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Dear 37th LD Democrats,

It is my hope that you are all healthy and practicing social distancing while our nation grapples with the current pandemic. I want to update everyone on our Legislative District Caucuses and future meetings.

LD CAUCUS UPDATE: Given the global pandemic and our inability to meet in person, the Washington State Democratic Party used its emergency powers to create a new system for electing delegates for the 2020 Presidential Primary at the LD level with approval from the Democratic National Committee. Under the new rules, only elected and appointed Precinct Committee Officers will select delegates and alternates to the Congressional District Caucuses. Elected and appointed PCOs will receive a digital ballot from the WA State Democratic Party no later than 9am on April 26th. They will have until no later than 9pm on Sunday, May 3rd to submit their ballot. The breakdown of delegates and alternates coming out of the 37th LD is:

Bernie Sanders: 27 delegates 14 alternates 
Joe Biden: 20 delegates 10 alternates

That is the total delegate count for the 37th LD. We should be receiving the breakdown for the two congressional districts in our LD’s borders from the state party very shortly. More information on this process can be found on www.waelectioncenter.com. I encourage everyone who is interested in running for delegate to register through the www.waelectioncenter.com website as soon as possible. If you had already entered your information at the website, you will need to update that information to reflect which candidate you will be supporting. If you are interested in attending the Democratic National Convention as a delegate, you must submit a letter of intent by May 4th to the Washington State Democratic Party. The letter of intent forms and procedures are available now at www.wa-democrats.org.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. Our social networks and email list only reach so many people. If you are able, please spread this information among your own networks so we are able to answer all questions and get everyone on the same page for this new process. 

APRIL MEMBERS MEETING: Our April meeting will be convened through a Zoom video chat given the need to avoid gathering in-person. This will be a primarily informational meeting to keep everyone posted on the new procedures for the LD Caucus as well as setting expectations for the May Endorsement Meeting should we not be able to convene in-person then either. I understand that for a variety of reasons, web-based teleconferencing meetings are inaccessible and less than ideal. However, if we are going to continue the business of the party and our LD, we will need to make due with the options available to us. The Executive Board is working to develop procedures that will enable an informative and efficient meeting in April. Please stay tuned for details, including the Zoom invite. 

THANK YOU for your patience and dedication to electing Democrats. As has been clearly demonstrated in the past days, months, and years — we need real leadership at the national level more than ever. Your efforts will help us move our country and our LD in the right direction. 

Additional resources:
www.wa-democrats.org/coronavirus 
http://www.wa-democrats.org/digital-organizing

Best,
Stephen Reed, Chair
37th LD Democrats