2020 Jill Thorn Grant

The Jill Thorn Grant is awarded by the Democratic Party of Clackamas County (DPCC) to a female Democrat who is preparing to run for public office for the first time. The recipient may use the $500 award at her discretion for training, preparation for a campaign or any other campaign-related expenses.

This award commemorates the legacy of Jill Thorn’s public service and the example her life provides to other women seeking to serve the community by serving in public office.


  • Registered female Democrat
    • Preparing to run for public office for the first time
    • Resident of Clackamas County or running for an office that includes at least part of Clackamas County
  • Nomination by a current DPCC Precinct Committee Person either by using the Jill Thorn Grant Nomination Form or via direct application by using the Jill Thorn Grant Application Form. (See links below.)
  • Submission of either of these completed by March 19, 2020, as directed on the form.

Nominations and applications will be accepted until March 19, 2020. After screening the forms, a representative of the subcommittee will contact each nominee or applicant to schedule a short interview. Interviews will be held from March 21 through March 24 at a time and place to be determined. After the subcommittee makes its decision, it will report to the Executive Committee of the DPCC. Should the Executive Committee approve the award, it will forward its recommendation to the Central Committee of the DPCC for consideration at its April 16 regular meeting. Announcement and presentation of the award will be scheduled subsequent to that decision.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Need for support in pursuing candidacy for office
  • Likelihood of success as a candidate for office
  • Candidate responses provided on the application form and responses from a personal interview

The candidate may attach a one-page resume to the application form or alternatively, attach a one-page explanation of service and other details to be considered.


Application Form

Nomination Form

Jill Elaine Thorn (1944-2012)

Jill Thorn was an accomplished professional, wife and mother, as well as a public servant and community leader. She was elected to West Linn City Council in 1985 and served as Mayor of West Linn from 1993-2000.

She also served as a member of the League of Oregon Cities, as Chair of the Clackamas County Democrats, and Second Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon. Jill Thorn’s career was devoted to service to the community and mentoring others.

This award commemorates Jill’s public service and the example her life provides to other women seeking to serve the community by running for public office.

The Right Prescription for GOTV

by Mary Lyon

Not sure how to broach the subject of voting when aiming to Get Out The Vote? Just check with “the doctor.” The Willamette Women Democrats recently had a consult with Reed College Political Science Professor Dr. Paul Gronke, and the doctor was definitely IN. He had “prescriptions” for smarter outreach to potential voters, especially younger ones.

Gronke’s “Science of Voter Turnout” research established a key guideline. In a word, “Connect!” We are social creatures and want to fit in. So let that work for you when you’re talking with potential voters. 

Dr. Paul Gronke spoke at a recent Willamette Women Democrats meeting

Effective ways to engage potential voters center on what you have in common with them.  Gronke describes Oregon as a high-turnout state, which means new voters have lots of company.

And think local. Point out that others like them – classmates, neighbors, friends – have already committed to voting. You’re local so you’re a neighbor yourself or perhaps a member of a local organization. Let them know that someone’s paying attention to whether or not they participate in the election.

It’s also valuable to know what NOT to do. Gronke cautioned against sounding desperate – this is not the place or time to bemoan how people aren’t voting. Much better to emphasize the bigger voter turnout here. He stressed gentle pressure, only. Don’t come on strong, advocating for any one candidate or issue. That can be a turn-off. 

The goal is to transform nonvoters into voters, NOT to try to change minds about an issue or candidate.  

It all comes down to this: The single most important element of voter mobilization is urging the person to BE a voter.

If you’d like to be a Clackamas County Democrats Neighborhood Leader, contact us here.

PCP Candidates Take Note: New Precinct Lines in Clackamas County — Yours May Have Changed

Clackamas County Clerk’s office has re-drawn several precincts to adjust for an increase in voters in our county.  Some precincts were getting too big.

If you are filing for election in May as a Precinct Committee Person (PCP), be sure to file for the correct precinct, the one where you are registered to vote.  Talk to your House District Leader or check the County’s interactive map here to confirm your precinct number.  Check here for important guidelines, dates and forms to file for PCP election.  The deadline for filing is 5 pm, Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Only those PCPs elected in the May primary will be eligible to vote for new officers in our county reorganization meeting which occurs after the November general election.  
PCPs appointed after the election will enjoy all the usual benefits associated with the position except the ability to vote for officers in the reorganization.

Clackamas Wins 2nd Fed Grant to Fight Homelessness

Congratulations to Clackamas County commissioners and their Housing Authority staff for securing a $482,000 federal grant to help young people aging out of foster care.  This is the second grant (combined over $2.5 million) in five months.

The latest grant is designed to help young people avoid homelessness as they transition from foster homes to living on their own, according to Commissioner Ken Humberston.

Clackamas was one of just four recipients and the only one in Oregon, according to federal officials.  Last September the county was competitively awarded $1,776,632 in a HUD Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grant to develop and support programs that address youth homelessness, including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes. 
The latest grant will complement efforts by offering housing vouchers to the Clackamas Authority to prevent or end homelessness among young adults under the age of 25 who are, or have recently left, the foster care system without a home to go to. 

The program requires communities to provide supportive services for the length of assistance to help youths achieve self-sufficiency. These activities center around basic life skills, landlord outreach and job preparation. Additionally, they will receive educational and career counseling, as well as counseling on program and lease compliance. These supportive services are critical given that the assistance is time limited, Humberston added.

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Capital Chatter: Will the GOP walkout?

16 January 2020 | Written by Dick Hughes/ For Oregon Capital Insider

All options remain on the table for Senate Republicans as the 2020 legislative session approaches.

The plot thickened this week in the Oregon Capitol.

Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, confirmed what has been on everyone’s minds: All options remain on the table for Senate Republicans as the 2020 legislative session approaches. That includes walking out to deny Democrats a quorum for passing the carbon cap and trade bill.

Read Hughes’s full analysis of what to expect during the legislative session that begins February 3.