Ben Lavine and Alexandra Byers are 2019 winners of the Sue Hagmeier Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Sue Hagmeier Scholarship, Ben Lavine and Alexandra Byers.

The Sue Hagmeier scholarship was established to assist young Democrats to attend the biennial Oregon Summit, held this year October 18-20 in Sunriver, OR.

“In 2005 we attended the Summit and were immediately hooked – we got involved. Giving the opportunity for a young leader to participate in all that the Summit offers is a fitting way to both honor Sue and give this informative experience to a young person who couldn’t otherwise afford the Summit costs,” says John Vandermosten who created the scholarship along with his wife Shirley Vandermosten in honor of Hagmeier, their longtime friend.

Deeply involved with the Multnomah County Democrats, Lavine has worked on the Neighborhood Leader Program for his house district. He also works with the very active Campaign and Candidate Liaison Committee.

“I’m really looking forward to the workshops and the speakers, and getting to know my fellow Democrats at the Oregon Summit. I am deeply thankful for the opportunity that this scholarship has given me.” says Lavine.

Byers is a Secondary Spanish Immersion teacher at Lakeridge High School. She also coaches a variety of sports throughout the year and is an Instructional Coach for EdForce, a national education start up. She is an active volunteer with the Multnomah County Democrats and is a graduate of Lincoln High School and Bryn Mawr College.

“I plan to continue to be involved with politics and activism after the Summit. I plan to travel to Ohio next summer and help with the Democratic campaign efforts in 2020. I also would like to continue to help disenfranchised voters or non-voters become involved and have access to voting stations,” says Byers.

The Sue Hagmeier legacy

Sue Hagmeier, who passed away in 2017, was a long time Democratic and community activist. Born and raised in Portland, she graduated from Jackson High School and Reed College. Hagmeier was elected to the Portland Public Schools school board and served two terms, from 1995-2003. Continuing her political dedication, she served as the Multnomah County Democrat’s communications chair for many years, attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention as an Oregon delegate, and worked in the state legislature. She believed strongly in the power of government as well as individual action to make people’s lives better.

The premier gathering of Oregon Democrats

The 10th Biennial Oregon Summit, Featuring Congresswoman Sharice Davids. October 18-20, 2019. Sunriver, Oregon.

Held every other year, the 10th Oregon Summit will be held October 18-20 at Sunriver. Along with Congresswoman Sharice Davids of Kansas, attendees will hear Oregon and national leaders speak. Workshops will brim with ideas and inspiration.

Workshops offered include

  • Injustice: Race, Bias, and Disparity in the Criminal Justice System
  • Building a Future-Ready Transportation System
  • The Road to Milwaukee: Delegate Selection for the 2020 Democratic National Convention
  • Organizing in Rural & Red Districts: Building a Bench in CD 2 and Beyond

The Mission of the Multnomah County Democrats is to engage and share our resources with the people of our county to empower them to raise their voices through their votes and community actions. We invite all registered county Democrats to join our Party. Together we all work to provide opportunities for voters to learn about and influence local and statewide politics. To learn how to get involved, visit