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About the County Officer Roles

The Officer positions make up the Administration Committee of the Multnomah Democrats. These officers conduct the day-to-day business of the party and undertake urgent business as necessary. The Administration Committee has very limited powers. Under Oregon law, the governing body of the party is the Central Committee (PCPs).

Officers do administrative work. It is the day-to-day work and clerical work that makes the party function. A constant stream of volunteers must be recruited so that work can be delegated. Some officers form work-group committees, and some officers have regular volunteers they rely on to complete certain tasks. This can be fun, but remember, volunteers often have limited time. Ultimately, if someone else doesn’t do the work, it falls upon your shoulders. As an officer, you need to make a serious time commitment.

Officers meet regularly,  collaborating to develop overall vision and priorities for the Party, always with the advice and consent of the governing PCPs. 

The workload can be heavy because the work needs to be done to keep the party operating. Having the skill set appropriate to the position and being able to engage in teamwork with fellow officers is key. If someone is unable or unwilling to fulfill their elected office, one or more of the other officers will have to do it for them instead. Be sure you are willing to take on the work and time commitments of an officer position.

You can read the formal requirements of each position in the Bylaws of the Multnomah Democrats (PDF).

Meet the Party Officer Candidates

County Officer: Chair

Only one candidate has declared for this seat. We will elect by acclamation at the Organization Meeting.

Michael Burleson (they/them)

Hi, I’m Michael Burleson. I’m 29 years old, I practice criminal law as a public defender, and I have lived in Multnomah County since 2016 when I first began law school at Lewis & Clark. My experience in the Democratic Party began in my birth state of Texas when I was a state delegate during the 2015 primary. I became a PCP in Multnomah County after the 2016 election and worked on the Rules Committee until 2018 when I became Chair of the Rules Committee until 2020.

During my time as Rules Chair, we drafted our local party’s first anti-harassment, discrimination, and bullying policy. We passed a standing rule to hold candidates accountable to our platform. We passed STAR voting making us the first county party in the state to do so. I am well aware of how our organization operates and how important it is to welcome members and champion their ideas. If elected, I am prepared to hit the ground running.

As Chair, I will run equitable and efficient meetings using my knowledge of Robert’s Rules and my experience as MCD Rules Chair. I will hold candidates accountable to our party platform while continuing to support all Democrats in critical elections in Multnomah County. Lastly, I will increase our party’s grassroots involvement by promoting direct action, particularly through attending organized labor events and peaceful protests.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

County Officer: 1st Vice Chair

Daniel Cage

[Candidacy withdrawn, January 14, 2023] I am running for 1st Vice Chair of the Multnomah County Democratic Party because I strongly believe in young political leadership. As the next generation grows into political power we must be able to build a multigenerational coalition to continue our democratic work.

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Johna Rossetto

I feel that I will be a good candidate for Vice Chair 1. I am a very strong democrat and I love helping my party anyway I can.

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Kelly McCurdy

I have always been energized by and eager to engage in political activism. As a young woman, raised in a heavily conservative home, I immediately sought out and eventually led my university’s College Republicans Club as a Student Senator and eventually as President. As my education expanded and life experiences accumulated, I became close friends…

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Shani Harris-Bagwell

I am Shani Harris-Bagwell and I would be proud to be your next Vice Chair 1. As an educator and organizer I would be honored to continue the phenomenal grassroots organizing work started by Marcia Schneider. I bring a unique Black Queer Feminist perspective that I know is a needed addition to the executive committee.…

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County Officer: 2nd Vice Chair

As of January 18, 2023, only one candidate remains declared for this seat. We will elect by acclamation at the Organization Meeting.

Elizabeth Taylor Dixon

[Candidacy Withdrawn, January 18, 2023] I am continuing my effort to gain a voice in Oregon/Multnomah County Democratic politics so that I can represent those whose voices have been silenced for too long. I hope to gain your support so that the disenfranchised will learn from me how they can make change that will benefit…

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Katherine (Kathy) Paspalis

I am relatively new to Multnomah County, but I have a long history of working in Democrat Party politics in the county I moved from, and I believe the best way to get involved and learn how things work here is to just get involved. I have held leadership roles in a couple of Democratic…

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County Officer: Recording Secretary

Because there were no nominees for Recording Secretary by the nomination deadline, nominations for Recording Secretary will be accepted from the floor.

Nominations during the Meeting

  • According to our bylaws, nominations will also be accepted for party officer positions that had no candidates declared by our deadline.
  • Because there were no candidates declared for recording secretary, nominations for this position will also be accepted from the floor.
  • You must be a Multnomah County resident and registered as a Democrat with the Oregon Secretary of State office.
  • Submissions of information to this website are closed; no further declarations of candidacy will be published here.
  • Notify Lisa Morrison (vc2@multdems.org) by Jan 20 of your intention to run so that we can verify that you meet eligibility requirements.

County Officer: Treasurer

Only one candidate has declared for this seat. We will elect by acclamation at the Organization Meeting.

Zachary Mullnix

As a local Multnomah Democrat with a background in economics and finance, I know that I could be a good fit as Treasurer.
Politically and physically it’s time to step into the light and be more active in my community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve my county.

County Officer: Communications

Only one candidate has declared for this seat. We will elect by acclamation at the Organization Meeting.

Britton Taylor

I’m a PCP from HD 45 (Rose City!) and have been a proud member of the Multnomah Democrats since 2020. As a professional, I’ve worked in marketing and communications for over twenty years, and thus I’ve been a part of the Comms team from the start. For a time I served as Co-Chair of the Campaign Committee, and in 2022 I was elected Communication Officer.

I have come to learn that local politics are vital, and in a short period of time I believe I have made a big impact on this organization. In 2020 I helped to organize a series of online “Meet and Greets” with over twenty local candidates and our members. As Comms Officer, my team has revitalized our social channels. More recently I played a key role in doubling the number of recurring donors to our party, and I was also a member of the Celsi Planning Committee. I am particularly proud of my initiative to bring twenty local progressive high school students to the Celsi event. This is a tradition I would like to continue moving forward.

However, our work is not done. If re-elected, the following would be my top priorities for the Mult Dems:

1) Diversify our ranks with younger members and people of color. In order to champion and fight for true Democratic values, the Mult Dems body must be more representative of Democrats overall.

2) Forge stronger community partnerships. We are not an island and must tighten our relationships with Unions, Nonprofits and Electeds so that we are fully informed and more deeply engaged in our communities.

3) Make Central Committee meetings more inclusive, inspiring and productive. Our meetings often feel like a slog, causing many members to disengage from our work. I’m willing to explore any and all options to retool our approach to make these meetings something that energizes people vs a chore that leaves people drained.

4) Take Mult Dem social channels to the next level. We’ve established a strong foundation in social media, but I want to explore some ideas for original content that could amplify community engagement and even serve as the start of a new fundraising platform for the party.

I look forward to serving the Multnomah Democrats once again, and I would very much appreciate your vote for Communications Officer!

County Officer: Technology

Only one candidate has declared for this seat. We will elect by acclamation at the Organization Meeting.

Aaron James Levine

I am running for Technology Officer because we still have work to do.

We have just had a very successful 2022 midterm election result, but we still have work to do.

We have an ambitious legislative agenda under a progressive, Democratic governor–and we still have work do.

We have a County party in a lot better shape than how we found it, in the midst of a pandemic and in a dire financial position, but we still have work to do.

We have industry-leading digital technology tools at our disposal, but we still have work to do.

We are seeking a younger, more diverse, more motivated volunteer base, but still have more to do.

And as your technology Officer for the past four years, having been through highs, lows and all the in-betweens–I still have work to do.

I hope to have your support, and your vote, for Technology Officer for the 2023-2024 term.