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About the SCC Delegate Role

Duties: State Central Committee delegates represent Multnomah County Democrats to the Democratic Party of Oregon and participate in the elections of its state officers. Quarterly weekend meetings  take place all over the state, so being a state delegate is valuable way to see what’s going on in different parts of Oregon. To run you can nominate yourself (or a precinct committee person can nominate you) prior to that election’s vote at the Jan 21 Party Organization Meeting.

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

Nominations during the Meeting

At the Jan 21 Party Organization meeting, nominations for Recording Secretary, SCC and Congressional District Delegates will be accepted from the floor.

  • 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.

Meet the SCC Delegate Candidates

We will elect 19 delegates and 21 alternates to the State Central Committee. Two of delegate seats are also assigned for Chair and 1st Vice Chair.

Alexander Davis

My name is Alex Davis. I am a Junior at the University of Oregon, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Black Studies. I have also been a precinct-committee person since June 2020. My passion is ensuring that Democratic politics in Oregon leads with diversity and equity first. If our party is to remain…

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Bing Wong

I have volunteered for Mult. Dems and the Democratic Party of Oregon for many years from PCP feet on the street to Treasurer(3.5 years). I have attended every State Central Committee as Delegate the past two years while it was a challenge filling the delegation for the past three in-person meetings. Participation is important as…

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Bryan William Lewis

I’m a proud and dedicated young democrat that wants to help our party realize more of its potential. I’ve spent the last two years helping to bring Portlanders together to review and revise our city constitution. I would like to bring that experience and passion to this role. What distinguishes us is we never miss…

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Cynthia Ann Smith

I’m Cindy Smith, a disabled Air Force Veteran, PCP, SCC delegate, Veterans Caucus Chair, DPO Rules Committee member, member of the Disability Justice and APIA caucuses, and a progressive. I’m running to be re-elected as a Multnomah County SCC Delegate. First I want to thank you for being a Multnomah County PCP and reading my…

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Daniel Goetz

Hello. My name is Dan Goetz and I’m running to be a delegate to the State Central Committee from Multnomah County. As many of you know, I’m a dedicated advocate for those who don’t have a voice. For working people. For the poor. For those who need help most desperately. This is a passion I…

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Dannelle D. Stevens

In 2016 I retired just in time to watch DJT get elected. I recall waking up every morning and looking at my phone wondering just what awful thing did he do to undermine all the things I value in this country from women’s rights, immigrant rights, to voting rights and on and on. It was…

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Deian Salazar

A New Oregon. A Just Oregon. An Oregon For All. I’m Deian Salazar, a member of the Oregon Commission on Autism. As the 22 Year Old Autistic son of a working class mother descended from Mexican immigrants from Utah in the 30’s with Pueblo and I have been in the foster care system for over…

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Faith E Ruffing

I have served as a delegate for the last 8 years and worked on the Platform Resolution Committee.

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Gary Lietke

Vote for Gary, SCC Delegate • Steps up, shows up, does the work • Hell-bent on “progress” in “progressive” • Driven to vision, strategic planning, research, data, best practices DPO priorities: • GRASS ROOTS over top-down decision-making • INCLUSIVE full-throat representation and recruiting across ALL demographics • Serious mutual EMPATHIC listening and dialog • TRANSPARENT…

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Graham C. Parks

When Multnomah County first sent me to the State Central Committee in those fraught first months of 2017, at the dawn of our generation’s great test of American democracy’s ultimate durability, earnest talk of the need for “Medicare for all,” student-debt forgiveness, or new New Deals of any sort — green or otherwise — was…

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Greg Burrill

Greg Burrill

After much consideration, I have decided to run for State Central Committee Delegate. Although I was a founding Co-Chair of the MultDems Racial Inclusivity Work Group–a position that I have again held since July 2022–most of my volunteer work is with the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT). I am now serving my third term on…

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James Posey

I am interested in becoming a State Central Delegate in order to give more long-term resident representation from Multnomah county. I have lived in and owned businesses in Northeast Portland and feel I can provide knowledgeable live experiences needed in the decisions and operations of the Central Committee. Thank you for this consideration.

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Jose Gamero Cassinelli

I am an active PCP, District 48’s Leader, and serve on the Racial Inclusivity Workgroup, as well as the Celsi and Rules Committees. I have volunteered for Fair Fight and various campaigns. As a disabled, Latino immigrant, who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I bring a different perspective and life experience than many…

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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 is to just get involved here. I have held leadership roles in a couple of Democratic…

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Kavan Bahrami

Hello, fellow Precinct Committee Person. My name is Kavan Bahrami. I’m running to represent you as a delegate at the State Central Committee and for Congressional District 3. If elected, this would be my second term as a delegate for both. I enjoy being active with the Multnomah County Democrats and have enjoyed being able…

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Kevin Fitts

Dear members of the Multnomah County Democrats, I am writing to express my interest in running for a state delegate position within the party. I have been a committed member of the Democratic Party for many years, and I believe in the values and principles that the party represents. I am passionate about working to…

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Kevin Weitemier

Hello Multnomah County Democrats! My name is Kevin Weitemier and I’m asking for your vote to be delegate to the State Central Committee and Congressional District 1. I’m a proud Democrat, and I’m ready to work with our party to craft a progressive vision, work with elected officials to enact just policies, and work with…

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Larry Taylor

Larry Taylor would bring to the SCC a profound understanding of democracy and of the Democratic Party – both in Oregon and nationally. He has been one of Oregon’s foremost proponents of preserving the rights of SCC members within the DPO. If elected, Taylor pledges to attend all SCC meetings, representing the Democrats of Multnomah…

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Layla Assem

Hello, I’ve been an active and dedicated volunteer for the Multnomah County Dems and the Democratic Party of Oregon. I show up and do the work. I am currently the Assistant District Leader for HD47. I’m an SCC delegate to DPO where I belong to the Black Caucus, the Native American Caucus, Education Caucus, and…

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Loretta Smith

Loretta Smith is running for State Central Committee to support policies that give voice to the voiceless and support actions, policy, and resolutions through an equity lens that will support a diverse, and inclusive Democratic Party. Loretta Smith is a public servant, small business owner, and single mom who has dedicated her life to building…

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Lurelle Robbins

Vote for Lurelle for SCC and CD 1 – I will continue to work to resolve the Urban-Rural divide and the divides brought on by income inequality and historical constructs of racism, orientation etc. I am the recent Past Chair of The Democratic Party of Multnomah County where my inputs can be observed in “Empowering…

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Marcia Schneider

I imagine you and I share many goals – democracy, climate action, social justice, healthcare, education, housing, and opportunity for all of us. And perhaps a question too – Are we, as the Democratic Party, which is our vehicle for change, doing all we can to move these values forward? I hope you will join…

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Margaret Foley

Over the past few years, I have been engaged in grassroots organizing and campaigning all over Oregon, particularly outside the Metro area, and have seen and experienced over and over how important it for Democrats to do more to build capacity, coalitions, a deep bench—and reclaim seats. As an SCC Delegate, I would bring my…

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Mark Hnath

I am interested in becoming a State Central Committee Delegate to forward the Democratic priorities of our great state and to help pave a path forward for the next generation of leaders. Additionally, the political values that I value most include the following: – Climate change & environmental justice – Improvements in our system to…

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Mary V. Rarick

Mary Rarick is a super connector, producer and a catalyst. She communicates fearlessly to make connections, build trust and be a catalyst for change. Leveraging her guilt and rage hangover from 2016, she stepped out of her introverted shell and began participating in grassroots political events. Since then she’s learned that even when she’s terrified,…

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Michael C Smith

Democrats have a lot to celebrate this year, but there’s still work to be done. Statewide the Democrats are still weak in less urban areas, including East Multnomah County. This isn’t for lack of opportunity. We had great candidates in HD52 and SD26 that couldn’t get money or volunteers from the PACs, costing us –…

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Michael Radway

As a long-time PCP, I would be honored to represent Multnomah County on the SCC, having previously served as one of Oregon’s DNC Members, the DPO Treasurer, a political appointee in both the Clinton and Obama Administrations (terminated by the Trump Administration), and 22 years as a Legislative Director and professional committee staff member on…

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Miguel G Moseler

Please vote for me for State Central Committee. I bring to the table my experience from non-profits to business to farming to teaching to volunteering in many organizations including the Red Cross, mental health, global health initiative, education for all, and empowering women. I am working on putting mechanisms in place to support Black and…

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Patch Adam Perryman

After six years of service as the Recording Secretary of the Multnomah County Democrats I am asking to continue to be of service as a delegate for our Party to the State Central Committee. If elected I will bring the probity, lessons, and experiences gained from my three terms of service for the County Party…

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Reginald Richardson Jr

I am Reginald Richardson, Jr., and I am running to be a State Central Committee Delegate because I believe in the power of community and the importance of standing up for what is right. As the Pastor of Your Bible Speaks Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, I have dedicated my life to serving others and working…

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Robin Stevens

I am standing as an SCC delegate to support our county party platform at a state level, and to work towards a state party that is even more effective, inclusive and election winning than it is today. I’m a PCP who lives in the Vernon neighborhood of Northeast Portland, representing precinct 4303. I have served…

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Shani Harris-Bagwell

I am Shani Harris-Bagwell and I am seeking re-election to the SCC. In these past two years, as a member of the Platform and Resolutions committee, I have proven that I will not back down when faced with challenges and will work fearlessly in pursuit of honesty, transparency, and justice. I have also shown that…

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Spencer James Trumm

As a longtime organizer and veteran of nine political campaigns, I hope to bring my experience and perspective as an activist and leader to serve the SCC and represent Multnomah County. In my work as a community organizer with East County Rising Community Projects, I seek out and amplify unheard voices to drive progressive change…

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Thomas Karwaki

Life long Democrat. Active party leader and volunteer since 1960 (canvasing for and meeting JFK, LBJ and HHH) and in Oregon since 2010. Co-founder of the DPO Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus, and currently serving as Secretary. Former HD 44 District Leader and current ADL. DPO SCC Delegate from 2011-2018 and 3rd CD Delegate from…

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Tom Trotter

I’m interested and willing. I intend to support and advance the DPO positions. I intend to support and advance the MultDems interests. I will(!) attend the quarterly meetings throughout the state. When I moved to Oregon from Ohio 10 years ago, my Ohio friends said to me “How are you going to cope in Oregon,…

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