This weekend, the Washington State Democratic Party will be holding its 2016 Convention, the last event in the party’s biannual caucus and convention cycle, at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center in the City of Destiny.
As we have in years past, NPI will be offering live coverage of the goings-on at the Convention, which will span three days: Friday the 17th, Saturday the 18th, and Sunday the 19th. Each day’s activities will be different:
- On Friday, the party will hold trainings, workshops, committee meetings, constituency caucus meetings, a traditional gala banquet and reception, and hospitality suites in the late evening.
- On Saturday, the party will hold a morning breakfast fundraiser, to be followed by the convention general session. Delegates will consider resolutions, charter and bylaws amendments, finalize this year’s platform, and select at-large presidential electors to go to Olympia this December.
- On Sunday, the legislative members of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) will choose the at-large and PLEO delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Once the selections have been made, the national convention delegation will meet for the first time.
Previous state Democratic conventions were held in Spokane (2014), Seattle (2012), Clark County/Vancouver (2010), Spokane (2008), and Yakima (2006). The Convention was last held in Tacoma twelve years ago for the 2004 cycle.
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is the featured speaker for Friday’s gala banquet. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, considered to be the Pacific Northwest’s most progressive senator and a Bernie Sanders supporter, will be the keynote speaker during Saturday’s general session.
Appearances by U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Governor Jay Inslee, among other Democratic elected leaders, are expected.