At the Oregon AFL-CIO’s biennial convention last
month, three awards were given to state legislators – and all three represent
districts in Clackamas County.
Our congratulations for these well deserved honors go to State Sen. Kathleen Taylor (SD21), named Legislator of the Year; State Rep. Rachel Prusak (HD37), named Rookie of the Year; and State Sen. Shemia Fagan (SD24), named Working Family Champion.
By Bill Street, Neighborhood Leader Coordinator, Clackamas County Democrats
Our Neighborhood Leader Program has been wildly successful. Attend any of our Clackamas Democratic Central Committee meetings and listen to the self-introductions. No matter how they begin their introduction: be it State Senator, State Representative, County Commissioner, or precinct person, almost to a person that introduction ends with, “And I’m a Neighborhood Leader.”
Why does everyone want it known that they, too, are a Neighborhood Leader? Is it because they know that our Neighborhood Leader program was instrumental in defeating Tea Party crazies who just a few years ago ran our County?
Is it because they know that our Neighborhood Leader program was key in creating a Democratic super majority in Salem? After all, we were the only County (or parts thereof) where incumbent Republicans were defeated.
Is it because of the satisfaction and impact when a Neighborhood Leader has voter turn out in their turf often exceeding average turn-out by 10 per cent or more? As impressive as each of these outcomes are, that is not the reason the program is as successful as it is.
Our primary elections are not until May, 2020, but the troops are amassing their forces in hopes of election, unseating incumbents, and otherwise bringing some action to the local side of the ballot.
Before then, in November of this year, several special elections will occur in Happy Valley, West Linn, and West Linn-Wilsonville Schools, among others. Too, Metro, which covers about half our county, has an election to extend its natural resources/park bond, a proposal which will extend but not increase bond revenues. Little controversy is expected in this election.
At the federal level:
Both of Clackamas County’s incumbent Democratic Members of Congress, Earl Blumenauer in the 3rd District and Kurt Schrader of the 5th District, have primary opponents.
Blumenauer is being challenged by Albert Lee, of Portland, a newcomer to the political scene, while Schrader has drawn Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. Lee is a very long shot but Gamba, who has a serious following, will put up more of a fight. Raising money will be the key issue for both challengers.
At the county level:
County Chair Jim Bernard has filed for re-election. And former legislator Tootie Smith, who lost her own commission re-election bid four years ago, has filed against him. This will be a donnybrook.
The Democratic Party of Clackamas County invite you to join us on Saturday, October 12, 2019, for the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction. This gala event will be at the Tualatin Country Club and feature a delicious dinner, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and other guest speakers, and a live auction with auctioneer Dave Hunt