Skagit County Democrats Action Newsletter for October 5, 2020


1. NEWNewsletter hiatus
This newsletter will be taking a one-week hiatus next week. The editor is moving and will be unable to complete the newsletter during the move. We apologize for the break. We plan to be back in business for the Oct 19 issue. Please feel free to continue to contribute newsletter items to Meanwhile, please regularly check our website and our Facebook page for updated information.

2. UPDATEDCensus – Everyone should be counted!
The Census is due to be completed by the end of this month! Check with your family. Check with your friends. Check with your neighbors. If you or they have not yet completed the Census, Click Here to complete it on-line. It only takes a few minutes and it is very very important that everyone participates! Our representation as a Blue state could be affected!

3. NEWJoin Representative Gael Tarleton and Representative Mike Pellicciotti for a virtual event hosted by 10th LD Democrats Chair John Amell and Art Huffine, Thursday, Oct 8, 6:00pm
Hear from Mike and Gael explain why electing progressive Democrats to these statewide positions will have a big impact for Washington state. Guests who RSVP by making a contribution below will be sent instructions for how to join the Zoom within 24 hours of the event. If you don’t want to participate by video, there will be a dial-in phone option. For any questions, contact Braden at or Sara at Click Here for the event information.

4. Build with Biden event, Friday, Oct 9, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, Commercial Avenue, Anacortes
Event will take place on West side of 12th Street to 33rd Street, 6 people per block, 6 feet apart. Please bring masks, BIDEN/HARRIS signs, flags (homemade or bought). Please join. We need help. Call or text: MARILYN 936-537-6961 for block assignment.

5. NEWSkagit County Democrats Central Committee meeting, Saturday, Oct 10, 10:00am – 12:00pm, via Zoom
All Executive Board members and existing PCOs who retain their office may vote as per usual. All newly elected PCOs are invited to attend, but you cannot vote on any matters until you officially take office on Dec 1. The intent is to take care of all business matters within the first half hour so that at 10:30am our candidates may speak to the body before ballots drop starting Oct 14. This schedule will be strictly adhered to in order to hear from our candidates from 10:30am until noon.

  • Click Here for the Zoom Link
  • Meeting ID: 898 2680 9388
  • Password: 300578

6. NEWThe 39th Legislative District Democrats General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Oct 11, 10:30am – 1:00pm, via Zoom
Click Here to register for the meeting.

7. NEWFundraiser and Discussion with Representative Dave Paul: Our standard of living in Skagit County, Monday, Oct 12, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, via Zoom
Join Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, Representative Alex Ramel, Skagit County Commissioner Lisa Janicki, Mount Vernon City Councilors Richard Brocksmith and Iris Carias, Anacortes City Councilors Anthony Young and Ryan Walters, and Lynn Campbell for an evening in support of Representative Dave Paul! Please RSVP at

8. NEWVirtual Democratic Women on the Rocks, Monday, Oct 12, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, via Zoom
Please contact Lynn Campbell at chair@skagitdemocrats.orgfor the Zoom session information.

9. NEWFidalgo Democrats meet Tuesday, Oct 13th, 7:00pm on Zoom with local candidates
Mary Hudson, candidate for Skagit County Commissioner District 2, and Ken Goodwin, candidate for P.U.D. Commissioner Position 1, will discuss their campaigns. A statement will be read from Elizabeth Neidzwski, candidate for Skagit County Superior Court Judge, who has a schedule conflict. Discussion to follow. RSVP to to request the Zoom link if not on the Fidalgo Democrats email list. See you on the 13th on Zoom!

10. NEWVirtual Fundraiser for the 10th Legislative District Candidates, Tuesday, Oct 13, 5:30pm, via Zoom
“Come join us and hear from our only incumbent state representative, Dave Paul. Also speaking to us will be our long-time County Commissioner from Island County, Helen Price Johnson who is running for State Senate and Angie Homola, former Island County Commissioner running for the other state representative position. . . Donations are shared equally between the three candidates. . . Please RSVP to”

11. NEW10th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board meets Saturday, Oct 17, 10:00am – 12:00pm, via Zoom
Click Here for the Zoom link.

12. NEWLast call to have a sign delivered to your yard/neighborhood for Mark Lundsten!!
We need help with good sign locations in your neighborhoods. You know the people and the traffic patterns in your precinct. We have small yard signs and large 4-foot x 4-foot signs. Please call Maggie Sullivan with the name and phone # of the person who wants a sign (so she can contact them about the exact sign location) or give her directions for the location on a well-used road. Contact information: Maggie Sullivan, 360-724-3158 or

13. NEWATTENTION: 10th Legislative District subscribers – a message from Lynn Campbell, Skagit County Chair
“Angie Homola’s opponent is starting to flood the district with attack mailers and TV ads funded by his corporate PACs. That amount of money is hard to beat, but we WILL beat it because we have an incredible candidate, a strong campaign, and we have YOU!

  1. Let me know if you would like to send postcards! They have a fresh batch of postcards that I will be delivering all over Skagit and Stanwood on Saturday evening.
  2. Whoever wins will be the side that talked to more voters. The only direct voter contact they have right now is through phonebanking and your social networks. First, please sign up to phonebank! It isn’t hard and Kyler Parris is a patient teacher 🙂 Second, add (Kyler Parris) on Facebook so she can add you to a newly formed Angie supporter Facebook Group! This group will be critical to their campaign going forward.
  3. Show the district that Angie’s support is local and strong! Lit drops (mask and glove wearing doorstep delivery of campaign flyers) and sign waving show that they have numbers, and serve as reminders of the importance of down ballot races (I have convinced a number of registered voters to actually vote because of Angie and the importance of this local race!). Please sign up for these upcoming opportunities conveniently on the same form as phonebanks. Additionally, let Kyler know if you would like to be a sign wave or lit drop captain in one of our many locations.

Thanks everyone! As always, send an email, text, or call if you have any questions or additional ways to help to Kyler Parris at 425-772-6001 or”

14. UPDATEDPhonebanking Opportunities

  • Skagit County Democrats – Skagit County Virtual Phonebank, Tuesday, Sep 29, 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Thank you so much for making phone calls with the Washington State Democrats and the Skagit Democrats! We are now switching over to our Get Out the Vote lists, so we’ll be calling Democrats and making sure that they are ready to get out and vote and making sure that Democrats in Skagit County are getting their ballots in! To participate please contact Lynn Campbell via email ( or phone: 360-708-7044.
  • The 10th Legislative District Democrats are gearing up for the general election campaign. We have opportunities for phonebanking from the comfort of your own home. It is super easy and there will be a brief training for first timers. The Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign (our own Bennett Massey-Helber) is organizing phonebanking on behalf of all our candidates. We have the option of only calling voters within the 10th LD. If you have interest in helping to elect our democratic candidates please reply to If we get a good number of you to call, we can keep your calling hours fairly low, 2 hours per week. In addition to the WSDCC, each candidate will coordinate their own phonebank. The Coordinated Campaign will be calling for all candidates and only calling within the 10th LD.
    • Thursdays 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign calling into the 10th LD on behalf of all candidates – contact Bennett Massey-Helber,
    • Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Helen Price-Johnson Campaign Phonebank
  • 39th Legislative District Democrats – “Join us for our weekly 39th LD Saturday morning Phonebank with 39th LD leadership and candidates! These events will be hosted on Zoom and we will begin with a training led by WA Dems staff. Once training is over we will get started with phone calls into the 39th LD to ensure we are electing great Democrats up and down the ballot! Assistance will be provided throughout the event as needed, and no prior experience is necessary. Let’s GO Democrats!” – Email Kayce Richardson at with any questions.

15. Newly elected Precinct Committee Officers (PCO) need to be sworn in
All elected PCOs should have received a Certificate of Election in the mail. You need to take that to the Auditor”s office and get sworn in. While they are not open to the public, they have a phone outside the office. When you call in they will come swear you in at the window. The address is 700 South Second Street, Mount vernon. If you have any questions, please call them at 360-416-1702. This requirement is set forth in the following RCW statutes: RCW 36.16.040 – Oath of Office; RCW 36.16.060 – Place of filing oaths and bonds; RCW 29A.80.031 – Precinct committee officer; RCW 29A.80.051 – Precinct committee officer—Election—Term.

16. Recruiting Election Observers for the General Election
If you are interested in becoming an Observer for the General Election, please contact David Cunningham, Election Supervisor, Skagit County Auditor’s office, (360) 416-1715 or He will:

  • Confirm that you do want to observe in the 2020 General Election
  • Email you our rules for observing in this COVID-19 era
  • Explain to you how observing will happen in this COVID-19 environment, and how it will differ from observing in the past (if you have observed in the past)
  • Discuss the observing schedule with you, so you can start planning when you want to observe
  • Answer any questions you still have

Note that, because of the COVID-19 changes:

  • There will NOT be an observer training session as there was in the past. Instead, the above-mentioned rules for observing are the substitute for the observer training. Once you’ve read that, call me to discuss your questions or concerns.
  • Observers will not be allowed into the Elections Department. An observation area will be setup in the public rotunda adjacent to the Auditor’s Office.

17. Stronger Together Skagit Card Writers – MORE HANDS ARE NEEDED! Jump “write” in
“With 5,500+ cards in hands of Stronger Together Skagit card writers, we are in the final two weeks of writing for local Skagit Dem. endorsed candidates for Dist. 10 and Skagit County contests. But there are more cards to be written! Could you jump “write” in with 20 cards for a candidate? Contact Carol Sullivan,, to become an STS card writer. Any help will be appreciated – especially by the writers who have cranked out all those cards – their hands deserve a break!”

18. Volunteers needed for Skagit County Democrats Essay Contest Committee
“We need volunteers for the essay committee. If you are interested please contact Chuck Jerman at: chuckjerman@gmail.comor 360-391-8578.”

19. Voter Registration and Schedule – Skagit County Auditor’s Election Page

  • How to register
    • Online – You can register to vote using VoteWA.
      To register to vote using this online program, you must have either a valid Washington State Driver’s License, or State Identification (ID) Card.
    • In Person – You can register to vote in person at the Skagit County Auditor’s Office, 700 South 2nd Street, Room 201 (corner of 2nd & Kincaid), Mount Vernon, Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30
    • By Mail – You can register to vote via mail by downloading and printing a registration form and sending it to our office. You can download your form using this link (select your language). In addition, a registration form can be requested by calling our office at 360-416-1702.
  • Last Date to Register
    • Register or update existing registration online and by mail: Oct 26
    • In-Person: Nov 3
  • Ballots go out:
    • Military and overseas ballots are mailed out Sep 18
    • Domestic Ballots are mailed out Oct 14

20. NEWDrop Box Information
The general election is Nov 3. Both the Skagit County Auditor’s Office and the Skagit County Democrats urge you to complete your ballot early and return it via Drop-box.

Ballot Drop-box Locations

  • Anacortes
    • Anacortes Public Library (behind library near drive-up book-drop), 1220 10th Street
    • Skyline Beach Club – 6041 Sands Way
  • Burlington?
    • Burlington Parks and Recreation Building, 900 East Fairhaven Street
  • Concrete
    • Skagit Upriver Services/Library, 45770 A Main Street
  • La Conner
    • La Conner Regional Library, 614 East Morris Street
  • Mount Vernon
    • Mount Vernon Police Department, 1805 Continental Place, Mount Vernon
    • Skagit County Auditors Office [Courthouse], 700 South 2nd Street, Room 201, Mount Vernon, (in U-shaped parking lot accessed from 3rd Street near Kincaid)
  • Sauk-Suiattle
    • Last Chance Casino & Bingo, 6020 Mountain Goat Way
  • Sedro-Woolley
    • Sedro-Woolley Post Office, 111 Woodworth Street, Sedro-Woolley (in alley between Eastern Ave and Metcalf)
  • Swinomish
    • Social Services Building (in front), 17337 Reservation Road

21. Any Tech Questions?
Any Tech Questions? is a weekly Zoom meeting hosted by the Skagit County Democrats to assist anyone in the community with technical questions about the use of Google Apps and Zoom. It also includes some other topics specific to the Democrats’ mission to nurture democratic values in our elected officials. The sessions are scheduled for every Wednesday at 5:00pm. The Zoom link is available by emailing To learn more about how to use our Google Drive, Click Here.

22. Skagit Democrats Fundraisers

  • Coronavirus Face Mask Fundraiser: For a donation of $20 you will receive a hand-made face mask especially designed by an engineer/industrial designer at the request of the Medical Director of Pediatrics at Mission Hospital in California. The masks provide full coverage and are comfortable. Click Here or Here to see examples of the masks. If you would like to donate, Click Here. Under purpose on the donation, please indicate “Mask” and indicate which fabric you would like: #1 first on the left, #2 the middle, #3 on the right (for example: “Mask #3”).
  • Greeting Card Fundraiser: Social distancing and staying safe makes it difficult for us to get out and look for cards to mark special occasions or just say hello. For a donation of $15.00 you will receive a box of 6 – 8 beautiful hand-made greeting cards. These are one of a kind cards so no two boxes are the same and aren’t made to order. Let us choose your lovely card set. Pictured on the web site (Click Here or Here) are samples of the kinds of cards you will receive. If you would like to donate, Click Here. Under purpose on the donation, please indicate “Cards” and the number of boxes you want.

Thank you for your continued support of the Skagit Democrats.

23. The Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 300A South First Street, Mount Vernon, will be staffed from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
It will not be open to the public. Staff will be able to hand out campaign signs without admitting entry. We ask that masks be worn at all times when ordering from the door and during pick up. Call ahead to the HQ phone (360-336-1555) and staff will pick them and have ready at the door. You may also email staff@skagitdemocrats.orgafter hours and the message will be relayed to the volunteers staffing the HQ. Some pick ups can be arranged outside of open hours. Just call or email to inquire.


  • Headquarters continues to hand out campaign signs Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm and on Saturdays through Oct 24th, 11:00am – 2:00pm.
  • Most campaign signs are free. Biden signs are 1/$10 or 2/$16 until gone. Cash or check only.
  • A limited amount of Inslee signs are in. They are available 1 per request until gone, no reserves.
  • “In our America” window signs are in and limited in quantity as well. No reserves, limit one per request.
  • Swag will be available as the demand continues.
  • We always recommend calling first – 360-336-1555.

Thanks for your continued support of Skagit Dems and to staff volunteers for making it all work.

24. Our candidates’ Websites & Facebook Pages

25. National 2020 Caucus/Primary and Debate Schedule

  • October 7 – Vice presidential debate, Salt Lake City, UT – Wednesday, 6:00pm
  • October 7 – Washington State Gubernatorial Debate, Olympia, WA – Wednesday, 8:00pm
  • October 15 – Second presidential debate, Ann Arbor, MI
  • October 22 – Third presidential debate, Nashville, TN
  • November 3 – Presidential election

26. NEWA message from 2nd Congressional District Representative Rick Larsen – Congressional App Challenge
“Washington state continues to be a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with more than 313,000 high school students and 165,000 two-year college students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs. I have had the opportunity to see the technological creativity of students in classrooms across Northwest Washington first-hand. I am calling on all middle and high school students to tap into that creativity and participate in the 2020 Congressional App Challenge.

The competition, which runs through Monday, October 19, is open to high school and middle school students who live in or attend school in Washington’s Second Congressional District. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four. The Congressional App Challenge is an opportunity for students to create programs or apps for any platform to collaborate, invent and learn coding and computer science skills. The deadline to submit an app to my office is Monday, October 19.

Through this competition and legislation like my Youth Access to American Jobs Act, which would create pathways to engage students in STEM-related fields from high school through community college and into registered apprenticeships, I will continue to push to expand access to STEM opportunities for students in the Pacific Northwest. To find more information about the Congressional App Challenge and to apply, visit

I look forward to seeing the creativity of Washington’s Second District students! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact my Everett District office at 425–252–3188 or visit my website, Sincerely, Rick Larsen”

27. NEWFrom The Chair’s Corner
“During Tuesday’s atrocious debate performance, President Trump once again repeated his false attacks on the integrity of elections conducted by mail-in ballots, which Washington state has been doing successfully for years without incident. He followed up those lies with doubling down on his empty threat to reject the results of the election if he loses due to millions of Americans voting safely by mail and rejecting his failed leadership.

Trump’s lies are nothing less than an assault on American democracy itself, and even Republicans in Washington state must speak out to defend the legitimacy of our elections. If they continue to follow the lead of senior statewide Republican elected official Kim Wyman and refuse to call out his un-American refusal to accept the results of November’s election, they are dangerously undermining public confidence in our democracy and the crucial norm of a peaceful transition of power.

Loren Culp, Matt Larkin, JT Wilcox, Mark Schoesler, and every candidate for office in Washington state running as a Republican owes Washington voters reassurance that they reject these false attacks on our elections and must make a public commitment to accepting the results of our safe and secure election conducted by mail.

Even more concerning was Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacist militias that have been stoking politically-motivated violent conflict across the country. This is not a new idea for the president who claimed there were “very fine people on both sides” of the outbreak of violence in Charlottesville that killed peaceful protester Heather Heyer and refused to condemn Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse. He knew what he was doing, and the gleeful reaction from the specific violent militia he called to arms during the debate was entirely predictable. Worse, his campaign doubled down on Trump’s comments this morning, clearly signaling that they have no intention of even trying to suppress right-wing political violence.

Despite the president refusing to take responsibility for deescalating political violence, his dereliction of duty doesn’t exempt WA GOP leaders from their obligation to do the same. This is particularly true of GOP candidate for governor Loren Culp, who has literally embraced members of a similar militia to the group Trump promoted during last night’s debate. Culp has gone as far as to pay them $7,000 for undisclosed fundraising expenses, but hasn’t spoken out against their intimidation tactics in patrolling peaceful protests. In the wake of Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacists, Culp’s silence is deafening.

WA GOP candidates must do better than their state party chair, who refused to directly account for the president’s call to action for the Proud Boys that has already become a fundraising boon for the militia group. If any Washington state Republican wants to claim any measure of credible leadership in our state, they must unequivocally tell the Proud Boys and every other far-right militia group to stand down, not ‘stand back and stand by.’

Tina Podlodowski, chair of the Washington State Democratic Party, said:

What we witnessed from Trump last night should alarm every American voter and no elected official should let Trump’s assault on our democracy go unanswered. We’ve seen the WA GOP and their candidates up and down the ballot resort to racist fearmongering about law and order for months, but that has to stop — today. We can’t treat our country’s proud tradition of peacefully transferring power after elections like a game — they need to speak up now and commit to accepting the results of November’s election, plain and simple.

Lynn Campbell, Chair, Skagit County Democrat”

28. NEWLinks of the Week
The Link of the Week provides in-depth pieces the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.


1. NEWSkagit Valley Family YMCA is still enrolling for the 2020-21 school year
For more information, visit or contact

2. Skagit County is recruiting employment candidates for On-Call Election Technician
This is for On-Call/Part-time employment at $13.50 per hour. Job Number – 0275-0215. Click Here for a description and more information.

3. Vote411
Vote411 is a website sponsored by the League of Women Voters that provides election information and combats misinformation. Click Here for the Washington State English language version. Click Here for the Washington State Spanish language version.

4. Referendum 90
“Referendum 90 will uphold the new Washington state law requiring all public schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students . . . In 2020, a coalition of parents, educators, medical professionals, and advocates passed a law in Washington state focused on keeping young people safe and healthy. This law requires all public schools to teach age appropriate, inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students. This law was backed by a massive statewide coalition and has strong support from a strong majority of Washington state voters. In early 2020, a group of extremists launched a misinformation campaign attacking inclusive, age appropriate, comprehensive sexual health education and gathered enough signatures – during a pandemic – to put that law up for a public vote this November.” Click Here for the Approve 90 website. You can now contribute to “Donate to Safe & Healthy Youth Washington” through ActBlue – Click Here.

5. Drive-through COVID-19 testing is OPEN MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS from 8:30am – 4:00pm and TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS FROM 11:00am – 7:00pm at the east parking lot of Skagit Valley College
Online registration is not required. No appointments are needed. Spanish speaking interpreters on site to assist with registration and testing. Skagit County Public Health will test anyone who lives in or works in Skagit County, is five years of age or older and feels they should be tested, and is encouraging anyone who fits into the following guidelines to get tested:

  • Those who are essential workers
  • Anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Anyone whose physician recommended they be tested
  • Anyone who lives or works in a congregate setting
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone who is a close contact or has a known exposure to COVID-19
  • If you have had a known or probable exposure to COVID-19, you must wait 8 days before being tested. COVID-19 has a relatively long incubation period, so getting tested before 8 days has passed could result in a false negative.
  • Use of the Drive-Thru testing site will be limited to those who live in or work in Skagit County. Those who do not live in or work in Skagit County should seek testing in their own communities or through their medical provider.

Click Here for more information.


1. Listen to We Do the Work, Tuesdays, 5:00pm, and Sundays, 5:30pm at KSVR, 91.7 FM or KSVU, 90.1 FM
A weekly local worker radio program that features news, interviews, music, and comments, “We Do the Work” believes American workers are at the heart of our economy and culture, deserving dignity, respect, and a decent family wage. To hear our other shows, go to We Do The Work Archives. Questions about interviews? Email –

NEW – We Do The Work’s program for Tuesday, Oct 6, 5:00pm and Sunday, Oct 11, 5:30 – Phillip Mattera, Director of the Corporate Research Project for Good Jobs First, Part 1
Interview by Lori Province: Phillip explains the findings of a new study called “Grand Theft Paycheck” that documents large corporations’ theft of their workers’ wages. For more information, go to or or

We Do The Work Comments:

  • Wage theft is incredibly rampant in large corporations.
  • Maritime workers are stranded across the globe.
  • #LaborRadioPod

2. Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! Radio
Listen to Speak Up! Speak Out! – a half hour weekly radio show committed to community, peace, justice, and non-violence issues. The show airs on Community Radio stations (times subject to change) – KSVR 91.7 FM (Skagit Valley College), Wednesdays 5:00pm, rebroadcast Sundays 8:00pm; KSVU 90.1 FM, Hamilton, Sundays 8:00pm and Thursdays 8:00am; KMRE 102.3 FM, Bellingham, Sundays 11:00am and Wednesdays 7:30am. Our shows are available online. Stream or download a show at anytime.

NEW – SUSO 7 Oct 2020: A Mother and Her Trans Son
MaryRose Denton, mother of Jace, her 23-year-son, tells the story of his transition of female to male at age 17, describing her reactions, acceptance and support as well as the way he has been received by family and friends. A major source of support and advocacy was, and continues to be, Skagit PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) –

3. Coffee ‘n Cards via Zoom: Each Monday, 10:00am, Zoom meeting ID: 728 6695 7807, password: 3G1teP
You are invited to attend. Contact Carol Sullivan at for details. 2020 card total: 4,737, Grand Total: 12,891.
Oct 5: Discussion of Ref. 90: Misinformation targets our Dist. 10 candidates. Learn the facts, and what you can do to support our candidates. Maya Gillett, from Dave Paul’s campaign will lead the discussion.

Dave Paul joins Coffee ‘n Cards for an informal visit on Monday, Oct 5 at 7:00pm. Plan to attend, and invite someone who may not yet know what Dave has done for our District, and what he plans for the coming legislative session. There will be time for your questions and comments. Join Zoom Meeting –, Meeting ID: 876 9220 1290, Passcode: 328698

4. Anacortes Weekly Demonstrations
Do you have a cause or a candidate that you are passionate about? If yes, join us at the “protest corner” in Anacortes, 12th Street and Commercial Avenue (the Safeway Corner) EVERY Sunday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm – wet or sunny, hot or cold, all year around. Bring your own signs or use one of our extras