Tag Archives: Clackamas County Democrats

Litmus Test for Democratic Candidates?

Should Democratic candidates take a philosophical litmus test if they want full party support, including hundreds of door-to-door workers, at election time?

Here in Clackamas we have been grappling with this issue intensely since the May special districts election, when a registered Democrat running for a nonpartisan position recruited and raised funds for two non-Democratic candidates running against Democrats. The two seats were open.

Led by our Campaign Committee, we are developing criteria for endorsements. That policy draft will go before the County Executive Committee and then to the full Democratic Central Committee for ratification. Continue reading

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.

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!

Clackamas Democratic Party-Led Coalition Helps County Embrace Inclusivity Resolution

By William Street

Chair Peter Nordbye

What started as a draft resolution from the Clackamas County Democratic Party Resolution committee, which was recommended by the Executive Committee and adopted unanimously by the Clackamas County Democratic Central Committee, recently became an official policy of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.

“Today Clackamas County is more inclusive, more aware, and a marginally safer place for all residents because of the bold and creative action of our Board of County Commissioners and all the organizations that partnered with the Democratic Party,” said Clackamas County Democratic Party Chair Peter Nordbye. Continue reading

Laurie Kilbourn Leads PCPs in Winning Votes

By Peter Toll

This month, your Central Committee’s 304 PCPs  welcomed 10 more newcomers into the ranks.

Of the 223 elected in May and since taking office, the biggest vote getters were Laurie Kilbourn, Lake Oswego, 469; Scott Gibson, of Lake Oswego, 448; Robert Zimmer, of Milwaukie, 444; Mike Litt and Bob Ely, of Willamette View Manor, 428; Jeanne Magmer, also of Willamette View, got 426. Mickey Ely had 421 and Jane Civiletti, Oak Grove, 415; and her husband, Tom Civiletti, 406.

Laurie and Scott are both in House District 38 whereas the rest of the leaders were in HD 41, a genuine Democratic stronghold. To get that many votes takes lots of Democrats casting ballots, and that is certainly the case in this instance. Continue reading