Progressive Yamhill: Acting Together Locally
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Less than 35 days til Election Day:  ballots go out in FIFTEEN DAYS.  If you've been waiting for things to get real before getting involved: it's time!  
  • Following the money in local conservative politics:
    • Candidate for County Treasurer Paulette Alexandria has received $4,000 from local conservative PAC Yamhill First, $1,000 from Lindsay Berschauer and $1,000 from The Oregon Firearms Association (run by Commissioner Mary Starrett's brother), and $300 from Commissioner Starrett.  She has publicly stated that she was recruited by Commissioner Starrett.  She has spent $3,000 on signs from Bridgeview Press, a printing company based in Josephine County, owned by the family of former Republican Party Chair Art Robinson. Alexandria's opponent is Kris Bledsoe.
    • Heidi Parker, candidate for McMinnville City Mayor, has received $500 from Commissioner Starrett, and $1,000 from Lindsay Berschauer.  She has spent $1,155 on signs from Bridgeview Press. Parker's opponent is current Mayor Scott Hill.
    • Brittany Ruiz, candidate for McMinnville City Council Ward 2, has received $500 from Heidi Parker, and $1,000 from Yamhill First PAC.   Ruiz's opponent is current City Council Chair Kellie Menke.
    • Yamhill First PAC's major donors are Fee Stubblefield, Olde Stone Village, Oregon Mutual Insurance Company, Lindsay Berschauer (although she also received thousands from them during her campaign)... and Commissioner Starrett
  • Speaking of following things, see if you can untangle the complicated story of McMinnville City Council candidate Brittany Ruiz's history with the Church of Scientology   And while we're on the topic of Ruiz... did Sheriff Svenson cross the line by standing in front of a YCSD vehicle wearing a YSCD shirt while endorsing a candidate?  Maybe. 
  • Several conservative candidates have run into trouble with those signs they bought from Bridgeview... McMinnville has rules about size and number of signs, and 4x8 is too big!  If you see a sign you think is too large, or dangerously placed, in the city of McMinnville you can call code enforcement at 503-434-7305, or  email ODOT Program Analyst Deborah Lund at for signs on state highways.
  • And speaking of running into trouble, a former employee has spoken out about poor treatment she received while working for McMinnville City Council Ward 1 candidate Chris Chenoweth.  Chenoweth's opponent is Lisa McCracken.
  • Newberg Public Schools will have a ballot measure for funding on the ballot this November.  Learn more at

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Upcoming Events

Progressive Yamhill maintains a community calendar of progressive events - sign up to 'follow' it on Google!

Know of an upcoming event we should share?  Email the details to!

Phone Bank Events for Candidates:
Lynnette Shaw (HD24): Thursdays 5pm, Saturdays 3pm
Register at:

Bernadette Hansen (SD12): Tuesdays, 4:30pm, Saturdays 2pm
Email to join

 Presidential Debate Virtual Watch Party
Tuesday, September 29, 6pm-9pm

Oregon's Racist History - And Its Effect on Oregonians Today
Wednesday, September 30, 6:30-8:00pm
Register at:

NAMI Yamhill County Candidate Forum
Candidates Invited: Gomberg / Sherman, Boquist / Hansen, Nearman / Scorvo, Noble / Shaw, Navarro / Post
Thursday, October 1, 6:45-8:30pm
Password: 6102003

Virtual Reality Town Hall with Bernadette Hansen
Friday, October 2, 6pm
Online Registration:

Meet your candidates at YCD
Candidates for state office Lynnette Shaw (HD 24), RJ Navarro (HD 25), and Bernadette Hansen (SD 12) 
Saturday, October 3.  12:00-2:00 pm
YCD office - 1107 NE Baker Street, McMinnville

Progressive Yamhill Book Club: The Riches of This Land, with author Jim Tankersley
Wednesday, October 7, 6pm


Yamhill County Democrats Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 7pm
Zoom registration:


See the full list of local city candidates here

Mayor: Joshua Clark, no challenger; Ryan Lehmann write-in challenger
Council Position 1 - Sandy McArthur, no challenger
Council Position 3 - no candidate filed
Council Position 5 - no candidate filed

Incumbant Brian Rake, challenger Linda Watkins
City Council (vote for 3): Scott Carl, Carey Rhoads, Guillherme Brandao, Kevin Skipper, Grant Erickson

City Council (vote for 3):
Annette Frank, Kitty Mackin, Trini Marquez

David Russ, no challenger
Councilperson (vote for 3): Jeannette Adlong, Tim Weaver

Wade Witherspoon, no challenger
Councilperson (vote for 3): James Drebin, Lee Gilgan, Gregory Goularte, Tracy Luttrell, Hilary Malcomson, Jeffrey Olson, Kayla Paulsen, Jeremy Rametes, Doreen VanTyne

Mayor: Incumbant Scott Hill, challenger Heidi Parker
Ward 1: No Incumbant, challengers Lisa McCracken, Chris Chenoweth
Ward 2: Incumbant Kellie Menke, challenger Brittany Ruiz
Ward 3: Incumbant Adam Garvin, challenger Tynan Pierce
Parker, Chenoweth and Ruiz are running as a consolidated conservative ticket with support from Commissioner Mary Starrett and Commissioner-elect Lindsay Berschauer.

City Council District 1: Incumbent Elise Yarnell Hollamon, no challenger
District 3: Incumbent Denise Bacon, challenger Adam McGuffie
District 5: No incumbent, Challengers Nick Morace, Maryl Kunkel, Shy Summer Montoya, Mike McBride

Councilperson (vote for 3):
Christina "Chrissy" Davis, Roxie A. Acuff, Walter D. Brewster, James R. Buckles, Aaron Baer, Faith Dauvin

Bob Burr, George Young
Councilperson (vote for 3): Rita Baller, James Daley, Tyler Crook, Craig Johnson, Barry Wilson

Yvette Potter, no challenger
City Councilperson (vote for two): Independent Ticket: Tim Askey, City Ticket: Erin Edelen Kutter, Marci Hedin
Progressive Yamhill is a non-partisan group with a regional focus on Yamhill County politics at the city, county, and state level, as well as a vehicle to connect with neighbors on issues and actions at a federal level.  Our goal is to connect, educate, inform, and actively participate in the creation of a local community that shares and supports our mission.  You can learn more about our origin, and our group, at our website.

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