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32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization
Minutes of Special Meeting for “Seattle” Endorsements,
Held May 21, 2017, at the Edmonds Senior Center
The meeting was called to order at 4:38 pm by District Chair Carin Chase, opening with the Pledge of Allegiance. M/S/C to adopt the agenda as proposed – on the back of which appeared the full text of §8 of our Standing Rule 2, regarding Endorsement Procedures. Several elected officials and candidates present were introduced.
Seattle City Council
For City Council Position 8, it was moved by the Board (and Endorsement Committee, hereinafter “EC”) to endorse Teresa Mosqueda and Sheley Secrest. M/S to endorse Jon Grant, who does not self-identify as a Democrat. Upon a point of order being raised for that reason, the Chair declared that Mr. Grant is therefore ineligible for endorsement under our Rules. M/S to suspend the Rules in order to consider endorsing him, but the motion was defeated. M/S to endorse Dr. Hisam Goueli.
All three of the above eligible candidates then spoke, in turn, for 3 minutes each, followed in each case by Q & A. Each was then supported by an LD32 member speaking on his/her behalf, whereupon we proceeded to vote, in the sequence set forth above, with each receiving the 60% support necessary for our endorsement.
For City Council Position 9, M/S to endorse Pat Murakami. In absence of any further such motions, Ms. Murakami spoke and was subjected to Q & A, following which one LD member spoke in favor of her endorsement; another spoke against it; and it was voted 17-11 to endorse her.
For Mayor of Seattle, it was moved by the Board and EC to endorse Bob Hasegawa and Mike McGinn. M/S to endorse Cary Moon. M/S to endorse Jenny Durkan. M/S to endorse Jessyn Farrell. The first three spoke on their own behalf and were subjected to Q & A; the latter two were absent but each was supported by remarks by an LD member (as the first three had been).
We then proceeded to a vote, in the sequence set forth above, and Messrs. Hasegawa and McGinn each received the 60% support necessary for endorsement, as did Ms. Moon, but the other two fell short of that threshold.
Port of Seattle
For Port Commission Position 1, it was moved by the Board and EC to endorse Ryan Calkins. M/S to endorse John Creighton, the incumbent. Each spoke and was subjected to Q & A. When it came time for a vote, each won the 60% support necessary for our endorsement.
M/S/C to defer until later the agenda-specified adjournment time.
For Port Commission Position 3, it was moved by the Board and EC to endorse Ahmed Abdi. M/S to endorse Stephanie Bowman, the incumbent. Each spoke and was subjected to Q & A and supportive remark by LD members, following which it was voted (by >60% in each case) to endorse them.
For Port Commission Position 4, it was moved by the Board and EC to endorse Brooks Salazar. M/S to endorse John Persak. M/S to endorse Peter Steinbrueck. Each spoke, was subjected to Q & A and accorded supportive remarks by LD members, and won the 60% vote necessary for our endorsement.
Following some remarks of gratitude by Pete Holmes, our previously endorsed Seattle City Attorney, M/S/C to adjourn – at approximately 7:33 pm.
Prepared and submitted by Dean Fournier, Secretary