Announcements

Democrats Select Candidates to Fill Legislative Vacancy in House District 47

Democratic Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) from House District 47 selected three candidates for the Multnomah County Commissioners to choose from to fill the legislative vacancy in House District 47. 

The candidates, in order of preference, are:

Andrea Valderrama

Adrienne Enghouse

Robin Castro

PCPs were required by Oregon statute to select at least three candidates. The names of the three candidates will be forwarded to the Multnomah County Commissioners in ranked order. The Multnomah County Commissioners will meet this month to select one of these candidates to fill the vacancy.

For more information about the nomination process, visit dpo.org/HD47.

Run for Something!

Want to run? Local elections deadlines are coming up fast!

Seats are open for the May election, across Multnomah County, including school boards, community college boards and more. The Campaign Committee asks you to think about running, and to reach out to Democratic neighbors and friends who can represent us well and ensure excellent, safe, and equitable service for our county’s residents, families, staff and students. Could this be you?

The Multnomah County filing deadline is  March 18th, and the deadline to submit a candidate statement for Voter pamphlet is March 22nd. Ballots will be mailed to voters on  April 28th, and Election Day is Tuesday, May 18th!

For all Democrats: Have you moved lately? Make sure your voter status is current and confirm that you are a registered Democrat. It’s easy and quick to register and update.

Go to My Vote

Quick links:

Multnomah County Elections office- Who’s already filed?

Which seats are open?

How to file and more information

Candidate Training February 27

#runforsomething: MultDems Candidate Training February 27th

Your community needs you! Are you ready to take the leap and run for elected office? School board and other positions are coming up in the May Election and MultDems want to help you get started. Democracy runs on our representation and involvement! Those who hold these positions make a difference now. They are also building experience for future endeavors.

Join the MultDems Candidate Training Saturday February 27, 12-4 pm via Zoom.

Sign up for the event!

This four hour class will get you started on your campaign. Working with experienced candidates who have a few campaigns under their belt, you will learn about messaging, campaign planning, and voter outreach.

You will also learn how to use the Democrat’s VAN application to reach out and connect with voters through phone banks, canvassing, and get out the vote projects.

We are ready to empower Democrats in our communities! And we can help you be ready to win!

What: Multnomah Democrats Candidate Training

When: Saturday February 27, 12-4pm

Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Sign up for the event!

Young boy enthusiastically cheering while standing on a stadium seat.

2020 Election: Celebration and Gratitude

In Multnomah County, you, our local Democrats, our volunteers and our donors have inspired me and inspired all of us.

From our committee leaders and committee members who do the behind the scenes work to the District Leaders, PCP’s, Neighborhood Leaders and all of you who have engaged with the Election Hub; we have done so much.

67,765! That’s how many more Multnomah county residents voted for Joe Biden this year than voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016! More of you came out to vote Dem this year than in 2012 and 2008. Your vote will help counter any fictitious claim, and demonstrate that nationally U.S. voters absolutely preferred Joe & Kamala. Thank you for responding to our appeal to build the popular vote total!

You picked up and displayed yard signs, made cookies, and wrote countless letters, postcards, and texts. All that writing, I wager your fingers are likely blue! Locally, we joined together and distributed over 90,000 door hangers. and.we.voted.

You can see the results here in our region immediately. Pre-school for all. Drug policy that is built to heal, not harm. Peter Defazio returning to the House of Representatives. A great new, diverse batch of Democrats heading to the state legislature. Our new Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. This is your election, you left your mark. Thank you.

Be proud of all WE have done. Take a breath knowing that together, we rise. Together, we did what we needed to do.

Of course – once the election results are finalized, we will all be called upon to continue our work to envision and demand a world designed by and for the people. Voting is just part of the story. Our elected leaders need our support and our communities need us to speak up for them. We have seen what happens when Democracy is not attended to. Never again.

With the country so obviously divided, it is obvious that we need a progressive vision. We have more joyful work to do.

Will you be ready? Join us.

From your admin team, committee chairs, and district leaders, thank you from the bottom or our hearts,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County

Six pack of beer labeled "Brewventure."

Brewventure Bidding for Election Day Quaffing!

As if there weren’t enough at stake on Election Day, November 3rd is the day the winning bidders of BREWVENTURE 2020 packages will receive their booty, perhaps just in time for some celebratory tippling.

In a move to offer a fleeting distraction from the VERY serious matters at hand, the MaltDems (beer enthusiasts of the MultDems) proudly announce that BREWVENTURE 2020 bidding opens today Monday October 26th and run one short week until 8:00PM on November 2nd. The beer bundles will be delivered on election day. In the interest of full disclosure, if beer is not your thing, we have one non-beer package.

Get in on the action at BREWVENTURE 2020.

BREWVENTURE 2020 – The best thing so far about 2020™

"Brewventure: Make your bid"
Comedians and Candidates poster with Sold out stamped on it.

Honk if You Love! Comedians & Candidates in Cars Brings Us Together

Comedy and humor is so important to being human, and sharing it is a core part of community. With our 2020 Drive-In Edition of Comedians and Candidates, we managed to make it all happen. Honks replaced applause, but we still managed to hear from great local comedians and fantastic candidates.

Not only that, we beat our goal and raised over $5300 so that our all-volunteer, grass roots party can continue to advocate for our communities through elections and legislation.

MC Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum took to the stage and gracefully led us through the event with her usual warmth. In the improvisational spirit of 2020, the audience quickly figured out how to applaud with their horns.

 “It was so great to come together and enjoy a perfect Northwest autumn night with all these DemocratsEmcee Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum. It turns out our makeshift drive in theatre provided much needed camaraderie and in retrospect an outlet for the talent of our candidates and Portland’s top comedians.”  

Lurelle Robbins, Chair of Multnomah County Democrats

Tons of volunteers put creativity, smarts, and many many hours into the event.

“Let’s hear from all the Prius!”

Comedians Susan Rice, Art Krug, Amanda Arnold, and Nathan Brannan presented. They shared the stage with great Democratic candidates in Multnomah County

  • Dacia Grayber HD 35
  • Sarah Iannorone Portland Mayor (by pre-recorded video)
  • Andrea Salinas HD 38
  • Lisa Reynolds HD 36
  • Tawna Sanchez HD 43
  • Wendy Lawton Fairview City Council
  • Khan Pham HD 46
  • Vincent Jones-Dison Gresham City Council
  • Ricki Ruiz HD 50

While they all made a try at jokes, most of them showed that their service was better in politics than comedy!

Hand holding Biden Harris slate card

Slate Drop 2020: Help us increase voter turnout by 5%


This is a stack of over 80,000 door hangers. 

Boxes containing slate cards. Biden Harris and "In Our America" signs.

We call these slate cards. They list all the Democratic candidates and ballot initiative endorsements specific to that physical address, making it convenient for voter reference as they vote or share with their neighbors.

Starting October 5, The Multnomah Democrats are doing what we do best: Delivering these slate cards.

You’ve told others you wanted to make a difference! The next step is yours, and we need your help. Without your help, a hundred thousand cards could be left in a useless pile, undelivered after the election.   

You can increase votes by taking a walk

Experience has taught us that if you deliver just 100 cards, your action will increase the voter turnout by 5% or more!

This COVID-safe request may take you up to three hours, over a couple of days. Yes, you need to prepare for up to three hours of exercise a week in early October.  Walk in your own neighborhood, in neighboring blocks or buildings.  No door knocking, no soliciting, just hook the card on the door of fellow Democrats. (Be sure to wear a mask!)  That’s it, you’re done! You’ll know you’ve helped Democrats win the election!  You know you committed yourself to that!

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Get involved!

If you haven’t already signed up, fill out this registration form so your district leader will know you are committed to delivering a Blue Wave this election.

Chair Lurelle Robbins speaking on Basic Income

Statement to the 26 September 2020 PDX for Basic Income Event

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County, Mission and Vision states – 

“We envision and Demand a government designed by the people and for the benefit of the people.”

At this moment we demand a return of the dividends due, we the people, who have over the past 40 years contributed our hard earned funds and delayed our profits as the money has been shifted and shared upwards to the wealthy among us.  Trickle down never trickled down – rather it provided mechanisms by which our money flowed up to the wealthiest among us.     $2000 NOW is the beginning of the return on our investment.

  • With houselessness and evictions and unemployment on the rise
  • With too many people struggling even before the current crisis as a result of 40 years of decreasing wages and increasing disparity
  • With CEO’s and the dramatically wealthy like Jeff Bezos and Amazon, like Bill Gates and Microsoft, like Google and Facebook and Home Depot and Fauci and Trump in control of our narratives

We the people are left struggling. If we are making zero or $20,000 or 50K or even 300K it is nothing compared to the trillions that of dollars flowing into the hands of Jeff Bezos and friends.

It is time to demand $2000 NOW and I call upon each of us to spread this message to our friends and neighbors across the country and to our legislators.  When an uprising of people and their demands and calls for relief truly get loud – then and only then will something happen. $2000 NOW.

Congress struggles to pass an 1800 page bill that would dole out money at the top and mollify the lobbyists, but what about, we the people who have been funding their largesse?

We believe that 1800 pages are not needed to solve this crisis.  We can say it in one sentence.

“The US Treasury will disburse $2000/ mo to every US resident for a 12 month period to provide relief to the people and to stimulate the whole economy.”

$2000 NOW    $2000 NOW    Today we are here to demand action and to spread the message of uprising for change.  But first we must recognize that the Native Americans and American Descendants of Slavery have endured this struggle far longer , for 100s of years, and let’s remember that reparations must be made to create a more equitable future for all.

The $2000 NOW dividends will repay us all for the 40 years of declining wages and theft or shift of our wealth upwards.

Let’s not forget that the 2008 crisis lead to a bailout of the banks, who then thanked us by taking many of our homes through foreclosure, only to resell them to wealthy investors like Blacstone and others.    DID WE GET OUR DIVIDEND – NO!   IT is time for $2000 NOW.

Now with covid and then the fires across Oregon and with the struggles for justice in our streets our people, our neighbors and our small businesses are shutters, houselessness increases and Bezos and the wealth get trillions of dollars in rewards.   IT IS TIME FOR $2000 NOW

With the top 3 families currently having the wealth of the bottom 50% or 1 ½ billion people we have given away our income and our wealth and we must demand a return of our investment.

Demand the 1 sentence bill.  Demand $2000 NOW.   Check out HB 6496 and SB 3784 and make them known by calling for action.   Spend your money locally, grow mainstreet and our neighbors not wall street.

Please join me in thanking Chelsea Wilkinson and PDX for Basic Income and Mark Nerys, who leads our Basic Rights study group for all their efforts.  I would also like to thank Neil Goodman, Mitch Rofsky – who is taking this message to the Biden transition planning team and to Faith Ruffing, Bobbi Yambasu and our Congresspersons Bonamici and Blumenauer for co-sponsoring HB 6496 

$2000 NOW

www.multdems.org/2000now

Summary: H.R.6496 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.6496. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

Shown Here:

Introduced in House (04/14/2020)

Emergency Money for the People Act

This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to make monthly payments during a specified 12-month period to certain citizens and noncitizens of the United States and their dependent children. The amount of such payments shall be $2,000 each month ($4,000 for married couples filing joint returns) and additional amounts for their dependent children. The monthly amount shall be phased out for individuals whose adjusted gross income exceeds $130,000 ($260,000 for joint return filers). The payments must begin within 14 days of the enactment of this bill.

The bill allows such monthly payments for individuals who are not U.S. citizens or residents, but have been physically present in the United States continuously since January 27, 2020 (the effective date of the public health emergency resulting from the COVID-19 [i.e. coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic), and continue to be physically present in the United States throughout the duration of the payment period.

If Treasury does not have sufficient tax return information to make payments to an eligible individual, it shall consult with the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Social Security Administration and any agency making pension or annuity payments to such individual.

SB 3784 Monthly Economic Crisis Support Act

The coronavirus pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis are unprecedented challenges confronting American families. Workers across the country are losing their incomes and struggling to make ends meet. Bills are continuing to come and people are finding it impossible to pay rent and put food on the table. Families need immediate help.The single check Americans will receive from the CARES Act is not enough. As our nation continues to grapple with the effects of this pandemic, families across the country will continue to hurt. Congress a responsibility to make sure that people aren’t left behind.Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced theMonthly Economic Crisis Support Act, 

which would establish a rebate payment program that would provide $2,000 to every individual, including children and other dependents, until this crisis is over.

TheMonthly Economic Crisis Support Act:

•Provides a monthly $2,000 check to every individual with an income below $120,000 throughout and for three months following the coronavirus pandemic.

Married couples who file jointly would receive $4,000.o$2,000 per child up to three children

Retroactive to March•Ensures that every U.S. resident receives a payment, regardless of whether or not they have filed a recent tax return or have a social security number

Uses the data from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income, (SSI), Medicare and housing assistance programs

•Forbids debt collectors from seizing the rebate payments

•Ensures the homeless and foster youth receive payments

"She taught us courage" portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In Memory and Honor of the Service of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

How do we define courage? 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was courage personified. From her earliest efforts to gain equal opportunities for women, to her many career accomplishments, to her strength in standing up to extremists on all sides, and in facing the reality of her illness with her choice to pursue the most extreme treatments

Ginsburg persisted on a steady path, proactively seeking justice and equal rights for women but never stooping to pettiness, recrimination, or unprofessionalism. She became a powerful dissenting voice and a role model for younger generations of women.

As Democrats we can honor The Notorious R.B.G. and grasp a bit of that courage to devote some small part of our lives and time to carry on the battle for justice and equal opportunity for all.

Can we, as fellow Dems, reach out to grasp just a bit of that courage? Can we each individually devote just a part of our lives and time to similarly carry on the ongoing battle for equal opportunities for all, for justice, for all our democratic ideals?

In her memory, in her honor!

Ginsburg in 1977

Central Committee September 10, 2020 Zoom Meeting for PCPs RSVP for Details multdems.org/SeptCC

September 2020 Central Committee Meeting Thursday 10 September

The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County meets

Thursday, September 10, 2020

ONLINE ZOOM Meeting

RSVP HERE for details

Without the endorsement process we went through in August, this will be a very different meeting!

The meeting convenes at 6:30 and is called to order at 7.

The meeting is open to members of the Central Committee (PCP’s)

You must RSVP for the CC meeting above.

Our schedule is as follows:

6:30 PM Registration and Sign In to be credentialed. There will be no break out rooms.

7:00 PM Business Meeting

Meet Our Democratic Candidates

Please read and be prepared to vote on the question:

Shall the Democratic Party of Multnomah County endorse this Contract with Black America

PCP Appointments. Meet the candidates for appointment to fill PCP vacancies. The CC votes to accept or reject these candidates.

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

The CC working agenda

Precinct Committee Persons are The Central Committee

Our action determines elections. We need to not just affect the critical national elections but work for candidates who can overcome the anti-democratic Republican Walkouts here in Oregon. Local and national: there is volunteer action that suits you. We can help connect you. Visit multdems.org/2020hub to find out.

There remain vacant PCP positions across the county. Invite Democrats to join us! Apply to fill vacant positions here.

Regular monthly donations to the Party support all the things we do to work locally for our communities.

Oh wait, did you say you wanted lawn signs?

Our own Lisa Dorn has designed our Oregons for Biden Harris lawn signs. Order now to get in on the first batch arriving September 12! Biden Harris Bumper stickers and MultDems shirts, too!

Thank you for everything you do.

Sincerely,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County

The Democratic Party of Multnomah County strives to be welcoming and accessible to all. If you or someone you know require ADA or any other accommodations to attend one of our events please contact us to tell us how to make your attendance possible.