Standing & District Committees January Meeting Round-Up

We’re pleased to present the first of what we hope will be monthly highlights from both Standing Committee and District Committee meetings, starting with reports below from meetings held in January.

Campaign Committee chaired by Peter Toll

The committee is busy strategizing how best to support Democrats seeking to serve in our state legislature. Below is the list of incumbents and candidates who have declared to run or filed for the May 15 primary, as of February 11.

HD 18 – Incumbent Rick Lewis (R). Appointed. Doug Culver (D) has filed.
HD 26 – Inc. Richard Vial (R). First term. Ryan Spiker (D) has filed.
HD 35 – Inc. Margaret Doherty (D). Bob Niemeyer (R) has filed. The district includes one precinct in Clackamas Co.
HD 37 – Inc. Julie Parrish (R). Rachel Prusak (D) has declared.
HD 38 – Inc. Andrea Salinas (D). Appointed. Two-thirds of this district is in Clackamas Co., with the balance in Multnomah Co. Continue reading

Dr. King or Malcolm X? (Answers to the Quiz)

Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis, TN, the day prior to a planned march through downtown in support of Memphis public employees who were seeking to create a union. He understood that civil rights and union rights were both required to have human rights.

The march proceeded when Coretta King arrived to take her husband’s place. The Memphis public employees marched through the streets with signs that read, “I AM A MAN.” These signs conveyed the thought that these workers were not being treated as human beings and that by birth they were entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Continue reading

Invitation to a Lynn Peterson Campaign Event

Chair Jim Bernard, Jackie Dingfelder, Commissioner Sonya Fischer, Mayor Mark Gamba, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Judie Hammerstad, Dwayne Johnson, Promise King, Representative Sheri Malstrom, Amber Ontiveros, Councilor Wilda Parks, Maurice Rahming, Governor Barbara Roberts, Vivian Satterfield, Commissioner Dick Schouten, Alando Simpson, and Anita Yap

invite you to a campaign event for
LYNN PETERSON FOR METRO COUNCIL PRESIDENT Continue reading

Join the Hundreds Filing Now to Become PCPs

Every two years, Democrats have the opportunity to run for a public position as a Precinct Committee Person (PCP). PCPs serve as voices for their communities, vote on appointments to vacant legislative seats, and fill a key grassroots position in the Democratic Party.

Now, as we enter this critical 2018 election cycle, we want to encourage you to sign up as as a PCP. Bottom Line – the Democratic Party and our country need you to serve. We’ve had an incredible response rate from Democrats all across the state telling us they’re running to become Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs). Continue reading

Clackamas County Accepting Applications for 2018 #ClackCo Academy

Clackamas County is now accepting applications from residents for its fourth #ClackCo Academy, formerly called Citizen Academy. The academy is a six-month long series of classes designed to educate residents about county government and services.

Each month the class will feature experts from multiple departments discussing how they work together to address issues that impact the county. More information about the academy can be found at www.clackamas.us/pga/academy.html.

Sessions are held on the third Wednesday of each month from April through September. The first session is Wednesday, April 18, from 6 pm. to 8:30 pm.

There are 25 openings available, with an additional five seats reserved for youth members, ages 16-20. Applicants from a range of geographic areas are sought, and an interest in county programs and services is desired.

Topics will address the county’s five Performance Clackamas goals:

  • Build public trust through good government
  • Grow a vibrant economy
  • Build a strong infrastructure
  • Ensure safe, healthy and secure communities
  • Honor, utilize, promote and invest in our natural resources

The application deadline is Thursday, Feb. 15. Applications can be submitted online.

For a paper application or more information, contact Community Relations Specialist Beth Byrne at 503-742-4353 or bbyrne@clackamas.us

Turnover in Salem Raises Questions

Rep. Andrea Salinas

Affordable housing and improved public education are key issue areas for Clackamas County’s newest state legislators. Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, has identified affordable housing as an area where she can bring her expertise and commitment, while newly minted Senator Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, has extensive experience with education policy.

Sen. Rob Wagner

The newly appointed Democratic representative and senator are filling vacancies resulting from Rep. Ann Lininger being appointed to a Clackamas County judgeship and Sen. Richard Devlin taking a position with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Continue reading