26th Legislative District Democrats, Washington State
PO Box 1693 Port Orchard, WA 98366
——–FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE——-
Gig Harbor, Washington October 14, 2018
LOCAL PARTY LEADER CENSURED FOR PERSONAL MISCONDUCT
Voting in a recent meeting, the general membership of the 26th Legislative District Democrats have censured their chairman, John Patrick Kelly.
Citing “behavior perceived to be harassing, abusive or disrespectful” and his “failure to avoid profane, prejudicial, exclusionary, abusive or sexualized language,” the October 4th censure noted that Mr. Kelly had repeatedly reverted to “disruptive behavior” in the face of several months of advice, coaching and counseling by party leaders and colleagues.
Among the several concerns leading to the censure action was Mr. Kelly’s history of responding to counseling by threatening to support Republican candidates opposing his own Democratic candidates running for the Legislature. It now appears that he had begun active cooperation with one of the Republican campaigns well before the censure action.
“26th District Democrats continue to support our three Democratic candidates for the Legislature,” stated District Vice Chair Luellen Lucid. “Connie FitzPatrick, Joy Stanford, and Emily Randall are ready now with strong, ethical leadership for our community, our state, and our democracy.”
Acting per local bylaws and state Democratic Party rules, the District’s Executive Board will lead the local party’s activities through the election. Following state law, local party organizations across the state reorganize and elect new leadership in December.
“Ballots arrive this weekend,” reminded Ms. Lucid. “We urge voters to mark their ballots and mail them back right away – no postage needed. Voters can put the ballot in the mail.”
Background info: 26th Legislative district runs “bridge to bridge” – from the Narrows bridge up to the Warren Avenue bridge in Bremerton. The district includes the Gig Harbor, Fox Island, and Key Peninsula communities in Pierce County and the Olalla, South Kitsap, Port Orchard, McCormick Woods, and downtown Bremerton communities in Kitsap County.
Luellen Lucid – 26th Legislative District, Vice Chair
Wednesday, October 3rd 6:00 p.m.
Forum for LD 26 Candidates for Senate and House
Kitsap County Administration Building
619 Division Street, Port Orchard
Saturday, October 6th, 10:00 a.m.
Candidate Forum – Congressional Districts 6, 9 and 10
Asia Pacific Cultural Center|
4851 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma
Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Key Peninsula Candidates Forum
Pierce County Council District 7, 26th Legislative District and others
Key Peninsula Civic Center – Whitmore Room
17010 S. Vaughn Road, KPN Key Peninsula
Sponsored by Key Peninsula Community Council
Thursday, October 11th, 7:30 a.m.
Gig Harbor Chamber Public Affairs Forum
Pierce County Prosecutor Candidates
Cottesmore of Life Care
2909 14th Ave NW Gig Harbor
Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30 p.m.
Candidates Forum – Legislative District 26
Senate and House Candidates
Gig Harbor City Council Chambers
3510 Grandview Street Gig Harbor
Parade Walkers Needed!
Maritime Gig Festival – Yo’ Ho’ Harbor Grand Parade
Saturday June 2nd – 10am-Noon
CHECK IN TIME: 9:30
Let us know you’re coming. Send your Name, Email and Phone Number to 26thBlueTeam@Gmail.com
Derek Kilmer is the Grand Marshall
This year the 26th LD Democrats plan to make a huge showing at the parade.
If you’ve ever been there you know that the entire town either watches the parade – or they’re in the parade.
Be In The Parade!!!
WE HAVE FIVE CANDIDATES WALKING WITH US:
Derek Kilmer, Emily Randall, Connie FitzPatrick
Joy Stanford and Derek Young
(Representative Derek Kilmer will lead the parade and then circle back around to walk with us.)
Let us know as soon as possible if you can walk with us so we can make sure we have enough T-shirts for everyone!
We will email or call you with further instructions.
HELP US KICKOFF THE 2018 BLUE WAVE!!!
Come and celebrate the Grand Opening of the 26th Dems Campaign Headquarters in Gig Harbor.
Conveniently located at
3212 50th CT NW Suite 103-C
GIG HARBOR, WA 98335
(Near Good To Go)
-Meet & Socialize with neighbors that share your values.
-Find out how you can help keep the lights on and participate in the 2018 Blue Wave.
Since the Official Filing Week is May 14 – 18, the requests for endorsements or approval will be accepted by the endorsements committee members immediately after the end of the filing week.
I will share any requests with committee members and we will read the requests and discuss them prior to the June general meeting for giving our recommendations and having members voting on the recommendations. Please let me know of anyone wishing to participate on this committee.
2018 Endorsement Chair