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Laurie Kilbourn Leads PCPs in Winning Votes

By Peter Toll

This month, your Central Committee’s 304 PCPs  welcomed 10 more newcomers into the ranks.

Of the 223 elected in May and since taking office, the biggest vote getters were Laurie Kilbourn, Lake Oswego, 469; Scott Gibson, of Lake Oswego, 448; Robert Zimmer, of Milwaukie, 444; Mike Litt and Bob Ely, of Willamette View Manor, 428; Jeanne Magmer, also of Willamette View, got 426. Mickey Ely had 421 and Jane Civiletti, Oak Grove, 415; and her husband, Tom Civiletti, 406.

Laurie and Scott are both in House District 38 whereas the rest of the leaders were in HD 41, a genuine Democratic stronghold. To get that many votes takes lots of Democrats casting ballots, and that is certainly the case in this instance. Continue reading

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Clackamas County Political Round-Up

By Peter Toll

Nobody in Clackamas County’s Democratic circles is sitting around resting on their laurels after the election.


We’re live here in Portland, rallying to Save Health Care. SHARE this post with your friends and let’s build this movement to protect our helth care from Donald Trump and his buddies in the Republican Congress!

Posted by Jeff Merkley on Sunday, January 15, 2017

Our two re-elected members of Congress, Earl Blumenauer, of Portland, and Kurt Schrader, of Canby, participated in a health care rally put on by Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden. Thousands showed up, including several from Clackamas County, to show President-elect Trump how Oregonians feel about dumping the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

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Commissioners Name Eight Finalists

Clackamas County commissioners have named eight finalists of 77 applicants for the two-year term created when Jim Bernard was elected to the chair position.

They will be interviewed by the commissioners next Wednesday evening. Continue reading

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What Should the Message Be? Depends Who’s Listening

By Peter Toll

Democrats in Clackamas County and across the state are challenged more than ever with the task of crafting a winning message for the next election. What are those magic words?

Do the folks in Milwaukie want to hear the same thing as the folks in Molalla? Sometimes, perhaps, but much of the time probably not.

Here in Clackamas County, perhaps more than most Oregon counties, the political split between urban and rural is very real. Continue reading

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From the Chair

peter-nordbyeAs the newly elected chair of the Clackamas County Democratic Party, I fully understand the challenge facing our Democratic Party at the local, state and national levels. We must come together to hold on to the local offices we have won,to continue to elect progressive Democrats and, at all levels, to stop the reactionary movement represented by the election of Donald Trump.

While change within the party needs to occur, we must build on the excellent things we have accomplished through the hard work of many dedicated Democrats. At the same time, we must seek pathways to engage and involve the many new people who have recently joined us.

We need serious, honest, and respectful discussions about those things that have worked, those that require change, and those which need to be added. As we have already demonstrated, by working together we helped elect a new County Commission chair and a new county commissioner. These two commissioners will have a tremendously positive effect on how we conduct county business here. Continue reading

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Reorganization Meeting Election Results Summary

Democratic Party of Clackamas County
Reorganization Meeting
November 17, 2016

Election Results Summary

(see the full election results here)


Chair: Peter Nordbye
Vice Chair: Erika Kane
Secretary: Scott Hays
Treasurer: Eric Carlson


Peter Nordbye (Ex Officio)
Mark Gamba
J. Kevin Hunt
Dan Riker

Erika Kane (Ex Officio)
Cheryl Fisher
Fiona Gwóźdź
Cornelia Gibson


Ken Chappuis
Craig Stephens
John DeHaas
James Freed

Kathy Gordon
Kate Greenfield
Christine Chin-Ryan
Jan Lee


Dan Riker
Peter Nordbye

Jan Lee


Scott Hays

Linda Garland
Marcia P. Brown


John DeHaas
Peter Toll
J. Kevin Hunt
Klaus Gibson

Cheryl Fisher
Cornelia Gibson
Grae Lewis


Jerry Greenfield
Craig Stephens
James Freed

Kate Greenfield
Rosie Stephens
Christine Irwin
Chris Lewis


HD 18 Erika Kane, Tom Kane
HD 26 Cornelia Gibson, Simon Springall
HD 35 Duaine Weston
HD 37 Ken Chappuis, Mary Shortall
HD 38 Kathy Gordon, Gary Thompson
HD 39 Naella Tesch, Grae Lewis
HD 40 Bill Street, Faith Leith
HD 41 Cheryl Fisher, Matthew Westergaard
HD 48 Dave McTeague, Justin Swall
HD 51 Dan Riker, Norm Tarowsky
HD 52 Dennis Ghelfi, Jan Lee