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IT'S ELECTION DAY!
All ballots are due today - March 22 - by 8pm! Mailed ballots must be postmarked by today to count. If you still haven't turned in your ballot, the best way to make sure it counts is to deliver it to a ballot box by 8pm. Find a list of ballot boxes in the county here.

Democrats continue to lag behind our Republican neighbors in returning ballots this election, 45-50%.  We have one more day to get as many ballots in as possible: can you help contact voters TODAY?  Here are the ways to help get out the vote:
  • Remind your friends and family to get their ballots in.
  • Email secretary@ycdemocrats.org to get a list of your registered Democrat neighbors who haven't turned their ballots in and spend a couple hours today knocking on doors and reminding them to vote.
  • Help us call through a list of 9,000 Democrats who still have their ballots at home.  Use this link to access the phone banking system where you can call or text fellow voters and remind them to turn their ballots in by 8pm. You can reach more folks by texting than calling! Never phone banked before?  No problem, it's easy!  Here are instructions. Don't want to use your own phone number?  Here are instructions for using Google Voice number to text or call voters.
Optional text banking script:
 
I’m a volunteer from Save Yamhill County, reminding voters to VOTE YES to recall County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer. Ballots need to be turned into a ballot box by 8 PM today/Tuesday. Please reach out if you need any help getting your ballot/s turned in. You can reach us at saveyamhillcounty@gmail.com. Thanks so much!
The primaries are right around the corner - help staff the Yamhill County Democrats Office or join a YCD Committee!
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.

You can also get involved by joining a YCD Committee:

Exec - 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7:30pm, Contact Chair
Budget - Contact Chair
Communications - First Tuesday, 8pm, Contact Chair
Fundraising - Last Wednesday, 7pm, Contact Chair
Office - First Friday, 7pm, Contact Chair
Outreach - First Thursday, 7pm, Contact Chair
Political Action - Contact Chair

Yamhill County News Update

What we've been talking about


The Berschauer Recall
  • KGW published a video story on the recall yesterday. Watch it here.
  • Commissioner Berschauer held a rally outside Wilco in McMinnville again yesterday, despite the fact that Wilco management previously forbade her from using their property for political purposes. This is Wilco's response from the last time she instructed supporters to meet her for a convoy in their parking lot:
"Upon learning that about her gatherings in our parking area I contacted Lindsay and requested that she stop using our location to meet. I informed Lindsay that Wilco does not "take sides" or endorse political functions and asked that she respect that. She has agreed to discontinue and will not be meeting there going forward."
  • Commissioner Berschauer has not made good on her threat to sue the chief petitioner and PAC director for the recall effort, the Newberg Graphic reported.
  • Over the past week, automated calls featuring out of county politician, Jeff Kropf, have gone out to Yamhill County voters on behalf of Commissioner Berschauer. The calls claim the recall is spearheaded by Portland-based activists and is based primarily on the cancellation of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail, which the calls unconvincingly claim would have eventually led to a expensive light rail line. As a reminder, the proposed trail would have provided recreational space for county residents to walk, bike, and horse ride; a light rail line was not proposed. Kropf formerly worked for the Koch Brothers and heads the political action committee that sponsored the late in the game character assassination mailer targeting Barbara Boyer that helped get Commissioner Berschauer elected. Read about the trail here.
  • Lars Larson interviewed Commissioner Berschauer on Wednesday last week. The interview starts about 34:30 minutes in. Listen here. He also interviewed Carey Martell a few days before. That interview starts about 5 minutes in.
  • Read coverage of the election from the News-Register: Still Time to Get Ballots In; What to do if your signature is rejected; Signs on both sides have been damaged.
  • Local papers continued to publish Letters to the Editor regarding the recall. News-Register LTEs here. Newberg Graphic LTEs here.
Other Newsworthy Stories
  • The Newberg Graphic reported on the mass exodus of administrators from the Newberg School District since controversies on the School Board in past year. Read the article here.
  • The Newberg City Council appointed Jefferson Mildenberger to fill the vacancy left by Bryce Coefield, who resigned in January. Read the story here.
 
Opportunities to get involved
  • 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 today, 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 Planning Commission. Apply here.

It is not too late to become an elected Precinct Committee Person!

PCPs elect County Party leadership, decide which candidates and issues to endorse, and how to spend money.  Become an integral member of our County Party, and submit the write-in form before May 17th. You will need to ask 3 friends (you can be one) in your precinct to write in your name on their ballot. Write-In Form

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

ELECTION DAY - Ballots Due
Tuesday, March 22, 8pm
Find your nearest ballot box

Peace Now Rally - Standing in Solidarity with the People of Ukraine
Wednesday, March 23, 4:30-5:30pm
(recurring every Wednesday)
NE 2nd & Adams Streets, McMinnville 

Yamhill County Democrats Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 24, 7pm
Register here

Senator Merkley Yamhill County Town Hall
Saturday, March 26, 4:30pm
Zoom link


McMinnville Loves Drag
Saturday, March 26, 7:30pm
The Bindery in McMinnville
Get tickets here

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

Virtual CD6 Candidate Forum
Thursday, April 7, 7pm
Register here

Women Build & Brunch
Fundraiser for McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity
Saturday, May 14, 11-1pm
Maysara Winery, McMinnville
Register here
 

Upcoming County, City & School Board Meetings

McMinnville Joint Work Session of the City Council & Budget Committee Meeting
(followed by the City Council Meeting at 7pm)
Tuesday, March 22, 5:30pm
Zoom link

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

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

McMinnville School Board Meeting
Monday, March 28, 7:30pm
Zoom link

Newberg School Board Meeting
Tuesday, March 29, 7pm
Zoom link

Yamhill Water Advisory Committee
Tuesday, March 29, 3pm
Yamhill City Council Chambers
205 S Maple St., Yamhill

Special Meeting of the Sheridan School Board (Executive Session)
Wednesday, March 30, 6pm

 

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