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32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization
Minutes of “Endorsement Meeting,” May 10, 2017,
at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center
Following a 6 pm lasagna dinner graciously provided by our Latino community partners under the leadership of Rosamaria Graziani, and 30 minutes of “open mic” time including several announcements, the meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm by District Chair Carin Chase. We opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. M/S/C to adopt the agenda as proposed. M/S/C to approve the minutes of our last meeting, that of April 12.
Several elected officials in attendance were introduced, as were a number of candidates for elective office.
By way of preliminary, it was pointed out that our Endorsement Rules are set forth on the reverse side of the meeting agenda – whereupon it was M/C (separately) to endorse the following candidates as to whom our Executive Board had approved an endorsement recommendation by our Endorsement Committee:
Dow Constantine for King County Executive, and
Rod Dembowski for King County Council, District 1.
M/S to endorse Jin-Ah Kim for Shoreline City Council, Position 1. Jin-Ah spoke, answered a few questions, and it was voted to endorse her.
It was moved to endorse Pete Holmes for Seattle City Attorney, pursuant to the Executive Board’s approval of an endorsement recommendation by our Endorsement Committee. M/S to defer consideration of this office until our May 21 “Seattle endorsements” meeting, but the motion was defeated – whereupon it was voted to endorse Mr. Holmes.
M/S/C to hear next from other candidates for City of Seattle offices, since many of them might have to rush off to the (simultaneous) LD34 meeting in West Seattle. Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn spoke of his candidacy to be returned to that office, and Sen. Maralyn Chase spoke on behalf of Senator Bob Hasegawa’s candidacy for the same office. Each was subjected to Q and A.
It was moved to endorse Heather Fralick for Shoreline School District, Position 2, pursuant to the Executive Board’s approval of the Endorsement Committee’s recommendation for her endorsement. She spoke, was subjected to Q and A, and it was M/S/C to endorse her by acclamation.
Following a break for a raffle, Debbie Viertel urged us, on behalf of Indivisible Seattle, to participate in the ongoing “resistance” by writing postcards.
It was announced that our next meeting – also for endorsements – will occur at 4:30 pm on Sunday,
May 21, at the Edmonds Senior Center. Our June meeting, however will be held here at the MT Senior Center.
It was moved to endorse Angela Harris for Edmonds Port Commission, Position 1, pursuant to the Executive Board’s approval of the Endorsement Committee’s recommendation for her endorsement. Adrienne Fraley-Monillas spoke in support of the motion, and it was voted to endorse Ms. Harris.
M/S to endorse Kyoko Wright for Mountlake Terrace City Council, Position 4. Cindy Ryu spoke on her behalf, and it was voted to endorse Ms. Wright.
We next heard from two candidates for Edmonds School District, Position 4: Cathy Baylor and Deborah Kilgore, Ph.D., each of whom was subjected, in turn, to Q & A.
We then heard from Ben Corey, candidate for Lynnwood City Council, Position 1, following which he too was subjected to Q & A.
A speaker then warned us about Initiative 1552, a regulatory anti-transgender “bathroom bill” purporting to assure privacy and safety for women, men, and students in restrooms, locker rooms, etc. It is still in the signature-gathering stage, and we were urged to “decline to sign” it.
Resolutions and other business
M/S to adopt the proposed Resolution (#2017-9) urging municipal adoption of an income tax on the wealthiest residents of Seattle and Shoreline. Dean Fournier, Keith Scully, Alan Charnley, Senator Chase and others spoke in favor of the resolution and answered questions thereon during a lengthy discussion enabled by a successful motion to extend debate, following which the Resolution was adopted by an overwhelming margin.
M/S/C to approve appointment of Rosamaria Graziani as PCO for Lynnwood 14. M/S/C to approve the appointment of Jacob Kuykendall as PCO for SHL 2552.
M/S/C (after brief discussion) to adopt the proposed “Resolution (#2017-10) for Safe Consumption Spaces.”
M/S/C to permit consideration of the late-posted proposed “Resolution (#2017-11) Against the Use of Waste Tire Products on Playgrounds or Athletic Fields.” M/S/C to adopt the Resolution
Treasurer Eric Valpey reported our current bank balance as $13,300, but about to become $13,452 after deposit of tonight’s proceeds.
M/S/C to adjourn the meeting (at 9:48 pm).
Prepared and submitted by Dean Fournier, Secretary