|Our Great Seal depicts a woolly mammoth, hind legs buckled, and a donkey, hind legs kicking.
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The Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle was established
in 1956 to promote new ideas and growth for the Democratic Party and to provide a more progressive alternative to the mainstream
Party apparatus. Its founding members were committed to reforming and building the Party by reaching out to independent voters,
activating citizen interest and participation in politics, examining issues and supporting measures for the public good, and
encouraging and aiding qualified younger candidates in running for public office.
For more than half a century, the MDC has
preserved its unique identity as an independent, loosely organized group of present, past and prospective officeholders, community
activists and interested citizens.
| MDC Past Presidents Pete Francis, Justin Simmons and Nick Licata with MDC Great Seal print, 2011.
it operates outside of the official Party structure, the MDC is still very much a part of the Democratic Party tradition,
and many MDC members are grassroots Party operatives and Party leaders.
By providing an informal, open forum for speakers and facilitating the free exchange
of ideas, the MDC helps to guide and advise Party officials, influence elected and appointed decision-makers on matters of
policy, and inform members and the general public about public affairs. Programs on local, national and international politics
are interspersed with others that help members to understand governmental processes and political history, and are scheduled
to complement and coincide with current events.
The MDC supports candidates and
officeholders who share its progressive values. MDC members volunteer and contribute each election cycle, and MDC endorsements
have long been coveted by campaigns and reported in
the press. The MDC also takes visible and vocal public stands promoting public policy consistent with its values.
The MDC hosts numerous events for members during the year that
combine nourishment with opportunities for networking. These include lunchtime programs, evening issue and candidate forums,
happy hours and fundraisers, the Annual Meeting & Summer Social in June and the Winter Holiday Party in December.
|Rep. Jim McDermott addresses MDC members at MDC Holiday Party, Anne Johnson's home, 2009.
"Good friends and dedicated Democrats - it's always a pleasure to meet with the MDC, listen to informed Democrats
and learn more about the political pulse of our community." - U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott