PCOs

Elected Precinct Committee Officers are literally the foundation of the Washington State Democratic Party.  

PCOs play an important role in electing Democrats. It’s their job to get to know their neighbors, educate undecided or swing voters, and make sure Democrats are registered to vote. Before Election Day, they work to turn out voters.

All this hard work adds up to precinct-by-precinct victories and the election of Democratic candidates. This is what grassroots politics is all about!

PCOs are also a central part of their local Democratic organization. They elect Party leadership, help fill vacancies in elected office, and lead their precinct caucus every two years. Becoming active with your local Democratic organization will make you a more effective PCO.

There are two ways to become a PCO – election by the voters in your precinct, or appointment by your local Democratic Party organization.


Election

Democratic voters in each precinct will elect PCOs in the August Primary. A candidate who runs unopposed will be automatically elected; contested elections will appear on the primary ballot. PCOs elected in August 2018 will take office on December 1st, 2018.

Elected Precinct Committee Officers must meet the following:

Be a registered voter in the 44th LD; Be elected as the Democratic PCO of a precinct within the boundaries of the 44th in accordance with Washington State law; Reside in the precinct that he or she represents. Chooses to be known publicly as a Democrat.





Appointment

Local Democratic Party organizations have the right to appoint PCOs to fill any seats left vacant – either because no one filed to run, or because the elected PCO has stepped down. If your precinct is vacant, the Chair of your local Democratic Party organization can appoint you to serve as an “appointed” PCO starting immediately!

If your precinct already has a PCO, you can assist your PCO as a Precinct Outreach Team Member. Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with your PCO.

Need to find your precinct? Click here. If you don’t see a PCO listed in your precinct, talk to our chair about being appointed as the Democratic PCO to represent your precinct. If you are interested in becoming a PCO, please contact Alex Acevedo.

Whether elected or appointed, a PCO is expected to:

Publicly support the principles and goals of the Democratic Party; Support the work of the Democratic Party in the 44th; Donate some of their time, money, and/or energy to the 44th; Vote on matters pertaining to filling vacancies in public office; Contact the voters in their precinct at least once per year; Chair their precinct#8217;s caucus; An Elected PCO is entitled to:

Participate and vote on all matters in the biennial reorganization meeting, and monthly or special meetings of the 44th; Participate and vote in quarterly and special meetings of the Snohomish County Democratic Central Committee; Hold any elected or appointed position in the 44th; Serve on committees and subcommittees, including as committee chairs, as outlined in these Bylaws and the Standing Rules of the 44th

If you move from your precinct, you are no longer eligible to remain a PCO. You may decide you need to resign due to a health issue or any other issue that you believe will prevent you from carrying out your duties as a PCO. In those cases, you should complete the PCO resignation form. We are required to obtain a written resignation from a PCO before we can appoint another PCO for the precinct. The signed form should be sent to the chair for signature before being sent to the county chair to approve.

Precinct Committee Officers 2016-2018

Harpaul (Paul) Sidhu

KATTENHORN   Harpaul moved to Mill Creek in 2006 from Bellevue.  He has  represented Kattenhorn as PCO for the past 2 and half years.  He worked at Boeing and as a Business Analyst at Premera Blue Cross for over 15 years.  Currently, he is employ

Stephen Ragland

LANTERN: Steve is a retired from the communications industry.  He served as a steward in the Communications Workers of America for 33 years.  He remains a life-time member of the CWA.  He is now 72 and semi-retired, working part-time as a personal trai

Diana McGinness

MARYSVILLE 22   Diana first came to Washington at age 11 and fell in love with the state.  In 1991 she was finally able to move here.  She spends her days fighting provider medical fraud and hopes to retire soon.  She’s the mother of three,

Jason Call

MARYSVILLE 59  56   Jason is in his 18th year teaching high school math. He moved to Marysville in 2008 from Everett. Jason grew up in Pierce County.  He holds a BA in political science and a master’s degree in education from the University of Wa

Keith Severson

MILL CREEK 20   Keith has been a resident of Mill Creek for 4 years, He and his wife have lived in Washington State on and off for 15 years. He is currently retired after working in transportation management for 30+ years around the US and in Europe

Peggy Gant Harms

PINEWOOD: Peggy is a graduate of Woodway High School and attended the University of Washington (English Major).  She’s lived in Snohomish County most of her life. She raised two children while running a business from home, a medical transcription s

Todd Nichols

SNOHOMISH 3   Todd is a trial lawyer with his law firm in Everett. An Annapolis graduate, he has been active in Democratic politics for 30 years following service as a Congressional Chief of Staff.

Rubin Jackson

WINDROSE   As Rubin’s father approached retirement from his career in the Navy, his parents chose Washington to settle in (1979). Although he spent the bulk of his life living in King County, most of it was in the Bothell area. His small fam

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