Member Spotlight: Michael Smith

Mike Smith, our new Rules Chair, is a PCP, DPO Rules Committee Delegate, DPO SCC Delegate, DPO Gun Owners Caucus Chair, current Multnomah Democrats Rules Chair, former Multnomah Democrats Tech Officer (17-19) and Vice-Chair (19-21), member of Multnomah Democrats Criminal Justice Study Group.

Why did you become involved in the Democratic Party of Multnomah County?

I had always been peripherally involved with politics – mostly blogging and then volunteering in campaigns here and there – but after Trump happened, I knew I had to get back in. Nothing less than American democracy was at stake. So, I became a PCP again in December 2016. While the immediate danger might be over, American democracy is still in trouble. We need all hands on deck.

Why do you think it’s important for Democrats to become involved at the local level?

The most basic and important decisions are made at the local level. Progressive policy decisions in school boards and water districts have real impacts on people’s lives.

What are some of the priorities for our state and for Multnomah County this year?

Our top priority needs to be emerging from the pandemic with resolve to build an equitable, green Oregon. This cannot simply be a matter of State or Federal action. Solutions need to start at the local level. “Think Globally, Act Locally” has never been more important.

What is making you hopeful right now?

Every day, I see the youth engaged in ways that my generation wasn’t. This gives me hope that the country will be in better hands as I get older.

What advice can you provide to our Democrats in Multnomah County?

Register 15,000 more Democrats! Multnomah voters, especially NAVs, tend to be more progressive. If we want progressives to win more primaries, we want more progressives to become Democrats! And the BEST place to do this is Multnomah County.