2020 Review

2020 Review


This was a heck of a year. As with most years under President Trump, just about every month felt like it was a year long. We underwent tremendous change in how we went about doing the business of the party. And yet, we managed to do everything we would have done in previous years, including marshalling our membership to get out the vote and support our candidates. I took some time to go through the newsletters we’ve had in 2020. The below is not an exhaustive list but merely the highlights of what we have dealt with this past year.

  • January

    • Presidential Primary Debates

    • Impeachment Hearings

    • Alex Ramel was appointed to fill retiring Jeff Morris’ seat as 40th LD representative

    • Skagit County Democrats Essay contest awards were presented

  • February

    • Impeachment Trial

  • March

    • Coronavirus precautions begin at Headquarters

    • We introduced a new website

    • Presidential Primary

    • Several meetings, including conventions and caucuses, are cancelled or postponed

    • Headquarters closed

    • We lost Nikki Hamilton to COVID-19

    • The Skagit Tulip Festival was postponed and ultimately cancelled

  • April

    • We began using Zoom for Skagit Democrats business meetings

    • Our Gala committee began considering the impact of coronavirus in planning and was ultimately cancelled

    • The Census began active work

    • The Democratic National Committee moved the scheduled date to August

    • Fundraising, absent our Gala, began with a generous donation by Pat and Larry Edwards

    • In our continuing adaptation to online business, we transitioned to Role-based Email Addresses for certain officers and discussion groups for committees and teams

  • May

    • State convention delegates were selected

    • PCO candidates filed for the August Primary

    • Fundraising goals for the year were met

    • The Skagit County Fair was cancelled

    • Drive-through COVID-19 testing began at Skagit Valley College

    • The Technology and Communications Committee began reaching out to help users with Zoom

    • George Floyd was killed

  • June

    • Our Endorsement Meeting was conducted online

    • The entire country reacted to the George Floyd killing

    • Our Coronavirus Face Mask fundraiser began

    • Skagit County moved to Phase 2 of the State Recovery Plan

    • The Supreme Court issued landmark decisions on LGBTQ worker’s rights and DACA

    • Skagit County reacted to a vicious hate crime committed against a 17-year-old boy

  • July

    • Germaine Kornegay was appointed PUD Commissioner

    • The Communications and Technology Committee began “Any Tech Questions?” to aid members in our expanded use of technology

    • Headquarters began limited staffing and hours without being open to the public

    • Civil rights icon, John Lewis, passed away

  • August

    • The Washington State Primary was conducted

    • The Democratic National Convention was conducted

    • The Skagit Democrats Gala Newsletter was posted

    • Phone banking moved into high gear

    • Our Greeting Card Fundraiser began

    • Schools began limited openings, much of it virtual

  • September

    • Trump begins actively trying to undermine mail-in balloting and the U.S. Postal Service

    • Campaign signs are distributed at Headquarters

    • Bob Woodward reveals Trump knew how deadly coronavirus was in February but chose to downplay it

    • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away

  • October

    • Phonebanking, card-writing, and other campaign activity reach a fever pitch

    • “Murder hornets” found in Whatcom County

    • Coronavirus cases surpass 9 million

    • Trump tests positive with coronavirus

  • November

    • JOE BIDEN AND KAMALA HARRIS ARE ELECTED PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT!

    • Voter turnout is very high

    • Local Democrats Jack Hubbard and Dave Quall passed away

    • New COVID-19 restrictions are announced

    • The Skagit County Democrats Essay Contest opens

    • Skagit County COVID-19 testing moves to the Fairgrounds

  • December

    • Pfizer and Moderna vaccinces are approved by the FDA

    • First vaccines are received and deployed in Skagit County

    • The Headquarters Office again closes to the public

    • The Memorabilia and Christmas Face Mask fundraisers begin

    • The Spokane County Democrats HQ gets pipe bombed

    • The WA Notify exposure tool for smartphones begins

    • Trump pardons cronies and co-conspirators