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Clackamas Dems Reaffirm Measure 97 Support

yes on 97 logoAt our September Central Committee meeting, Clackamas Democrats unanimously affirmed its endorsement of Measure 97. If passed, this measure would increase taxes on corporations whose Oregon sales exceed $25 million. The increased revenue will benefit education, healthcare, and senior services.

We also voted on the other measures for the November ballot with the following results:

These measures were endorsed: M100, M3-502, M3-509, M26-178. Also, M94, M95, M3-510. The remaining measures were not endorsed.

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Merkley, Avakian to Speak at Roosevelt Dinner

The Clackamas Democrats are pleased to announce that two keynote speakers will be featured at the Roosevelt Dinner on October 8th at the Tualatin Country Club. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Senator Jeff Merkley will be speaking to inspire and motivate the guests at the Clackamas Democrats’ gala annual fundraiser.

Commissioner Avakian, who has been fighting for progressive values and economic opportunity as State Labor Commissioner, is currently the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State.

Jeff MerkleySen. Merkley is well-known to local and state Democrats, having served in the state legislature and currently in the US Senate.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Commissioner Avakian and Sen. Merkley at the Roosevelt Dinner. Please purchase your tickets at this website.

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Republican HD26 Candidate Does Not Live in HD26!

By Simon Springall and Peter Toll

Ray ListerThe Right Candidate for HD 26

Ray Lister
The Right Candidate for HD 26

Wilsonville and Oregon’s House District 26 narrowly avoided having disgraced former Rep Matt Wingard as the Republican candidate, only to end up with Republican candidate Richard Vial who does not actually live in the House District where he claims to live, according to a complaint Oregon House Democrats have filed with the secretary of state.

State law says he must live there a year, however his former home is rented out, and he has moved to a new home in House District 24.

Vial’s election slogan is “principled leadership.” We are wondering what kinds of principles he is hoping to lead with.

Elections officials in Salem are saying the November ballot has already been certified. That means no action will be taken until after the election if Vial were somehow to win the election for this open seat in Clackamas and Washington counties.

Democrat Ray Lister is the strongest and most principled candidate for this open seat. Lend him your support at www.raylister.com.

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County Commission Holds Public Discussion on Measure 97

yes on 97 logoDuring its weekly business meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15, the Board of County Commissioners will convene a public discussion on ballot Measure 97. This measure, sponsored by A Better Oregon, calls for large, out-of-state corporations to pay their fare share in taxes, which they currently don’t.

Clackamas County Democrats have endorsed a YES vote on Measure 97, which will help fund our failing education system as well as seniors and healthcare in the state.

If you’d like to attend the forum and make your thoughts known, it will be held at 6 pm on the fourth floor of the Public Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City. An accompanying information packet will be available online one week prior to the meeting.

For more information, members of the public can contact Community Relations Specialist Dylan Blaylock at 503-742-5917.

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Elections Protection Volunteers Needed for General Election

Ballot DropTo all the great volunteers that helped with observation for the Primary and for others that have done this in the past, thank you! Clackamas County has had elections issues, and Clackamas County Democrats have been effective at making sure that election workers know that they are being observed and follow the rules accordingly.

If you have not done this before or want to be a part of the Observation Team again, please email Craig Stephens. Provide your contact information and limitations as to time of day or days in the week prior to, including and just after Tuesday November 9.

There will be on-line training and an in-person training session at the Clackamas County Democrats Office with details conveyed to you as the time gets nearer.

There will be an opportunity to see the machine verification before November 1 for anyone who would like to be present for that. With the primary election, the Clackamas County Elections Office managed to lose some ballots, so there is never a dull moment. Many tasks are observed, each of which has some complexity, in an effort to make sure every vote is properly counted.

There are a number of rules that must be followed, so please allow time for training or re-training as the case may be.

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Tickets Now Available for Roosevelt Dinner — Oct. 8th



The Democratic Party of Clackamas County and the Willamette Women Democrats are preparing for their annual gala event, the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction to be held Saturday, October 8th, cocktails at 5:00pm, dinner at 6:30pm. The dinner will be at the Tualatin Country Club and will feature a delicious dinner, guest speakers, and an auction with our favorite auctioneer, Dave Hunt. There will be lively bidding during the auction for Oregon coast get-a-ways, a mountain retreat, and other great items.

Prior to the dinner, guests can purchase raffle tickets for two great gift-laden baskets with enticing treats and gift cards. There will be quality wine to buy from the “wall of wine.” The funds raised will help support the campaigns of local and state candidates and the Clackamas County Democratic Party.

Please mark your calendar for this important evening.


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Ludlow and Friends Show Even More Bad Judgment

roads.pot_hole.ludlowIneptitude and bad judgment seem to be the hallmarks of the John Ludlow-led Clackamas County Commissioners when it comes to their lack of proper attention to our county’s roads. The most recent example is in Canby, where they chose to re-pave certain streets outside the city during the busiest time of the year while totally ignoring their responsibility for county-owned streets inside the city limits. Here’s how the local newspaper described it.