Multco Dems

We Have a Location!

We have been able to secure a venue for our December 15th meeting. We will meet at 7 PM at the Hollywood Senior Center located at 1820 NE 40th Ave. This will also be our venue should we need to postpone tomorrow’s meeting to the Tuesday, December 20th date.

Due to continued weather concerns, we ask that you watch for our emails should we have another postponement. If we do we will send out another notice as soon as is possible and will go to the back up date of next Tuesday as mentioned above.

The only other point of information regarding our meeting is that we will forego the holiday party aspect, and just stick to the two agenda items, which include SCC alternate elections and PCP appointments. This way we can be most efficient in the face of continued concerns about transportation and weather.

Again, thank you so much for your continued patience and attention.

Lorraine,
Chair, Multnomah County Democratic Party

Clarification of Previous Message

Due to the severe weather on December 8th, our meeting had to be postponed.  We will reschedule for Thursday, Dec 15th, location TBD, so please watch your email for further details.  

The clarification: in our rush to get the notices out, we included a statement regarding our potential PCP applicants that was not fully explained.  PCP applicants must be present to be appointed unless you have documented attendance at one of our meetings in the past six months.  In this instance June, July, August, September, October, or November of this year. 

Unfortunately, our procedures for having guests sign in are not catching everyone.  We have been working to improve these procedures. 

Meanwhile, if you believe you have met the requirement of having attended a meeting in the past six months, and you are not able to attend on the 15th, please email me at chair@multdems.org and include our 2nd Vice Chair at vicechair2@multdems.org so we can look at that for you.

At the December 15th meeting, there will be a motion from the floor to suspend this attendance rule, as our desire for inclusion and fairness in the face of an unavoidable natural event may take precedence over this attendance requirement.  However, this would require two-thirds majority vote.  This is a high bar that is difficult to meet. 

So the very best way to insure that you can become a PCP at the December 15th meeting is to be there for your appointment.

Thank you, and again, my apologies. I will let you know ASAP where that meeting will be held on December 15th.  Please watch your email.

Lorraine VanHoe, Chair

December 8th Meeting Postponed

Urgent Message!

Due to severe weather forecast for tomorrow, our regularly scheduled Central Committee meeting is postponed. 

We will reschedule for Thursday, Dec 15th, location TBD, so please watch your email for further details.  We are working to find a venue for this meeting as our numbers are increasing and our office is no longer large enough to comfortably hold all of us.

Also, please note that due this rescheduling, applicants for PCP appointments NEED NOT BE PRESENT at the meeting to be appointed.  

Again, please watch your email for more information.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Lorraine Van Hoe 

Chair, Multnomah County Democratic Party

PCP Appointments

The January 12th reorg meeting will find us back at Tabor Space at 5441 SE Belmont St. (enter on 54th Ave, directly to downstairs space).  This is the meeting where all elected PCPs will vote for our officers, and all PCPs will elect our State Central Committee delegation and our Congressional District delegations.  Time will be tight for this business; please arrive promptly.  Check in will begin at 6:15 and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30.  The meeting must adjourn at 8:30. 

Stephanie Nystrom for 2nd Vice Chair

STEPHANIE NYSTROM FOR SECOND VICE CHAIR

While I have been performing the duties of 2nd Vice Chair since James Freed’s resignation, I have printed permanent name tags for all PCPs in order to aid with credentialing and reduce waste. I have also created an online PCP Interest Form to ensure that every applicant is appointed in a timely fashion (no more lost paper forms!) I have worked to create efficient room set-up, sign-in, and clean-up procedures at the current location of our Central Committee meetings, TaborSpace. I have worked with the Credentials Committee to create an accurate, efficient, and fair ballot-counting process for both the Ballot Measure Endorsements and to fill the 2nd Vice Chair vacancy. I would like to serve the last two months of this term of office as 2nd Vice Chair in order to continue this work. 

I strongly believe in the goal of the Multnomah County Democratic Party – electing Democrats. I am currently canvassing, fundraising, donating money, organizing mailings, distributing Slate Cards, and working to Get Out the Vote for several Democratic candidates and Measure 97. I respectfully ask for your vote so that I may continue doing the important work of the Party.

Leslie Davis for 2nd Vice Chair

LESLIE DAVIS FOR SECOND VICE CHAIR

I promise to serve you faithfully as Second Vice Chair. People who have seen me in leadership positions know that I encourage orderly participation, share power, get results, set an example for volunteer appreciation, and make it fun.

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.

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. I have assisted my district leader (the amazing Debbie Gordon, DL-45) by driving and walking our district, rounding up canvassers for east county campaigns, and dropping hundreds of slate cards.

The Second Vice Chair has heavy responsibilities. The main ones are credentialing and PCP record keeping. I encounter this level of detail daily in my work as a copy editor.

A vote for Leslie is an opportunity for a seamless and positive transition to new leadership in 2017.

November 10th Meeting at TaborSpace

5441 SE Belmont St. (enter on 54th Ave., directly to downstairs space)

Doors open for check-in at 6:15; meeting starts at 6:30, must end by 8:30.

The most imortant business scheduled for this meeting is election of a 2nd Vice-chair to finish the term term left vacant when Jim Freed moved out of Multnomah County. This term ends with the Organizational Meeting in January.

Here is the job description:

The Second Vice-Chair’s duties include: Chairing the Credentials Committee, maintaining and updating Precinct Committee Person records, and coordinating with the County Elections Division to ensure that records are up-to-date.

Candidate Statements:

Leslie Davis for 2nd Vice Chair

Stephanie Nystrom for 2nd Vice Chair

Other items on the agenda:

Reports

Chair
Celsi and upcoming DPO Holiday Party with Multdems’ Holiday Raffle”
Platform & Resolutions Committee
Campaign and Slate Card Recap
New Office Search

New Business

PCP Appointments

Announcements

December meeting will be at the Headquarters on Sandy Blvd. (3551 NE Sandy.) Minimal Business, Party and Packing.
Organizational Meeting will be January 12th, 2017.

Multnomah Democrats’ Ballot Measure Endorsements for November, 2016

The September 8th Central Committee meeting was largely devoted to understanding, debating and voting on positions to take on ballot measures on the 2016 General Election ballot. 95 Precinct Committee Persons took part. A position taken by the Party, to either support or oppose any measure, required a 2/3 vote for that position. Endorsed positions will appear on our slate cards, to be distributed to voters when ballots are mailed.

The Multnomah County Democratic Party endorses a “Yes” vote on each of these measures:

Statewide Referrals
Measure 94 – Judicial Retirement
Measure 95 – University Investment
Measure 96 – Veterans’ Services

Statewide Initiatives
Measure 97 – Corporate Income Tax
Measure 99 – Outdoor School Fund
Measure 100 – Endangered Species

Metro
Measure 26-178 – Metro Levy

City of Portland
Measure 26-179 – Affordable Housing
Measure 26-180 – Marijuana Tax

Multnomah County Charter Review
Measure 26-182 – Midterm Election
Measure 26-183 – Appointed Sheriff
Measure 26-184 – Contribution Limits

Special thanks to the Endorsement Task Force for compiling and presenting information on each measure, and the counting team that stayed up late to get results out promptly.

October 13th General Meeting/Central Committee Meeting

October 13th Meeting at Taborspace
5441 SE Belmont St. (enter on 54th Ave., directly to downstairs space)

Doors open for check-in at 6:15; meeting starts at 6:30, must end by 8:30.

We have unfinished business to finish, and final plans for a strong finish to the campaign, to get our slate cards to voters in Multnomah County and help get ballots returned. Some of our endorsed positions on ballot measures have big money coming in to oppose them (Measure 97, for example). Voters have shown us that they want to know what we think, so let’s tell them.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of election fatigue out there, people saying, “Can it just be over tomorrow?” But it can’t, and this is the time to build a strong finish.

In Oregon, GOTV (Get Out The Vote) doesn’t quite describe vote by mail, but BITB (Bring In Those Ballots) does. Let’s do it.

Detailed agenda:

Flag Salute – 2 minutes

Intro of Elected Reps, Candidates, and Party Leaders – 5 minutes

Welcome and Thank You to New, Returning and Retiring District Leaders and Assistant DLs – 6 minutes

Credentials Report – 2 minutes

Approval of August & September Minutes – 10 minutes

Treasurer’s Report – 5 minutes

The Great Slate Card Drop – 5 minutes

Committee reports –

Campaign – 3 minutes

Celsi/ Holiday raffle – 3 minutes

Platform & Resolutions – 3 minutes

Community Action – 3 minutes

New Office Search – 3 minutes

Old Business – Postponed PCP Appointments (22 + 5) – 44 minutes – See attachment below for more information.

New Business – 2 minutes

PCP Appointments – (12) 24 minutes – See attachment below for more information.

Adjourn: 8:30 PM     120 Minutes 

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Information on PCP applicants can be found here

Coordinated Campaign 3rd Cong. Dist. Field Office Now Open

The 3rd Congressional District Field office is NOW OPEN!

They have lawn signs, bumper stickers and buttons for Hillary available, so if you or anyone you know wants them, you can get them here!

I’ve been told that there are no lawn signs for Brown, Avakian, or the other statewide candidates available yet, but they should be coming soon!!

Office address:
1735 NE 7th Avenue
Portland, OR 97212

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10am-8:30pm
Friday-Sunday: 10am-6pm

They are also looking for phone bankers to make calls and may need some office help too.

Jessica is the field coordinator for the 3rd CD and she’ll be located at this office.