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.