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Standing & District Committees January Meeting Round-Up

We’re pleased to present the first of what we hope will be monthly highlights from both Standing Committee and District Committee meetings, starting with reports below from meetings held in January.

Campaign Committee chaired by Peter Toll

The committee is busy strategizing how best to support Democrats seeking to serve in our state legislature. Below is the list of incumbents and candidates who have declared to run or filed for the May 15 primary, as of February 11.

HD 18 – Incumbent Rick Lewis (R). Appointed. Doug Culver (D) has filed.
HD 26 – Inc. Richard Vial (R). First term. Ryan Spiker (D) has filed.
HD 35 – Inc. Margaret Doherty (D). Bob Niemeyer (R) has filed. The district includes one precinct in Clackamas Co.
HD 37 – Inc. Julie Parrish (R). Rachel Prusak (D) has declared.
HD 38 – Inc. Andrea Salinas (D). Appointed. Two-thirds of this district is in Clackamas Co., with the balance in Multnomah Co. Continue reading

Why the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction?

By Peter Nordbye, Chair of Clackamas County Democrats

One of the great philosophical questions of all time is “WHY?” One of the great philosophical responses to that question most of the time is “WHY NOT?” But in answering “Why attend the Clackamas County Democratic Party fundraiser Roosevelt Dinner &Auction at the Tualatin Country Club on November 11th,” the “why not” response is not adequately deep in a cognative sense.

Here is why it is a great idea to attend the Roosevelt Dinner on November 11th:

  • Our keynote speaker is Congressperson Suzanne Bonamici.
  • Our DPO Chair, Jeanne Atkins, will present the Jill Thorn Grant Award to Sonya Fischer.
  • The Monroe Sweetland Democrat of the Year Award will be revealed.
  • Dave Hunt will be auctioneer and there are many fabulous items being auctioned.
  • Once again, the silent auction and raffle items will blow your mind.
  • It is always fun hanging out with fellow Democrats.
  • It is very cool to hang out with Democrats nowadays.
  • We raise funds to elect Democrats and to support important work in Clackamas County.

Then, again, Why Not?

Come join us at the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction on November 11th. Help build the Democratic Party of Clackamas County through your support. Besides, it’s really fun. You have until November 8th to purchase tickets to the dinner.

Click this link to purchase tickets.

I will see you there!
Peter Nordbye

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!