Progressive Yamhill: Acting Together Locally
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If you do nothing else this week, read this article in the News-Register about the Anti-Racism efforts your neighbors have been working on over the last two months.  It's comprehensive and inspiring.  

Local Elections: City Council & Mayoral candidates
Amity: Two council seats are currently not filed for.  There is only one mayoral candidate.   Candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25
Carlton: Three council seats currently not filed for.  There will be a race for Mayor, between the current Mayor and a current sitting Councilmember, Linda Watkins. Carlton candidates need to file by 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.
Dayton: No one has yet filed for positions.  Filing deadline is 4:30pm, Friday, August 21st.
Dundee: Current city councilors plan to but have not yet filed for re-election.  Deadline is 5pm Thursday, August 20th.
Lafayette: Candidates have until Monday, Aug. 25, to file with Lafayette City Hall. Signatures must be collected from at least 10 registered voters.No one has yet filed for re-election.
McMinnville: The News Register acknowledged this week the alignment of several ultra-right conservative candidates:  Chris Chenoweth for Ward 1, Brittany Ruiz for Ward 2, and Heidi Parker for Mayor.  A new candidate has stepped forward in Ward 1, Lisa McCracken.  
Newberg: The City Council has decided to delay seating anyone in the open District 5 seat, and instead will swear in the winner of the November election two months early.  District 4 will be appointed at the August 17th meeting.  Four people applied:  Bryce Coefield, Greg Meenahan, Robert Bonner and School Board member David Brown.
Sheridan: two positions are still unfiled for.
Willamina: Candidates need to file by 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21.  One seat remains unfiled for, the other two council seats and mayoral position have just one candidate filed so far. 
Yamhill: The city caucus resulted in a 'city slate', but positions may also be filed for.  Filing deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24.

Other News Around The County
Newberg Public Library is starting an Anti-Racism Family Book Club

McMinnville School District approved an Anti-Racism statement similar to the one that passed in Newberg recently... but without the yelling.
County Commissioners voted 2-1 to sign onto a letter to Governor Brown requesting that private schools be allowed to re-open, which isn't great, but they also voted 2-1 to move forward with creating a Master Plan for the Yamhelas Westersider Trail, an important first step and one for which grant funding has already been obtained. 

Carlton appears headed toward a non-decision on the question of re-routing Highway 47's path through or around downtown.  ODOT called local business owner Ken Wright before it called the Carlton Mayor to provide an update on the plan.

There is a new BIPOC connection group on facebook.  If you identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color and lives and works in Yamhill County….check out this facebook group here.

...thank you to our Newsletter volunteers who help keep this newsletter coming to you!  If you're interested in volunteering to help keep Progressive Yamhill running, please email us!  



Melissa Cribbins (SD-5):
David Gomberg (HD-10):

Bernadette Hansen (SD-12):
RJ Navarro (HD-25):
Lynnette Shaw (HD-24):
Sean Scorvo (HD-23):

  • Donate! (But seriously, donate!)
  • Host a yard sign
  • Sign up to phone bank
  • Follow, comment & like your candidate on Social Media
  • Volunteer with the YCD Neighborhood Leaders to get your neighbors ballots in!
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!

Biweekly Black Lives Matter Protest: McMinnville
Wednesdays & Fridays, 7:30pm
2nd & Adams, McMinnville
Bring signs, masks, and water!  Donate via Cash app to @MacBLMprotesters to support the organizers.  Join this Facebook Group to connect with other local protesters

Biweekly Black Lives Matter Protest: Newberg
Fridays, 5pm at Newberg Flag Pole
Sundays, 10am at Newberg City Hall

Phone Banking for Lynnette Shaw
Saturday, August 15, 11am
Register here:

Mac Market BIPOC Block Party
Saturday, August 15, 12-8pm
1140 NE Alpine Ave, McMinnville

Party in the Vineyard - Fundraiser for Lynnette Shaw for Oregon
Wednesday, August 19, 6 PM – 8 PM
Yamhill, Oregon
Purchase Tickets:

Yamhill County Democrats: Local Candidate Training Series
Session Four: Fundraising
Saturday, August 22, 7pm
Register via Zoom: 

Yamhill County Democrats Monthly Meeting
Thursday, August 27, 6pm social, 7pm meeting


Volunteer Opportunities
Does the idea of elected office seem too daunting?  Maybe a volunteer position on a board is more your speed. Check out the full updated list here, and apply to something!  Your voice is needed. 

Yamhill County Committees:
  • Local Public Safety Coordinating Council - 2 positions open; one City Mayor or Councilor and one WOU Criminal Justice Program representative
  • Local Investment Advisory Committee - 2 citizen positions open
  • Cove Orchard Sewer Service District - 2 citizen positions open
  • Parks & Rec. Advisory Board – one position open
  • Senior Advisory or Disability Services Advisory Council - 2 positions open
  • Planning Committee - 1 position possibly opening due to resignation
  • Budget Committee - 5 positions open
  • Parks & Streets Committee - one position open
  • Water & Sewer - one position open
  • Planning Committee - one position open
  • OR-47 Ad-hoc Advisory Committee multiple positions open
Dundee: Planning Commission - one position
Lafayette: Budget Committee - one position
  • City Council Position #4, and 5 Seeking Applications
  • Planning Commission - 1 position open
  • Citizen’s Rate Review - 1 position open
Planning Commission - 1 position open
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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