Inside the Multnomah Democrats
The Multnomah County Democratic Party is the official representation of registered Democrats who live within Multnomah County, Oregon. All voters legally registered as Democrats, and residing in Multnomah County, are members of this organization and of the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO).
Our vision is to restore an effective and efficient government that will respect your rights, count your votes, rebuild the economy, and restore accountability. We do that by organizing Democrats within the County to develop, adopt and support a party platform, with the goal of electing Democratic candidates to elected office. We also represent Democrats at the Congressional District and State Central committees.
We are active locally in numerous projects and issues, on a wide variety of interests and are dedicated to making people’s lives better.
The Multnomah County Democratic Central Committee (MCDCC) is made up of elected and appointed Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) and is the highest authority in the county party. This body has the authority to adopt rules, Bylaws or resolutions covering any matter of Party governance within the county and to take positions on issues on the Party's behalf.
The precinct is the smallest political unit in the county and the Democratic Party begins its organization with the Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs). A Precinct Committeeperson is a representative of the Party in the precinct in which he or she resides, and represents the precinct in Party affairs.
District Leaders (DLs) and Assistant District Leaders (ADLs) are the next level of organization within the county Party. Districts are defined by the various State House Districts that are wholly or in part within Multnomah county. The PCPs of each District elect their District Leaders and ADLs, in District meetings following PCP elections, which occur in the Primary Election in even numbered years.
District Leaders set the agenda for and preside over all meetings of the District and organize PCPs as a Party presence in their district both during campaigns and between campaigns. When the District is represented in the Legislature in either the House or the Senate by a Democrat, District Leaders maintain open communications with their Legislators and facilitate their communication with constituents as they are able. District Leaders also represent the District at meetings of the Executive Committee and appoint standing committee members to represent the District.
The Central Committee elects officers for two year terms, and Delegates and Alternates to the State Central Committee and Congressional District Committees at the Central Committee's Organization Meeting, held in January of odd numbered years. The officers are Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Communications Officer, Recording Secretary and Historian.