Ferguson keynote speaker for Jefferson County Democrats’ fish fry

PORT TOWNSEND — State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and other state elected officials will speak at the Jefferson County Democrats’ annual fish fry fundraiser Sunday.

The fish fry will kick off at 4 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 for adults, $15 for children ages 12-18, with children 12 and younger admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Jefferson County Democrats’ website at www.jeffcodemocrats.com.

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, will talk about a proposed amendment to the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which would permanently prohibit offshore drilling along the west coasts of Washington, Oregon and California, and his work on a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Silverdale.

The theme of the 23rd annual fundraising event for the Jefferson County Democrats is “We’ve Got Bigger Fish to Fry.”

It will feature local seafood provided by vendors on the Olympic Peninsula including salmon from Key City Fish, shellfish from Taylor Shellfish, rolls from Pane d’Amore, beer from the Port Townsend Brewing Co. and wine from the Wine Cellar.

The salmon will be grilled by Larry Dennison, formerly of Dos Okies.

“He’s done it every year,” said Claire Roney, the event organizer. “We’re glad he’s still doing it even though he retired.”

This is the largest fundraiser for the Jefferson County Democrats, Roney said.

Ferguson will be this year’s keynote speaker.

“We’re real excited to get the attorney general since we think he did real well dealing with the travel ban earlier this year,” Roney said.

Ferguson became well-known nationally in March when his lawsuit halted the Trump administration’s first travel ban on citizens from Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

The Trump administration decided not to appeal the first travel ban to the U.S. Supreme Court and agreed to reimburse Washington state for its legal fees related to the case.

The U.S. Supreme Court later allowed a second Trump order to partially take effect.

Jefferson County Democrats said they also appreciate Ferguson’s stance against loan companies that take advantage of students who take out loans for higher education.

Other officials expected to attend Sunday’s fish fry are state Sen. Kevin Van de Wege, D-Sequim, and state Reps. Mike Chapman, D-Port Angeles, and Steve Tharinger, D-Sequim, who will discuss their work in the state Legislature, including a new family paid-leave act, one of the most generous in the nation.

“That’s something to celebrate,” Roney said.

The three represent the 24th Legislative District, which covers Jefferson and Clallam counties and part of Grays Harbor County.

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Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Cydney McFarland can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 55052, or at [email protected]

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