Two Local Women to Represent the 6th Congressional District
Two Clallam County Democrats have been selected to represent the 6th Congressional District at the National Democratic Convention in Philadelphia in July. The 6th Congressional District encompasses the Olympic Peninsula, the Kitsap Peninsula, and part of the city of Tacoma.
Jessica Hernandez, Port Angeles, and Julie Johnson, Neah Bay, were elected on Saturday at the 6th Congressional District Democratic Caucus in Suquamish by delegates representing Democratic precinct caucuses in Jefferson, Kitsap, Grays Harbor, Pierce and Clallam counties. Jessica Hernandez was elected as a Bernie Sanders delegate, and Julie Johnson was elected as a Hillary Clinton delegate.
Jessica Hernandez will be representing all those who cast votes for Bernie Sanders across the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. Ms. Hernandez is the current executive director of the Port Angeles Food Bank, Port Angeles Rotary President, and Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce Vice President. She is a former small business owner in Clallam County. Through her work at the Food Bank she works closely with the most vulnerable in our community and is a fierce advocate for the underrepresented and those that have fallen on hard times due to our current local and national economy. Following her election on Saturday, Hernandez said “I am very excited to go to Philadelphia for the National Democratic Convention to represent our county, region, and its residents and their struggles.”
Julie Johnson was elected as a Hillary Clinton delegate, capturing one of only two Hillary delegate positions and the only female Hillary delegate. Ms. Johnson is a social and health services grant writer and intergovernmental relations consultant. She is a two-term Washington State Democratic Committee Woman, serving on the Central Committee of the state Democratic Party. Ms. Johnson has been honored by local Democrats as the female Democrat of the Year (2012) and received a National Indian Women’s Leadership Award in 2013 from WEWIN, Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations.
Ms. Johnson was also elected a presidential elector on Saturday, a singular honor since only one presidential elector is selected from each congressional district caucus. Acknowledging the significance of this honor, she said, “I’m humbled to be voted as the Electoral College representative for the 6th District by delegates representing both Senator Bernie Sanders and former Senator/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton! “