21Dems Draft General Meeting Sept. 20, 2023

21Dems General Meeting September 20, 2023

Mukilteo City Hall (in person)

Notes – Peter Henry, Secretary.

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  • Call to order
  • Presentation – Fair Vote Washington
  • Candidate statements
  • New Business  
  • Good of the Order
  • Adjournment

28 members and guests as of 7:15 plus Theresa on Zoom. Nobody else as far as I know

Call to Order 7:05

Eric Bidstrup – Fair Vote Washington

Ranked choice voting (aka instant runoff voting) 

Washington HB 1592 would adopt RCV for Presidential primaries starting 2028


Why did Pierce County first adopt RCV but then repeal it?

-Technology challenges, cost, an unpopular candidate won (they would have won anyway)

Here is a link to an article that explains RCV, including the Pierce County controversy:


To comment on the bill: 


Quorum check (12 voting members required). 


Chris Eck – Edmonds City Council Pos. 1

-We really need help! Please reach out to at least 10 people in Edmonds to support Chris, Susan Paine, Mayor Mike Nelson.

Riaz Khan – Mukilteo City Council

-Please help our Democratic candidates!

Susanna Johnson (volunteer speaking on her behalf) https://susannajohnsonforsheriff.com/

Richard Emery – Mukilteo City Council

Charles Atkins – Everett School Board pos. 5

New Business

Riaz Khan – Motion to rescind endorsement of Richard Emery; postponed from July meeting.

It was carried forward so we don’t need a second (it was seconded by Richard Liu).

Sharon Holt reviewed debate rules 

Motion fails via raised hands

Thom Garrard – Resolution to request Washington State Legislature enact ranked choice voting for presidential primary

Motion to pass resolution – Heather, seconded by Thom

Motion passes via raised hands, 11 – 0

Good of the Order

Membership asked to suspend rules to allow Richard Emery (non-member) to speak. Requires ⅔ vote, was successful. 

Richard Emery spoke about his career on Mukilteo City Council

Al Apodaca is on SnoCo PCO Coordinating Committee. Looking for sign-waving folks!

Susan Paine – Please encourage young people to run for office – and vote!

Adjourn at 8:12 pm