August 14th, 15th and 16th fifty-one Jefferson County citizens signed up to run for Freeholder in the November election. Elected Freeholders will use regularly scheduled Open Meetings and citizen input as a basis for decisions, and will design the Home Rule Charter and form of government to go on the ballot at a future date (hopefully in 2014) That form, which the CRC taskforce hopes will include Initiative and Referendum as well as a simple Bill of Rights, can then be adopted by voters.
Here is a complete list of candidate for Jefferson County Freeholders.
Candidates for Freeholder – Jefferson County Washington
Charter information meeting to be presented by Jefferson County personnel for potential Freeholders: MONDAY AUGUST 12th at 6:00PM in the Superior Court at the Jefferson County court house. Jefferson county personnel will present the rules for applying for Home Rule Charter Freeholder. Packets of information will be passed out. Forms that need to be filled out will be distributed.
The General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson county will meet August 10th, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Quimper UnitarianUniversalist Fellowship in PortTownsend, Washington … 2333 San Juan Avenue. We meet every two weeks. All Friends are welcomed to attend.
AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE:
Update on the Community Bill of Rights process from the Community Bill of Rights taskforce.
Update on the Home Rule Charter progress including a report back on a well attended Freeholder and Home Rule information meeting held on Wednesday, August 7th at the Tri-Area Center in Chimacum.
Next steps for the finding qualified Freeholders who will create a charter that will bring the right to Initiative and referendum to the people of this county, include a bare-bones Bill of Rights into the initial charter, and create an initial charter that will be easily pass by the voters in future. Strategy for helping the charter and freeholder process to pass this November 5th.
The Home Rule Charter taskforce will be at the Jefferson County Fair this next weekend.
Other agenda items may be added
Other CRC working group meetings you might want to attend:
Study Group – Every Tuesday 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the QUUF
Community Bill of Rights taskforce – Thursdays – 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Port Townsend Community Center.
Charter Taskforce – Contact Val Phimister Meetings are held at irregular times depending on the projects in motion. – Looking for boots on the ground members – this is not a study group.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING COMMUNITY MEETINGS:
Charter information meeting to be presented by the County for potential Freeholders: MONDAY AUGUST 12th at 6:00PM in the Superior Court at the County court house. If this changes, we will let you know.
Today, Monday, August 5th at the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Resolution for Home Rule to be placed on the November 5 ballot was passed unanimously by the three commissioners. However, the commissioners have given us a very short time frame in which to get organized, so we must move quickly. Filing as a Freeholder starts 8:30 a.m. on August 14 and ends at 4:30 p.m. on August 16.
Now that the petition for Home Rule Charter has been validated by the Auditor, anyone who has been a resident of the County for at least 5 years and is a registered voter can pay the $25 fee to be placed on the ballot as a Freeholder.
The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County is looking for people to run for freeholder positions from all three commissioner districts. We are looking for people who will support the position of creating a basic charter that includes the right for citizens to use initiative and referendum and a basic Community Bill of Rights to help direct the county. If you are that person, please come to an informational meeting for prospective Freeholders.
The Community Rights Coalition Home Rule Charter Task Force will hold an Informational Meeting for prospective Freeholders.
Date: Wednesday, August 7
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Tri-Area Community Center, Chimacum, Washington
At this meeting, members of the Task Force will cover the following information:
Who can qualify to be a prospective Freeholder under State requirements
How to register as a Freeholder Candidate
How a Freeholder is elected
What tasks Freeholders are given once they are elected
2500 signatures were submitted to place Home Rule Charter on the Jefferson County ballot in November. The vote would also include picking “freeholders” to work on drafting a charter for the county. Supporters and petitioners met early July 30th . The petitions were turned into the county auditor and the elections supervisor. The local newspapers were there and asked plenty of good questions and then both the Port Townsend Leader reporter Tristan Hiegler, and the Peninsula Daily news reporter wrote excellent stories about the event.
IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL IT’S OVER
The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Chartering Taskforce is continuing to collect signatures right up to the deadline of August 6th. The group wants to make sure that they have enough valid signatures to make the November ballot. 2010 are needed, 2500 were handed in and another 500 are now being collected. Please consider circulating a petition for the effort.
Once enough signatures are validated the County Board of Commissioners will put out a call for “Freeholders” and those who wish to file for the unpaid positions will have three days to apply to be listed on the ballot. According to the county auditor Donna Eldridge, there will probably be a filing fee. The amount exact amount for the filing fee will be set by the county commissioners.
The CRC Home Rule Charter Task Force will submit nearly 2500 signatures to the Jefferson County Auditor on Tuesday, July 30th at 9:00 AM at the county courthouse. All supporters are invited to join us!We need as many people as possible to attend. The press will be there. This is an historic event – the first time EVER citizens will place something on the ballot for the whole of Jefferson County.
“If we retreat from any aspect of Democracy because it’s hard work, or we have momentary doubts, or something might not go our way, or others may disagree, we relinquish our right to Direct Democracy in the County, the State, the Nation.” –
2100 signatures and counting! The Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will be handing in the 2100 plus signatures gathered to place the issue of Home Rule Charter on the Jefferson County ballot in November. The group will deliver the petition signatures to the county auditor on Tuesday July 30th at 9:00 A.M. at the county courthouse. Please join us as we present our petitions to the county auditor!
If the auditor certifies at least 2100 signatures, voters will have a chance to elect local citizens, “freeholders” to re-design the county charter. The new charter will allow voters to place initiatives and referenda directly on the ballot. Many counties in Washington State already have the right to place on the ballot initiatives or referendum on issues important to their citizens. Jefferson County on the Olympic Peninsula does not currently have that right. Home Rule Charter will make this possible. CRC members will be collecting signatures up until the last moment. Please sign if you have not already signed and you are a registered voter. Go to the Food Co-op daily, look for us at the farmers markets and other public events. Thanks for all who have signed and collected signatures. If you have ANY signatures to hand in- please contact Val Phimster or Norm Norton.
Link to YouTube video press release: Norm Norton interviewed about petition process and why Home Rule Charter is important : Click on link below
The General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson county will meet July 27th, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Quimper UnitarianUniversalist Fellowship in PortTownsend, Washington … 2333 San Juan Avenue. We meet every two weeks. We will be entertaining new proposals, getting updates on the Home Rule Chartering initiative, learning about the Community Bill of Rights project, and hearing from the study group. Join us if you can.
Other CRC meetings held – BILL OF RIGHTS TASK FORCE-Meets every Thursday at 5:30 at Port Townsend Community Center. STUDY GROUP: Meets every Tuesday 5:30PM at QUUF-(2333 San Juan Ave). The Chartering Work group meets often and is close to obtaining enough signatures on a petition to place the issue of home rule on the November ballot.
Come one, come all you who will join us and act as friends.
The next General Assembly Meeting of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County will be held Saturday July 13th at 9:30 A.M.
Special speaker will be Phil Johnson, Jefferson County Commissioner. He will be giving an update on the Salmon Net Pens issue. He will speak at the beginning of the meeting. The regular meeting of the GA will occur after his talk.
Regular business: We will have an update on the Chartering or “Home Rule” signature gathering progress and update on the first meeting of the creation of a Community Bill of Rights. More information will be given about the upcoming (July 20th) CRC first annual summer picnic.
Also to be discussed is a back on the July 4th parade action to support I- 522 – The GMO labeling initiative to be voted on this fall in the state of Washington. Members of the CRC attended this action in Port Angeles.
The General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Washington is open to all friends. Please Join us. Saturday, July 13th – 9:30 AM held at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington – 2333 San Juan Avenue.
The next Community Rights Coalition General Assembly will be held On Saturday, June 29th at 9:30 AM.
We will have an update on the Chartering or “Home Rule” signature gathering progress and information about the weekly visits to the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners meeting 9:00 AM every monday morning at the court-house. The CRC chartering workgroup is trying to persuade the Board of commissioners to call for freeholders to help the county to move toward chartering. The CRC chartering workgroup members have collected over 700 signatures of Jefferson County registered voters to further the process.
Also to be discussed will be
the creation of a Community Rights Ordinance
update from the study group
and involvement with I-522 GMO labeling initiative, and other projects.
The General Assembly of the Community Rights Coalition of Jefferson County Washington is open to all friends. Please Join us. Saturday, June 29th 9:30 AM held at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend, Washington – 2333 San Juan Avenue.