Category Archives: Clackamas County

Clackamas Democrats Share Statewide Growth Interest at the Oregon Summit

Several Clackamas County Democrats attended the speech-laden, workshop-driven Oregon Democratic Summit at Sunriver recently.

Among those on hand: Clackamas Chair Peter Nordbye and Blythe Nordbye, County Commissioner Ken Humberston, State Representative Mark Meek, state senate candidates Charles Gallia and Shemia Fagan, county clerk candidate Pamela White, John DeHaas, Rosie Stephens, Christine Chin Ryan, Jan Lee, Mary Shortall, Kathy Gordon, Greg McPherson, Mike and Theresa Kohlhoff, and Peter Toll.

Keynote speakers included Governor Kate Brown, US Senator Jeff Merkley, Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian, State Treasurer Tobias Read, as well as three members of Congress: Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader, among others.

Here’s what the Portland Tribune reporter saw.

Can We Learn from Philadelphia?

Philadelphia’s DA-Elect Larry Krasner

Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia County may have just elected the most progressive District Attorney in the country.

His campaign focused on a change in priorities.

For far too long the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has been driven by a win-at-any-cost culture that prioritizes high conviction rates and harsh sentencing over more effective approaches that are proven to reduce crime. While re-focusing the DA’s Office on prosecuting serious crimes, he will seek alternatives to incarceration — dramatically reducing the number of prisoners held, saving millions of tax dollars.

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COUNTY COMMISSION NEWS: Metro Council Grants

Reprinted by permission from County Commissioner Ken Humberston

Ken Humberston

Last year Clackamas county did not receive any grant money from Metro because of the “strained” relationship. This year we were able to resolve the Stafford “impasse” with Metro and the 3 cities that surround Stafford. Now this:

County awarded planning and housing grants from Metro

On Oct. 26, the Metro Council approved two grant applications that Clackamas County submitted earlier this year for Metro 2040 Community Planning and Development Funds. Continue reading

Around the County: Candidates — Devlin Out, Collette Out, Johnson Out; Who’s In?

By Peter Toll

With about one year until the next general election and just seven months to the primary, candidates are facing new challenges as at least three incumbents in Clackamas County have announced their pending resignations from office.

Topping the list is State Senator Richard Devlin, co-chair of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Ways & Means Committee. The Democrat from Tualatin serving Lake Oswego and West Linn is being appointed to the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council by Gov. Kate Brown. His letter of resignation will follow Senate confirmation Nov. 15. Continue reading

Why the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction?

By Peter Nordbye, Chair of Clackamas County Democrats

One of the great philosophical questions of all time is “WHY?” One of the great philosophical responses to that question most of the time is “WHY NOT?” But in answering “Why attend the Clackamas County Democratic Party fundraiser Roosevelt Dinner &Auction at the Tualatin Country Club on November 11th,” the “why not” response is not adequately deep in a cognative sense.

Here is why it is a great idea to attend the Roosevelt Dinner on November 11th:

  • Our keynote speaker is Congressperson Suzanne Bonamici.
  • Our DPO Chair, Jeanne Atkins, will present the Jill Thorn Grant Award to Sonya Fischer.
  • The Monroe Sweetland Democrat of the Year Award will be revealed.
  • Dave Hunt will be auctioneer and there are many fabulous items being auctioned.
  • Once again, the silent auction and raffle items will blow your mind.
  • It is always fun hanging out with fellow Democrats.
  • It is very cool to hang out with Democrats nowadays.
  • We raise funds to elect Democrats and to support important work in Clackamas County.

Then, again, Why Not?

Come join us at the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction on November 11th. Help build the Democratic Party of Clackamas County through your support. Besides, it’s really fun. You have until November 8th to purchase tickets to the dinner.

Click this link to purchase tickets.

I will see you there!
Peter Nordbye