Below is a copy of the press release issued recently on the behalf of the Mason County Democrats regarding 2016 caucuses, including how to register, the difference between our caucus and primary, and how to contact your local area caucus coordinators. See you on the 26th!
All across Washington State, Democrats will come together on March 26 to caucus for their preferred Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, or even declare they are undecided (Uncommitted). Voters support their candidate of choice, with each candidate being awarded the proportion of delegates that corresponds with their percentage of support. Delegates are also awarded at the County Convention on May 1 and again at the State Convention in Tacoma on June 18. Washington State’s allocation of 119 delegates and 7 alternates will go to the National Convention in Philadelphia on July 25.
Anyone can participate, but voting is limited to registered voters who declare themselves to be Democrats and those who will be eligible to vote in the General Election on November 8. If participation is not possible because of religious observance, military service, disability, illness, or work schedule, registered voters may submit a “surrogate affidavit” form no later than Friday, March 18. Forms may be downloaded from the State Party website. You can also find your caucus location and save time checking in by pre-registering on the State’s website www.wa-democrats.org. You may also get information on our website at www.masoncountydemocrats.com. If you are not already registered to vote, you may do so from a link on the websites.
It may be confusing that we will also be voting in a Primary election on August 2. The Washington State Party has chosen to nominate their delegates who will vote for the Presidential nomination using the caucus process because the process gives Democratic voters a chance to have their voices heard in choosing the Democratic nominee for President and selects who will be representing those voters at the national convention.
The local caucuses will start at 10 a.m. on March 26. The locations are listed below with Precinct Committee Officers listed where we have them and the precincts that will be meeting at each location.
822 E Mason Benson Road, Grapeview
Area Caucus Coordinator: John Piety, 427-8047
115, Grapeview – Kathleen Wray
116, Mason Lake – John Piety
117, Fair Harbor – Tom Farmer
118, Allyn – Craig Patti
125, Trail’s End – Diane O’Neal
Hawkins Middle School
399 Campus Drive, Belfair
Area Caucus Coordinator: Linda Thomson, 372-2529
119, Victor – Diane McLean
121, Tiger Lake – Linda Thomson
124, Sand Hill – Jeff Gislason
Hood Canal School
111 N Highway 101, Shelton
Area Caucus Coordinator: Constance Ibsen, 898-3287
227, Union – Andrea Love
228, Skokomish – Roslynne Reed
229, Hood Canal
Mary M. Knight
2987 Matlock-Brady Road, Elma
Area Caucus Coordinator: Adrienne Amar, 427-1651
233, Dayton – Adrienne Amar
Olympic Middle School
800 E K Street, Shelton
Area Caucus Coordinator: Ross Gallagher, 426-6411
237, John’s Prarie
238, Limerick – Tamra Ingwaldson
301, Olympic View – Tracey Demiero
302, Downtown – Ross Gallagher
611 E Agate Road, Shelton
Area Caucus Coordinator: Sheri Staley, 427-6303
113, Pickering – Sheri Staley
310, Agate – Mike Mosbarger
311, Oakland Bay – Pat Kevin
312, Timberlake – Ileana Victoire
161 SE Collier Road, Shelton
Area Caucus Coordinator: Karen Sandberg, 426-5288
205, Bordeaux – Karen Sandberg
207, Kamilche Point
306, Fawn Lake
308, Arcadia – Laurel Nelson-King
309, Mill Creek – Kathy Haigh
For further questions or information, contact the Mason County Democratic Central Committee at 360.427-2731.