ColorsNW – Dispatch from Precinct Caucus – Orcas School

Submitted by Victoria in Seattle –

I caucused at Orcas School in Lakewood (Nestled between Seward Park and Columbia City). Lines of people went down the block. Obama supporters were handing out Obama stickers, signs and buttons–no Clinton paraphernalia was in sight.

The lunchroom/auditorium at the Orcas School was packed. There seemed to be 1,000 or more people packed in like sardines while we waited for the classrooms to be opened The place buzzed with enthusiasm. It wasn’t hard to spot the Clinton supporters in a sea of Obama buttons, stickers and signs waving—their arms were usually crossed. The audience was very diverse; a reflection of the community –ethnicity/cultural, age and gender— It was a great sight to see.

Of the 99 people in my precinct (37-1610), I would say (my visual assessment for what it’s worth) that 4 were Hispanic/Latino, 2 Asian and 13 were African American. Also participating were three young people of high school age. All three signed up to be delegates or alternates. I am African-American and was delighted a nice showing of other Blacks participated in the process. Out of the 99, 76% were for Obama, 19% Hillary and 5% were uncommitted. After people had a chance to voice their opinions two of the uncommitted selected Obama. Obama received four delegates and Clinton one.

Obama supporters generally talked about: his charisma; ability to bring people together (the caucus is a good example of diversity of people he has motivated to participate in the election process—I being one); a person who has strong leadership skills to know what his weaknesses are and the ability to hire great people to get the job done ; Obama seen as being about “us” and Hillary more about “I” ; fed up with the Bush’s vs. Clinton’s in office; and the need for a person like Obama who is for real change that will lead the country in the right direction. The difference in Obama’s and Clinton’s universal health care policies was a topic of concern and was a reason for one Clinton supporter to have switched earlier from Obama to Clinton. Another person who previously was a Clinton supporter said he was turned off with Clinton when she tried to make Obama look bad with the race issue.

I have been a registered voter since I was 17 and have voted in every election since then. At 46 this is the first time I have participated in a caucus. Obama’s run for the White House has inspired me and some of my friends to be more involved in the process and to thoroughly study the candidates and their positions. Obama has the leadership skills to lead and bring all people together, moral courage to stand up to political oppositions, the integrity to admit when he’s made a mistake, has a strong wife supporting him and makes us all believe “we” can change things for the better. You go Obama!


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2 Comments on “ColorsNW – Dispatch from Precinct Caucus – Orcas School”

  1. Tom Says:

    Victoria – As the Area Coordinator for Orca School, thanks for such enthusiastic reporting. We had 69 delegates for Obama and 10 for Clinton (primarily rounding up). Many precincts were 4,5,6 delegates for Obama, 0 for Clinton. Over 1130 voters participated plus at least 100 children. People started arriving about 11:30 for a 1:30 caucus. We had to move many precincts to classrooms about 1:30, and all of the precincts were done by 2:40. We cleaned up and left the building by 3:30.
    The Orca School, Columbia City, caucus experience reflected the community — Ethiopians, Somalians, Africans, Indian Americans, American Indians, Koreans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Salvadorians, Mexicans, Europeans, Gays, Lesbians, Jews, Muslims, Christians, Disabled, Labor Union Members, Seniors, Children, Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Teens. Thank you Columbia City! Thank you precinct caucus coordinators.

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