By Peter Toll, Chair, Campaign Committee
With ballots scheduled to go out starting April 29th, all signs point to continuing with Oregon’s May 19 Oregon primary election. Consider:
- The US Postal Service is considered an “essential service” which means the USPS folks, including many of our union friends there, are pressing ahead with service until they can’t come to work anymore. (And we’re glad that all-mail voting has been our Oregon way of life since Bill Bradbury was Secretary of State).
- Down-ballot races demand we all pay close attention and support County Chair Jim Bernard and Commissioners Ken Humberston and Martha Schrader. Two Tea Party characters, led by avenging Tootie Smith, who wants her old job back, are not lounging around eating bonbons.
- All of our incumbents—including eight State Reps. and two State Senators (Ginny Burdick and Kathleen Taylor) are on the ballot, and so are six Democratic challengers: Jamie Morrison (State Rep. HD18,) Dacia Grayber and Keenan Casavant (HD35, open seat), Tessah Danel and Julia Hill (State Rep. HD39 against House Minority Leader Christine Drazan), and State Senate candidate Jim Hinsvark (SD9). His opponent is Sen. Fred Girod, R-Stayton.
- Secretary of State Democratic candidates are Sen. Shemia Fagan (Happy Valley), Sen. Mark Hass (Beaverton), and former Congressional candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner (Redmond). Cameron Smith, who withdrew, has been named Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Bev Clarno. He replaces former GOP Rep. Richard Vial, who departed his Deputy Secretary position under a cloud.
- Both of Clackamas County’s Members of Congress are challenged in the primary. Stirring up the most dust is Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba against Rep. Kurt Schrader in the seven-county 5th Congressional District. Rep. Earl Blumenauer has four opponents: Charles Barnett, Matthew Davis, Albert Lee, and Dane Wilcox.
- Although the official race for the Democratic presidential nominee is down to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, Secretary of State Bev Clarno says Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren will remain on the Oregon ballot as their withdrawals came too late for Bev’s press time.
- Oregon will be sending 61 pledged delegates (apportioned by the ballot response) to the National Democratic Convention in Milwaukee, WI. We also have 14 superdelegates, state-wide office holders such as Gov. Kate Brown and Sen. Jeff Merkley, who are unpledged.
- Rep. Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville, informs us the legislation authorizing the state to pay for mail-in ballot postage will be in effect this election. Postage to mail your ballots to the County Clerk will be paid. (It’s unclear as to what form this takes; probably covered on the provided return envelope.)
- District Attorney John Foote is not running for re-election and his Chief Deputy, John Wentworth, is the only person on the ballot. He has been endorsed by your county Democratic Party.
- Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts, a Democrat, is also not running for re-election and four people want that job. Two are Republicans and two are non-affiliated. Your county party has not endorsed in this race.
Democrats still outnumber Republicans in our county. We have 96,241 registered Democrats, while non-affiliated voters rank second, with 91,347; the GOP has 81,491. Minor parties add up to some 17,000 more. A typical 40 percent primary turnout would generate about 114,431. Those numbers will change after the primary registration deadline of April 28.
Election Observer Training
Training for Election Observers will be conducted at the following dates
- Thursday, October 16th from 6:00-7:00 PM in the hour prior to the regular monthly meeting of the Democratic Party of Clackamas County Central Committee at Operating Engineers Hall at 555 E First Street, Gladstone, OR.
- Saturday October 18th from 11:00-12:00 AM at Democratic Party of Clackamas County at 609 Main Street, Oregon City, OR.
The training will cover new equipment in the elections office, how this affects the process and our involvement – and other things you will need to know to be an effective election observer.
Both sessions will be identical. Every election observer needs to attend one of the sessions, so please choose the one that best suits your schedule. Bring your personal calendar so you can sign up for shifts at the training session.
By Peter Toll
Candidates appearing on the primary ballot May 20 in Clackamas County are firm as all filings closed on Tuesday, March 11.
Some new faces have surfaced in both non-partisan and partisan contests. Outspoken State Rep Julie Parrish drew a Democratic opponent, Sherry Hall drew five, and four Democrats want to succeed retiring Carolyn Tomei in the legislature. Continue reading
How does Clackamas County stand in the right wing versus semi-moderate Republican Party of Oregon? Two races may offer some insight.
Republican Sherry Hall is seeking re-election as Clackamas County Clerk. Linda Neace, a county Repub stalwart, wants the job. Both women live in Gladstone. (Democrats Cyndi Lewis-Wolfram, of Milwaukie, Mark Meek, also of Gladstone, and David Robinson, of West Linn, are also running, but that’s another story.) Is Neace just an opportunist going after Hall because Hall is so incompetent or because they have different philosophies of governing?
Two Republicans also want to replace freshman Democrat Shemia Fagan, from Clackamas/Multnomah County’s District 51. They are Jodi Bailey, of Happy Valley, and Brandon Miles, of Portland. How are their views different from one another?
We may know the answer by seeing who showed up where last weekend, when Republicans held their 50-year-old Dorchester Conference in Lincoln City, and the far righters, led by Gayle Attebery of Oregon Right to Life and former legislator and unsuccessful wannabe governor, Kevin Mannix, had an alternate funfest at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas Saturday. This is the first time the rift is public, with only U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Jason Conger pledged to appear at both events.
Among the many ballot measures Oregonians will probably be facing in the fall is one promoted by business interests which, in effect, could play a big role in killing unions here. The right wing has similar measures going in 16 other states with alarming amounts of success. Clackamas Democrats meeting Thursday at the Operating Engineers union hall in Gladstone will learn more about this pernicious attack on the rights of working folks.
Liz McCann of Keep Oregon Working will be the featured speaker. The 7 p.m. meeting at 555 E. First St. is open to all Democrats. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, here are the results for the various measures up for consideration in Clackamas County:
Damascus will stay incorporated with a vote of 2,920 (63.5%) for disincorporation and 1,681 (36.5%) against. Even though the result was nearly 2 to 1 in favor of disincorpating, the measure did not pass because it requird a majority of the 6,879 registered voters, or at least 3,439 yes votes.
West Linners will have to swim elsewhere, as the bond measure for the aquatic center was soundly defeated: 5,753 (25.1%) against, 1,933 (74.9%) for.
Lake Oswegans heartily supported their school district, with 10,164 (78.5%) voting to continue the option levy and only 2,780 (21.5%) voting against it.
You can view these results in tabular form at the Clackamas County Elections website.