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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Special District Election takes place Tuesday, May 18, 2021

 Our Endorsements

Clackamas County Democrats is pleased to endorse the following candidates, all of whom value equity and are dedicated to assuring that all students in Clackamas County achieve at their highest potential.

May 11 is the last day to mail in your ballot. After May 11, ballots can be deposited into a ballot drop box; find a map of Clackamas County official ballot drop sites here.


District

Position/ Zone

Candidate

Canby

Position 7

Canby

Position 2

Clackamas Community College 

Zone 5, West Linn-
Wilsonville

Aaron Woods
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Aaron Woods

Clackamas Community College

Zone 7, Canby

Gladstone

Position 6

Greg Lind

Gladstone

Position 1

Donna Diggs
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Donna Diggs

Gladstone

Position 7

Lake Oswego

Position 3

Brian Bills

Lake Oswego

Position 2

Neelam Gupta

North Clackamas

Position 5

North Clackamas

Position 4

Tory McVay
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Tory McVay

North Clackamas

Position 6

Oregon City

Position 3

Jason Kemmerich
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Jason Kemmerich

Oregon City

Position 1

Oregon City

Position 4

Jeana Gonzales
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Jeana Gonzales

West Linn / Wilsonville

Position 5

Seiji Shiratori

West Linn / Wilsonville

Position 3

Kirsten Wyatt
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Kirsten Wyatt

Portland Community College

Zone 1

Laurie Cremona Wagner

Clackamas Fire District

Position 4

Clackamas Education Service District

At Large

Nadene Duffield

Clackamas County Sheriff's Levy

 Vote yes

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Measure 3-566

 



Monday, April 19, 2021

You’re Invited!

 Fundraiser for Special District Candidates

2 p.m., Sunday April 25, 2021

*Registration is required*  see below

 

Clackamas County formed “CLACKAMAS COURAGE,” to recruit and support candidates. 


Cohosted by Libra Forde, Betty Reynolds, Kathleen Gordon and Charles Gallia. Meet the great candidates who are going to change the landscape of Clackamas County politics.


 CLACKAMAS COURAGE has created partnerships, provided training and is actively supporting nine diverse candidates for the May 2021 Special District Elections. 

 

Most face tough, contested races, and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

The stakes are high, and these candidates value equity, and want to assure that ALL students in Clackamas County achieve at their highest potential.

 

Please attend to hear from elected leaders in Clackamas County and meet candidates to learn why they’re running and learn how you can support them!

 

You must register in advance for this meeting:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlcOmopjMvGNfAKSLN9H4rxuYRkIKn8zhY 

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.




Monday, April 12, 2021

The American Jobs Plan: What It Means for Oregon

                                     


For decades, infrastructure in Oregon has suffered from a systemic lack of investment. The need for action is clear: Oregon’s infrastructure received a C- grade on its Infrastructure Report Card.

The American Jobs Plan will make a historic investment in our nation’s infrastructure.

• ROADS AND BRIDGES: In Oregon there are 395 bridges and over 1,287 miles of highway in poor condition. Since 2011, commute times have increased by 7.0% in Oregon and on average, each driver pays $256 per year in costs due to driving on roads in need of repair. The American Jobs Plan will devote more than $600 billion to transform our nations' transportation infrastructure and make it more resilient, including $115 billion repairing roads and bridges.

• PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Oregonians who take public transportation spend an extra 82% of their time commuting and non-White households are 1.8 times more likely to commute via public transportation. 19% of trains and other transit vehicles in the state are past useful life. The American Jobs Plan will modernize public transit with an $85 billion investment.

• RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE: From 2010 to 2020, Oregon has experienced 12 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $5 billion in damages. The President is calling for $50 billion to improve the resiliency of our infrastructure and support communities’ recovery from disaster.

• DRINKING WATER: Over the next 20 years, Oregon’s drinking water infrastructure will require $6.3 billion in additional funding. The American Jobs Plan includes a $111 billion investment to ensure clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.

• HOUSING: In part due to a lack of available and affordable housing, 296,000 renters in Oregon are rent burdened, meaning they spend more than 30% of their income on rent. The President proposes investing over $200 billion to increase housing supply and address the affordable housing crisis.

• BROADBAND: 9.8% of Oregonians live in areas where, by one definition, there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. And 44.5% of Oregonians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. Even where infrastructure is available, broadband may be too expensive to be within reach. 11% of Oregon households do not have an internet subscription. The American Jobs Plan will invest $100 billion to bring universal, reliable, high-speed, and affordable coverage to every family in America.

• CAREGIVING: Across the country, hundreds of thousands of older adults and people with disabilities are in need of home and community-based services. The President’s plan will invest $400 billion to help more people access care and improve the quality of caregiving jobs.

• CHILD CARE: In Oregon, there is an estimated $857 million gap in what schools need to do maintenance and make improvements and 60% of residents live in a childcare desert. The American Jobs Plan will modernize our nation’s schools and early learning facilities and build new ones in neighborhoods across Oregon and the country.

• MANUFACTURING: Manufacturers account for more than 14% of total output in Oregon, employing 201,000 workers, or 10.4% of the state’s workforce. The American Job’s Plan will invest $300 billion to retool and revitalize American manufacturers, including providing incentives for manufacturers to invest in innovative energy projects.

• HOME ENERGY: In Oregon, an average low-income family spends 6-8% of their income on home energy costs forcing tough choices between paying energy bills and buying food, medicine or other essentials. The American Jobs Plan will upgrade low-income homes to make them more energy efficient through a historic investment in the Weatherization Assistance Program, a new Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to finance building improvements, and expanded tax credits to support home energy upgrades.

• CLEAN ENERGY JOBS: As of 2019, there were 56,617 Oregonians working in clean energy, and the American Jobs Plan invests in creating more good paying union jobs advancing clean energy production by extending and expanding tax credits for clean energy generation, carbon capture and sequestration and clean energy manufacturing.

• VETERANS HEALTH: Oregon is home to over 300,000 veterans, 8.4% of whom are women and 53% of whom are over the age of 65. The President is calling for $18 billion to improve the infrastructure of VA health care facilities to ensure the delivery of world-class, state of the art care to veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. This includes improvements to ensure appropriate care for women and older veterans.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The American Rescue Plan

 


The Need for Action in Oregon  


The pandemic and the associated economic crisis have had a severe impact on Oregon. The need for action is clear: 


• Since the pandemic began, more than 157,000 people have been infected  with COVID-19 and more than 2,200 people have died.  

• The unemployment rate is 6.3%, up from 3.5% before the pandemic. 

• Since February 2020, more than 26,000 fewer people are employed.  

• 282,000 adults – 10% of all adults in the state – report not having enough  

food to eat. This includes 90,000 adults living with children, or 10% of all  adults living with children, who report that the children in their household do  not have enough to eat.  

• An estimated 124,000 renters or 12% of renters are not caught up on rent.

 • An estimated 974,000 adults or 31% of all adults statewide report having  difficulty covering normal household expenses.  


The Effect of the American Rescue Plan on Oregon 


President Biden’s American Rescue Plan will provide Oregon with: 


• $2.758 billion in state fiscal relief 

• $1.5 billion in local fiscal relief 

• More than $1.1 billion in relief for K-12 schools 

• Economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per person (above the $600 per  person provided in December) for more than 2.7 million adults and 971,000 children. This is 86% of all adults in the state and 86% of all children in the  state.  

• Additional relief of up to $1,600 per child through the Child Tax Credit to  the families of 779,000 children, lifting 40,000 children out of poverty

 • Additional relief of up to nearly $1,000 through the Earned Income Tax  Credit to 264,000 childless workers, including many in frontline jobs

 • Marketplace health insurance premiums that are $1325 lower per month for  a 60-year old couple earning $75,000 per year


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Five County Democratic Party Chairs Say Rep. Schrader Betrayed Constituents with Opposition to American Rescue Plan

March 8, 2021--Democratic Party Chairs representing all Oregon counties that fall within Oregon Congressional District Five have issued an unprecedented joint statement accusing Congressman Kurt Schrader of betraying the interests of his constituents.

Schrader was one of only two House Democrats to oppose the American Rescue Plan providing a broad range of assistance to households and local governments suffering from Covid 19 impacts.

 

In an open letter signed by the Democratic Party chairs of Clackamas, Marion, Lincoln, Polk and Tillamook counties, the five party chairs noted that the bill provides essential relief to the tens of thousands of Oregonians who have lost jobs as a result of the pandemic and the nearly 100,000 who are behind in rent payments. “Congressman, the American Rescue Plan is the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s agenda to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and rescue our economy.  For you to vote against this critical legislation without consulting the communities in this district, or providing a clear explanation, is a betrayal of your duty to best serve your constituents. We urge you to support this critically important plan as the measure returns for House consideration this week.


“We are profoundly disappointed in your votes against the needs of your constituents directly impacted by the pandemic and earnestly request the opportunity to meet with you,” they added, reminding Schrader that his margin of victory in the last election was three points less than the district victory margin of the Biden-Harris ticket. ”Your decision to reject the President’s immensely popular agenda indicates to us how out of touch with your constituents you have become,” they said.

 

TEXT OF THE LETTER FOLLOWS:


The Honorable Congressman Kurt Schrader

United States House of Representative 

2431 Rayburn House Office Building 

Washington, D.C 20515


Congressman Schrader,


We write to you not only as elected leaders of our local county Democratic Parties, but also as your constituents.  On February 27th, you were one of only two Democrats in the House of Representatives to vote against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, H.R. 1319.  As of March 3rd, you have yet to issue a press release or adequately address your highly controversial vote.  

Congressman, the American Rescue Plan is the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s agenda to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and rescue our economy.  For you to vote against this critical legislation without consulting the communities in this district, or providing a clear explanation, is a betrayal of your duty to best serve your constituents. We urge you to support this critically important plan as the measure returns for House consideration this week." 


The American Rescue Plan has broad, bipartisan support among the American public, including among a majority of Republicans in several national polls.  Here are some of the provisions that you voted against:

  • $1400 relief checks to all adults earning $75,000 or $150,000 per couple.  Direct payments during the pandemic have been a lifeline to millions of Americans, allowing them to catch up from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Furthermore, a February 3rd Quinnipiac University poll shows that 90% of Democrats and 64% of Republicans support these direct payments to Americans. 

  • Refundable Child Tax Credits:  This bill increased the Child Tax Credit to $3,000 per child ($3,600 per child under 6) and made them refundable.  This means that working families across America will be able to receive the benefit regardless of how much taxes they pay.  This will make a massive impact on working families just trying to make ends meet. 

  • Extends and expands unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of your constituents who are out of work through no fault of their own.  This bill extends key unemployment programs which are set to expire March 14th through August 29th.  In addition to the extension of benefits for gig workers and others not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits, it increases enhanced Federal payments from an extra $300 to $400.  

  • Essential funding for vaccine distribution and testing.  The COVID-19 Pandemic has lasted over a year now, and will continue until we get most Americans vaccinated.  Without this funding, this already complex nationwide vaccination effort will suffer even longer delays, costing more American lives and further negatively impacting our economy.

  • A $15/hour Federal minimum wage.  You listed this as your main reason that you voted against H.B. 1319, falsely claiming that no small business owners support this provision, and disingenuously leaving out that the increase would be phased in over four years.  Oregon is already on the path to a $15 minimum wage, and your repeated votes against raising the Federal minimum wage puts Oregon’s businesses and industries at a competitive disadvantage to other states who are at the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.  Low wages keep millions of hard working Americans on SNAP and other taxpayer funded programs that act as corporate subsidies.  There are countless studies that not only refute the false narrative that an increase in the minimum wage kills jobs, but it actually creates them because of increased demand. 

  • Emergency Rental Relief.  Nearly 100,000 Oregonians are behind on their rent due to the pandemic.  A PSU report indicates that if more relief is not passed, we could see a wave of evictions of unimaginable scale.

Congressman Schrader, we are profoundly disappointed in your votes against the needs of your constituents directly impacted by the pandemic and earnestly request the opportunity to meet with you.  It is important to us that we hear your explanation of this vote, and for you to hear from us on the need to support legislation that helps your constituents.  You have a solemn responsibility to represent and to fight for your constituents.  Joe Biden won OR CD-5 by a 10 point margin, while you carried the district by only 7 points, your narrowest margin in several cycles. 


Your decision to reject the President’s immensely popular agenda indicates to us how out of touch with your constituents you have become.  It’s time for you to start listening to the people you serve. 


Charles Gallia                                                 Carina Perez-Europa

Chair, Clackamas County Democrats   Chair, Marion County Democrats 


Beth Vaughn                                                                  Fred Bassett

Chair, Polk County Democrats                                      Chair, Tillamook County Democrats


Michael Gaskill

Chair, Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee