House District Primary 2020 Forums on YouTube Live!

Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) in Multnomah County are organizing forums to get to know the candidates in their house and senate districts. Watch them live or recorded on YouTube!

House District 50

House District 46

House District 42

House District 36

Thursday, April 23rd, MultDems hosted their first online candidate forum. Candidates for House District 36 Lisa Reynolds, Rob Fullmer, and Laurie Wimmer answered questions from HD36 Democratic voters on PERS, climate legislations, and COVID-19 response. This is the only side by side opportunity known of to compare these candidates.

Does your Senate or House District need a candidate forum?

What about another race?

Reach out and we will help you set up that forum!

Three diverse people on a roof holding an American flag. "Be a Primary Voter"

Activists Needed to Help Non-Affiliated Voters “Be A Primary Voter”

Thousands of newly registered voters won’t have the option to choose the Democratic Presidential candidate in the May primary election — unless you let them know. 

The 2015 motor voter law that registers voters when they get a new driver license means Oregon has added nearly a million new voters. This is great news, except most of them have not chosen a party. These Non-Affiliated Voters (NAV) won’t have party races on their ballot this May if they don’t choose by April 28, 2020. 

Of course, the Multnomah County Democrats want these new voters to choose the party with candidates who share values for human-need causes like healthcare, climate, civil rights and economic justice. We also know, once someone participates in a primary election, they are more likely to vote in the general elections. 

Our goal is to increase civic engagement by encouraging citizens to exercise their RIGHT to vote for the candidate who they think could best support the issues important to them. 

That’s why we’re reaching out to community organizers and activists like you. The Multnomah County Democrats have created a voter registration program called “Be A Primary Voter.” Check out the easy action kits to help you to reach out to non-affiliated voters with voter lists; scripts, flyers and instructions. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Decide what kind of event you want to have. Choose from hosting a postcard party, a walk party canvass event or a call-and-text party. You could even combine them.
  2. Learn how to use MiniVAN here or attend an action party at Multnomah Democrats HQ and download your list of voters to contact.
  3. Once you have your action kit and your contact list, you are ready to host your event. Your volunteers will contact non-affiliated voters who are likely Democratic voters to let them know only registered Democrats get to choose who will be our Presidential nominee. And show them how to update their registration.

We know you’re working hard to beat Trump in 2020. Volunteering to register NAVs will make a huge difference in voter participation. That effects critical issues like our Secretary of State election, post-census redistricting, and ballot measures. Oregonians deserve to have a choice and Be A Primary Voter. Can we count on you to organize a group of activists? Learn more or go here to sign up.

Tell Oregon Ways and Means that you support the fight against climate change.

Oregon Ways and Means Committee 2020

On Monday February 24, the Ways and Means committee will hear SB1530, the landmark climate bill for Oregon that will develop clean energy jobs. Send them an email.

Climate change is an emergency. SB1530 (HB4167) is a good start. The cap reduces dangerous pollution. Big polluters will pay their share. The investment in Oregon will go to local communities, benefitting rural Oregon and others hardest hit by climate change.

Position Name and link to OLIS info   District / Community Email link
Co-Chair Senator Betsy Johnson D SD16 Scappose
Co-Chair Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward D SD17 NWPDX/Bvtn
Co-Chair Representative Dan Rayfield D HD16 Corvallis 
Co-Vice Chair Senator Fred Girod R SD9 Stayton
Co-Vice Chair Representative David Gomberg D SD10 Central Coast
Co-Vice Chair Representative Greg Smith R HD57 Umatilla Morrow
Member Senator Lee Beyer D SD6 Springfield
Member Senator Denyc Boles R SD10  Salem
Member Senator Lew Frederick D SD22 Portland
Member Senator Bill Hansell R SD29 Athena
Member Senator Dallas Heard R SD1 Roseburg ​
Member Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson D SD25 Gresham
Member Senator Arnie Roblan D SD5 Coos Bay
Member Senator Chuck Thomsen R SD26 Hood River
Member Senator Rob Wagner D SD19 Lake Oswego
Member House Republican Leader Christine Drazan R HD 39 Canby
Member Representative Paul Holvey D HD08 Eugene
Member Representative Susan McLain D HD29 Hillsboro
Member Representative Rob Nosse D HD42 Portland 
Member Representative Carla Piluso D HD50 Gresham 
Member Representative Duane Stark R HD4 Grants Pass
MultDems Debate Watch Party February 19 at MultDems HQ

Join us February 19 for a Critical Democratic Presidential Debate

Debate Season Continues!

Candidates continue to qualify for the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debate. It is getting down to brass tacks, and you can join a lively group of Democrats to watch the action.


Co-sponsored by the MultDems Climate Action Team

These folks make things happen.

Multnomah County Democrats Community Action Committee has been holding full house watch parties, co-sponsored with other committees and Democratic groups. It is a vibrant place to witness history in the making.

There will be pizza and soft drinks. Feel free to bring your favorite debate-watching snacks to share.

Click here to RSVP

Multnomah County Democrats office, 3551 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland 97232 [Map]

Doors at 5pm

See you there!

Facebook event

For public transportation options to/from the event location, visit The Multnomah County Democrats office is wheelchair accessible. If you have any access or functional needs that you feel may prevent you from joining us at this event or that, if they can be addressed, might make the event more accessible [and therefore more enjoyable] for you, please email

Approximately 150 people watching the Portland Mayoral Forum January 2020

View video of Portland Mayoral Debate

Multnomah Democrats, in co-sponsorship with BerniePDX and East County Rising, hosted a forum for Portland Mayoral candidates January 21, 2020. Around 150 attended.

Video from the Facebook Livestream is available for those who missed the event. It has that live, Facebook feel to it.

Candidates Cash Carter, Ozzie Gonzalez, Sarah Iannarone, and Teressa Raiford participated. The incumbent, Ted Wheeler, was unable to attend as he was in Washington DC for the United States Conference of Mayors.

Read MultDem Austen Lethbridge-Scarl’s take on the event.

Portland Mayoral Forum January 21st. Image of Portland from above.

Multnomah Democrats, BerniePDX, and East County Rising Co-sponsor Portland Mayoral Debate

Join the Multnomah County Democrats, BerniePDX, and East County Rising for our 2020 Portland Mayoral Forum: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6:30-8:30pm at Sunnyside Community House, 3520 SE Yamhill St.

Facebook Event

In the race for Portland’s highest office, residents want to know what candidates will do to address widening income inequality, lack of affordable housing and increasing houselessness, and whether mayoral hopefuls will use the newly-adopted public campaign finance system.

Attendees to the free event will hear the candidates stand on police contract negotiations, transportation, combating climate change, and more. Questions from the audience will be a part of the program

The Multnomah Democrats, East County Rising, and BerniePDX value the opportunity to host this forum.

The following candidates have confirmed that they will attend:

Willie Banks, Ozzie Gonzalez, Sarah Iannarone, Teressa Raiford

Climate Action Forum #2

Forum Series: Comprehensive Climate Action

Series #2: January 8th

The Multdems Climate Action Team is convening a series of forums on comprehensive climate action. The second in our series is

The Role of Forests and Forest Management on Climate Change

Wednesday, January 8
Doors open at 6:30; Program 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Ave.

Do you know the largest source of carbon emissions in Oregon? Clearcutting at 32%. Join us 7-9 pm January 8 to o understand the role of our forests as climate protectors providing a huge carbon sink versus producing wood products. Is there a middle ground? We’ll explore the barriers to solutions and what they may be.

Facebook event for the forum

Important Topic, Many Stakeholders

  • The impact of forest management on climate, water, environment, economics, and more
  • The barriers to changing forest management, including the threat of wildfires that is driving additional logging.
  • Solutions that are available!

Join our experts

John Talberth, PhD, Senior economist for the Center for Sustainable Economy
Chuck Willer, Executive Director of the Coast Range Association
Ralph Bloemers, Senior Staff Attorney of Crag Law Center
Sean Stevens, Executive Director of Oregon Wild

Co Sponsors

The event is sponsored by the MultDems Climate Action Team, Oregon Wild, Oregon League of Conservation Voters Metro Climate Action Team, Center for Sustainable Economy, and Coast Range Association

Let’s talk! Join us.

Download the flyer

The Multdems Climate Action Team’s charge is to educate, engage and activate Democrats to address the Climate Emergency. We are the action part of the Natural Resources Protection and Recovery workgroup (Article V in Multdems 2020 Platform). Contact CAT co-leads Debbie Gordon 503-318-6023 or Tracy Farwell, or CAT member Pat DeLaquil 202-494-8836 in regards to this forum.

Proposed rule change for bringing resolutions to Central Committee

At the December 2019 meeting, Rules Committee chair Michael Burleson notified the PCPs in attendance at Central Committee of the proposed rule change that we will vote on at the January 9 Central Committee meeting.

New language is bold.

Bylaws Article 9

Section 2- Bringing a Resolution to the Central Committee for a vote

A. A Resolution may be proposed by the Platform, Resolution, Legislation Committee (PRLC) or by 5 PCPs.

B. Proponents of resolutions will include a substantive action plan in support of the resolution.

C. A Resolution proposed by PCPs will be submitted to the PRLC for assistance with formatting and for PRLC to review, make recommendations, and report on resolutions.

D. If the timing of a PRLC meeting does not coincide with the need to present the Resolution to the Central Committee before relevant legislation is considered, then the submission of the PCP Resolution can be made instead to the PRLC Chair, for assistance with formatting.

E. PCP proposers may present their resolutions to the Central Committee regardless of PRLC actions. PCPs must notify the Admin Committee and PRLC 10 days before the CC meeting if they wish to proceed without PRLC approval.

F. All proposed resolutions to be considered by the Central Committee must be posted on the Party website and a notice with a link to them sent to all PCPs via email at least 6 days prior to the meeting.

G. Resolutions submitted with proper notice are adopted by majority vote.

H. Without 6-days notice, a Resolution presented at a Central Committee meeting is adopted by a 4/5 vote.

I. Proposed amendments to the resolution must be presented to the Recording Secretary and the Chair in writing.

New item for Article XI–General Provisions, Section 7: Voting procedures

E. When documents, such as Resolutions and Bylaws Amendments, are presented to Central Committee for a vote, any Motions to Amend must be submitted in writing to the Recording Secretary.

Bring warm, new socks to Central Committee Meeting for the MultDems Sock Drive

Contribute to our Sock Drive

The Mult Dems Community Action Committee is organizing our annual Sock Drive, beginning this month and through January.

Folks can bring pairs of new socks (in unopened, unwrapped bundles or packages) to the December 12th or January 9th Central Committee meetings, or drop off donations to the Mult Dems Office, 3551 NE Sandy Blvd, in the designated bin.

Thick and/or wool socks especially needed, as are socks for both women & men and in a variety of sizes, however any donation of socks (again new, in unopened/unwrapped packages) will be accepted. Donations will be distributed to area non-profits serving houseless and other individuals in need. For any questions, email

The Central Committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah is this Thursday

November 14, 2019

Bring donations for the Holiday Party silent auction!

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212


We have an interesting agenda forming, with special guests and important topics!


6:00 PM Doors open.

6:30 PM Registration and Sign In

7:00 PM Business Meeting begins

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

First Notice: New Harrassment and Bullying rule

As notice in advance of an expected vote at the December meeting, please review the new rule here.

Precinct Committee Person Appointments

We will vote to fill vacancies for Precinct Committee Persons. Applicants are listed here.

Ready to renew your PCP-ship?

Read this to to be on the ballot as a PCP in 2020.