First District Democrats

Promoting progressive values in Washington's 1st Legislative District

Monthly Meetings

We meet the 2nd Monday of every month.


Potluck/Social begins at 6 PM

Meeting begins at 7 PM.

18701 120th Ave NE
Bothell, WA 98011



Endorsement Committee 2017 Primary Slate

The First District Democrat’s Endorsement Committee recommends the body endorse the following slate of candidates:

King County Council District #1

Rod Dembowski
Rod is an unopposed active Democrat who has gained the support of his county for numerous elections.

Snohomish County Council District #4

Terry Ryan
Terry Ryan is a constant within the First District Democrats who has attended meetings to address local concerns and meets with his constituents. He is a strong campaigner and the committee knows his dedication to public service is genuine.

Snohomish County Council, District #5

Tara Schumacher
An active member of the First District Democrats and lifelong Democrat who has been involved with the Maltby and Snohomish County communities for years. She’s devoted to expanding council office hours to better reach the public and address their concerns regarding local issues.

King County Sheriff

John Urquhart
A dedicated, proven public servant who has recently come out strongly against the current administration's policies regarding sanctuary cities to protect immigrants and refugees in our community. He has been previously endorsed by this legislative district.

Bothell City Council, Position #3

Rosemary McAuliffe
A long term Bothell resident, and prior State Senator, who can bring her experience to the local community. She has had the support of the First District Democrats in her previous races with a long résumé of public service.

Bothell City Council, Position #5

Liam Olsen
A strong democratic candidate with business ties to the community who has seen the support of the current city council. He has been open in discussing his candidacy with the committee and has been welcoming to input that allows him to grow as a candidate.

Bothell City Council, Position #7

Aaron Moreau-Cook
Our very own Aaron Moreau-Cook has been active with the First District Democrats and has not been afraid to step up to leadership within the Legislative District. His community activism has shown he is willing to work hard to improve Bothell as it grows into a flourishing community.

Kirkland City Counci, Position #7

Jon Pascal
After stepping up to fill in Shelly Kloba’s council position he is now running for a different seat to better serve his community. He is a strong democrat who has worked hard with his local parks to improve Kirkland’s quality of life.

Mountlake Terrace City Council, Position #4

Kyoko Matsumoto-Wright
An active Democrat who has helped lead Mountlake Terrace as their mayor pro-tem. She has seen our endorsement before and has a history of making good decisions for her city regarding intelligent growth and community enrichment.

Port of Seattle Commission, Position #1

John Creighton
The most qualified candidate for the position, and an incumbent with strong democratic values who works well with the local labor unions. He has set a good path for the port commission to follow and we expect him to continue.

Port Of Seattle Commission, Position #4

John Persak
A Democrat who works well with the local unions and has a strong network in place for his election we believe his is the most viable candidate.

Edmonds School Board, Position #2

Mitchell Below
An active First District Democrat who stepped up to be our third vice chair, Mitchell is looking to improve his own school district. He is a strong advocate for young children who he has seen as being overlooked by the school district and has proven himself by his activity within the Legislative District.

Edmonds School Board, Position #4

Cathy Baylor
An active member of her tribe, she will bring the perspective of diversity to the school board. She is a strong advocate for the importance of arts and music in education and based on her interactions with this committee we believe she will bring an even and tempered insight to the board.

Northshore School Board, Position #1

Jacqueline ”Jackie” McGourty
An active First District Democrats, who attends every committee and lends her insight and education as a retired scientist. She got into the race to fight for STEM education to empower young women and to break down gender barriers. The union strongly backs her candidacy.

Northshore School Board, Position #2

Bob Swain
A lifelong Democrat who will bring a broader perspective to the board as a parent, and spouse of an educator. He is fiscally responsible with strategic plans to improve our school district board and has strong union backing.

Northshore School Board, Position #5

Amy Cast
An incumbent who is a strong Democratic candidate. She seeks to address dysfunction within the school board and has strong endorsements that include Davina Duerr.

Snohomish County Fire District #1, Seat #3

No recommendation
The committee chose to take no action on the two candidates that supplied questionnaires as we felt neither were strong candidates. Although not requested, the committee recommends the body does not endorse David Chan due to his prior statements regarding minorities.

WA State Court of Appeal Judge Div. 1

David Mann
While running unopposed, it was clear to the committee that David Mann is a qualified candidate who has a history of handing down fair judgment from the bench.

Washington State 1st Legislative District Democrats are split between King County and Snohomish County, and includes
Bothell Democrats, Brier Democrats, Kirkland Democrats, Mill Creek Democrats, and Mountlake Terrace (MLT) Democrats.