——–FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE——-
Strong Bipartisan Support for Peninsula School District Bond Undermined by Pierce County Republican Party
Gig Harbor, Washington April 25, 2018 – The Peninsula School District bond election result – 58.8% voted for the bond – shows strong bipartisan support for this crucial measure, reflecting support from Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. The bond measure is badly needed to restore our school facilities to an acceptable level and address crowded conditions resulting from state mandates for smaller class sizes. So how did the measure fall short of the super-majority vote (over 60%) to pass?
The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the Pierce County Republican Party, which funded and mailed a flyer just before the election opposing the bond measure and providing erroneous and misleading information. The 26th Legislative District Democrats (Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Bremerton) went on record early supporting the bond measure and provided many volunteer hours as well as dollars to support the bond. All the Democratic candidates running for office in November from this district – Derek Young for County Council, Emily Randall for State Senate, and Connie FitzPatrick and Joy Stanford for the two State Representative seats – endorsed and actively supported the bond measure. In contrast, Gig Harbor Republican Randy Boss organized the “No” campaign and actively opposed the bond. None of the legislative representatives from this district, all Republicans – Jan Angel, Jesse Young, and Michelle Caldier – endorsed or supported the bond. This is a disgrace and does not reflect the views of the electorate here, regardless of party affiliation.
The bond campaign epitomized democracy at its best – with people from all parties and backgrounds working together on behalf of our schools. Those who voted for this bond should consider their vote carefully in November and support candidates who are aligned with the interests of this district. The Republican incumbents need to be turned out so that the state legislators reflect the will of the district.
The bond measure was a result of a year-long effort by the School Board and parents collaborating to look at all the options and develop a bond measure with bipartisan appeal. The campaign to pass the bond reflected a strong grass roots effort led and organized by Stand Up for Peninsula Schools (SUP), a parent volunteer organization. Many volunteers worked countless hours every weekend for the past several months going door to door to talk to citizens and explain the bond measure. In addition, the Peninsula Schools Superintendent gave many presentations throughout the district to present the facts of why this bond measure was so crucial and answer questions. It was a well-executed campaign.
The 26th Legislative District Democrats will continue to support efforts to pass a bond measure in the Peninsula School District as well as in the South Kitsap School District.
Luellen Lucid – 26th Legislative District, Vice Chair – Pierce County
2018 Filing Week is May 14 – 18
All current PCOs (Precinct Committee Officers) and those of you who would like to be a PCO may need to file to be an Elected PCO during the 2018 Filing Week. Filing to be a PCO is free and you can do it online. We will post the links here when they’re available:
- If you are the PCO in the precinct in which live, you need to file in order to be an Elected PCO.
- If you are an Appointed PCO that has been assigned to a different precinct than the one where you live because your precinct already has a great PCO then you do not need to file.
- If you are in a precinct that has a PCO that is inactive- and you’d like to make a difference – you should file.
This website has good information about what it means to be a PCO. You can register your email, commit to filing, and get a reminder to file. https://www.fileforpco.com
WHAT A GREAT EVENT!
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
The 26th LD Democrats invite you to:
A Night of Music & Comedy with:
THE FAB THREE
Favorite Beatles Songs
& KRISTIN ANG
Comedy & Piano
Date: Saturday, June 9th 2018 Time: 6:30 – 10:00
Tickets: $30 per person / $240 per table of 8
What: Taco Bar – Silent Action – No Host Bar
Location: Key Peninsula Civic Center
17010 S Vaughn Road KPN Vaughn, WA 98394
Your generosity will help us keep the lights on at
our new office in Gig Harbor–and Turn The 26LD Blue.
26th Rise & Organize Canvassing – Locations to be announced.
Sunday, April 29th 12:30pm
Sunday, May 6th 12:30pm
Sunday, May 13th 12:30pm
Our goal is to ID the whole LD for our candidates.
PLEASE JOIN US!!! We need everyone’s help to win in 2018.
What to Prepare:
We will be using an AWESOME app called MINIVAN to access our walk lists. Please download the MiniVAN app Before Saturday – this will save us a TON of time. If you do not have a smart phone and need a paper list and you haven’t already asked for one, please PM me. Links for MiniVAN below.
For Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.voteractivationnetwork.minivan&hl=en… See More
During our LD 26 caucus held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 we elected our delegates to the Washington State Democratic Party State Convention, held on 16-17 June 2018 in Wenatchee, Washington. Congratulations to our delegates!
Kitsap: Ian Crinean, Cassandra Wolle, Tony Otto, Chris Kim
Kitsap Alternates: Dianna Eversole, Travis Wolle
Pierce: Michael Cobey, Bill Lloyd, Lewis Myers, Margaret Gaspari