Ta’ Neshia Renae` is one of the newest Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) with the Multnomah County Democrats. She represents HD 44, and says she helped out last fall in passing out voter information in her precinct. Ta’Neshia found out about the Democratic Party of Oregon while working for the Multnomah County Elections, where “I got a wealth of knowledge about our local government from the other volunteers.” We asked her a few questions about the start of her journey as an active Democrat:
Why did you become involved in the Democratic Party of Multnomah County?
I have spent most of my adult life volunteering my time because the kindness of others has carried me through unstable times in my life. I believe that volunteers are the backbone of a strong organization; they enable organizations to help more people. The most valuable currency a person holds is their time, and when people invest in each other strong and resilient communities are formed. You can always make more money but can never get time back.
I am deeply invested in dismantling inequities in our community by focusing on inclusion and awareness. I want to be instrumental in building a platform for my community to thrive and remove barriers to prosperity.
Why do you think it’s important for Democrats to become involved at the local level?
To have a voice and make the change you want to see. I have felt at times that my opinion did not matter and was powerless to make effective change in my community. It is hard to see the impact of community involvement unless you have contributed to it.
What are some of the priorities for our state and for Multnomah County this year?
I believe that a living wage, housing, and healthcare need to be the only priorities for the United States as a whole. People are not able to survive, and many Americans are a paycheck away from being homeless.
Housing is not a privilege; everyone should have the comfort and security of a place to live. Your home should be your sanctuary.
Being healthy is not something that must be earned. It is a necessity for happy, healthy, functioning communities.
What is making you hopeful right now?
That people are coming together to address the county’s homeless crisis in a meaningful and thoughtful way. To see change move in the direction of improving the quality of life in Portland. That people of diverse backgrounds will continue to get involved in government.
That the younger generations will continue to make their voices heard and vote.
What advice can you provide to your fellow Democrats in Multnomah County?
Join and engage as little or as much as you can, everything helps. There are many ways that you support and give your time, you will get to grow your community. Get to know the other volunteers and ask questions.
Please tell us about your business, work, side hustle, or hobby — anything you’d like to share. Feel free to add your website here.
I do little of this and a little of that. I’m an entrepreneur and a veteran of the US Air Force, I was a dental assistant fighting the war on plaque. I am a mobile notary and signing agent that offers many services, such as weddings, I-9, passport photos, remote notary. You can find my website in my LinkTree. https://linktr.ee/taneshiarenae.
I am deeply invested in my community, and I serve on the Multnomah Community Involvement Committee and the N/NE Housing Oversight Committee.
I am an Amazon Influencer and Bfit Amazing Brand ambassador, and I love TikTok. Normal people doing normal and funny things makes me feel connected.
I am an aspiring farmer, and I am getting my Master Beekeeper certificate with Oregon State University. I love technology and try to incorporate it in my life as much as possible. I am a dedicated mother to two wonderful and irritating teenagers that make me proud everyday.
Lastly, talking to people is my favorite thing to do. I believe my most important and interesting attribute is my optimism which is infectious. If I knew I wouldn’t fail I would be the President of the United States. I am deathly afraid of horses because their eyes are on the side of their head. It is not logical, but it is a thing.