Category Archives: Clackamas County

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici to be Keynote Speaker at Roosevelt Dinner

The Clackamas Democrats are honored to host Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici as the keynote speaker at the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction on November 11th. Congresswoman Bonamici was first elected to the U.S. Congress in a special election in January of 2012. Previously she served in the Oregon House and Senate. We are excited that she will be joining us for an evening with friends, candidates, and politicians at the biggest fundraising event of the year, the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction, to be held at the Tualatin Country Club. Continue reading

When Government Works Right: County Board Saves Big Taxpayer Money

For those who look at government as little more than spend, spend, spend, show them this. Clackamas County is providing a wealth of used computers, laptops and the like to schools throughout the county. What’s more, they are providing Internet service to schools and other government agencies in the county for $250 per month, to replace a private vendor costing each agency $10,000 per month. What a great idea. Thanks to Commissioner Ken Humberston for sending the link

Around the County — 10/6/17

Candidates Keep Popping Up

By Peter Toll

With the primary election in just over eight months and the general more than a year off, some candidates are getting an early start. And while the early bird may get the worm, it is also said the tortoise wins the race.

The name of Happy Valley Mayor Lori DeRemer, a Republican, is popping up again in the rumor mill. She’s said to be looking seriously at the race for Oregon governor. Incumbent Kate Brown and GOP State Rep. Knute Buehler, of Bend, are already in.

DeRemer’s last go at higher office was unsuccessful last year when she lost the race for the open state representative seat in District 51 to Democrat Janelle Bynum. However, Buehler has some seriously early help via a check for $500,000 (yep, 500 large) from Nike founder Phil Knight. (There oughta be a law . . . no, make that a constitutional amendment to ban such obscenely huge donations.) Continue reading

Neighborhood Leaders versus Big Money

By William Street, Jr.

One important goal of the Clackamas County Democrats’ Neighborhood Leader Program is to mitigate the influence of money in politics. The program intends to achieve this objective by substituting one-on-one, face-to-face contacts established over a number of years for money that buys ads and attempts to educate and inform or misinform voters.

By establishing a neighborhood leader for every 40 Democratic voters in a neighborhood, the neighborhood leaders become a sustainable and permanent army of advocates for social justice and democracy.

Today the effectiveness of this program is amazing. Voters living in areas with a neighborhood leader have significantly higher voter turnout and elect more progressive candidates than voters in areas without a neighborhood leader. The Neighborhood Leader Program is a major reason that Clackamas County is now a much more progressive place than it was five years ago. Continue reading

Around the County — 9/21/17

Election Update: Filings, Other Political Grapevine Stuff

Peter Toll

By Peter Toll

Early indications in Clackamas County portend an interesting election season as filing has opened for the May 15, 2018, primary. Take a look:

County Commissioner. Sonya Fischer, (D) of Lake Oswego, has made it clear she wants to keep her appointed seat on that body. The self-described fighter for the forgotten people in our society was one of the first to file for election. No opponents have surfaced yet, though ex-commissioner Tootie Smith, (R) of Molalla, may be looking at it.

County Commissioner. Paul Savas, (R) of Oak Grove, is the only Republican on the commission. He won his primary in 2014 with 51.1 percent so there was no general election for him. Who will go against him this time? The door is wide open. Continue reading