April 16, 2016 by Pachamama
To: Delegates and Alternates to San Juan County Democratic Convention
From: David Turnoy, Orcas Island, Chair of San Juan County Democratic Convention
April 15, 2016
Thank you for attending the recent precinct caucuses and for volunteering to serve as a delegate or alternate to the upcoming San Juan County Democratic Convention on May 1 at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. For those of you arriving by ferry, the Grange Hall is a short walk up the hill on Spring St., turning right on 1st St. for two blocks. The hall is on the right just past the Whale Museum and opposite the County Courthouse.
As detailed below, the purpose of the convention is to select delegates to both the Democratic National and State Conventions, as well as to vote on proposed resolutions.
The convention will begin at 12:30 pm, but you are more than welcome to arrive earlier. I will hopefully be there by 11:30 am to set up the room and get ready for our meeting. Upon arrival, every delegate and alternate will be required to fill out a form that we will have at the convention, so this could take some time. Please fill out the demographic information at the bottom of the form, even though it says the information is optional, because we will need this information to fill out an affirmative action report for the State Dems after the convention.
There has been some concern about the Grange not being large enough, as it holds about 150 people. This was the best venue we could find that was available on the required date of the convention and close enough to the ferry for people to walk to. We have 200 delegates and alternates total, and officially the meeting is open to the public. I don’t want to discourage any alternates from coming, as you may be needed to be seated for your candidate. But if you are an alternate, you may want to check with your precinct delegates to see if you will be needed or not. If you are not needed, you are welcome to attend, but won’t be able to vote. We are hoping not to repeat any of the problems that some other states have encountered.
Once you arrive and are checked in at our registration table and fill out the form, you will then have the option to sign-up to run to be a delegate or alternate to either the 2nd Congressional District (CD) Caucus on May 21 at a location to be determined, the State Convention on June 17-19 in Tacoma, or both. You simply nominate yourself by signing up at another table set up for this purpose. At the convention, we will vote to elect 5 delegates and 2 alternates to each of the 2nd CD Caucus and the State Convention.
The 2nd CD Caucus will in turn choose 7 delegates (no alternates) to represent our 2nd Congressional District at the Democratic National Convention on July 25-28 in Philadelphia.
The 5 delegates elected at the County Convention to the State Convention will meet there with current party leaders, activists, elected officials, and other Democrats from all over our state. You’ll be able to attend trainings and forums hosted by the state party, hear from some of our top elected officials, and have the opportunity to debate the important issues that make us proud to be Democrats. In addition, you will have a chance to vote on resolutions. There is a $50 fee to attend the State Convention, but no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Getting back to the business of our County Convention, if we have delegates who fail to show up, we will seat alternates in their place. This could take a little while, so please be patient.
Just as at the recent precinct caucuses, delegates at our County Convention will split into two groups again based on candidate preference. This will be done to choose delegates both for the 2nd CD Caucus and for the State Convention. Should one candidate not have at least 15% of the delegates present, all 5 delegates available at our County Convention will go to the other candidate. If both candidates reach the 15% threshold, then the 5 delegates will be selected proportionally just as we did at the precinct caucuses.
There are also 2 alternate positions available. If one candidate has more than 75% of the delegates present, that candidate will receive both alternates. If not, the alternates are split between the two candidates. To be clear, we have 5 delegates and 2 alternates available to our county for both the 2nd CD Caucus and the State Convention.
We will also consider resolutions at the County Convention. We received more than 50 suggested resolution proposals at our precinct caucuses. From the state Democrats I found out that it is not wise for us to submit resolutions that repeat material already in the State Democratic platform, as they will be ignored. So I went through all the proposals and the state platform to determine which proposals are redundant, and the non-redundant proposals will be considered by a county committee of 15-20 Democrats this Sunday, April 17, many of whom are delegates or alternates to our May 1 convention. We will try to narrow the number down to the most important, and we will submit these to you at the convention. Following our convention, the resolutions we adopt will be sent to the State Platform Committee, which will bring forward resolutions on which to vote at the State Convention.
We are planning to finish on May 1 in time for people to catch the 4:15 pm ferry to Lopez. Orcas people will have to wait until 5:45 pm; perhaps they wouldn’t mind helping us disassemble the room. If you would like to bring food for yourself or food to share, that would be great.
If you have any specific questions you would like to ask me, you can contact me at 360-376-4165 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you on May 1.
Quarterly Meeting April 9, 2016 at Grange Hall in Friday Harbor
San Juan County Democrats are invited to attend our next quarterly meeting at 11:30 am on Saturday, April 9 at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor.
The agenda will include: 1) Report and discussion on March 26 precinct caucuses; 2) Preparing for County Convention on May 1; 3) Treasurer’s report and status of fundraising plan; 4) Update of action plans; 5) Planning, and recruitment of leaders and volunteers, for 4th of July parade, summer social, Gov. Inslee fundraiser, county fair, and Get Out The Vote; and 6) Development of endorsement guidelines, process, and schedule.
This will be a very important meeting to prepare us for our efforts this summer and fall to elect Democrats on November 8.
We hope to see you on Saturday.
San Juan County Democrats
Breakdown by Precinct & Island of San Juan County Caucuses on March 26
Bernie Sanders was the landslide winner in all precincts in San Juan County in the precinct caucuses on March 26. See below how your precinct and island compared to others in our county. And it is important to note that we had 2,039 attendees last Saturday compared to 75 at the recent Republican caucus in Friday Harbor. Could that poor turnout have anything to do with the quality of the Republican candidates?
Whoever is your preferred candidate, we need to unite behind the winner of the Democratic nomination in July to help prevent Trump or Cruz from increasing our country’s inequality even further, building a wall along the Mexican border, patrolling minority neighborhoods, shutting down Planned Parenthood, further eroding voter rights, and imposing his religious beliefs.
Thanks to all of you who attended and voted at the San Juan County Democratic Presidential Primary Presidential Caucuses on Saturday on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Shaw, Waldron, and Decatur islands. And thanks to the many volunteers who made the event possible.
Approximately 2,040 people voted at these caucuses, casting 1,580 votes, or 77.5%, in favor of Bernie Sanders, and 21.9% in favor of Hillary Clinton. In addition, 79 delegates for Bernie were elected to San Juan County Convention on May 1, with 25 elected for Hillary.
Here is the breakdown by precinct and island. The percentages of votes for each candidate in some precincts do not add up to 100% because of undecided voters.
San Juan County Democrats Vote Overwhelmingly for Bernie
March 28, 2016
San Juan County (Washington) Democrats met on Saturday in 18 individual precinct caucuses on seven islands, with 2,039 party faithful in attendance. Bernie received 1,580 votes, or 77.5 % of the total, with Hillary receiving 446, or 21.9%. It will be interesting to see if any other county in the country votes as strongly for Bernie as ours.
With our county’s 105 delegates at stake, Bernie received 79 delegates, with 25 going to Hillary supporters. There was one unallocated delegate.
The 104 delegates elected today will attend the San Juan County Democratic Convention on May 1. The time and location of the convention will be announced soon.
Additional information, including a precinct by precinct breakdown, will be posted on Islanders’ Voice on Monday.
Thanks to all of you who attended and showed the other party what to expect from us in November no matter who is the final Democrat candidate for POTUS.
And thanks to all of the volunteers who made today’s caucuses a resounding success in spite of the overflow turnout, probably a record for our county.
Reminder March 26 San Juan County Democratic Presidential Primary Precinct Caucuses
Posted March 19, 2016
Whether you are a supporter of Bernie, Hillary, or any other Democratic candidate for president, make sure your voice is heard by attending and voting at one of the following caucuses starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 26: High schools on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez, the schools on Decatur and Waldron, and the Community Building on Shaw. (If you know someone who might be interested in organizing a caucus on Blakely, please email email@example.com.)
The official start of the meetings is 10:00 am, with the 19 individual precinct caucuses at which voting will occur starting at 10:30 am. Be sure to arrive promptly at 10:00 am to allow time to register. If you prefer to pre-register, you can do so at http://www.demcaucus.com/register. If you do, be sure to print out your pre-registration form, sign it, and bring it to your caucus.
The deadline has passed for filing surrogate affidavit forms for those unable to attend.
If you are 17 years old today but will be 18 by the general election date of November 8, you can still attend and vote.
At our county’s 19 precinct caucuses, Democrats of San Juan County will elect a total of 105 delegates to the San Juan County Convention in Friday Harbor on May 1. The number of delegates elected for each candidate at each of the precinct caucuses will be determined in proportion to the number of votes received by each candidate at each precinct caucus. At the County Convention, a substantially reduced number of delegates will be elected to attend the 2nd Congressional District Caucus where 7 delegates will be elected to the Democratic national convention out of a total of 67 congressional district-level delegates from our state.
Please inform your friends, family, and neighbors about these important caucuses.
Online Registration & More for March 26 Caucuses
You can now pre-register online if you are planning to attend and vote at one of the San Juan County Democratic Presidential Primary Precinct Caucuses on March 26. You can also complete the required surrogate affidavit form if you will be unable to attend for specified reasons and want to give your vote to someone else, as well as read other information about the caucus process. All and more is found at:
If you do pre-register, be sure to print and sign the completed form, which contains your precinct number and meeting location, and bring it to the caucus.
Anyone who will be 18 by November 8, 2016, resides in San Juan County, and affirms he/she is a Democrat on caucus day, is eligible to participate.
Please inform your friends and relatives about this important meeting to help nominate our next president.
You can comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We hope to see you on March 26.
David Dehlendorf, Chair, San Juan County Democrats
Invitation to Presidential Primary Precinct Caucuses on March 26, 2016
The following invitation provides details about the process to be followed by the San Juan County Democrats and the Washington State Democrats to elect a total of 119 delegates and 7 alternates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25-28. Those of you who have participated in the process before may want to skim over it, as it has been written primarily for the numerous interested voters, many first-time, who have asked us detailed questions over the last several weeks. But even if you have participated before, we encourage you to do more than just skim as a refresher in case there are new elements to the plan that were not present in 2008 and 2012.
To: 1) All registered voters of San Juan County; 2) All other residents of our county age 18 or older who are not registered to vote elsewhere; and 3) All other residents of our county age 17 who will become 18 before or on November 8, 2016.
You are encouraged to begin the process of nominating Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders to be our next president by attending and voting at one of the San Juan County Democratic Presidential Primary Precinct Caucuses to be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 26, 2016.
Our Precinct Caucuses and those of other counties in our state are the start of the three-tier process to select 67 Congressional District-Level Delegates from our state to the Democratic National Convention on July 25-28 in Philadelphia where the official Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates will be selected. Of the 67, seven will be selected from the 2nd Congressional District in which we live based upon the process described below.
The three-tier process consists of the Precinct Caucuses on March 26, the San Juan County Convention on May 1, and the 2nd Congressional District Caucus on May 21. Anyone can attend all three, but only delegates or alternates elected at the previous tier can vote at the County Convention and at the 2nd Congressional District Caucus.
The entire Washington State delegation to the National Convention consists of 119 delegates and 7 alternates selected as described below. The 119 delegates include the 67 Congressional District-Level Delegates plus 52 other delegates and 7 alternates chosen at the State Convention.
San Juan County Presidential Primary Precinct Caucuses
The locations of the Precinct Caucuses at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 26 are: San Juan Island (Friday Harbor High School), Orcas Island (Orcas Island Public School in Eastsound), Lopez Island (Lopez Island Public School), and Waldron Island (Waldron School). Other locations on other islands may be announced at a later date.
The primary business of the Precinct Caucuses is the election of delegates to the San Juan County Convention on May 1. At the Precinct Caucuses, each of the county’s 19 precincts will meet in separate caucuses to elect between 1 and 10 delegates each to our County Convention, plus alternates, for a total of approximately 105 delegates. (We will publish soon the exact numbers for each precinct.) The number of delegates elected in each Precinct Caucus will be divided between the two candidates in proportion to the number of votes each of them receives in each caucus.
Before voting to elect delegates, attendees at each Precinct Caucus will have the opportunity to speak in favor of their preferred presidential candidate. The party welcomes the active discussion of the pros and cons of each candidate and their announced policies.
To be eligible to vote at your Precinct Caucus, you will need to register as you enter, including a declaration that you are registered to vote in our county and consider yourself to be a Democrat. However, if you are not yet registered to vote, including because you are 17 years of age, you can still vote at the caucuses by signing a voter registration form at the event provided you are not registered to vote elsewhere and you will be at least 18 years old on November 8, 2016.
Attendees will also have the ability to register online prior to March 26. We will publicize the link to this registration site as soon as it becomes available.
You can determine which precinct you live in by accessing the precinct maps at:
You can also call the county’s elections office at 378-3357. We will also be able to make this determination for you when you enter the caucus.
Those who cannot attend their Precinct Caucus can sign a surrogate affidavit by March 18 granting their vote to another person. A link to this affidavit form will be provided shortly on this website. You can only use the form if you will be absence for certain specified reasons, such as work schedule, military service, illness, disability, or religious observance. Unfortunately, absence to attend school does not qualify for use of the affidavit form.
Although there will no formal action taken at the precinct caucuses, attendees may present resolutions pertaining to political matters for discussion and forwarding on to the Chair of the San Juan County Democrats for consideration at the County Convention on May 1.
No 40th Legislative District Caucus
Unlike other counties in our state, San Juan County Democrats do not participate in the caucus of the 40th Legislative District of which it is a member.
San Juan County Convention
The primary business of the San Juan County Convention on May 1 in Friday Harbor (location to be announced) is the election of a yet-to-be determine number of delegates and alternates to both the 2nd Congressional District Caucus on May 21 and to the State Convention on June 18-19.
The County Convention will also include discussion and adoption of resolutions and modifications to the platform of the San Juan County Democrats. Resolutions will be forwarded to the State Democrats for consideration at the State Convention on June 18-19.
Anyone can attend the County Convention. However, only delegates or their alternates elected at the Precinct Caucuses are eligible to vote.
2nd Congressional District Caucus
The primary business of the 2nd CD Caucus on May 21, at a location to be announced, is the election of 7 delegates (4 men, 3 women) to the Democratic National Convention on July 25-28. (There is no election of alternates.) These 7 delegates will join others from Washington State’s nine other congressional districts for a total of 67 Congressional District-Level Delegates to the National Convention.
There is no discussion of resolutions or the platform.
Anyone can attend the 2nd CD Caucus. However, only delegates or their alternates elected at the County Convention are eligible to vote.
To be considered for election to the National Convention at the 2nd CD Caucus, delegates must file a Statement of Candidacy with the State Democrats by May 6 specifying the presidential candidate to which they are pledged. Representatives of each presidential candidate then have six days to review each delegate’s filing for their respective candidate, with the right to reject any applicant for any reason.
Washington State Convention
June 18-19 in Tacoma. Delegates (1,400 plus 700 alternates) include those elected at the state’s County Conventions, plus local and state party officials and elected officials such as all Democratic members of our Congressional delegation, big city mayors, state-wide elected officials, and state legislators.
The business of the State Convention includes: 1) Selection by a sub-committee of 52 additional delegates to the National Convention, consisting of 22 At-Large Delegates (see below), 12 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates, and 18 Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates, with the latter automatically selected by virtue of holding specified party or public offices; 2) Election of our state’s representatives on the Electoral College; 3) Adoption of the platform of the State Democrats; 4) Endorsement of nominees for partisan office; and 5) Various workshops.
Alternative Route to National Convention
In addition to the three-tier process described above for the election of Congressional District-Level Delegates, registered voters of San Juan County can also run for election to one of the 22 At-Large Delegate or 7 At-Large Alternate positions for the entire state by filing a Statement of Candidacy with the State Democrats by June 10. Those who file by this date will be considered for election at the State Convention on June 18-19.
At-Large Delegate candidates do not need to attend any of the three meetings described above. However, they must attend and speak at the State Convention before the vote is taken. Individuals considering this route need to be aware that the selection of At-Large Delegates and Alternates is used by the State Democrats to assure compliance with its stated diversity plan.
Washington State Presidential Primary
By state law, the State of Washington requires political parties to participate in a state-wide presidential primary election on May 24. However, the law does not require the parties to use the results of the primary in any specific manner. In fact, they may ignore the results, which is what the Washington State Democratic Party has decided to do. Instead it will rely exclusively on the results of the caucus and convention process described above.
Democratic National Convention
July 25-28 in Philadelphia. Details will be provided at a later date as needed or requested.
Why do the Washington State Democrats use a caucus system rather than a primary system to allot delegates?
The following question answer have been provided by the State Democrats:
“The Washington State Democrats have a long history of allocating delegates using precinct caucuses. The Washington State Democrats believe that caucuses – meetings where voters sit down with their neighbors and discuss the various candidates prior to casting their votes – encourage greater participation and involvement than simply casting a ballot from one’s home. In addition, by holding caucuses on March 26th, Washington was able to join into a “regional cluster” with Hawaii and Alaska, which grants a 15% bonus to our total number of delegates.”
Please encourage your family and friends who are Democrats to attend the March 26 precinct caucuses.
You can email email@example.com with any questions. Or call 378-1082.
We look forward to your participation in the March 26 presidential primary precinct caucuses to nominate our next president.
David Dehlendorf, Chair, San Juan County Democrats
Press Release 08/10/15
In response to her request for endorsement, the San Juan County Democrats have decided to endorse the candidacy of Monica Harrington for Position #3 on the board of commissioners of San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 in the general election on November 3, 2015. Hospital District #1 consists of the following islands: San Juan, Brown, Henry, Johns, Pearl, Spieden, and Stuart. Only registered voters of these islands are eligible to vote.
We urge the registered voters of Hospital District #1 to support Ms. Harrington by voting for her in the general election on November 3.
The board of Hospital District #1 is primarily responsible for assuring that the public tax money it receives from the two levies that are its sole source of funds are used to serve the best interests of our entire community in an effective, transparent, and accountable manner. This responsibility includes ensuring compliance with Washington State’s Reproductive Privacy Act and Death With Dignity Act, both of which San Juan County voters overwhelmingly approved.
We believe noncompliance with either of these acts undermines the will of the voters and puts the district at risk of legal action. Ms. Harrington has the business background, knowledge of State health law, and commitment to the public interest to help assure that Hospital District #1 fully complies with its responsibilities.
The San Juan County Democrats also urge the election of other hospital district candidates in November who support our state’s Reproductive Privacy Act and Death with Dignity Act.
For further information, contact David Dehlendorf, Chair, San Juan County Democrats, tel. 378-1082.
Democrats of San Juan County
P.O. Box 1007
Friday Harbor, WA 98250