Tonight: 37th Legislative District Virtual Town Hall

Neighbors across the Central District can tune in Wednesday night for a session with their leaders in Olympia for an updated on the legislative session:

37th Legislative District Virtual Town Hall
Wednesday, March 31, from 6 to 7 p.m.
State Legislators Sen. Rebecca Saldaña and Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Kirsten Harris-Talley will host a virtual town hall to discuss their legislative priorities and answer questions from 37th Legislative District constituents about the legislative session.

Viewers can watch the live stream on any of the following channels:

Spanish and ASL interpretation will be provided. Please share with people who could benefit. ASL interpretation will be provided on all the livestream feeds listed above. A link to the feed with Spanish audio will be provided at the beginning of the event.

Residents of the district are encouraged to submit questions for lawmakers in the Facebook comments section of the live stream event from any page, on Twitter using the hashtag #WA37TownHall, or they can submit their questions in advance here.

CHS reported on a session with 43rd District legislators earlier this month as the lawmakers discussed holding police accountable, taxing capital gains, and helping renters.


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Sawant scores ‘no consensus’ victory in the 37th — UPDATE

A few of the D3 candidates looking calm during a long Monday night meeting (Image: 37th District Democrats)

The evening began with an eager standing-room only crowd. More than three and a half hours later, the meeting ended with candidate pamphlets scattered and no consensus reached on an endorsement of the 37th District Democrats Monday night for the hotly-contested District 3 race.

A concerted effort by the Kshama Sawant campaign helped cement a “no consensus” vote as the 37th met Monday night to decide if the candidates deserved the group’s backing ahead of the August primary. The 37th District Dems only formally endorse members of the Democratic Party. Sawant, the incumbent and a member of the Socialist Alternative political group, high fived an aide after the final results were announced at the Ethiopian Community Center Monday night.

UPDATE: CHS has corrected the headline and story to recognized the formal “no endorsement” vote also failed and, instead, the decision reached was a formal “no consensus. Chase Cross, 1st Vice Chair, 37th Legislative District Democrats, notified us about our error and also takes issue with our positioning of the lack of endorsement in the vote:

I read your story about our recent endorsements meeting and there is a big correction needed: The “No Endorsement” position, which would be interpreted as a victory for Sawant (since she is ineligible for our endorsement), was declared the winner. That is flat incorrect — we reached the “No Consensus” position, which is different. No Consensus means that after balloting three times, no candidate and the No Endorsement position have all failed to achieve the 60% threshold. Characterizing it as a “win” for Sawant is inaccurate because not only did the No Endorsement position not pass on any ballot, but Zach DeWolfe also won a majority on every ballot except the final dual endorsement motion with Pat Murakami (a ballot on which No Endorsement” was not available.

The decision in the 37th can be chalked up as a loss for the most progressive of Sawant’s opponents and one candidate who considers the state congressional district her home turf.

“The Chamber of Commerce and Amazon are fighting to take City Hall back to business as usual corporate politics,” Sawant said earlier in the night as she addressed the 37th. “Their role goal in District 3? Anybody but Kshama Sawant. Why? Because they know that my office for the last five years has unwaveringly stood by and represented working people, people of color, and marginalized communities.” Continue reading