- Book Susan Hansen is reading Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.
- Book Peter Nordbye is reading Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools by Diane Ravitch.
- Book Dan Riker is reading Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time by Ira Katznelson
Clackamas County is sending at least six of Oregon’s 74 delegates to the National Democratic Convention starting July 25 in Philadelphia. They were selected by fellow Democrats at congressional district conventions June 4. Following the proportional lines of the primary election, roughly 57 percent of the elected Oregon delegates will represent Senator Bernie Sanders and 43 percent will carry Secretary Hillary Clinton’s standard.
Most impressive was Clackamas County’s performance in the seven-county 5th Congressional District, where five of the seven delegates elected from dozens of aspirants are from Clackamas. County Democratic Chair Rosie Stephens will be in the Hillary Clinton delegation, along with Kathy Gordon. Both live in Lake Oswego. Representing Bernie Sanders will be four newcomers, including Cheryl Fisher, Milwaukie; Lisa Ortiz, Lake Oswego; and Alex Josephy, Oregon City, all of Clackamas.
Clackamas County will seat four new legislators in January with the replacement of Representatives Brent Barton, Shemia Fagan, John Davis, and Kathleen Taylor. Taylor is advancing to the Senate, and the other three are retiring.
Clackamas has 10 members in the lower house, five Democrats and five Republicans, and five senators. But Democrat Taylor marks the only change in the Senate as Democrat Diane Rosenbaum is retiring. Taylor beat John Sweeney in the primary and there is no Republican candidate in Senate District 21, which includes Milwaukie and part of Southeast Portland.
Replacing Taylor, who did one term in the House, will most likely be Milwaukie City Councilor Karin Power, a Democrat. She was unopposed in the House District 41 primary and faces Republican Tim McMenamin (trying for a third straight election) in November. This seat has long been held by Democrats, and Power should retain it for the progressives. She amassed 10,338 primary votes to McMenamin’s 2,747. He is a pharmacist. She is an attorney.
Clackamas County voters fell short in primary election turnout compared to state-wide voting, but there were some notable exceptions. State-wide turnout was 51.7 percent; in Clackamas the overall response was a shade under 50 percent.
While Bernie Sanders took the state-wide presidential race by 57.9 percent to 42.4 percent in winning every county but one (Gilliam voted 101-100 for Hillary Clinton), his edge in Clackamas was narrower — 50.1 percent to 45.4 percent. Lane County’s 60.4 percent for Bernie topped the state; massive Multnomah gave him 58.8 percent.
Democrats dramatically outperformed Republicans across Oregon with a 66.7 percent turnout compared to 57.9 percent Republican. Independent Partyers voted at a 36.3 percent clip and non-affiliated voters hit 19.9 percent; that makes sense because both groups were shut out of party primaries.
By Peter Toll
Hardworking Clackamas County Democrats can share the credit for success in key local non-partisan primary election races as they gear up for the fall. Here’s a brief look at the results and some key campaign issues.
By Rosie Stephens, Chair of Clackamas County Democrats
Every four years the political parties describe the impending presidential election as a historic event — and every once in a while it’s true, like now.
The Oregon Primary election is over, and I am pleased with the results in our county. Democrats in our county outvoted the Republicans. Neighborhood Leader Program results showed that face-to-face contact resulted in higher voter turnout. We set Clackamas County Commission races as a top priority and . . . Martha Schrader won her race; Jim Bernard got more votes and a higher percentage than his three opponents so he will run against John Ludlow in November; and Ken Humberston supporters kept Tootie from winning to face off in November. So the answer to the question in the April 24th edition of the Oregonian, “Will Democrats turn the tide in Clackamas County?” YES!
To be a delegate to the Oregon district or state conventions, or to run to be an Oregon delegate to the national convention, you must be registered as a Democrat by the April 26, 2016 deadline and remain registered as a Democrat.
After ensuring you’re registered as a Democrat, you must file an online Delegate Selection Filing Form (where you designate your presidential preference) with the Democratic Party of Oregon by May 20, 2016 at 5:00pm.
The number of delegates elected to support each presidential candidate is determined proportionally by the percentage of votes each candidate received in the May 17th Oregon primary. According to Ballotopedia, “Oregon is expected to have 74 delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Of this total, 61 will be ‘pledged delegates.'” Based on the primary results, 35 (55%) of the delegates should be pledged to Sanders, 26 (42%) to Clinton.
Oregon Democratic delegates are elected on June 4th at the district conventions — CD3 and CD5 for Clackamas County.They then go on to the state convention on June 18th.
For more information about becoming a delegate, please visit http://dpo.org/2016convention.