Fighting for the Majority

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The 20th Annual Fighting for the Majority Event

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Dear Friends,

We ask you to join us in sponsoring the 20th annual Fighting for the Majority.  As was true at our first event back in 1998, control of the state government is up for grabs. The special election in the 45th district could flip the Senate to the Democrats. With Governor Inslee and a Democratic House, that would ensure that advances in LGBT civil rights and on other progressive issues can resume in our state.

For the last five years, Senate Republicans have stopped progress on protecting our community, including our proposed ban on conversion therapy for LGBT youth.  Instead, they attacked transgender people and tried to carve exceptions in the anti-discrimination law based on religious belief.

Majorities matter. Having the majority in the House allowed us to block those bills from ever being heard. But it takes majorities in both chambers to make progress. If Manka Dhingra wins her election in the 45th district this fall, we will be able to ban conversion therapy; repeal the prohibition on compensated surrogacy in Washington; and protect transgender people in our state.

Contributing to Fighting for the Majority is the most efficient and strategic way to ensure that the Democratic majority that delivered anti-discrimination, hate crime protection, safe schools, parentage rights, domestic partnerships, and marriage equality to the LGBT community can resume the fight for LGBT equality. Please join me today in sponsoring Fighting for the Majority.

Please click here to contribute to FFM.  Please make your sponsorship by September 29 in order to be recognized at the event. We look forward to seeing you on October 30 at 5:30 for the event!

Thank you,

Thomas Pitchford & Linda DiLello Morton
Co-Chairs, Fighting for the Majority

 

What is Fighting for the Majority?

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What is Fighting for the Majority?

In 1998 after a Republican-controlled legislature overrode Governor Locke’s veto to create the state’s so-called Defense of Marriage Act, a dedicated group of gay and lesbian citizens recognized that if the LGBT community were to advance civil rights at the state level they would need to get involved in electoral process in a clear and powerful way.  They decided to create a fundraiser to help elect legislators who would stand for equality.   By and large, Democrats were the only candidates and legislators willing to do so, so the event benefitted Democrats. These citizens dubbed the successful fundraiser Fighting for the Majority. It became an annual event, and today Fighting for the Majority raises more “hard” money to support the Democratic caucuses than any other fundraiser.

Why give to Fighting for the Majority?

Funds raised by Fighting for the Majority go to directly support the election of Democratic legislators in swing districts via the House Democratic Campaign Committee and the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (HDCC and WSDC). Armed with electoral expertise, research and polling, the WSDC and HDCC dynamically target our funds to the swing districts where they are most needed. This means, of course, Democratic legislative candidates who don’t necessarily have a large or obvious LGBT constituency in their districts nevertheless will receive LGBT support. This raises the awareness that the LGBT community is an important constituency for all Democrats in the Legislature.

How does Fighting for the Majority Work?

Fighting for the Majority is one of simplest fundraisers ever. Volunteers serve on the organizing committee, and they help get the word out.  Individuals can sponsor the event starting at the $200 level, and couples may sponsor starting at $300. Sponsors who make their donation by September 29 will be recognized on the printed invitation to the sponsorship recognition event. The expense of the event is minimal, so nearly all the funds raised go directly to support the retention of a Democratic majority in the Legislature.  To contribute, visit: www.fightingforthemajority.com.

What seats could change in 2017?

Although there are five special elections in the Senate and two in the House this fall, the key race is for the open seat in the 45th legislative district.  Democrat Manka Dhingra won the primary election by more than 10 points and is well-positioned to retake the seat for the Democrats.  If she is successful, then the Senate Democrats will retake control.  That means everything from deciding who chairs committees to what bills come up for votes on the floor.

What is at stake in 2018? 

Our 2017 event will also help the House and Senate Democrats prepare for the 2018 elections.  Because control of both the House and Senate will come down to a single vote in each chamber, the stakes will be huge.  Key races in the Senate will include defending LGBT supporter Senator Steve Hobbs (44th district) and, we hope, Manka Dhingra in the 45th district, as well as working to defeat anti-gay Senators Mark Miloscia (30th district), Jan Angel (26th district) and Doug Ericksen (42nd district).  In the House, we will be defending allies such as Mike Pelliciotti and Kristine Reeves (30th district); Chris Kilduff (28th district); and John Lovick (44th district) and working to build the majority by retaking seats in the 19th, 28th, and 44th districts.

 

Join Us!

 

Please join us for our annual FFM event on 
Monday, October 30th, 2017
 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm 
at FareStart
700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101.

Please email FFM for more information.