The 3rd Congressional District (CD) is comprised of Klickitat, Skamania, Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Wahkiakum, and Pacific counties with a southern piece of Thurston County thrown in. From this combined region, one US Congressional Representative is elected every 4 four years. Currently, that person is Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler. Running in 2016 against Ms. Beutler are Democrats David McDevitt, Angela Marx, and Kathleen Arthur.
But let's discuss the purpose of the 3rd CD Caucus. In a few words, the purpose is to elect 6 Delegates; 3 men and 3 women, to go to the National Democratic Convention held in Philadelphia on July 25-28, 2016.
The 3rd CD Caucus will be May 21, 2016 at Columbia River High School at 1:00 PM. Doors will open for registration confirmation at 12 Noon.
Attending delegates will be those elected at the LD Caucus occurring on Sunday May 1 at 1:00 PM. That LD Caucus is held in conjunction with the Clark County Convention at Skyview High School. Registration should be straight-forward since all qualified Delegates and Alternates will be known to us from the May 1 LD Caucuses.
Traveling to the Columbia River High School is relatively simple:
Exit I-5 at the 99th St Exit - Exit #5
Travel West on 99th St about 1 mile. See Columbia River HS on the North side of the 99th St.
Enter at the first (eastmost) driveway.
Access the parking lot and entrance doors nearest to the flagpole - East side of building.
Be welcomed at the alphabetical sign-in tables
The 3rd CD Caucus will be similar to the Precinct Caucuses in that there will be some introductory remarks from the Caucus Leader; The 3rd CD Representative -Marsha Manning, then we will break into sub-caucuses for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. In the sub-caucuses, there will be speeches by those people want to be elected to go the the Philadelphia National Convention. There are 6 spots to fill which must have have gender parity; 3 men and 3 women. There will be balloting and the highest vote-getters will fill the 6 national slots.
The Philadelphia Convention, July 25-28, will be an exciting time, but it is balanced, by a hectic and expensive few days. Happily, the Washington caucus drew a hotel that is close to downtown - some hotels are miles away. Cost for accommodations is about $400 per night and 4 nights are required for a hotel total of about $1600. Of course airline travel will be upwards of $700 or more, and meals, buses, and cabs have to be considered. So one must plan for upwards of $3000. It's a significant commitment, so weigh that in when deciding wh to run for the very few available positions.