Presidential Debate Watch Party!

Hello 48th LD Democrats!

As you have likely seen, this month’s regular meeting has been rescheduled for the 26th to allow for people who want to watch the final presidential debate to do so.

On the 19th, let’s watch it together!


– This will be a fundraiser event, benefiting the 48th LD.  Recommended donation at the door is $10.

– There will be Debate Bingo, with some prizes for the winners. The prizes will be amazing. Huge. Only the best prizes.

– It is easier to survive watching the debate with like-minded individuals.


So please, put this on your calendar:

48th LD Dems Debate Watch Party

Wednesday, October 19th

5:45pm until whenever it ends, likely 7:45pm

Belcarra Apartments (limited parking in building)
10688 NE 10th ST

Bellevue, WA 98004

Hope to see you there!

James Terwilliger

Vice Chair for Events and Fundraisers

October LD Meeting Date Moved!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the scheduling of the last Presidential debate, the 48th Legislative District October meeting will be moved to October 26th at 7:00 pm, still at the North West Arts Center.


Annual picnic Wednesday 8/17

It’s a potluck BBQ! We’ll have burgers, dogs, and buns (for all diets)! Please RSVP and sign up for a dish using our perfect potluck organizing page or email Peace at with the potluck information. Please RSVP so we know how many hot dogs to bring!

6:30-7:30 Food, Youth Games and fun!
7:30-8:00 Speeches from Elected Officials and meet PCO’s
8:00-9:30 Food, games, and fun!

The event is FREE, but bring your Ones, Fives, and Hamiltons to play fun games! Proceeds go to critical races around the region! This is a family friendly event with a coloring table, yard games, and a splash park across the lawn.

Directions: Crossroads Park in Bellevue picnic shelter number 3, between the firehouse and Chevron on NE 8th St/164th Ave NE.

Parking: Parking is available in the parking lot off of NE 8th Street or the main lot off of 164th Ave NE.  Please do not park in the marked spaces reserved for local businesses or along the driving lanes.  Carpooling is encouraged. There is also street parking available.

Protect the House – take back the Senate!
Vote down-ballot and join your local party!


If you were endorsed by LD 48th we invite you to join us at the picnic. There are opportunities to set-up a table and/or speak for one minute during the event. If interested please contact Peace at If you were not endorsed or have not yet asked for an endorsement, feel free to stop by and get to know us before coming to our next official business meeting (Wednesday, Sept.21).


We are still in need of a few volunteers – especially if you can run a grill! Email Peace at for more details.

Want to see who is coming? Check out the Facebook event page.

–Peace Keenen, Event organizer

Get out the vote!

Hillary Nomination Watch Party 7/28 5-7 PM

Thursday 7/28 from 5 to 7 PM.

Rep Patty Kuderer’s home
1100 106th Ave N E
The Great Room
Bellevue WA

RSVP/Contact: Louise

Sen. Patty Murray at Coordinated Office 8/1 at 6:30

Senator Murray will be at the Bellevue Coordinated Campaign Office during phone banking at 6:30 or so:  15935 NE 8th St. B200. (Second Floor, look for the campaign signs).

Gov. Jay Inslee at Coordinated Office 8/2 at 10 AM

Gov. Jay Inslee will be at the Bellevue Coordinated Campaign Office prior to door belling at 10 AM or so: 15935 NE 8th St. B200.

Call TJ at 425-943-1467 to RSVP/Confirm time.

Daily Campaign Activities

Eastside phone bank and door belling daily until 8/2
Bellevue Coordinated Campaign Office
TJ, Coordinator
15935 NE 8th St. B200
Bellevue WA 98008

  • Phone banking daily
  • 48th and 41st LDs calling for peruasion: Thursday 5:30-8 PM
  • Doorbelling on weekend and some weekdays

Jay Inslee’s Campaign
Isabel Gibson Penrose
Bellevue Coordinated Campaign Office
15935 NE 8th St. B200
Bellevue WA 98008

  • Phone banking daily
  • 48th and 41st LDs calling for persuasion: Thursday 5:30-8 PM
  • Doorbelling on weekend and some weekdays

Lisa Wellman Campaign for 41st LD State Senate
Karol Brown’s Office
14205 SE 36th St., First Floor (rd next to I-90)
Bellevue WA

Phone banking daily: 48th and 41st LDs
Doorbelling: weekend and some weekdays

Contact Katy Orzog 814-360-8332

Endorsements for the 2016 Primary Election

The following candidates were endorsed by at least 2/3 of members attending our May, June or July monthly meetings.

Ballot Measures

  • Sound Transit 3 (Sound Transit Board’s proposal for completion of a regional light rail network. This will be on the ballot in November.) Endorsed a Yes vote to approve the plan.

Nominations for State Legislature:

  • Seat 1: Patty Kuderer
  • Seat 2: Joan McBride

U.S. Congress Endorsements:

  • U.S. Senator:  Patty Murray
  • CD 1 Representative: Suzan DelBene
  • CD 9 Representative: Adam Smith (sole endorsement of two candidates considered)
  • CD8 Representative: Santiago Ramos

State Candidate Endorsements

  • Governor: Jay Inslee
  • Lt Gov: Cyrus Habib (sole endorsement passed of two candidates considered)
  • Secretary of State: Tina Podlowkowski
  • Attorney General: Bob Ferguson
  • Treasurer: John Paul Comerford
  • State Auditor:  Jeff Sprung Website
  • Supreme Court Justice: Mary Yu and Charlie Wiggins (different positions)
  • Commissioner of Public Lands: Hillary Franz (sole endorsement of two candidates considered)
  • Supt. of Public Instruction: Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal (dual endorsement from three candidates considered)

King County Candidate Endorsements

  • Superior Court Judge Positions:
    • 14 Nicole Gaines Phelps
    • 26 David Keenan
    • 28 Johanna Bender
    • 31 Helen Halpert
    • 33 Steve Rosen
    • 43 John McHale
    • 44 Eric Newman and Cathy Moore (dual endorsement)
    • 52 Anthony Gipe and Kristin Richardson (dual endorsement)
    • 53 Marianne Spearman

Special Resolution re: Candidacy of Santiago Ramos
WHEREAS Santiago Ramos has bemaen a long-time member and Executive Board member of the 48th District Democrats, and distinguished himself as a past Chair and as State Committeeman to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee from this District, and
WHEREAS by his statements and actions he has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to the principles and objectives of the Democratic Party, and
WHEREAS the 48th Legislative District is not part of the constituency of the 8th Congressional District for which he is running as U.S. Representative but we nonetheless fully support his campaign,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Precinct Committee Officers and other members of the 48th District Democrats recommend Santiago Ramos to the voters of the 8th Congressional District and announce that he has our full support, recommendation, and vote of confidence in his campaign for Congress.

Reminder: May meeting changed to 5/25

Our May meeting  was rescheduled from Wednesday May 18 to Wednesday May 25 in order to allow us to consider endorsements as soon  as possible after the close of filing on Friday 5/20.  Our Bylaws prohibit endorsing candidates before close of filing.

The meeting time and place remain unchanged, 7 PM at the Northwest Arts Center.  See “Attend a Meeting” pulldown menu for details.

Candidates needing information about our endorsement procedures should consult the pulldown menu, “2016 Candidate Endorsement Procedures.”

Final District Caucus election results

by Phil Kouse, Chair.

Here are the results of the balloting from the 2016 District Caucus.

Despite the catastrophic failure of our registration process–due entirely to my failing to start planning early enough to allow us to recruit adequate volunteers to make the event work on the planned time schedule–and despite my failure to explain the proceedings in a way that would reduce confusion–thanks to the patience, forbearance and graciousness of all but a very small handful of the 562 delegates, we did achieve our reason for meeting within about two hours of the originally announced stopping time.

The membership and the Executive Board of the 48th District Democrats as well as the planning group and volunteers for the District Caucus include both Sanders and Clinton supporters and our organization has no presidential candidate preference.  We will endorse and unite to work together for the election of the nominee of the Democratic National Convention in July.

Therefore caucuses and sub-caucuses are listed simply in numerical and alphabetical order (by candidate last name) in order to reflect our organizational neutrality. If your name is mispelled or there are other errors they are due to human error, they are unintentional and will be corrected within 24 hours if you email us the correction or inquiry at

CD1 Clinton

Delegates: Nitika Arora, Jordan Blakney, Shahzad Bhatti, Ross Hunter, Jon DeVaan
Alternates: Karen Tennyson, Sandra Eisert, Josh Benaloh

CD1 Sanders

Delegates: Katheryn Bickell, Violet Davis, Deanna Falcone, Peace Keenen, Etta Spangler, Peggy Gennatiempo, Rizwan Samad, James Terwilliger, Paul Flinton, Kyle Keraga, William French.
Alternates: Omar Aldahleh, Nicole Hamilton, Jeff Handley, Julia Greenfield, Aidan Moran.

CD9 Clinton

Delegates: Christine Chew, Sarah Chandler, Thomas Harrington, John Shaffer, Brett Parmacek.

Alternates: Lisa Weber, Frederic Mokren

CD9 Sanders

Delegates: Mimansa Dogra, Rachel Zimmerman, Aubrey Tingler, Aaron Tam, Brian Constable, Matthew McMullan, Brent Yarkin.
Alternates: Lauren Root, Cyril Bouanna, Fiona Campbell, Eric Chaney.

Thank you, CD/State Convention Delegates, for your willingness to serve the Democratic voters of your Legislative District in this capacity. You will receive communications calling you to the state convention from the Washington State Democratic Central Committee. You also are a delegate or alternate to your Congressional District Caucus on May 21.

This weekend we will both email with attachment and snail mail your information and registration materials for the State Convention on June 17-19. This still provides you with more than adequate time to register for the State Convention in June. The CD Caucus planning committees will provide a call to meeting with location, dates, agendas and rules, and registration information in whatever manner and timing they are planning.

If you wish to run for delegate to the Democratic National Convention, you do not have to be a delegate to any of the other caucuses or conventions. See this link for the application and deadline for submission:

4/17 District Caucus Rules and Final Agenda

These are the District Caucus Rules with Final Agenda for the delegates and alternates elected by their Precincts to the 48th Legislative District Caucus of Washington State.

1:00 to 5:00 P.M. Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Spirit Ridge School, Bellevue.

The facilities are accessible on one floor.


Please bring your own digital or printed copy of the Caucus Rules and Agenda with you to the Caucus for your personal reference.  Printed copies will not be available for distribution Sunday.

These Rules comply with the final Washington State Democrat Central Committee Rules to be applied at all District Caucuses in the state. They may reflect changes made since, or clarifications of, information related to you at the Precinct Caucuses.



Q: What happens if I’ve moved to a new address since the precinct caucus?

A: If you have moved out of your precinct, you forfeit your seat as a delegate. (See rule 3.)

Q: Can I change my presidential preference?

A: Yes, delegates can change their preference at any time, up until the credentials committee compiles its final report. (See rule 6.)

Q: How will the delegates to be elected at the LD caucus be allocated by presidential preference?

A: The allocations will be proportional to the number of each candidate’s supporters attending the LD caucus. (See rule 11.)

Q: What happens if a precinct has insufficient alternates to replace its absent delegates?

A: An unseated alternate from another precinct in the district (with the same presidential preference) will be chosen by lot to replace each absent delegate. (See rule 2.)

Q: Do I need to be a precinct delegate/alternate in order to run for State/CD Delegate?

A: No, you just need to be a Democrat and a registered voter in the Legislative District. (See rule 13A.)

Q: If I’m an alternate who is not seated to replace a delegate, may I still attend the caucus?

A: You may stay and observe, but not vote. You could also volunteer to help the tally committee. (See rule 18.)

Q: Can I pay the $10 registration fee online?

A: Yes. Go to the 48th Dems Click and Pledge site  here and pay in the blank contribution box. Bring a copy of your digital receipt with you to Caucus sign-in (or Nominations table if you are a non-delegate candidate) to assist our registrars.  Payment of the fee is not a condition of participation or election.



Doors open at 1:00 for Registration. After registration, Candidates for CD Caucus/State Convention precede to the Nominations table to get their Candidate Number and then post their resumes at their Sub-Caucus Area.  Alternates who are not seated for delegates are requested to volunteer to stay to serve on the tally committee.


Call to Order by Temporary Caucus Chair Phil Kouse (District Chair)

Pledge of Allegiance

Address by Jaxon Ravens, Chair of Washington State Democratic Central Committee

Greetings by 48th LD Senator Cyrus Habib and Representatives Joan McBride and Patricia Kuderer

Appointment of Temporary Officers

  • Secretary:  Yosefa Kouse (District Communications Director)
  • Sergeant at Arms:  Brad Helland (past State Committeeman)
  • Parliamentarian:  John Elsbree (District Parliamentarian)

Preliminary Report of the Credential Committee by Credentials Committee Chair Nick Pernisco (District 2nd Vice Chair)

Announcement of Preliminary allocation of delegates to State Convention by presidential preferences by the Temporary Chair.

Report of the Rules Committee by Rules Committee Chair John Elsbree

Election of Permanent Chairs by delegates from the 1st and 9th Congressional Districts.

  • Temporary Chair will conduct the election of a Permanent Chair for 9th CD Delegates. Nominee of the Rules Committee made by Chair John Elsbree: Becky Lewis, State Committeewoman. Other nominations will be taken from the floor.
  • The person elected Permanent Chair for 9th CD Delegates will conduct the election of a Permanent Chair for 1st CD Delegates.  Nominee of the Rules Committee made by Chair John Elsbree: Phil Kouse. Other nominations will be taken from the floor.

Appointment of Permanent Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms and Parliamentarian

Adoption of the Final Credentials Report.

Chairs announce the final allocations of the State Convention delegates and alternates.


Call of the delegates of the CD to Order by the Permanent Chair

Appointment by the Chair of Sub-Caucus Chairs

  • 1st CD Clinton Delegates: Karen Tennyson (District 1st Vice Chair)
  • 1st CD Sanders Delegates: Santiago Ramos (District Committeeman)
  • 9th CD Clinton Delegates:  Becky Lewis
  • 9th CD Sanders Delegates: Brad Helland

Sub-Caucus Chairs appoint a Sub-Caucus Secretary and conduct the election of delegates according to Rule 13. The District Chair and Rules Committee Chair will be available for consultation.

Certification of the Delegates to the CD Caucus and State Convention.

Adjournment by the Permanent Caucus Chair

Updated Official call of delegates to the 48th Legislative District Caucus on 4/17

This is the Official Call by the 48th District Democrats
to the Legislative District Caucus, April 17, 2016 at 1 pm. (Updated 4/12/16)

Video introduction to the District Caucus

 If you were elected a delegate or alternate at your Precinct Caucus on 3/26 and have not received the official call by email or USPS, come anyway.  If you received one of the certificate of election slips, bring it.  Some email servors may not deliver mass emails from; yours may have gone to your spam folder; there may have been a problem in reporting your election or contact information by your Precinct Caucus secretary; or (in a lot of cases we know about), you may not have provided us with any contact information!  

FAQ: Are alternates expected to attend? Yes. After delegate attendance is tallied, alternates not needed to be seated for absent delegates will be excused from the rest of the caucus proceedings.

FAQ:  When should I get there?  Although other Districts have announced they will open their doors at 12 and start proceedings at 1:00, we will open our doors at 1:00 and start our proceedings as soon as most delegates can be credentialed.   State rules prohibit any District from starting elections before 2:00. Mandatory adjournment is 5:00.

Location: Spirit Ridge Elementary School
                 16401 SE 24th St., Bellevue, WA 98008

Who is eligible to vote:

The purpose of the District Caucus is to elect representatives from our Legislative District to the 1st and 9th Congressional Caucuses May 21 and the State Democratic Convention June 17-19.

Persons who are eligible to vote include:

  • Eligible voters who were elected as delegates at their Precinct caucuses.
  • Alternates if delegates for their precinct are not present.  Alternates should be representing the same candidate as the delegate they are replacing.

A quorum is 40% of delegates registered by the final credentials report.

Who is eligible to run for delegate to the State Convention and/or Congressional District Caucus:

Any eligible voter may run for delegate even if he or she was not elected as a delegate or alternate to the District Caucus. Here is how to run for delegate:

  • After registering for the District Caucus, complete the declaration of candidacy at the sign-in table. Read the requirements carefully before submitting it.
  • Post your “political resume” on wall space specified for your chosen Presidential candidate. Delegates for that candidate and Congressional District will have the opportunity to read your resume before the Caucuses begin.
  • You will make a one-minute or less spoken presentation to your Caucus. If you are more comfortable reading a statement, one minute is about 150-170 words.
  • If you cannot attend the District Caucus, you may run for delegate instead by submitting your request and qualifications in writing to the District Chair by midnight Friday 4/15 [email, subject line: Application for Election as Delegate].  The Chair will read your letter to the delegates. It cannot be longer than 1 minute, which is approximately 150-170 words.

What are the Caucus Rules:

A copy of the Rules will be sent to all delegates and alternates along with the final Agenda before the Caucus. Please bring your copy of the Rules and Final Agenda to the Caucus.

Our Rules will set a requested registration fee of $10 for each seated delegate or alternate, and possibly from persons who are not delegates or alternates who seek election to the CD Caucus and State Convention.  Inability to pay the requested fee will not prevent you from attending the caucus or being considered for election.  Proceeds from the fee will replenish the 48th District Democrats’ “war chest” for 2016 political campaigns and contributions to candidates, which was eliminated by the high cost of the precinct and district caucuses this year.

How many delegates does the 48th District elect:

Our Bellevue precincts are in the constituency of the 9th Congressional District. Redmond, Kirkland, Clyde Hill, Medina, Hunts Point, and Yarrow Bay precincts are in the 1st Congressional District.  The 48th District actually will conduct a separate Caucus for the delegates from each CD after the initial Plenary (entire group) business.

CD 9: We have been allocated 6 female delegate positions and 6 male delegate positions. Also we have 3 female alternates and 3 male alternates.

CD 1: We have been allocated 8 female delegate positions and 8 male delegate positions. Also we have 4 male alternates and 4 female alternates to elect.

You will vote for an equal number of male and female delegates and alternates in your CD and candidate caucus.

FAQ: We will not know until the elections occur how the delegates will be split between the Presidential candidates. The guidelines for the elections required by the State Party will be incorporated into the District Caucus Rules after we have them completed for distribution in an email no later than Friday morning.


1:00    Doors open for Registration (Sign-in tables, alphabetic lines).  We are hoping to have a paperless registration; the amount of information required from delegates by the State Party may prevent this.


Call to Order by Phil Kouse, 48th District Democrats’ Chair.

Pledge of Allegiance

Address by Jaxon Ravens, WSDCC Chair

Greetings by State Senator Cyrus Habib and State Representatives Joan McBride and Patty Kuderer

Election of Phil Kouse (LD Chair) to chair 1st CD Delegates’ Caucus and Becky Lewis (LD State Committee Woman) to chair 9th CD Delegates’ Caucus

Appointment of Caucus Officers by the Chairs

Credentials Report for each CD: A) Seating Alternates B) Challenges (REGISTRATION CLOSES)

Adoption of the Agenda and Rules


Election of delegates

Official registration forms to newly elected delegates

No Platform or Resolutions—already submitted for King County Convention 5/1 at the Precinct Caucuses

Good of the Order

Adjournment—No later than 5 PM



FAQs about the 4/17 District Caucus

Video introduction to 48th District caucuses

My precinct elected me to be a delegate/alternate but I have not heard anything more yet. Is that a problem?

No. The State party has provided a partial list of delegates, who will be notified by email (if known) or snail mail (if only residential address is known) as soon as possible this weekend. The remainder will be notified Monday evening by email or by snail mail posted Tuesday after the list is provided by the State Monday.

The King County Democratic Party will notify you later about the County Convention at 1:00 on May 1.

Where is the District Caucus?

1:00 Sunday 4/17 at Spirit Ridge School, 16401 SE 24th St., Bellevue. Registration procedures are still being determined but in general, delegates will sign in and enter the meeting hall and alternates will wait in a holding area until needed or dismissed.

What will happen there?

We are excited that State Democratic Party Chair Jaxon Ravens is planning to address 48th LD delegates. The 48th Legislative District spans the 1st and 9th Congressional Districts, so after a general meeting we will divide into separate caucuses to elect LD delegates to the 1st and 9th Congressional District caucuses on May 21.  LD and County delegates to the CD caucuses and delegates to the State Democratic Convention on June 17-19 will elect the delegates to the National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25-28.

Any Democrat can run to be a delegate to any of these caucuses or conventions, regardless of whether they were elected as a delegate at an earlier stage.

For more information or to get an application to run for delegate to the National Convention, check the State Party website here.

Do I need the delegate or alternate certification slip given out at the Precinct Caucuses?

Some got these and some did not. The main purpose was to notify you of dates of the District Caucus and County Convention to which you were elected. If you have one bring it but it is not required to be seated.

I am an alternate. How will I know if I am needed in my precinct’s delegation?

There really is no way for us to know in advance whose services will be needed until the call to seat alternates during the caucus itself.  If your services are not needed after that, you will be free to leave.

Will it be as chaotic as the Precinct Caucuses?

We have about 1200 delegates and alternates to register in order to finally seat 599 voting delegates, and we have very little time and few experienced persons to plan and organize this task, so there will be some bumps in the road. The last time we did it on this scale was 2008, when the Democratic nomination was hotly contested between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes. The State Party has authorized Districts to require a registration fee from each delegate.  The registration fee for 48th District delegates or alternates seated in place of a delegate will be $10. If you share our vision of grassroots activism, you also are invited to join and become active in the 48th District Democrats. For more information, see the pull down menu bar above.

–This information is up to date as of 3 PM Saturday, 4/9. Phil Kouse, Chair. It corrects previous information which was in error.