News from the Skagit County Democrats

Posted on May 19th, 2024

Skagit County Democrats Action Newsletter for May 20, 2024

Gala Tickets are on-sale!
Don't miss your chance to be a part of this incredible event.
Reserve your spot today and let's come together to make a difference!
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1. UPDATEDGala Information
This year's Gala is Saturday, June 1 at the Swinomish Lodge and Casino. This year's theme is "Preserving Democracy Together". Tickets are now on-sale! Click Here to purchase yours! Be sure to purchase your tickets before the May 22 Deadline! (The May 22 Deadline is because we must report all seats and meals to our vendor, Swinomish Casino & Lodge, by that date. They need an exact count so they can prepare for the event.)

Join us for a meet-and-greet with many state-wide and local Candidates at 4:00pm, hosted by the Washington State Democrats’ Chair, Shasti Conrad. This unique opportunity allows you to engage directly with the candidates, followed by an auction featuring fantastic items. We'll also honor Imogene Bowen, an incredible past Chair who inspired countless Democrats and candidates! It'll be an unforgettable evening with a lively emcee, auctioneer, and games and activities!

Our Dual Action Auction will combine a Silent Auction with Live Auction Items that will be identified at the Gala. Click Here to see some (but not all) of the amazing Auction Items that will be available.

  • When: Saturday, June 1, 2024
  • Where: Swinomish Casino and Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes
  • Doors Open: 4:00pm
  • Meet & Greet: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
  • Silent Auction: 5:30pm
  • Dinner: 6:00pm
  • Desert Dash & Other fun activities: Following Dinner
  • Tickets: $100 per person
  • Table of 8: $800.00

2. UPDATEDThe Skagit County Democrats will be holding our IN-PERSON Endorsement Meeting Saturday, May 25, 10:00am – 12:00pm, C2C Community Center, 224 Stewart Road, Mount Vernon
This meeting is open to all Members. Dues must be up to date. Additionally, all voting members will need to attend IN-PERSON.

A Zoom feed will be available for those who wish to observe the meeting remotely but they will not be able to vote. Click Here for the Zoom link (Meeting ID: 812 8552 8748; Passcode: 637611). Again, those attending via Zoom WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VOTE.

3. The 39th Legislative District Democrats Executive Board will meet Tuesday, May 21, 7:00pm – 8:00pm, via Zoom
Click Here for the Zoom link.

4. NEWEvent to Support 10th Legislative District Representative Clyde Shavers’ Re-Election Campaign, Thursday, May 30, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Pioneer Park Large Shelter, 1200 South 4th Street, La Conner
Hosted by: Bennett Massey Helber and John & Evlyn Schmidt. You can RSVP with a contribution HERE or by emailing

5. NEWDave Paul's campaign is seeking volunteers to join their doorbelling team, with a particular focus on areas like Oak Harbor, Camano Island, Stanwood, and Arlington
Click Here to sign up to help the campaign.

6. NEWWatch the latest video of the Fidalgo Democrats meeting of May 14 on the Sunflower F.U.N.D., supporting the nonprofit organization that funds critical aid for Ukrainian civilians and their brave defenders
Click Here for the YouTube link.

7. NEWOur Skagit County Democrats Headquarters Office will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day

8. NEWLinks of the Week
The Links of the Week provide in-depth pieces and resources the Editor has found to be relevant, insightful, and thorough on important issues of the day.


1. NEWThe United Food and Commercial Workers International Union invites us to participate in the REI Day of Action, Saturday, May 25, 400 36th Street (Sehome Village Shopping Center), Bellingham
"As Bellingham gears up for the Ski to Sea Race, mark your calendar for an action on Saturday, May 25 at the Bellingham REI. The action will run all day on Saturday. Stop by at any point and show your support for the workers. REI has been union busting for years, and it’s time they know that Co-op members and shoppers across the country won’t stand for this behavior!"

2. NEWMonday, May 27 is Memorial Day

3. NEWThe monthly Planned Parenthood rally is Saturday, Jun 1, 11:00am – 12:00pm, on the sidewalk in front of the Mount Vernon Health Center, 1805 East Division Street, Mount Vernon
Bring your signs, your friends, and your family.

4. Farmer's Markets

  • Anacortes – Saturdays, 9:00am to 2:00pm, The Depot, 611 R Avenue – Open Now
  • Concrete – Saturdays, 10:00am – 2:00pm, Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad Avenue – Opens May 25
  • Mount Vernon – Saturdays, 9:00am – 2:00pm, Skagit Riverwalk Park, 509 South Main Street – Open Now
  • Sedro-Woolley – Wednesdays, 3:00 – 7:00pm, Hammer Heritage Square, 617 Metcalf Street (Ferry & Metcalf), Opens May 22
  • Click Here for a listing of Skagit Valley farm stands and stores

5. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
For more information, visit the following sites:


1. Coffee & Cards, Wednesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Skagit County Democrats Headquarters, 2021 East College Way, Suite 104, Mount Vernon
Coffee and Cards meets on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm. This is the group that was previously led by Carol Sullivan and is now led quite capably by Judy Farrar and Judith Chilcote. The group is a way for us to express ourselves about issues of importance to us all.  

We will write messages of encouragement and support to people who are making positive contributions as well as messages of concern and opposition to people who are negatively impacting our world – this includes legislators on the local, state, and federal level as well as CEOs of corporations and other people having a significant impact in our world. We will share ideas for people to write to and issues to address.  

Postcards and stamps will be provided, but we ask that people bring money to cover the cost of the postcard stamps which are currently $.53. Coffee will be provided or bring your own. As Carol always reminded us, “We are stronger together.” Our office is located at 2021 East College Way, Suite 104, Mount Vernon, 360-336-1555."

2. Anacortes Sunday Demonstrations
Progressive folks regularly demonstrate each Sunday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the corner of 12th Street and Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. While this is not an official Skagit County Democrats activity, turnout is encouraged.
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