- Book Dan Riker is reading Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time by Ira Katznelson
- Vox Ken Humberston is reading "The Rise of American Authoritarianism" by Amanda Taub
- Book Craig Stevens is reading Sons of Wichita: how the Koch brothers became America's most powerful and private dynasty by Daniel Schulman
House District 39 team recently held a voter registration party hosted by Charlie and Cheryl Gingerich at their beautiful place near Aurora. This fiesta featured Mexican food served by our own Alma Valdez and supplied by many local businesses in the Canby area. There were many activities for children, including a bouncy house, face-painting, free books and of course, pinatas!
We offered voter registration materials and had the joy of signing up some brand-new young voters.
There were over 20 volunteers involved, all under the fantastic project leadership of Susan Chavez. Several officials and candidates attended, including County Commissioners Jim Bernard and Martha Schrader, Commission candidate Ken Humberston, Canby City Council candidate Irene Konev, and House District 39 candidate Charles Gallia (who hauled in tables and chairs and stayed for the clean-up).
Thanks to all of the volunteers for their many hours of service. I think everyone agrees that this was a successful event. We look forward to more voter registration activities during the Summer.
By Rosie Stephens, Chair of Clackamas County Democrats
Perhaps nowhere more so than in Clackamas County does “It’s Where the Fight Is” matter more than now. Over the past four years, you have helped build our county party and support our Democratic candidates for the Legislature and County Commission. So with a little shift from the race for the nomination for president to Oregon and county races, the results may really show that “Majority Matters…still!” And in case you need some specific examples of how the majority matters played out in the Oregon Legislature, note the following:
Slate cards show Clackamas County Democrats’ voting recommendations for the upcoming primary election — for candidates and measures — by house district. We just posted our slate cards for the upcoming primary election in May. You can find your slate card here.
Don’t forget to vote all the way down the ballot — it’s important!!
Come join the discussion when several elected Democrats answer your questions about jobs and opportunity in the county and the state. State Reps. Ann Lininger and Tobias Read and Clackamas County Commissioners Jim Bernard and Martha Schrader are hosting a town hall in Lake Oswego on April 30th. Here are the details:
When: Saturday, April 30, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Offices of Jordan Ramis P.C.
2 Centerpointe Drive, No. 600
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
The impossible has occurred! Both the Democratic and the Republican parties in Clackamas County have endorsed Ballot Measures #3-474 and 3-475 to consolidate the Oak Lodge Water District and Oak Lodge Sanitary District. The measures promise to save money while improving services. Voters from the two districts will decide the matter at the May 17th election.
Hats off to our own Jim Martin, a Precinct Committee Person and member of Oak Lodge Water District’s Board of Commissioners. Jim heads up the grassroots group “Better Together.” He said, “Both local parties looked into the proposal, asked good questions, and enthusiastically agreed to give their support.”
Clackamas County Democratic party leaders liked the “good government” aspects of streamlining public services for ratepayers. The cost savings for district customers has great appeal, estimating roughly, $425,000 a year without having any layoffs. Will this bi-partisan approach start a trend? Jim thinks this is a reminder of what’s possible to achieve when both groups reach agreement.
Perhaps Clackamas County is demonstrating leadership.
All ten candidates for the Clackamas County Commission will be available at Athey Creek Middle School on April 23rd to answer your questions. Click here to see the full size poster.