Multnomah and Clackamas County Commissioners to Choose Lininger’s Replacement

Commissioners from Clackamas and Multnomah counties will meet Sept. 13 in Lake Oswego to select the new state representative for House District 38. Incumbent Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, resigned Aug. 15 as she was appointed to the Clackamas County Circuit Court by Gov. Kate Brown.

Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) from both counties met Aug. 14 and selected four finalists for the commissioners to consider. They are Lake Oswego city councilors Joe Buck and Theresa Kohlhoff and Multnomah county residents Andrea Salinas and Neil Simon. Both have extensive government experience. Not making the final list were Moses Ross, Daniel Nguyen and Alex Josephy.

Read more about the process and how the finalists were selected in this Lake Oswego Review article.

Busy Summer for Clackamas Democrats At County and State Fairs, Elsewhere

Clackamas Democrats are not resting on their laurels this summer.

County and State Fairs

Look for them at the Clackamas County Fair with the Democratic booth, for example, on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Adding to the staffing team will be elected Democratic representatives and candidates. Stop by.

Local folks looking to get involved in “Resistance Summer,” standing up to Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell and the rest of the GOP so shabbily running the country, can get a good start at the fair booth.

That booth will be operating every day and night of the busy event in Canby. Another booth will offer insights into county Democrats at the Oregon State Fair in early September. More news on that later.

State Central Committee Quarterly Meeting

Several Clackamas Democrats attended the quarterly meeting of the Democratic Party of Oregon’s State Central Committee in Tillamook and Rockaway, thankfully at the coast where the temperature never topped 73 degrees compared to nearly 100 inland.

Happy Valley Democrat Sherry Healy was elected chair of the state party’s Election Integrity Caucus. Others at Tillamook from our county included Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba, John DeHaas, Peter Nordbye, Jan Lee, Dan Riker, Alex Josephy, Cheryl Fisher, Erika and Tom Kane, and Peter Toll, among others.

HD38 Election for State Representative

Meanwhile, Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) in House District 38, spanning Lake Oswego and Southwest Portland, created a list of possible successors to State Rep. Ann Lininger. She resigned effective Aug. 15 as Gov. Kate Brown appointed her to the Clackamas County Circuit Court bench. That short list of nominees — Andrea Salinas, Neil Simon, Theresa Kohlhoff, and Joe Buck, — has been forwarded to the county commissions of both counties. They will meet and vote for a successor before Sept. 4. It is expected the new representative, who must a Democrat (as Rep. Lininger is a Democrat), will run for the office next year.

(l to r) Andrea Salinas, Neil Simon, Theresa Kohlhoff, Joe Buck

Political observers in the region consider those nominees “the envy of anywhere else in the state” for their dedication, talent, background and ability. HD 38 will definitely get a winner.

Earlier, a “meet the candidates” public forum took place Thursday evening, Aug. 10, sponsored by independents for Progressive Action. This Lake Oswego gathering was informational and gave the voters an opportunity to learn more about the would-be legislators: Joe Buck, Alex Josephy, Theresa Kohler, Daniel Nguyen, Moses Ross, Andrea Salinas, and Neil Simon.

Shemia Fagan to Run for State Senator

In a somewhat related development, former State Rep. Shemia Fagan, Democrat who served two terms in House District 51 (Happy Valley/Clackamas northwest into Multnomah County), has announced she is running against Democratic State Senator Rod Monroe in the May primary.

Fagan, an outspoken and energetic contributor, withdrew from the legislature after she and her husband had their first child; she also left her corporate law firm to launch her own private practice.

Meeting Criticizes Parrish’s Health Care Proposals

State Rep. Julie Parrish is in hot water in her own district.  At a healthcare gathering in her hometown of West Linn, Parrish’s idea of cutting taxes by cutting some 350,000 Oregonians off the Medicaid rolls elicited more than unkind comments. Parrish herself refused to attend the meeting. Here’s the story.

See You at the Fair!

Clackamas County Democrats have a booth at the 2017 Clackamas County Fair, which runs from August 15 through 19 at the Fairgrounds in Canby. On Wednesday the 16th, candidates, elected officials and county commissioners will be there to chat with the public.

We will have games for kids as well as voter sign-up forms. We also will be promoting the Neighborhood Leader Program.

Stop by and say hello!

Parrish-Richardson Collusion in Salem?

When you pay a political consultant (who happens to be State Rep. Julie Parrish  from West Linn) more than $330,000 to help you get elected Secretary of State, can you be wholly impartial when that State Rep puts up a ballot initiative?  For the Oregon Nurses Assn., something isn’t passing the smell test.