Monthly Meeting April 14 – Candidate Lightning Round

The monthly General Meeting/Central Committee Meeting of the Multnomah County Democratic Party is Thursday, April 14th.

Doors open at 6:00 PM
Meeting starts at 7:00
Where? Multnomah Democrats’ Headquarters at 3551 NE Sandy Blvd.

On the Agenda:

Lightning Round Candidate Intros – Democratic Candidates for office in Multnomah County have been invited to attend or send a representative. Many have committed to join us. All candidates will be introduced; candidates in contested races will get a chance to speak briefly to their candidacy. (There are a lot of them.)

Presentation from Save Endangered Animals Oregon.

2016 Celsi CelebrationThe place for Democrats on May 21st. Tickets, sponsorships and program ads are on sale now.

Upcoming events, committee reports, announcements.

March 10th Central Committee Meeting

March 10, 2016
Doors open at 6:00; meeting starts at 7:00
Multnomah Democrats’ Headquarters: 3551 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland

Agenda will include:

Featured Speaker: Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

Want to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention? Wayne Kinney and Ron Morgan from the Democratic Party of Oregon will tell you how.

Committee reports

Save the Date: 2016 Celsi Celebration, Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at the Riverside Golf and Country Club. 

February Meeting, February 11th

Our regular meeting will be held on February 11th; Doors open at 6:00; Meeting at 7:00. 3551 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland.

The agenda will include monthly business and reports, and consideration of bylaw amendments; see below.

Attention PCPs: Bylaw amendments recommended by the Rules Committee and endorsed by the Executive Committee are before the Central Committee. Article IX  amendments were approved in January, and Article VI and VIII will be considered at the February meeting.

Copies of the proposed amended articles can be downloaded here, and the proposed amendments compared to the current articles can be downloaded here. 


December Central Committee Meeting December 10th

Come to the last meeting of 2015. Doors open at 6:00; Meeting at 7:00. 3551 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland.

We will start the meeting, again, with a moment of silence in commemoration of the lives taken and the lives affected by gun violence. We will then take ten to fifteen minutes for members to speak briefly on reactions to items in the news.

Featured Presentation: Renew Oregon

A representative from Renew Oregon will present on clean energy and “the coalition of businesses, non-profits, faith and community organizations, and individual Oregonians working to make Oregon a leader in the fight against climate change to promote a cleaner, more prosperous state.”

 State Central Committee Election

There are openings to fill alternate delegate positions on the State Central Committee, with positions open for two women and three men. Are you interested? Let KC know at

Platform Convention

A Multnomah County Party Platform Convention is planned for January 16th. Faith Ruffing, chair of the Platform, Resolutions and Legislation Committee will explain the process and the planning for it.     

We have one application for appointment as a new PCP: Roberta Ann Yambasu, Precinct #4709




November Central Committee/General Meeting

November General Meeting
Thursday, November 12th
3551 NE Sandy Blvd.

Doors open at 6:00 PM; Meeting at 7:00

Featured Speaker: 

Representative Ann Lininger, HD 38 
Co-Chair, Joint Interim Committee on Marijuana Legalization 
Vice-Chair, House Interim Committee on Judiciary

Consideration and Vote:

  Amendments to Articles VI, VIII and IX of the Bylaws 

Rules Committee, Keith Dubanevich, Chair

Bylaw amendments recommended by Rules Committee and endorsed by Executive Committee will be discussed and presented for approval. Copies of the proposed new articles are attached. Copies of comparisons to current articles are in the next post, below. (We can only attach three items per post.)

Volunteer of the month:
Jim Robison

PCP Appointments:

Matthew Steele, Precinct #4605
Amber Cox, Precinct #5002

Leahnora Isaak, Precinct #3603
Michelle Risher, Precinct #4508



General Meeting/Central Committee Meeting Thursday, April 9th

April, 2015 Central Committee/General Meeting

Thursday, April 9, 7:00 PM

Multnomah Democrats’ Headquarters
3351 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland 

 Doors open at 6:00 for social hour.

 Agenda Highlights:

 Legislative Update

 Volunteers of the Month: John and Shirley Vandermosten

 Presentation: Postal Workers’ Dilemma – Jamie Partridge

 Celsi Committee Report

 Resolution on Gun Safety recommended by Platform, Resolutions and Legislation Committee
(See Attachment)

Organizational Meeting – Officers Elected

The meeting to elect Party officers and delegates to the State Central Committee and Congressional District Committees was held on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave. 

Precinct Committee Persons elected in May, 2014 were eligible to vote for officers; all PCPs were eligible to vote for delegates to the State Central Committee and the Congressional District Committees. Descriptions of the officer positions are here: Officer Duties.

Elected at the meeting:

Chair: Lorraine Van Hoe
1st Vice Chair: Tracee Larson
2nd Vice Chair: James Freed
Treasurer: Bing Wong
Communications Officer: Susan Hagmeier
Recording Secretary: Eric Swehla
Technology Officer: Michael Schryver

Bylaws Amended December 18th

At the November meeting, members of the Administration Committee presented proposed changes to the bylaws, unanimously recommended by the Administration Committee. They were also recommended by a vote of the Executive Committee, and they were acted on at the December 18th meeting. 

Two groups of amendments were adopted, one having to do with election procedures for Party officers, and the other having to do with protecting the integrity of our data resources. A proposal to modify the qualifications for holding office as Chair or First Vice Chair was referred to the Rules Committee for further vetting. The marked up bylaws are attached, and here are the highlights:

Last summer, at the recommendation of and with the support of the Democratic Party of Oregon, the Executive Committee approved an expenditure for a facilitated examination of our leadership and processes. One of the major issues that came out of that process was that our bylaws provide for no pre-requisite qualifications for candidacy for Chair of the Party. It was pointed out by the consultants that this is unusual for organizations with a component structure such as ours.

It was proposed, for the offices of Chair and First Vice Chair only, that a minimum prior service as a District Leader or Standing Committee Chair for six months in the past five years be established as a base qualification for office. The First Vice Chair was included because a major part of that office’s charge is to be prepared to step in as Chair. The reasoning is that this isn’t a very high bar, but guarantees both that the candidates have some knowledge of the structure and operation of the Party as well as the workload of the Chair, and that the Party members have a record of performance to refer to in evaluating candidates. The point is that the better the candidates know the Party and the better the Party knows the candidates, the better the decisions we make will be, and that prior qualifications are a good idea, but the bar should not be too high. This amendment was first amended to include other categories of service as qualifications, and then referred to the Rules Committee for further consideration.

Two changes were adopted in the procedure for declaring candidacy for Party office: 1. A deadline of 7 days before the election for declarations of candidacy, and 2. A requirement that official declarations of candidacy be submitted in writing to the Second Vice Chair. This is intended to provide members sufficient time to evaluate candidates, and simplify and clarify the declaration process. In addition, we will now use signed ballots, as the DPO does, to insure that if there is a question as to the credentials of those voting, qualified ballots can be confirmed.

The second group of amendments concerns the use of our data resources. Primarily this refers to the VAN, the dual database we have via the DPO, but it also refers to other data that we compile to facilitate our operation as a Party. The goal here is to ensure that end users of these resources are obligated, in the same way the Party is, to use these resources for the purposes for which they exist, such as Party building, Party communications and supporting Democratic candidates and endorsed campaigns. By putting these provisions in the bylaws, we empower Party leadership to formalize that agreement. These amendments were adopted.

PCPs Eligible for Approval at the February 13 Central Committee Meeting

The following Multnomah County Democrats have applied and are eligible to be approved for appointment as Precinct Committee Persons at the February 13 Central Committee Meeting:

Precinct#3502 – Jeston Black
Precinct#3803 – Kelley Hartman Meck
Precinct#3803 – John Wykoff
Precinct#3807 – Jonathan David Friedman
Precinct#4102 – Tiffany Dollar
Precinct#4201 – Tony Ray Capps
Precinct#4206 – Patrick John Cook
Precinct#4208 – Minh Nguyen
Precinct#4210 – Michael Marciarille DeLong
Precinct#4211 – Ingrid Fish
Precinct#4211 – Warren G. Fish
Precinct#4501 – Barbara Christensen
Precinct#4501 – Jonathan Prine
Precinct#4502 – Erik William Bryce Peterson
Precinct#4503 – Shaanti Abbruzzese
Precinct#4503 – Elizabeth Harman
Precinct#4503 – William W. Porter III
Precinct#4504 – Renee L. Dowlin
Precinct#4504 – Daniel M. James
Precinct#4504 – Heidi Spafford 
Precinct#4504 – Walter Spafford 
Precinct#4507 – Andrew Purkey
Precinct#4507 – Georgiana C. Putnam
Precinct#4602 – Elizabeth Brenner
Precinct#4605 – Lawrence Betcher