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ONLY 1 WEEK left before the Berschauer Recall Election! Help get out the vote NOW!
Ballots have been mailed for the Berschauer recall election. If you haven't received yours, contact Yamhill County Clerk Brian Van Bergen at (503) 434-7518 or at elections@co.yamhill.or.us as soon as possible.

Remember, ballots are due next Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Turn them in early!

There is still a lot to do to ensure the upcoming recall election is successful. Check out these ways to get involved:
  • Sign-up to deliver door hangers here (only four turfs left - 3 in Willamina, 1 in Sheridan, and 1 in Newberg)
  • Sign-up to attend a sign & flag waving rally here
  • Donate to Save Yamhill County here
  • Sign-up to call voters and remind them to turn in their ballots. Sign-up for phone banking training here. You will learn how to get a Google phone number, so you don' have to use your personal number.
  • Sign-up to write a letter to the editor of the Newberg Graphic or News-Register about why Commissioner Berschauer must be recalled
  • Request a Recall Lindsay Berschauer sign here
The primaries are right around the corner - help staff the Yamhill County Democrats Office!
The office is open:
Tuesdays from 3-7pm
Saturdays from 10am-5pm

Sign-up here!

If you have any questions feel free to email office@YCDemocrats.org or call the office at 503-883-8653.
Yamhill County News Update

What we've been talking about


The Berschauer Recall
  • As of Sunday, 16% of ballots in the county had been turned in. A new graph shows how voting breaks down across the county. Voter turnout in the recall election breaks down as follows (as of Sunday):
    • McMinnville: D 28%, R 28%, NAV 10%
    • Newberg: D 14% R 19% NAV 7%
    • Sheridan: D 17% R 23% NAV 6%
    • Dundee: D 18% R 22% NAV 8%
  • There have been reports of people accidentally tearing off part of their ballots when they return them and also of some ballots being returned to voters. These issues are very concerning. Make sure to track your ballot here.
  • Commissioner Berschauer held a "convoy" rally on Saturday, starting in Wilco in McMinnville and finishing at Fred Meyers in Newberg, but neglected to get permission from either business. Both businesses were contacted, and said they prohibited use of their property for such purposes.
  • The Oregon State Bar dismissed the complaint filed against former Yamhill County land use attorney Todd Sadlo. A group of Yamhill County farmers filed the complaint with the Bar through their attorney (who is also currently representing Commissioner Berschauer in her threatened litigation against Lynnette Shaw and Phil Forve), alleging Saldo committed misconduct in his handling of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail approval process. The article by the News-Register explains, "Berschauer repeatedly accused staff, including Sadlo, of acting improperly in attempting to complete the bridge and the trail, although staff acted at the behest of the prior board of commissioners." The Bar ultimately found his actions were reasonable and that there was "no probable cause to believe that Mr. Sadlo committed misconduct."
  • The News-Register reported that spending on both sides of the campaign has been high in recent weeks. Read the story here. Recent donations to SYC are due in no small part to the incredible work and support of this community, including all your support at the fundraiser two weeks ago.
  • Local papers continued to publish opinion pieces on the recall. Read News-Register President, Jeb Bladine's piece here. The Newberg Graphic published an opinion piece urging yes votes as well. News-Register LTE here. Newberg Graphic LTE here.
Race Updates
  • More candidates filed to run for office ahead of last Tuesday's deadline, the News-Register reported.
  • The race for Commissioner Kulla's seat is now a four-way race, with all candidates registered as Republicans. Last Monday, McMinnville resident Bob Luoto joined Kit Johnston, Harry Noah, and Beth Wytoski in vying for Position 1 on the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners. Read the Newberg Graphic story here (which also explains Doris Towery's race against Mary Starrett).
  • David Wall, a retiree who lives near Newberg, filed for Yamhill County Commissioner Position 3.
  • Newberg City Councilor, Elise Yarnell Hollamon, filed to run for Oregon House District 23. Learn more about her here. She will run against Democrat Kriss Wright, also of Newberg, and incumbant Republican Anna Scharf.
 Other Newsworthy Stories
  • KOIN6 published a story about two Newberg middle school counselors that were placed on administrative leave over a TikTok video, and cited Yamhill Advocate, Carey Martell's website, as a legitimate news source. If you want to contact their News Director and let them know they've made a terrible error in judgment, do so here: rich.kurz@koin.com. Read the story here.
 
Opportunities to get involved
  • If you are part of the McMinnville School District, please fill out the ThoughtExchange survey posted by Superintendent Debbie Brockett regarding changes to the District's mask policy. Find it here.
  • Sign the petition to rename Columbus Elementary School in McMinnville. Click here.
  • The Chehalem Cultural Center wants your input on how to make the Center more inclusive for all. Complete the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) survey here.
  • Want to help people in Yamhill County experiencing homelessness this winter? Volunteer at the Newberg Emergency Shelter. Information here. You can also donate by purchasing items from the shelter's Amazon wishlist here. The most needed items include: AAA batteries, scent beads for laundry, eggs, milk, creamer, kool-aid, and juice. Message Stephanie Bell Findley here if you'd like to drop any of these items off. Encompass Yamhill Valley also provides support to this population. Learn more about them here.

Opportunities to donate and give back
  • Reminder: the Food Bank at the First Baptist Church in Dayton (300 Flower Ln.) is open every other Tuesday from 4-6pm and is accepting donations. It will be open next on Tuesday, March 22.
  • Donate to Turtle Dove Shelters, Inc. here. Turtle Dove Shelters provides shelter for homeless individuals through the design, construction, and donation of portable, semi-permanent shelters.
  • Donate to Patton Middle School's Backpack Drive here. The Patton Boutique, a resource room designed to help students with unmet needs, is collecting backpacks for students in need.
  • Donate to the McMinnville High School Resource Room here. They are looking for: tampons, brushes, bandaids, women’s deodorant, umbrellas, hooded rain jackets (new or gently used), and sweatshirts (new or gently used). The Resource Room is for any MHS student who is having trouble getting their basic needs met. The MHS Resource Room has clothing, school supplies, hygiene products, and non-perishable family meals.
Scholarship, Internship, and other Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Attention Newberg High School 2022 graduates! There are 20, $1,000 scholarships available to graduates to celebrate and honor diversity in Newberg. Learn more here. Applications due April 1.
  • PFLAG Newberg & Wine Country Pride are teaming up to offer 7, $1,000 scholarships to graduates in Yamhill County. Applications due April 1. Learn more here.
  • Yamhill County Public Works is hiring for two paid natural resources interns, starting in April. Learn more here.
  • The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have opened sponsorship applications for reimbursement in the following areas: Emergency Preparedness and Energy Generation, Health and Fitness, Healthy Foods, and Technology. Learn more here.

Make Your Voice Heard

Contact the Board of Commissioners:
bocinfo@co.yamhill.or.us

When sending emails to the Board of Commissioners, cc the News Register at nmontestano@newsregister.com.  

Write a letter to the editor:
Newberg Graphic
News Register



City Council or School Board: 

Amity City Council  | School Board
Carlton City Council | School Board
Dayton City Council | School Board
Dundee City Council | School Board
Lafayette City Council | School Board
McMinnville City Council | School Board
Newberg City Council | School Board
Sheridan City Council | School Board
Willamina City Council | School Board
Yamhill City Council | School Board
 
Get involved in local government!
Opportunities in Amity
The City of Amity is looking to fill the following positions. Contact City Hall for more information.
  • Planning Commission member
  • Historic Landmark Committee member
Opportunities in Willamina
The City of Willamina is accepting applications for a vacancy on the City Council and three vacancies on the Planning Commission. The universal application is available here. Send completed applications to Deputy City Recorder Bridget Meneley at meneleyb@ci.willamina.or.us.

The Willamina School District is also looking to fill two vacancies on its Budget Committee. Applications are due March 30. Find the application here.

Opportunities in McMinnville
The McMinnville School Board is looking to fill two open positions on the School Board's Budget Committee. To apply, email Samantha Nelson at snelson@msd.k12.or.us.

Opportunities in Dayton
The City of Dayton is looking to fill a vacancy on the Budget Committee. Apply here. Applications due March 15, 2022.
Candidate Corner
This new section in the Newsletter is your place to look for information on progressive candidates running for office in Yamhill County. Now that the filing deadline has passed and we know who all is running, we will track candidate news here. Click on the candidate's name to visit their website, or contact them by phone, email, or social media. Check back for updates!

Yamhill County Commissioner Seat 3

Doris Towery
Newberg Graphic story from March 11, 2022
Contact by phone: 541-968-0339 or email

State Representative House District 23

Elise Yarnell Hollamon
Contact by phone: 503-830-1756, email, or Facebook

Kriss Wright
Contact by Facebook

State Representative House District 24

Victoria Ernst
Contact by phone: 503-877-2637 or email
Article from American University Washington College of Law

Upcoming Events

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Do you want to volunteer to help get this newsletter out regularly? 
Know of an upcoming event we should share?  Email the details to progressive.yamhill@gmail.com
   
Fundraisers & Events

Democratic Think Tank
Wednesday, March 15, 12pm

PFLAG Newberg - The Gathering (Part 1)
Wednesday, March 16, 4pm
Chehalem Cultural Center

Blood Drive
Tuesday, March 29, 9am-2:30
Amity High School
Sign-up here

Candidate Meet & Greet: Elise Yarnell Hollamon (HD23) & Loretta Smith (CD6)
Tuesday, April 5, 4pm
Social Goods, Newberg


Upcoming County, City & School Board Meetings

Dundee City Council Meeting
Tuesday, March 15, 7pm
Zoom link

Newberg Rate Review Meeting
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30pm
Zoom link

CANCELED Dundee Planning Commission Meeting
Wednesday, March 16, 7pm

Dundee City Council Special Meeting
Wednesday, March 16 & 17, 6pm
Zoom link

Amity City Council Work Session
Wednesday, March 16, 5pm
City Hall
Zoom link

McMinnville City Council Work Session
Wednesday, March 16, 6pm
Zoom link

Dayton Historic Preservation Committee Meeting (if needed)
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30pm

City of Yamhill Planning Commission Meeting & Public Hearing
Wednesday, March 16, 7pm
Contact Sharon Bregante-Candau (Administrative Clerk) at (503) 662-3511 for more info
Zoom link

McMinnville Planning Commission Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 5:30pm
Zoom link

Lafayette Planning Commission Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 7pm
Lafayette City Hall

Newberg City Council Meeting
Monday, March 21, 6pm

Carlton Planning Commission Meeting
Monday, March 21, 6pm
Zoom link

Dayton City Council Meeting
Monday, March 21, 6:30pm
Zoom link

Yamhill Water Advisory Committee
Tuesday, March 22, 3pm
Yamhill City Council Chambers
205 S Maple St., Yamhill

McMinnville City Council Work Session and Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 22, 6pm

Dundee Tourism Commission Meeting
Wednesday, March 23, 8:30am

Willamina City Council Work Session
Wednesday, March 23, 4pm
Zoom link

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