31st Legislative District: Democratic Party
PRECINCT COMMITTEE OFFICERS
If you don't see your precinct listed here, that means
there is no Democrat PCO for your precinct. Volunteer for the
position! Send an e-mail to our Pierce County PCO Chair, Diane Kerlin or our chair Mark
M. Boswell. Anyone interested in becoming a PCO can still be appointed or be an acting PCO.
Don't know what precinct you are in? Go to Washington State Democratic Chairs website.
Precinct maps for the 31st LD.
Below is a list of PCO's that were elected in the August 2012 primary for the 2012 - 2014 term. Want to contact your PCO? Click on the person's name in the list below to send them an email. PCO's who have an "(a)" by their name have been approved by the 31st executive board and the county to be appointed PCO's for the next term.
31-801 Robert Kennedy
31-802 Harold (Hal) Phillips
31-803 Linda Wagenblast
31-804 Bruce F. Kennedy
31-806 Nick Derrough
31-817 Dawn Devlin Burr
31-835 Michael White
31-902 Michael Rutkosky
31-924 Jeremy Sandor(a)
Aub 31-0062 Brian
Aub 31-0069 Robb Wilcox(a)
Aub 31-3335 Craig Sanders
ENM 31-0418 John S. Mayers
The following precincts have names:
PCO Handbook Online
What Are Precincts and
Precinct Committee Officers?
by Sharon Hodgins
Former Chair of PCO Recruitment & Relations Committee for the 31st
Every 10 years, our country's government takes a census;
within two years of a census, new borders are drawn for Congressional
Districts, State Legislative Districts, and Precincts, in an attempt to
smooth out population shifts so that each elected official will
represent about the same amount of people. Most people have not paid
much attention to precincts in our state, because political parties
have not had much power. Due to new court rulings regarding how
candidates are selected to represent a party, precincts and precinct
committee officers may become much more important in our state.
Precincts are the smallest political unit in any state;
they generally include about 300 households, and there are about 5,000
in our state. The 31st Legislative District has about 127 precincts.
A Precinct Committee Officer, or PCO, represents a
political party within the precinct; each precinct may have a Democrat,
and a Republican, and a Libertarian or any other political party PCO. A
Precinct officer is basically the grass-roots organizer for that
political party within his/her precinct.
Precinct Officers are voted on every two years, and
appear on that precinct's ballot. A political party can also appoint a
precinct officer for a precinct, until the next even-numbered election
year. A political party may ALSO appoint someone as "Acting" precinct
committee officer for a neighboring precinct when the one that person
lives in already has a PCO but the neighboring precinct does not.
Precinct Committee Officers are asked to identify
Democratic voters in their Precinct, and to serve as their
representative to the various levels of the organized Democratic party.
Among some of the things Precinct Committee Officers do are:
1. Conduct a precinct caucus when necessary;
2. Make recommendations for poll-workers for the precinct;
3. Doorbell with campaign materials for endorsed candidates prior to
4. Participate actively in get-out-the-vote activities and help with
5. Conduct Voter registration.
By state law, it is the Party's Precinct Committee
Officers who name candidates for an elected official who cannot fulfill
his/her term of office. For example, several years ago, Republican Kent
Pullen died before fulfilling his term on the King County Council.
Republican PCO's for Kent's district gathered, and selected three
nominees. It was from those nominees that Kent's replacement was chosen.
Depending on what our Party eventually decides, Precinct
Committee Officers could have a more substantial role in helping to
determine candidates to represent the Democratic Party in elections. We
have about 1/5 of the possible Precinct Committee Officers we could
have in the 31st Legislative District. We will be having small training
sessions for our PCO's, as some of their work involves the computer. We
hope that if your precinct is not represented, you will ask to become
its Precinct Committee Officer. If you're interested, please contact us.