WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT THIS WEEK
We send this newsletter with heavy hearts. The last two weeks have been difficult for us all, on top of the 6 month anniversary of the Pandemic quarantine, and the news about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was so hard to hear. There are 45 days until the 2020 Election. As a wise woman said: Grieve today.. wake up and fight like hell tomorrow.
- County Commissioner Mary Starrett spent most of last week adding her voice to widely debunked concerns that arson was behind Oregon's wildfires, via her Facebook page. Among her most egregious posts was the sharing of a several-day-old Clackamas County Commissioners meeting in which a Captain in the Sheriffs Department shared unverifiable rumors as fact. The Clackamas County Sheriff refuted those statements by saying “I want to clarify for the record that one of our captains indicated a source stating antifa was involved in possible criminal activity,” the sheriff said. “That source has since determined to be false.”, but the post remains up on Starrett's page, along with a second which falsly states "Sheriff Roberts did not retract Capt Smith's comments".
- Candidate for HD23 Sean Scorvo has stopped taking campaign donations and is returning prior donations, saying "You need to trust that I will represent you, not donors."
- Live in Senate District 12? Sign this petition demanding Senator Boquist attend a debate with Democratic challenger Bernadette Hansen.
- The McMinnville Mayoral candidates faced off in a forum this week hosted by the County Republicans. Watch the livestream here. Read about the exchange here. Heidi Parker has been endorsed by Oregon Firearms Federation, which is run by Commissioner Starrett's brother, Kevin Starrett. In her endorsement announcement, she declared her support for a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary ordinance.
- Newberg's District 5 race has four candidates running, including Nicholas Morace, who previously ran for City Council and also Mayor in 2018, Maryl Kunkel, Mike McBride, and Shy Montoya. The Newberg Graphic published bios on all four this week.
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Yamhill County Democrats opened a campaign office! It will be open Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-8pm, and Saturdays 10-2pm. PIck up Biden/Harris yard signs, and signs for local candidates Lynnette Shaw, Bernadette Hansen, RJ Navarro as well! Drop by to grab Get Out the Vote postcards to write to infrequent voters - they've written over 4,000 so far! They are looking for volunteers to help keep it open, can you sit in the office from 4-8 a night or two? Sign up for their mailing list for more information as the election progresses.
See the full list of local city candidates here
Mayor: Joshua Clark, no challenger
Council Position 1 - Sandy McArthur, no challenger
Council Position 3 - no candidate filed
Council Position 5 - no candidate filed
Mayor: 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
Mayor: David Russ, no challenger
Councilperson (vote for 3): Jeannette Adlong, Tim Weaver
Mayor: 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
Mayor: Bob Burr, George Young
Councilperson (vote for 3): Rita Baller, James Daley, Tyler Crook, Craig Johnson, Barry Wilson
Mayor: Yvette Potter, no challenger
City Councilperson (vote for two): Independent Ticket: Tim Askey, City Ticket: Erin Edelen Kutter, Marci Hedin
ELECT PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES
Melissa Cribbins (SD-5):
David Gomberg (HD-10):
Bernadette Hansen (SD-12):
RJ Navarro (HD-25):
Lynnette Shaw (HD-24):
Sean Scorvo (HD-23):
OTHER WAYS TO HELP:
- Donate! (But seriously, donate!)
- Host a yard sign
- Send postcards
- 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! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a list of your Democratic neighbors.
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 email@example.com!
Phone Bank Events for Candidates:
Lynnette Shaw (HD24): Thursdays 5pm, Saturdays 11am
Register at: https://lynnetteshawfororegon.com/phone-banking/
Bernadette Hansen (SD12): Tuesdays, 4:30pm, Saturdays 2pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join
Sign Pickup Party for Mayor Scott Hill, Lisa McCracken (Ward 1), Kellie Menke (Ward 2)
Saturday, September 19, 12-2pm
McMinnville Public Library Parking Lot
Volunteer Training for Social Media with Lauren Purdy
Wednesday, September 23, 7-10 pm
On Line Event
Yamhill County Democrats Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 24, 7pm meeting
Oregon's Racist History - And Its Effect on Oregonians Today
Wednesday, September 30, 6:30-8:00pm
Progressive Yamhill Book Club: The Riches of This Land, with author Jim Tankersley
Wednesday, October 7, 6pm
LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE: October 13, 2020
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
Willamina: Planning Commission - 1 position open