Live From Tacoma, NPI brings you coverage of the 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention
Live From Tacoma, NPI brings you coverage of the 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention

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.

Mul­ti­ple NPI projects will car­ry our live cov­er­age, includ­ing this blog (the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate), as well as In Brief and Pacif­ic NW Por­tal.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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