2015 Celsi Celebration

The Multnomah County Democratic Party is proud to announce our biggest party and fundraiser of the year: The Celsi Celebration! Named in honor of super-volunteer Dick Celsi, we celebrate, recognize, and express our appreciation for all our volunteers on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Tiffany Center, 1410 SW Morrison Street in Portland.

Help strengthen our organization and support the work we do to keep our county and our state blue by:

Town Hall w/ Sen. Monroe & Rep. Reardon

Constituent Town Hall with Sen. Rod Monroe and Rep. Jeff Reardon

Senator Rod Monroe (D—Portland) and Representative Jeff Reardon (D—East Portland/Happy Valley) are hosting a mid-session town hall to give constituents an update on the 2015 Legislative Session. The legislators will provide information about the major bills that have been heard or passed this session, as well as a look forward to upcoming legislation.

Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of the legislators about the 2015 session.

Dave Jackson- 1940 - 2015

We are saddened to hear that Dave Jackson passed away on January 16th. This summary of his and his wife Kathy's Democratic volunteer history was prepared when they shared the Volunteer Highlight for May of last year. Dave gave generously of his time, persistence and passion to many Democratic causes, but especially voting rights.

If you would like to relay condolences to Kathy and their family, send your message to DaveJackson@multdems.org and we will compile them and pass them along.


Volunteer Highlight - October 2014

Gil and Gloria Luzader serve as Precinct Committee People for Multnomah County Democratic Party in House District 44. HD44 District Leader Tom Karwaki describes Gil and Gloria as "the backbone of St Johns," and says "Gil faithfully hands out four or five hundred slate cards each election, and Gloria makes about five hundred get-out-the-vote calls." The Luzaders both participate in our monthly General Meetings, and both help at Democratic booths and in the St Johns Parade. Gil has volunteered over three hundred hours in Senator Jeff Merkley's office over the past two years.

And like most good Democrats, they also serve their community more broadly. Both Gil and Gloria are leaders of the St Johns Main Street Foot Patrol. Both have been on the board of the St Johns Neighborhood Association and Gloria is active with the North Portland Public Safety Action Committee.

Multnomah County Democratic Party appreciates their service.

Democratic Holiday Party with the Democratic Party of Oregon and Multnomah County Democrats

Party with the Party
Holiday Party Saturday, December 13th

Our victory this year happened because of your deep commitment to building a strong Democratic party here in Oregon. While Democrats struggled in other states across the country, we won in Oregon—thanks to you.

Please join Oregon Democrats at 7:15 PM on Saturday, December 13th to celebrate all our hard work at the annual Holiday Party at IBEW Local 48 in East Portland.

Democratic Holiday Party
with the Democratic Party of Oregon
and Multnomah County Democrats

Saturday, December 13th - 7:15 PM
IBEW Local 48
15937 NE Airport Way, Portland
Tickets: $35.00

Buy your tickets today and join us at 7:15 PM on December 13th, 2014.

We look forward to celebrating with you in person, and raising a glass to all our success!

See you there,

Frank Dixon
Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon

Lorraine VanHoe
Acting Chair, Multnomah County Democratic Party

Official Positions on 2014 Ballot Measures

The Multnomah County Democratic Party has officially taken the following positions on particular measures that will be on the General Election Statewide Ballot on November 4, 2014:

We SUPPORT Measure 86 -- the Oregon Opportunity Initiative, which will provide a dedicated revenue stream for financial aid to Oregon higher education students.

We SUPPORT Measure 88 -- Drivers' Cards, which upholds Senate Bill 833, a safe roads bill that provides a drivers certification process for all Oregon residents.

We SUPPORT Measure 89 -- Equal Rights Amendment, which amends the State Constitution to ban discrimination based on gender.

We OPPOSE Measure 90 -- the Top Two Primary, which would change Oregon's elections system so that only the top two vote-getting candidates in the Primary Election would appear on General Election ballots, and eliminate the opportunity for voters to write in candidates on the General Election ballot. This would eliminate minor parties from General Election ballots and eventually remove legal status from most small parties.

We SUPPORT Measure 91 -- Legalization of Marijuana, also known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014.

We SUPPORT Measure 92 -- GMO Labeling, which requires suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers to label foods with genetically modified organisms with a GMO designation.

We SUPPORT Portland city measure 26-159 -- Bonds to fix playgrounds, trails; improve park facilities, safety, accessibility, also known as the Parks Bond.

More information is here.