Cynthia Ann Smith


Cynthia Ann Smith

Candidate for:

CD1 Delegate

Why I'm running.

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 delegate to CD1

First, thank you for being a Multnomah County PCP and reading my statement. When asked for the few words that describe my candidacy, my answer is “organize for justice.” When we look at history and most of what we’re proud of – the accomplishments we fought for to make us a better, more just country — have only happened because people like you and me, have stepped forward and organized – together.

We’ve learned that from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the many civil rights leaders and movements who inspired and encouraged us to action.

We defeated Donald Trump in 2020, but sadly we have yet to defeat Trumpism. To help fix the horrible damage that Trump and his followers have done to this country, we elected a Democratic President and Vice President in 2020, and in 2022 we all worked together, shoulder to shoulder, to repel the “red wave” – but we all know we’ll have to do much, much more.

We have to organize – together – for justice.

Over the last six years I’ve tried to do my part, volunteering for campaigns, organizing phone banks and helping with text-banks, going door-to-door and making calls, and serving as Chair of the DPO Veteran’s Caucus.

And I am proud to say that as the Veteran’s Caucus Chair I recruited and organized a great group of veterans who volunteered to do text banking in support of Governor-elect Tina Kotek. I also developed a Veteran’s Caucus survey for state-level Democratic candidates which encouraged them to support veteran’s issue in the DPO Platform. Fourteen candidates for Governor, BOLI, or Congressional seats responded and we sent the information to 179 caucus members to encourage them to back Democratic candidates as well as posting the results to the caucus Facebook page.

As a SCC member, CD1 Delegate, and DPO Rules Committee member I’ve worked to make sure that the DPO is inclusive and diverse. I’ve fought to make sure that underrepresented communities have a voice and a vote at the SCC. I’ve also worked to ensure that the Rules Committee carefully considers issues on the basis of fairness and accessibility to avoid unintended consequences that would negatively impact equity and diversity. We need to continue to increase BIPOC representation in the DPO and if re-elected I will proudly represent our county at the Congressional District.

As a Veteran I believe it’s an honor to serve our country. After 20 years in the Air Force and serving in Iraq in 2003, I retired with health issues and have a 100% VA disability finding. After military retirement, I worked as a Pentagon Program Manager and Service Liaison, and then as a Program Manager for the Department of Justice’s Inspector General.

As a Democrat I also believe it’s an honor to serve you, and represent you at the at CD1. We all have to do more to continue to turn back the clock on the disaster that was and is Donald Trump and heal this country — and with your support I hope to continue my service.

In 2023, 2024, and beyond, I’m committed to continue to fight for Democratic causes and candidates and hope I can count on your vote.

Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions or are willing to offer your support. I look forward to seeing you all at our MultDems Organization Meeting and Elections to be held on Zoom at Saturday, January 21st.