26th Legislative District Democrats PO Box 1693 Port Orchard, WA 98366
January 14, 2017
Dear Senator Murray,
Last December, I was elected as Democratic Chair in Washington’s 26th Legislative District, which extends from Gig Harbor to Bremerton. My first order of business has been to mend a group fractured by the un-Democratic system of super delegates and the DNC’s treatment of Senator Sanders.
Imagine my disappointment to learn that you voted with Republicans to block Senator Sanders’ bill to allow Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada. As a lifelong Democrat, I am weary of making excuses for party leadership, and I am curious to your reasoning behind your decision. Without a reasonable explanation, I must tell you that this decision smells like quid quo pro for the pharmaceutical lobby.
This decision is also personally upsetting to me. Last fall, I spent many hours, often in miserable weather, placing campaign signs for any Democratic candidate that asked me. This included putting up many signs for you, Senator Murray. I feel betrayed.
Perhaps, given your job security, comfortable salary and great insurance benefits, you have forgotten that millions of Americans are struggling to afford their medication. My own dear mother has been faced with making the decision between paying for her prescriptions or for heating oil for her home. So, yes, this is personal for me, and your lack of empathy with the challenges Americans are facing exposes a huge flaw in your leadership. I can only hope you to do more to protect the Affordable Care Act in the days ahead.
I would be pleased to share your response with the members of the 26th LD Democrats. I would suggest, however, that when you come back to Washington State, you explain directly to our group of Democrats. We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in Port Orchard.
Chair, 26th LD Democrats
Grand Master, Key Peninsula Democrats
26th LD Democrats attending the Kitsap Re-Org Meeting
Thank you to all of our Precinct Committee Officers who attended the Kitsap Democrats Re-Org Meeting and congratulations to the new Kitsap Democrats executive board!
Leslie Daugs-Vice Chair
Payton Swinford-State Committeeman
Mary Bryant-State Committeewoman
Commissioner District 1 Reps: Natalie Bryson, Doug MacKenzie, Jo Fox Burr, Craig Markham
District 2: Dave Peterson, Kaitlyn Gervais, Lisa Paquette, Tony Otto
District 3: Ginny Duff, Bob Grady, Ron Gillespie, Lillian Crawford
Please join us Thursday January 5th, 2017 at 6:30 PM (note: earlier meeting time) to welcome Jaxon Ravens and Tina Podlodowski, candidates for chair of the Washington State Democrats Central Committee. Our meetings take place at the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Rd, Port Orchard 98366. For more information or for additional questions, please contact chair John Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
26th LD Democrats participated recently in a roadside cleanup in Pierce County. Thanks to everyone who participated in helping to beautify our community!
(L-R) Karen Urman, Treasurer Wes Morgan, Vice Chair Cecilia Hardy, State Committeewoman Joy Vartanian, and Secretary Dan Ransom, PE
During the Re-Organization Meeting for the Pierce County Democrats held on Saturday December 10, 2016, new officers were elected to the Executive Board. Congratulations to all!
Chair: Gina Bua
Vice Chair: Tim Farrell
State Committeewoman: Anita Latch
State Committeeman: Eric Herde
Treasurer: Yolanda Rucker
Secretary: Patti Dailey
Membership Chair: Jordan Waits
Sergeant At Arms: Julian Wheeler