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Sunday, June 19th, 2016

LIVE from Tacoma: Washington’s PLEO national delegates have been chosen

Good after­noon from Taco­ma. Today is the third day of the 2016 Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Con­ven­tion, the last event in the state par­ty’s cau­cus and con­ven­tion cycle for this year. Com­mit­tee meet­ings and con­stituen­cy cau­cus­es were held on Fri­day along with the gala ban­quet; the gen­er­al ses­sion was held yes­ter­day along with the state lead­ers break­fast, and today, the leg­isla­tive mem­bers of the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee are com­plet­ing the state’s nation­al del­e­ga­tion by select­ing the PLEO and at-large del­e­gates.

The acronym PLEO stands for Par­ty Leader and Elect­ed Offi­cial. Indi­vid­u­als who serve in par­ty lead­er­ship roles or are Democ­rats who hold elect­ed posi­tions of pub­lic respon­si­bil­i­ty (like may­ors, state leg­is­la­tors, or trib­al coun­cilmem­bers) are eli­gi­ble to run for PLEO del­e­gate posi­tions and be elect­ed.

Wash­ing­ton State has a total of twelve PLEO posi­tions this year. Based on the out­come of the May 21st con­gres­sion­al dis­trict cau­cus­es (and the April 17th/May 1st leg­isla­tive and March 26th precinct cau­cus­es before that) nine of those posi­tions go to Bernie Sanders, while three go to Hillary Clin­ton.

The bal­lot lists were sup­plied by the cam­paigns (who have, under par­ty rules, a right of review) and the final selec­tions were made by the leg­isla­tive mem­bers Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee (of which I am a mem­ber).

Here a com­plete list of the win­ners, sort­ed by vote totals.

PLEOs for Hillary Clin­ton

  1. King Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine
  2. State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lau­rie Jink­ins (D‑27th Dis­trict)
  3. King Coun­ty Coun­cilmem­ber Jeanne Kohl-Welles (4th Dis­trict)

PLEOs for Bernie Sanders

  1. State Sen­a­tor Bob Hasegawa (D‑11th Dis­trict)
  2. State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Noel Frame (D‑36th Dis­trict)
  3. Yaki­ma Coun­ty Demo­c­ra­t­ic Chair Susan Palmer
  4. Dean McGrath, Pres­i­dent of ILWU Local 23
  5. Thurston Coun­ty Demo­c­ra­t­ic Chair Katrin Nel­son
  6. Nicole Willis, Native Amer­i­can Pol­i­cy Advis­er to Bernie Sanders
  7. Pat­sy White­foot, WSDCC (Com­mit­teemem­ber for 14th LD)
  8. Sequim Precinct Com­mit­tee Offi­cer Andrew Shogren
  9. Nick­o­laus Lewis, Lum­mi Indi­an Busi­ness Coun­cil Mem­ber

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the above twelve new­ly cho­sen mem­bers of Wash­ing­ton State’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion del­e­ga­tion.

WSDCC leg­isla­tive mem­bers must now choose the at-large del­e­gates for Clin­ton and Sanders. Once these selec­tions are made, the del­e­ga­tion will be com­plete.

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One Comment

  1. As some­one who attend­ed, I think the big sto­ry was the dis­en­fran­chised find­ing their voice. The wide open Bernie slate, which was about 34 of the del­e­gates were almost all first timers.

    # by Mike Barer :: June 20th, 2016 at 10:19 PM