:30 to 9 PM.
Last names starting bring:
A-L:  Appetizers or Salad
M-Z:  Main Dish or Dessert
–Virginia Rogalsky and Becky Lewis

Congregation for the Homeless Service Events

Also please join us in preparing and delivering dinner for the women and children at the Congregations for the Homeless–Eastside Winter Shelter at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 17222 NE 8th St., Bellevue.

Our first date is Saturday, December 27, from 8-9 PM.  If you are interested please email Becky Lewis at rebeccie@comcast.net to choose a needed item for the supper menu.  There are approximately 45 homeless women and children each evening.  We hope to be able to do this about once a month in 2015 and invite other LD’s and/or political organizations to help.



12/10 Special Meeting–Ross on the State Budget and the Bylaws revision

A.special meeting has been called for the second Wednesday of December 12/10 replacing our November meeting, which was cancelled to allow PCOs to attend a general Eastside meeting to hear candidates for chair of King County Democrats. The meeting will be at the usual time and meeting place, 7 PM at the Northwest Arts Center in Bellevue. Our annual holiday party will be the third Wednesday at the Lewis home (watch for details).

State Rep. Ross Hunter, undoubtedly the Legislature’s leading authority on.the State budget, will discuss the budget in detail, including slides with graphs and charts.  This program will be from 7-8 PM.

Those who wish to review and provide feedback to the Bylaws Revision Committee will meet from 8-9 PM for a less formal discussion meeting to review proposed changes to the Bylaws and newly created Standing Rules (user-friendly term coined by John Elsbree is “Special Rules of Order”).  John Elsbree, Craig ZumBrunnen, and Phil Kouse will use feedback from this discussion to compose a final draft for adoption at our biennial Reorganization Meeting on the second Wednesday in January 1/14/15.

To read the Bylaws presently in effect pull down the “Bylaws” page from the menu bar above.  For a summary of the changes along with a draft of the revised Bylaws and new Special Rules of Order (standing rules in parliamentary-speak), pull down the “Proposed New Bylaws” menu page.

Revised agenda for 11/19 Eastside General Meeting

The 41st LD has announced a change in the agenda  for the Eastside general meeting at 7-9 PM Wednesday at Tyee Middle School.  The reason for several LD’s meeting together is to enable all candidates for 2015-2016 Chair of the King County Democratic Central Committee to spend more time sharing their viewpoints instead of traveling among the 5th, 41st and 48th LD’s that evening.

The agenda as originally announced provided for a combined meeting before the Candidate event, with a business meeting following.  Since the 48th has no business planned for 11/19 and this event does not allow sufficient time for review and discussion of our proposed Bylaws revision, that agenda would have allowed our members to quietly exit after the Candidate event.  The revised agenda includes 30-45 minutes for individual break-out LD business meetings between the initial speaker (Kurt DelBene on the Affordable Care Act) and the Candidate event [considering the nature of  Q&A, my crystal ball is predicting 20 minutes left for business meetings.  Phil Kouse].

The 48th will use its “break-out” for an informal “Good of the Order” session.

The new agenda with tentative times announced to us Tuesday morning by 41st LD Program Chair Dorothy Willard, who is chairing the joint meeting:

  • 7:00 Kurt DelBene on the Affordable Care Act
  • 7:30 LDs break out for individual meetings. (48th will conduct no business involving voting.)
  • 8:15 KCDCC Chair candidates event. Persons known at this time to be seeking nomination at the 12/6 King County Democrats’ reorganization meeting (9 AM at location to be announced) are Omaha Sternberg, Rich Erwin and Betsy Walker
  • 9:00 Adjournment.

Eastside LD’s join our meetings again on November 19

Eastside Districts General Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 7 PM
Tyee Middle School
13454 SE Newport Way
Bellevue WA 98006-2024

The King County Democratic Central Committee reorganization meeting is December 6 and all 2015-2016 elected PCOs (whose term of office begins 12/1/14) will be eligible to vote for the new officers.

The 5th, 41st and 48th LDs are combining our meetings that night in order to allow more time for PCOs to meet the candidates for King County Democrats offices than if they were required to travel among the three regular LD meetings that night.  This meeting replaces the November membership meeting of the 48th LD Democrats.


1.  Kurt DelBene on the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare (25 minutes)

2,.  KCDCC Meeting Review (5 minutes)

3.  LD End of Year Parties (10 minutes)

4.  Which PCOs can vote in January? (5 minutes)

5.  Acknowledgement of Candidates for KCDCC office (10 minutes)

10-Minute break

KCDCC Chair Candidates Event (30 minutes)

(The official agenda adds old and new business.  However, the 48th had been planning a review of our proposed Bylaws and this meeting does not provide sufficient time or setting for that activity. 48th members may wish to exist quietly after the Chair Candidates Event.  A special 48th meeting is set for Dec. 10 for those who wish to review the proposed Bylaws revisions.)