Multco Dems

Faith E. Ruffing – 2017 Candidate for 1st Vice Chair

Bio

I am a 75 year old Environmental Scientist born and raised in Ohio, worked my way through college as a research assistant at Case Western Reserve and Northwestern Universities and earned by Bachelor Degree in Biology in 1970 Soon after I moved to Oregon where I earned my Masters Degree in Biology and was advanced to candidacy for a Doctoral in Environmental Science at Portland State University in 1980. I worked for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, City of Portland Bureau of Water Works and the U S Army Corps of Engineers. I started an Environmental Science Consulting firm, Sun Mountain Reflections in 1980. My clients included the City of Portland and the US Army Corps of Engineers and is still functioning today. I was active in the City of Portland Neighborhood Associations, worked on the Neighborhood Plan for Goose Hollow and the Environmental section of the Central City Plan. I played an active role in City and County elections and most recently have focused my time with the Multnomah county Democratic Party.

Political Experience

I have been a life time supporter of the Democratic Party and helped candidates get elected through contributions of time and money. Recently, I have worked for the Multnomah County Democratic Party spreading the word of the party. As Chair of the Platform, Resolution and Legislation Committee, I oversaw the development of the 2016 Multnomah County Democratic Party Platform. The Committee solicited ideas from County Democrats for inclusion in the Platform. These ideas were incorporated into Articles and Planks on Education, Economy, Social Security and Health, Equality, Energy and Environment, Community, Justice and Immigration. At present this committee is developing a 2017 Action Plan to help enact Legislation Agenda Items in the 2016 Platform into law and to draw on the legislators and community through the PCP’s to draft the next Platform later this year. This Platform can be used by the candidates to address issues raised by the community in their campaigns and by the community to assess the effectiveness of the legislator in advancing the ideas of the Platform.

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

My vision for the MCD is for a Party with members actively interacting with the community and the elected to bring about legislation to resolve issues brought forth by the community and formulated by the PCP’s into the Platform. As the main duty of the a First Vice Chair is to train the PCP’s, I will enlighten them of the Rules and activities of the Mult Dems and use my experience as Chair of the PRL C to guide the PCP’s in effective strategies to engage the electorate in discussions of the issues as outlined in the Platform. I will also be on hand to fill in for the Chair when called upon.

Tracee Larson – 2017 Candidate for Communications Officer

Bio

As a lifelong progressive Democrat, I’d like to take what I do professionally and bring that to the Multnomah County Democratic Party in the official role as Communications Officer. I’ve had long-standing relationships with a number of media outlets, and we need to make sure our new County Party Chair is directly involved in actively providing commentary to the media. After this last election cycle, it’s also critical to determine where the Party goes next and how we develop cohesive messaging to work across the entire county, so I look forward to helping facilitate that discussion across all of our district leadership teams. Professional/volunteer background: – Worked in public relations and communications for the past 24 years, beginning as a member of the West Coast White House Advance Team in 1993, first as senior staff support to the White House Communications team, then working with the traveling White House Press Corps – Since 1998, I’ve worked for public relations agencies representing a wide array of clients (from start-ups to Fortune 50 entities), for companies (Texas Instruments and Eddie Bauer) in communications and brand marketing divisions, and as a communications consultant for a number of non-profits – Currently serve as VP for a communications firm with technology clients, creating and executing strategic communications and brand awareness plans that span across traditional media relations, social media programs, blogs and bylines – Active in the Portland animal rescue community (specializing in socializing feral cats, so I guess you could call me a cat herder), and member of the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team program in the Creston-Kenilworth area – Many years of volunteer service, including Planned Parenthood and women’s health clinics as a patient escort, Portland’s Trauma Intervention Program as a grief counselor, and numerous Jewish Federations as a fundraiser and volunteer

Political Experience

– PCP: Been active in politics long before I was old enough to vote, and a PCP in Multnomah County from 1993-2000 and 2012-present (served as a PCP in Texas from 2000-2006 and 2008-2011) – Campaigns: Volunteered in numerous campaigns, including: Congressional, State Legislative and Metro; Statewide races for Gubernatorial and Senate candidates; and Federal campaigns starting with Mondale/Ferraro in 1984 and including voter outreach efforts in red states (Texas and Louisiana) – Slate cards: Since returning to Portland in 2012, I’ve dropped at least 2,000 slate cards in each general election, not only in my own house district (HD 42) but in other swing districts (HD 50 and 51) to ensure Democrats get elected. Having helped coordinate our County’s slate card programs in 2014 & 2016, I’ve seen firsthand how they are proven to generate higher turnout in those areas in which cards are dropped

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

It’s time we brought our County Party communications program into the 21st century. I envision: – Designing an updated website that’s more user friendly and highly informative – Building out a strong social media platform that conveys our messaging, activities, and encouragement for more involvement and participation across all Democrat-friendly allies – Dedicated areas of the website for each House District (HD), with pictures and profiles of each District Leadership team, districts maps, area resources, and contact information for elected officials – Developing a Communications Team with representatives from each HD managing communications on their own HD web pages – Working with each of the standing committees to develop their own sections of the website – Utilizing the Communications Team to create and publish a regular newsletter, featuring activities not only of the Party as a whole, but those events in various house districts encompassing the entire County

Matt Gitchell – 2017 Candidate for Tech Officer

Bio

I’m a 20-year tech industry veteran, having built projects for anything from museums to large corporations to small businesses with a lot in between. Having worked in the marketing sector the majority of my career, I have experience in the tools that a modern political organization should use to maximize its message. I’ve applied this in direct experience coding and managing large teams. Philosophically, this is the approach I would bring to this role: The way this country succeeds in the world is to bring its mighty citizenry to bear on its problems. The more of our citizenry we have in this fight, the better. The more of our people we as a county and as a country assist and encourage to succeed, the better. Equality makes us all stronger; ensuring access for those underserved means that America has a larger and stronger pool of people to draw from to propel it forward. The most effective way to spread ideas like that is through digital tools, through social media and a website and email campaigns. The main challenge we face in this realm is to convert something that people click on into something that people act on. The events and initiatives that we as a party undertake need to be reinforced by the way we represent them in the digital realm, something I feel isn’t necessarily happening with the party’s digital assets right now. I’d be honored to work for you in the party to more effectively represent our goals and enthusiasm in the digital realm.

Political Experience

Limited to canvassing, phone banking, and assorted nonprofit development work.

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

As the most dense and populous county in the state, I feel Multnomah County Democrats have a particular obligation to run the best party apparatus. Not only does that mean accomplishing our primary mission, serving those in our county, but providing leadership and resources to the rest of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The talent and vibrancy of this community should be reflected in the way the party represents itself online. As the steward of the digital presence, this would mean providing a useful and modern website with minimal barrier to entry, effective management of relevant lists and social media assets, all with a high level of attention to security and privacy concerns.

Michael C. Smith – 2017 Candidate for Technology Officer

Bio

I have fifteen years of experience in Information Technology and Masters degrees in both Mathematics (Loyola University, Chicago, 1998) and Computer Science (Portland State, 2008). I was born and raised in Chicago by two parents who were both staunch anti-Daley Machine Democrats, and moved to Portland in 1999 to be with close friends. I have been married for ten years to local woodcut artist Liv Rainey-Smith; we are both active in the Lovecraft and Bizarro communities. I consider myself a Howard Dean Democrat.

Political Experience

This is my first time running for an elected office other than PCP. I canvassed for the Howard Dean and John Kerry campaigns in 2004, the Rob Brading campaign in 2006, and the Obama and Jeff Merkley campaigns in 2008.

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

We have a lot of work to do to clean up our IT systems. If elected I will establish a committee of volunteers to inventory our systems, and to divide and conquer the workload. In particular, we will make our website easier to use and navigate, particularly for mobile device and differently abled users. We will expand the MCD’s presence on social media. We will offer training so officers and LDLs can better use our systems.

Dan Fulton – 2017 Candidate for Technology Officer

Bio

I am a computational physicist, working towards the goal of clean fusion energy. My background in science has made me a passionate climate advocate. Data analysis and data visualization are regular parts of my job, and I firmly believe in data-driven policy. I grew up in SE Portland, and after spending time away for college and graduate school, recently moved back to Portland to be close to family and give back to the community. In my spare time, I enjoy homebrewing and cat photos.

Political Experience

From 2009-2015, as a doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), I maintained servers for my research group, performing hardware maintenance, configuring the software environment, and maintaining user access. I also helped design and maintain websites for faculty using content management systems. I served in the UCI graduate student governing body, Associated Graduate Students, as the Chair of the Pub Advisory Board, where I addressed issues of pub safety and preserved student government funding, and as a member of the AGS Executive Committee, as the Community Development Director to focus on engaging constituents.

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

If elected as Technology Officer by MCDCC, I would prioritize (1) redesign of the Multnomah Democrats website with PC and mobile formats to improve site accessibility and ease of content management, and (2) automation of party data acquisition/storage for better access control and day-to-day use. I would also like to reassess party web presence (website, email lists, social media) and provide instructional resources for PCPs to establish and maintain their own individual web presences. To accomplish these and other goals, I would recruit a committee of technical volunteers.

 

Linda Livermore – 2017 Candidate for Treasurer

Bio

I grew up in Gresham, Oregon and attended Gresham High School. I attended Mt Hood Community College 1 year, Anchorage Community College my 2nd year, and graduated from the University of Oregon, with a BS in Economics with a focus in Urban and Resource Economics. I went on to complete a post-bac program in accounting at Portland State University. My work experience includes Public Accounting/audit, tax preparation, and work in Wood Products, Banking and Manufacturing industries. I have additional training in Non-violent Communication and Permaculture, concepts that influence my work and interactions. I have a talent for communicating financial and related information in a clear, user friendly format. Relevant accomplishments and personal information: • CPA & Small business owner for 26 years • Past member of the Conflict Resolution Committee of the Oregon Society CPAs • Chairperson of the Harvest Festival for Portland Village Charter School • Parent volunteer managing school fundraisers, including accounting for funds • Single parent of 2 sons: Adam 26, Jonah 18, as well as 1 wonderful Golden Retriever, 1 cat and 1 bearded dragon • “Cross pollinator” : I enjoy meeting new people and sharing insights and information My hobbies include gardening, camping, canoeing, biking and reading.

Political Experience

I am a life long Democrat. This year I was a delegate for the district convention, active with Bernie Pdx, participated with phone banking, canvased for Yes on 97 and campaigned for Chole Eudaly for City Council. I was appointed a PCP for HD 42 in September 2016. As a new PCP, I distributed slate cards and attended all recent events for MCDCC and HD 42. As a dedicated PCP and a CPA with 36 years of experience, I look forward to utilizing my professional expertise to support progressive values and the activities and mission of the Multnomah County Democratic Party.

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

I am excited to be part of Multnomah Dems at this time in history. I expect it to be a time of challenge and perhaps frustration, but also a time of potential to develop new strategies, strength and resilience to promote programs that improve peoples lives. I support an organizational structure that is respectful, transparent and inclusive. I will assist in encouraging more engagement and collaboration among all our members and our community. I want to see us get a lot done and have fun while we do it. I see us increasing our outreach, communication and involvement with our community through a variety of activities, including community service and public events. I’d also like to see us involved with local high schools, promoting civic interest and engagement as well as listening to students, hearing their perspective and concerns related to politics and community life.

Lurelle Robbins – 2017 Candidate for Chair

Bio

* I was Born and raised in conservative Malheur County–a farm boy – milking cows and driving tractor. * I have been a democrat in philosophy ever since I first voted for John Kennedy as a first grader. * I learned Parliamentary Procedure in the FFA along with many other skills. * I derive my empathy and value of fair treatment from reflection on the discrimination I observed toward the Japanese, the migrant workers and anybody politically liberal in my school and community. * I gained understanding from my own work place discrimination experiences as a member of the LGBTQ community. * I am a graduate of Oregon State University, BS in Agricultural Economics. * I was a 4 year member of the famed OSU Marching Band – attention to detail mattered. * I learned to maintain a calm presence under pressure and in the face of angry tax payers as Real Estate Appraiser and Data Analyst with the Malheur and Linn County Assessor. * As a Paramedic of 22 years: I have delivered babies, comforted families in the aftermath of the loss and cared for heroin overdose victims, gunshot and stabbing victims and those living in downtown hotels and on the streets. * I stood on steps of the Supreme Court serving as Safety Monitor during the “Act of Civil Disobedience” at the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. * In the absence of a union, I organized for wages and working conditions for employees at Malheur County and later for Paramedics of MSI in Albany. * As spokesperson for the Paramedics in Albany, I interacted with City Council members and the Media. * I have been unfairly terminated and challenged civil service procedures of the Albany Fire Department. * I gained meeting leadership experience as Chair of Oregon State Paramedic Association. I coordinated 2 employee/employer contract negotiations. * I am a PCP, House District Leader, State Central Committee Delegate, Past Co-chair of Community Action and have served as 1st Congressional District Secretary and Treasurer. * As a leader I work behind the scenes to allow others to achieve their goals. I am calm and dedicated to making peoples lives better.

Political Experience

I have been active in the Multnomah Democratic Party since 2004. I have served as a PCP, HD Leader, and Secretary and Treasurer of the 1st Congressional District. I was a member of the 1st CD involved in the appointment of Suzanne Bonamici to replace David Woo. I have been a member of City Club and serve on the Health and Public Safety Issues Forum as co-chair. We have hosted former Governor Kitzhaber and Don Berwick in a discussion of or Health Care System. We host ongoing discussions on human trafficking. I served on the Task Force on Children,s Dental Health. I attended meetings of the Uptown Democratic Club and the San Diego Democratic Caucus. I was involved in the initial launch party and successful campaign of Christine Kehoe for City Council, 1993. She became the first openly gay city official. I hosted a fundraiser for Diane Feinstein. More in the bio.

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

I envision of party of activist democrats with many passions working toward the goals, mission and Platform of Mulnomah County Democrats. We are at the precipice of a new era requiring diligence as we learn to trust one another while working to bring our many disparate ideas and personalities to a growing, active, and vibrant party. We will become a model of liberal, progressive, passionate people standing up to the challenges of a Trump presidency. We will be ready, we must be ready to take back the senate and congress in 2018. Yet, as Multnomah Democrats we must stay focused here at home on issues of opportunity and living wages, homelessness and mental health care, the environment and all social issues that appear to be under attack. We can and I will facilitate the advancement of the five purposes of the Multnomah County Democrats: 1.Organize Democrats within Multnomah County; 2. Develop, adopt and support a party platform; 3. Elect Democratic candidates; 4. Represent Democrats at the Congressional District and State Central Committees; 5. Promote the positive exchange of ideas through education and debate.

Leslie Davis – 2017 Candidate for 2nd Vice Chair

Bio

I was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in New Jersey and California. I am a Cradle Democrat; my parents met campaigning for Adlai Stevenson. At age 13, I traveled to San Francisco to participate in my first demonstration, a national mobilization to end the War in Vietnam. As a newly-enfranchised 18-year-old, I cast my first vote – for George McGovern. I studied history and comparative politics in college and graduate school, left academia in 1981, worked briefly as a technical writer, and built a 20-year career in training and development. I am comfortable with public speaking, facilitation, project management, mentoring, and leadership roles that require flexibility and power sharing. I have served on the boards of Circle of Life Day Care (an agency of the Jewish Federation), the American Society for Performance Improvement, and the Cascadia Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (President, 2000). I was a copy editor, contributor (journalist), and editor of In Conversation, the print magazine of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, 2006-2016. I moved to Portland in 1991 with my husband Bob and our baby daughter Rosie. We settled in NE PDX. Our son Jacob was born at OHSU in 1992. Both kids attended Portland Public Schools. Bob works in IT training for a trucking company based in Michigan, Jacob works as a cook at Widmer Brothers Brewery, and Rosie works as a Japanese Exchange Teacher in Sasebo, Japan. I currently teach severely dyslexic students as a Language Skills Therapist. As an environmentalist, I literally walk my talk. Our four-person family kept only one car. We made it through the Carpool Years (sports, drama camps, reading tutors, singing lessons, B’nai Mitzvah) and then sold our one car in early 2014. Three years car-free!

Political Experience

I was elected to the VC2 position in November 2015. There is a lot to learn! Predecessor Stephanie Nystrom worked hard to provide the party with excellent tools to process PCP appointments, prepare credentialing lists, and keep our records current. I maintain the database of 600+ PCPs. I lead the Credentials Committee – a skilled team of Assistant District Leaders – in the work of facilitating participation in the party. In December we welcomed 131 new PCPs! I was first elected as a PCP in 2010. I have served on the Executive Committee as Assistant District Leader (ADL-1/HD43, 2010-2013) and as Celsi Chair (2014). I currently serve on the Rules and Budget/Finance Committees. My district leader (the amazing Debbie Gordon, DL-45) calls me a model PCP – surveying our district in drive-throughs, taking dozens of photos, walking our district, rounding up canvassers for east county campaigns, and dropping hundreds of slate cards.

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

My ideas are simple. Let’s welcome every Democrat. Let’s hold meetings that are friendly, orderly, and productive. Let’s conduct the internal work of the Party with fairness and transparency. Let’s continue to provide active, enthusiastic support to our candidates. The party bylaws provide five pillars – not just one! Getting Democrats elected is important work. But so is organizing county Democrats at the neighborhood level. So is building and supporting an effective platform. So is representing us at SCC/CDC. And for me, personally, the most compelling one is the fifth pillar, promoting civic engagement through education and debate. As officers, district leaders, and committee chairs – we hold formal leadership titles. But we need to recognize that every PCP is a leader. Every volunteer deserves the opportunity to do meaningful work that matches their skills and time commitments. Let’s make sure every volunteer succeeds.

Bill Bradley – 2017 Candidate for Communications Officer

Bio

I founded Alive MMA, Brazilian Top Team Jiu Jitsu, Crossfit Woodstock, and Good Garbage Junk Removal, Hauling, and Recycling. Besides succeeding on a bottom line level, I am proud to say these are union represented, do-gooder enterprises consistent with my record of venture socialism. I have taught many hundreds of people least force necessary self defense. I served for many years as a member/owner of Laughing Horse Books. I founded the Red and Black Cafe, the Back to Back Cafe, and Portland Collective Housing. I have organized unions, lead bargaining teams, and helped win significant workplace improvements. I have organized and participated in direct action campaigns. I have also worked as a stand up comic and toured the country with a critically acclaimed one man play. I have raised a step daughter and a foster daughter. I am currently the guardian of a 15 year old gentleman.

Political Experience

I have been a field organizer and a campaign director for door to door political organizing. I have managed a campaign for County Commission. I have served as Vice President of two Neighborhood Associations and one Business Association. I have been very active as an organizer and activist for ecological wisdom, social justice, and economic democracy. I have taught, trained, and mentored organizers and presenters.

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

I believe democracy is power and that best way to strengthen our cause is to act with integrity. I want to rebuild and realign the party to the project of helping people win concrete improvements in our everyday lives, gaining a sense of our own power, and changing the relations of power with stronger, through face to face organizing. The communications strategy I will further is one of unhurried conversations to organize our Precincts, block by block. Our web, email, phone, and social media strategies should all support this practice. I want our party to become a powerful vehicle for people to look out for each other and make things better. I want us to be the party through which people help each other through organized mutual aid. I want us to develop leaders with a track record of accountability and service. I want us to get good at this so that we prove ourselves trustworthy. I am asking for your help and support.

Patch Adam Perryman – 2017 Candidate for Recording Secretary

Bio

I shall commit to efficiently prepare and maintain a permanent record of all minutes of the Multnomah County Democrats’ Central Committee, Administrative Committee, Executive Committee and any pro re nada (as needed) meetings undertaking official Party business. I was born in Eugene, raised in Coos Bay. I moved to Portland in June of 2002. My alma maters are Portland State University and OHSU, my 14 year-workplace as a surgical technologist and data analyst (BS-Science ’06, Masters Cert.-Public Admin. ’09; MS-Healthcare Management/Admin ’16). I volunteered with the Oregon Association of Surgical Technologists, quickly joining its non-profit Board first as a member, then Secretary and for two years as President from 2003 – 2006. These statewide roles were adjunct of the national Assembly, requiring me to report on membership interests, create legacy documents, and to organize/conduct dozens of meetings under Roger’s Rules. This work included event planning and project management for twice-a-year seminars for a delegation of a couple hundred surgical professionals. In 2011 my volunteering shifted circles upon becoming a member of the Timbers Army and in 2013 I added the Rose City Riveters (both under the non-profit 107 Independent Supporters Trust.) This culture teems with passionate and selfless people. Creatives who are dedicated and politically diverse; but, we set all differences aside to come together, celebrate our city and cheer on our clubs embracing our region’s do-it-yourself nature. These are the skills I wish to volunteer to our Party as Recording Secretary. My Illinois mother was a medical transcriptionist and taught me to type (90 wpm). My Oklahoma father was a pharmacist and he taught me to think empirically (“Know by Doing,” -Aristotle.) I’m Oregonian and asking for your vote to serve in this role not because it will be rewarded, but because it will reward us all. Thank you.

Political Experience

– Voter Registration volunteer with Portland State University Student Democrats 2004 – 06 – Phonebank and canvasser with Democratic Party of Oregon – 2004 – 06 – Clackamas County PCP in 2006, ’08 and ’10 – Staff of Obama for America Advance Team (Pacific Northwest) 2007- 08 – Volunteer Coordinator Merkley for Senate – Clackamas office 2008 – Past CD3 delegate for Clackamas County 2008 – 09 – Past member of DPO Finance Committee – 2005 – 07 – Current PCP Multnomah County – 2016

Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party

I see the Recording Secretary’s position as mostly neutral in terms of floor debate and decision making. This is a time to offer more light and less heat within our Party, and I want to help ensure that the lights don’t flicker while we listen and debate where it’s best to shine the brightest. I do want to coordinate one specific project with the Technology and Communications Officers: To craft and present an action plan to the Chair and other Officers that leads to modernizing MCD’s public documents into a streamlined, transparent, uniform and accessible product. I want to do this work as the recording secretary not because it will be rewarded but because it will be rewarding to the Party, its members and the citizens we all represent (and I admit it that I actually enjoy making forms, working in teams and getting sites to look and work great.)