Paint the Town Blue: Vancouver – 2014
Following on the heels of YDWA’s successful event in Spokane, Paint the Town Blue: Vancouver (Sept. 5-7) provided Young Democrats with another chance to explore a new town, meet other Democrats (young and not-so-young), and work to elect great local candidates. Oh, and have a blast while doing it. Here are some highlights.
Young Democrats arrived in Vancouver on Friday night for a welcome reception in the presidential suite of the Red Lion Hotel with a great view of the Columbia River. We were joined by several party leaders, candidates, and elected officials, including Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, Rep. Jim Moeller.
We also participated in downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Art Walk.
Saturday started with a delicious breakfast from the Clark County Women Democrats before we set out to doorbell for YDWA priority candidate Monica Stonier and other Clark County candidates.
Together we knocked on over 500 doors and contributed to Rep. Stonier’s whiteboard project!
Rep. Brady Walkinshaw from Seattle made a surprise appearance!
After doorbelling, we had lunch and recorded the first round of videos for YDWA’s “Why I’m a Democrat” campaign. Watch over the next few weeks for their release!
Saturday wrapped up with dinner and a series of speakers at the Clark County Historical Museum. Among the speakers was Cheryl Stumbo from Washington United for Gun Responsibility, who shared with us her story of being involved in a shooting in Seattle that motivated her to work for universal background checks.
The next morning, the Young Democrats gathered at the Vancouver Farmers’ Market to register voters and give our local candidates some visibility.
We finished off the weekend with lunch at the Tequila Factory. We celebrated a successful weekend as well as Mike Pond’s birthday!