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A Nominating Convention was held on December 8th to nominate candidates for appointment to the House seat vacated by Michael Dembrow's appointment to the Senate. 49 House District 45 PCPs participated. Barbara Smith Warner, Tom Sincic and James Woods were nominated to go before the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners for consideration for appointment. The date and time of the meeting at which the appointment decision will be made will be set by the Secretary of State's office in the coming days. We'll post it here when we find out.
When Teddy Keizer, the former Chair of the Multnomah County Democratic Party, stepped down in October, Party leadership prepared for a special election to be held on November 14. After the election was held, serious challenges regarding the legality of the balloting were brought to the attention of Party Officers. The Officers found that a large group of new precinct committeepersons (PCPs) approved for appointment that evening, although qualified to participate under our bylaws, were not eligible to vote under state law. Unfortunately, that means many ballots were cast that were not qualified, and since they were secret ballots, could not be separated from the qualified ballots for a recount.
The Officers notified the Party's Executive Committee of the nature of the problem on November 18. After receiving information from the Secretary of State's office on November 22, the Administration Committee met on Saturday, November 23 to chart a course to resolution. The minutes of that meeting address the problems found and the resolution planned. Notice was then given to the Executive Committee and the current PCPs. (See 11/24/2013 e-mail from Administrative Committee.) Notice was also given to the newly appointed PCPs, who as of November 26 are now properly recorded with County Elections.
A new election will be held at the Central Committee Meeting on December 12 at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Avenue in Portland. The agenda that evening will also include a bylaw amendment to eliminate the conflict with state law. In the meantime, the office of Chair remains vacant, and under our bylaws the 1st Vice Chair, Lorraine Van Hoe, is acting Chair.
Nominations have now closed for inclusion on the printed ballot. Two candidates have submitted their nominations, Tracee Larson and Lakeitha Elliott. Any Multnomah County Democrat may self-nominate, or be nominated by a PCP, as a write-in candidate for the position from the floor at the meeting. A brief job description can be found here: Authority and Duties of Chair
The following amendment to our bylaws is proposed for adoption on December 12, 2013. It aligns our bylaws with State law regarding when appointment of PCPs to fill vacancies takes effect.
Proposed Amendment for Central Committee 12-12-13
The following Multnomah County Democrats have applied and are eligible to be approved for appointment as Precinct Committee Persons at the December 12 Central Committee Meeting:
Precinct#3803 - Sarra Heaba Ghiassi
Precinct#3807 - Jonathan David Friedman
Precinct#4102 - Tiffany Dollar
Precinct#4201 - Tony Ray Capps
Precinct#4205 - Lydia Hallay
Precinct#4208 - Minh Nguyen
Precinct#4211 - Ingrid Fish
Precinct#4211 - Warren G. Fish
Precinct#4501 - Barbara Christensen
Precinct#4501 - Jonathan Prine
Precinct#4503 - Shaanti Abbruzzese
Precinct#4503 - Elizabeth Harman
Precinct#4503 - William W. Porter III
Precinct#4504 - Renee L. Dowlin
Precinct#4504 - Daniel M. James
Precinct#4504 - Heidi Spafford
Precinct#4504 - Walter Spafford
Precinct#4507 - Andrew Purkey
Precinct#4507 - Georgiana C. Putnam