Endorsement Process 2021

Endorsement Committee Members

  • Chairs: Jennifer Wright and Amanda Zimmerman
  • Steering Committee: Stephanie Allen, Zenda Boss-Hall, and Emily Sharpe
  • Committee: April Barker (recused from all races), Bernice Chang, Annalee Dunn, Paloma Edison, Yarrow Greer, Kim Harris, Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao (Recused from Bellingham City Council Ward 6 and At-Large), Rita Jefferson, Kris Lytton (recused from County Council District 2), Kathleen Mangan, Katherine Murphy, Natalie Ransom, Liz Stuart, and Megan Yeates.

June

  • Committee members (other than those recusing on certain races-see below) scored the written responses using rubrics.
  • Candidate interviews were held the first full week of June!  Interviews were recorded via Zoom.
  • Committee members scored the candidates based on the information given to the candidates in the letter we sent to them in May.
  • Committee members reviewed scoring results and discussed the candidates and additional considerations. They reached consensus on recommending candidates to the board.
  • The following committee members recused themselves from all scoring, discussion, and recommendations related to the following races: April Barker, all races; Shu-Ling Hergenhahn Zhao, Bellingham City Council Ward 6 and At-Large; Kris Lytton, Whatcom County Council District 2.
  • Recommendations were submitted by the committee to the board and voted on by the board at a June 17th meeting.
  • The Board of Directors voted to endorse the candidates.
  • The following board members recused themselves from all discussion, and voting related to the following races or were absent: Michael Peñuelas, recused himself from all endorsement discussion and voting for Bellingham City Council At-Large, Whatcom County Council At-Large and District 1, and Bellingham Port Commission District 2. Elizabeth Mulligan Hartscoch and Sarahbeth Bede were absent.
  • Endorsements announced!
  • Endorsement statements written
  • Candidate graphics created
  • Candidate graphics and statements published.
  • Candidate questionnaire responses prepared and organized
  • Videos prepped and captioned
  • YouTube updated and playlists created and organized
  • Written responses and Zoom video recordings of candidates published.
  • Website updated with 2021 information, videos, and links to questionnaire responses.
  • Timeline published

May

  • Questionnaires were prepped for distribution and distributed to candidates.
  • We provided committee members training in how to write rubrics.
  • Based on our questions, we made rigorous rubrics that were aligned to the platform.
  • Questionnaires were emailed to candidates as they filed during the week of May 17 through May 21st.
  • Candidates were required to return completed questionnaires by May 28th to be considered for endorsement.
  • The committee reviewed and scored the written responses to the questionnaires using the rubrics.

April

  • The committee met to write, revise, and finalize questions aligned to the positions and platform.
  • We gave the committee instruction on providing effective feedback on questions and what we could do to move them forward.
  • We learned from committee member Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao about the Port, what it oversees, how it functions, and current issues.
  • We learned about the Bellingham Municipal Court from Sarah Kooistra and Kellen Kooistra, Deputy Prosecutor for Whatcom County.

March

  • Our First Meeting:
    • Keynote speaker, former 40th LD Representative and Majority Floor Leader Kris Lytton opened the first meeting, talking about the impact of Riveters Collective in the community and our influence in politics.
    • The committee met for the first time to get to know each other, learn some background of Riveters Collective and learn why we make endorsements, discuss the races and decide which races we can cover, decide who will work on which races, discuss writing questions and using rubrics to rate answers against the Riveters Collective platform, and learn about the online collaboration tools we use to work.
    • We began listing topics for questions and figuring out what information we would need in order to ask questions that would elicit candidates views, actions, plans, and vision around application of the values in our platform.
  • Moving Forward:
    • We learned from committee member and former Bellingham City Council Member April Barker about how city and county council government work–what they oversee, how the system functions.
    • We provided training on how to write effective questions mapped out what information we needed to write questions targeted to both the positions and the platform, and we did tech training.
    • We began writing the questions.

February

  • The board met to discuss goals for the endorsement committee for the upcoming year and appointed chairs and steering committee.
  • The steering committee formed and initiated work planning the year and recruiting committee members.
  • We used a Google form to recruit endorsement committee members and shared it in our Facebook group, on our Facebook page, to our mailing list, Instagram and Twitter. Qualifications for committee members:
    • Live in Whatcom, Skagit, or San Juan county.
    • Work collaboratively with positive intent to identify candidates who align with the 2021 RC Platform.
    • Commit to attending Zoom meetings and communicating with the committee March-mid June.
    • Commit to making time outside of meetings for question development, editing, response review and scoring, and communication with the committee.
    • Anyone who is an officer, committee member, or employee of a political party, or who is already working on a campaign for which we plan to endorse is not eligible for the endorsement committee. Committee members will refrain from involvement in campaigns until endorsements are made in early June.
  • Our endorsement committee consists of volunteers from the community. In addition to steering committee members, 16 people applied to be on the committee prior to the date of our first meeting and we invited all of them to join. Two people were not able to commit to the meetings and so declined to participate in the committee.

JOIN US: GEORGIA RUNOFF ELECTIONS

The Senate runoffs in Georgia on January 5 will determine a Democratic slant to the Senate.  Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have an unprecedented chance to supplant Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.  Winning these two seats will change the balance of power in the Senate for two years.  This will be HUGE!

Several organizations, including Fair Fight, Stacy Abrams’ organization, are working diligently and tirelessly to make this a reality.  Riveters has collected some actions you can take here, following the lead of grassroots organizers in Georgia. 

DONATE!
Riveters, let’s set a goal of  $3500 in donations to these campaigns.  Click here to donate   http://GASenate.com and then tell us how much you donated down below so we can track it. 

TEXT BANK!  PHONE BANK!
You can sign up for phone and text banking here:  https://www.mobilize.us/fairfight/

LET US KNOW!
We want to know if you’ve decided to take action to win Georgia. Tell us if you donated, or signed up to phone bank or text bank:

$ Raised: $630
Text bankers: 4
Phone bankers: 0

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WRITE POST CARDS!
**UPDATE** Wow! You claimed all the postcards! You rock!
While this postcard campaign is organized by the
Progressive Turnout Project, which is not a grassroots Georgia group, we have 10,000 postcards and addresses ready to distribute to you.  This should be quick and easy, since the message is short, and you supply postage and mail them yourself; no need to return them to us.

 

JOIN US: Community Voting Project 2020


UPDATE: All Postcards Are Claimed!!! Nearly 200 members of our community stepped up and committed to write a total of 10,000 personalized postcards to voters in the 42nd LD. We’ve just started delivering postcards

Here’s how you can still help:

  • DONATE! Postage is expensive, and we are still a ways away from having enough funds to pay for this project.
  • Still want to write postcards, and help re-elect Representative Sharon Shewmake and elect Alicia Rule to the Washington House of Representatives? Their campaigns are doing their own personalized postcard campaign! Email them to sign up.
  • Sign up below to help us sort 10,000 postcards (no easy task!) on Oct. 4 before we put them in the mail. This will be a socially distanced, masked, outdoor event. We will contact you with more details TBD.

PENS OUT! TEXTING FINGERS READY! In 2020, we’re winning in Washington’s 42nd Legislative District by reaching out voter-to-voter and WE NEED YOU! Sign up to volunteer below, and donate here.

WHO: YOU and 42nd LD voters

WHAT: DONATE (we need $10,000) AND/OR volunteer (we need 250 volunteers!) to “adopt” a batch of voters. You’ll provide information about their ballot and the voting process by writing postcards, and making phone calls and sending text messages using our online tool (training provided! you can do it!). (Email Sharon & Alicia’s campaigns to sign up for their own postcard writing project.)

WHEN: Donate now, write postcards to your voters in September, make phone calls and send text messages in October through Election Day, Nov 3!

WHY: To re-elect Representative Sharon Shewmake, elect Alicia Rule to the Washington House of Representatives, elect Christine Grant to the Whatcom Public Utility District, and increase voter turnout for many more candidates and ballot measures. Handwritten postcards WORK. Warm contacts WORK. We do what works.

Questions? See our FAQ.

Local candidate forums, AMAs and Q&As for 2020

AMAs and Q&As

Riveters Collective candidate AMAs (Ask Me Anything) (Must be a member of the Riveters Collective Facebook group to view.)

Riveters Collective Questionnaires for Whatcom County Superior Court Judicial candidates

General Election Forums

WA State Indivisible candidate forums.

League of Women Voters Bellingham and Whatcom County election forums.

Bellingham City Club election forums for Whatcom PUD and Judges. 42nd LD election forum.

Primary Election Forums

Indivisible Bellingham primary election candidate forum for Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Position 2

Bellingham League of Women Voters primary election candidate forum for Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Position 2

Indivisible Bellingham primary election candidate forum for Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Position 4

Bellingham League of Women Voters primary election candidate forum for Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Position 4

Bellingham and Skagit League of Women Voters primary election candidate forum for US Congressional Representative District 1

Bellingham and Skagit League of Women Voters primary election candidate forum for US Congressional Representative District 2

 

Endorsement Process 2020

June

  • Endorsements announced! 
  • The board voted to endorse the candidates.  Note: Stephanie Allen, Debbi Anderson-Frey, Michael Peñuelas, Jennifer Wright, and Amanda Zimmerman abstained from voting on endorsements in the 42nd legislative district.
  • Recommendations were submitted by the committee to the board and voted on at a June 16th meeting. 
  • Committee members scored the interviews using rubrics and discussed the candidates.
  • Candidate interviews were held the first week of June!  Interviews were recorded via Zoom, and captioned by volunteers.

May

  • Questionnaires were prepped for distribution to candidates.
  • Based on our questions, we made rigorous rubrics that were aligned to the platform. 
  • Questionnaires were emailed to candidates on May 20th.  Candidates must return completed questionnaires by May 29th to be considered for endorsement.
  • The committee reviewed and scored the questionnaires using the rubrics. 

April

  • The committee met to write, revise, and finalize questions aligned to the positions and platform.

March

  • Special Guests Atul Deshmane, Whatcom PUD Commissioner, and Michael Peñuelas, Legislative Assistant to Sharon Shewmake informed us about elected positions, terms, and responsibilities. 
  • We did training on question writing, mapped out what information we needed to write questions targeted to both the positions and the platform, and we did tech training. 

February

  • Special Guest Whatcom County Prosecutor Eric Richey opened the first meeting. He spoke about the enduring impact that going through our endorsement process had on him as a candidate and how it continues to impact him in his current work. The committee met for the first time to get to know each other, learn some background of Riveters Collective and learn why we make endorsements, discuss the races and decide which races we can cover, decide who will work on which races, discuss writing questions and using rubrics to rate answers against the Riveters Collective platform, and learn about the online collaboration tools we use to work. We began listing topics for questions and figuring out what information we would need in order to ask questions that would elicit candidates views, actions, plans, and vision around application of the values in our platform. 

January

  • Our endorsement committee consists of volunteers from the community. We used a Google form to recruit endorsement committee members and shared it in our Facebook group, on our Facebook page, to our mailing list, and on our other social media channels. Qualifications for committee members:
    -Live in Whatcom, Skagit, or San Juan county.
    -Work collaboratively with positive intent to identify candidates who align with the  RC platform.
    -Commit to attending meetings and communicating with the committee February-early June.
    -Commit to making time outside of meetings for question development, editing, response review and scoring, and communication with the committee.
    -Anyone who is an officer, committee member, or employee of a political party, or who is already working on a campaign for which we plan to endorse is not eligible for the endorsement committee. Committee members will refrain from involvement in campaigns until endorsements are made in early June.
  • In addition to steering committee members, 16 people applied to be on the committee prior to the date of our first meeting and we invited all of them to join.  Four people were not able to commit to the meetings and so declined to participate in the committee.  Endorsement Committee Chair: Jennifer Wright, Steering Committee Members: Stephanie Allen, Debbi Anderson-Frey, Lisa Van Doren, and Amanda Zimmerman. Committee Members: April Barker (April did not participate in the PUD endorsement process), Zenda Boss-Hall, Rita Jefferson, Paloma Edison, Monea Kerr, Elaine Morado, Emily Sharpe, Inmara (Jonna Anne) Sodt, and two more.

September – December

  • The steering committee met to finalize plans for the year and map out how to accomplish a rigorous process that would help educate the committee and community about how candidates align with the RC Platform. 

August

  • Based on feedback from the previous cycle, a plan for the upcoming Endorsement Committee cycle was developed and the steering committee formed.

Endorsements 2020

Endorsements

Read endorsement questionnaires. 

A square image saying "Riveters Collective proudly endorses" in white letters on a blue background across the top. Below is a cut-out photograph of Christine Grant from the shoulders up. Behind Christine is a blue pentagon frame, and behind that are gray, starburst rays emanating from behind Christine and stretching to the edges of the graphic. There is a red banner below Christine that says "Christine Grant Whatcom County PUD Commissioner Dist 1"Christine Grant for Whatcom County PUD Commissioner District 1

Candidate Christine Grant is the voice this community needs on the PUD. She is a transformative candidate with a deep knowledge about public utilities learned during her decades of work with PUDs, rural electric cooperatives–and via her years of teaching energy policy at WWU. She opened our eyes to what the PUD could be and has the skills to help the PUD be more responsive to community needs. She has a background in finance and does her homework.  She has clear plans for making broadband universally available and growing green jobs in our community, both which align with our platform. Christine Grant is smart, capable, collaborative and genuinely passionate about broadening  the services the PUD offers to our community. She is committed to incorporating social equity into how the PUD sets policy. We are excited to recommend endorsement for such a stellar candidate!

DONATE or VOLUNTEER for Christine’s campaign!

 

A square image saying "Riveters Collective proudly endorses" in white letters on a blue background across the top. Below is a cut-out photograph of Alicia Rule from the shoulders up. Behind Alicia is a blue pentagon frame, and behind that are gray, starburst rays emanating from behind Alicia and stretching to the edges of the graphic. There is a red banner below Alicia that says "Alicia Rule 42nd LD State Representative Pos 1"Alicia Rule for 42nd LD State Representative Position 1

Candidate Alicia Rule has gained valuable governing experience on the Blaine City Council that has prepared her to be successful in Olympia. As an experienced mental health counselor, she will be a strong advocate for expanding access to mental health services. Alicia is a good listener who will take the needs of her constituents into consideration, and she strives to find solutions to our state’s economic issues that work for the middle class. One of her goals is improving economic prospects in Whatcom County, particularly in light of the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and we look forward to sending her to Olympia so she can get to work.

DONATE to Alicia’s campaign!
VOLUNTEER for Alicia’s campaign!

 

A square image saying "Riveters Collective proudly endorses" in white letters on a blue background across the top. Below is a cut-out photograph of Sharon Shewmake from the shoulders up. Behind Sharon is a blue pentagon frame, and behind that are gray, starburst rays emanating from behind Sharon and stretching to the edges of the graphic. There is a red banner below Sharon that says "Sharon Shewmake 42nd LD State Representative Pos 2"Dr. Sharon Shewmake for 42nd LD State Representative Position 2

Representative Dr. Sharon Shewmake has been a reliable ally to 42nd LD progressives during her first term in Olympia. She made intentional efforts to reach out to constituents during her 2016 campaign and continued forging this connection throughout her tenure, for example, by opening a district office in Whatcom County.  She uses a data-driven approach to solving problems and has a willingness to partner with other legislators in their areas of expertise in order to make the progressive changes we need. Her support for early childhood programs, environmental justice, and education are significant to our platform goals.

DONATE to Sharon’s campaign!
VOLUNTEER for Sharon’s campaign!

 

A square image saying "Riveters Collective proudly endorses" in white letters on a blue background across the top. Below is a cut-out photograph of Liz Lovelett from the shoulders up. Behind Liz is a blue pentagon frame, and behind that are gray, starburst rays emanating from behind Liz and stretching to the edges of the graphic. There is a red banner below Liz that says "Liz Lovelett 40th LD State Senator"Liz Lovelett for 40th LD State Senator

During Senator Liz Lovelett’s first term she has demonstrated leadership by drafting bills on gun safety and tax reform. She is intentional in her work to learn about issues and reaches out to stakeholders to include their perspectives. Senator Lovelett shared her knowledge of educational inequities for her District and stated her commitment to fully fund education. She is on two economic recovery work groups and is also committed to supporting all efforts at the state level to expand resources for early learning and childcare. She specifically stated in her written questionnaire responses, “As a single mom, I understand that few things are more critical to a woman’s ability to achieve professional success and to provide for her family than access to childcare.”

Senator Lovelett has worked with other legislators on prioritizing the health, safety and dignity of farmworkers in her district and is working to have part of agriculture investment go into safe and dignified migrant housing. In her oral interview she was adamant about protecting social services for the state’s most vulnerable during the budget discussion post-COVID-19. Senator Lovelett presented an inspiring vision of how she’ll continue her work in Olympia and clear evidence of how she considers equity in all her decisions.

DONATE to Liz’s campaign!
VOLUNTEER for Liz’s campaign!

 

A square image saying "Riveters Collective proudly endorses" in white letters on a blue background across the top. Below is a cut-out photograph of Debra Lekanoff from the shoulders up. Behind Debra is a blue pentagon frame, and behind that are gray, starburst rays emanating from behind Debra and stretching to the edges of the graphic. There is a red banner below Debra that says "Debra Lekanoff 40th LD State Representative Pos 1"Debra Lekanoff for 40th LD State Representative Position 1

Representative Debra Lekanoff welcomes everyone from all walks of life, working with people of varying beliefs to achieve the best possible results for the community and state. She is passionate about her work serving the people of the 40th Legislative District and intentionally works to include those most impacted by ensuring they have a seat at the table throughout the decision-making process. During her first term as Representative of the 40th LD, she worked to build bridges and authentic relationships with her constituents, making her work relevant and effective.

Representative Lekanoff communicated clearly to the committee her support for equitable healthcare, especially in light of the pandemic. She gave examples of her work to support the health, safety, and dignity of food service workers. She is already working with Whatcom County to reform our criminal justice system and create more certified, affordable childcare opportunities. She shared her strategic work with other legislators to move critical issues forward, such as finding alternate means for sustainable and fair revenue sources. Representative Lekanoff is effective, incredibly thorough, and has done tremendous work that aligns with the RC platform. She is the whole package! Our community is fortunate to have someone with Debra’s mind and talents willing to represent us.

DONATE to Debra’s campaign!
VOLUNTEER for Debra’s campaign!

 

A square image saying "Riveters Collective proudly endorses" in white letters on a blue background across the top. Below is a cut-out photograph of Alex Ramel from the shoulders up. Behind Alex is a blue pentagon frame, and behind that are gray, starburst rays emanating from behind Alex and stretching to the edges of the graphic. There is a red banner below Alex that says "Alex Ramel 40th LD State Representative Pos 2"Alex Ramel for 40th LD State Representative Position 2

Representative Alex Ramel has spent his career working for environmental justice, and he brings expertise and passion to Olympia on this critically important topic. In his tenure in Olympia, he has demonstrated his commitment to sustainable, progressive tax reform. Representative Ramel promises to work with caucus leaders and budget writers to meet upcoming budgetary challenges by preventing cuts to services for those most vulnerable, especially children. His principles and values align with the RC Platform. He is a strong advocate for stopping gun violence, for access to healthcare, universal access to broadband, and incarceration reduction. Representative Ramel has had a good start in Olympia and should be returned there so he can continue to do good work on behalf of our community.

DONATE to Alex’s campaign!
VOLUNTEER for Alex’s campaign!

 

APPROVE Referendum-90

Riveters Collective has endorsed R-90, which would uphold the law passed by the legislature last session that would require schools to teach age-appropriate, inclusive, and comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students. This means our children will learn about things like coping with feelings, how to give and respect consent, and how to make the healthiest choices for them. We hope you’ll join us in voting to APPROVE R-90!
There is a lot of misinformation about R-90 out there, so here are some resources to learn more:

DONATE to the APPROVE R-90 campaign!
VOLUNTEER for the APPROVE R-90 campaign!

 

YES on Prop 2020-14 Bellingham Transportation Fund

We’re voting YES to renew the Bellingham Transportation Fund! This is an existing fund that improves mobility options in Bellingham, garners matching funds from the state and federal governments, improves access to WTA service, and saves Bellingham money by maintaining pavement instead of fixing it AFTER it breaks down.

DONATE to the Renew the Transportation Fund campaign!
VOLUNTEER for the Renew the Transportation Fund campaign!

 

YES on Prop 2020-13 Ferndale School Programs and Operations Replacement Levy

Fully funding schools is critical for our community.  We all do better when we provide all children high quality education. We’re voting YES on the Ferndale school levy.

VOLUNTEER for the Support Ferndale Schools campaign!

Recommendations

Governor: Jay Inslee (D)
Lieutenant Governor: Denny Heck (D)
Secretary of State: Gael Tarleton (D)
State Treasurer: Mike Pellicciotti (D)
State Auditor: Pat McCarthy (D)
Attorney General: Bob Ferguson (D)
Commissioner of Public Lands: Hilary Franz (D)
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Chris Reykdal
Insurance Commissioner: Mike Kreidler (D)

 

Local candidate forums, AMAs and Q&As for 2020

Hear directly from the candidates themselves here.

 

Voted? Download our “I VOTED” stub sign and remind your neighbors to vote, too.

Let’s get to work! Jan 2020

RC Endorsements 2020 Needs You!

2020 will be a very important election year. Do you want to help shape Bellingham and Whatcom County ballots, meet candidates, and learn more about local issues? We’re accepting applications for our endorsement committee and we are looking for additional people who can help support the committee

Fill out this form to tell us how you’d like to get involved!

Childcare and food will be provided for all meetings. We can also provide transportation, if needed. Accessibility details will be posted once we have meeting locations confirmed.

Other ways to help include: donating any amount of financial support to this worthy cause, coordinating food and/or providing food for meetings and interviews, assisting with childcare, providing tech support before, during or after interviews, captioning videos, calling candidates to schedule interviews. Want to help in a way that’s not listed? Tell us about it in the form!

 

Empower Happy Hour

Join us for our monthly casual hang out on Wednesday the 15th at 5:30 at Elizabeth Station. Come chat with board members about how to get involved in new committees Riveters Collective is forming for 2020, events and progressive actions, or feel free to just have a drink and enjoy the company of others trying to get stuff done in this crazy political moment.

 

MLK Human Rights Conference

We are honored to be tabling at the 22nd annual Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Human Rights Conference on Saturday the 18th. Find us in the Syre Center Exhibition Hall and come say “Hi!” as you enjoy the sessions.

In the words of the organizers from Whatcom Human Rights Task Force:
Now in its twenty-second year, the Conference provides a space for the community to come together and renew our commitment to the ideals that Dr. King held dear and believed deeply that this country could attain only by working together and acknowledging our shared history: ideals of equity, freedom, and self-determination. The Conference offers a rare opportunity for people of all ages and walks of life to share our stories, lift our voices to call out injustice, and take actions that will help make Dr. King’s ideals reality.”

 

2020 Womxn’s March

Also on Saturday the 18th (it’s a busy day!), we are co-sponsoring the 2020 Womxn’s March along with Planned Parenthood and Indivisible Bellingham. We are happy to provide support to this worthy cause. This year we are marching for a myriad of issues that affect women, femes, and non-binary people, including reproductive rights, immigration, and climate change.  Meet at the Bellingham Courthouse at 11:00 for speakers and then get marching.  Want to volunteer? Sign up here.

PAC 2019

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Whatcom County

Bellingham

Ferndale

 

We are hiring paid canvassers!

Riveters! Remember the awesome Riveters Pledge To Vote campaign you all helped make happen last year?? We engaged unheard, “low-propensity” voters- the voters who are responsible for our biggest wins of 2018. This year, WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN! Because this year’s elections are too important for us to sit by.

We are hiring paid canvassers for this election season. If you or someone you know is interested, please check out the job description and apply!

View the job description and learn how to apply here.

Primary Election Endorsements 2019

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40th Legislative District

Whatcom County

Bellingham

Ferndale