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TODAY: Emergency March for Reproductive Rights
A leaked majority opinion from the US Supreme Court indicates that the Court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade. Join us at the Courthouse in McMinnville and march to Civic Plaza to show our leaders and fellow citizens that we stand for reproductive freedom and abortion access. Bring your signs & voices!
The Progressive Yamhill Voter Guide is available!
Access the guide here. Ballots are in the mail and due by 8pm on May 17!
Volunteer Opportunities with our Neighbors at YCD
The office is open:
Tuesdays from 3-7pm
Saturdays from 10am-5pm

Sign-up for an office shift here!

If you have any questions feel free to email 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

Want to help turn out voters for the primary elections? Sign-up to be a neighborhood leader. Learn more here. Email to get involved.

Yamhill County News Update

What we've been talking about

County News
  • Last week, Remy Drabkin, current McMinnville City Council President, was unanimously appointed interim mayor of McMinnville, taking over for Mayor Scott Hill who is moving out of state.
  • The McMinnville City Council is holding a public hearing on the plans for Three Mile Lane on Hwy 18 next Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm. Read about the proposal here. Learn more about the development company that owns the largest of the three parcels here. Read an opinion piece published in the News-Register (with citations).
  • Newberg released its proposed 2022-2023 budget. Read it here.
  • Despite repeatedly claiming ahead of the recall election that her political consulting business had been inactive since she took office in 2020, Yamhill County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer included the firm as a source of income on her latest Ethics Commission report.
  • A case involving language used by Senator Brian Boquist (Senate District 12) will again be reviewed in federal court. During the Republican walkouts in 2019 when Senate leadership attempted to bring in the state police, Boquist said "hell’s coming to visit you personally" and "send bachelors and come heavily armed” because “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon.” Boquist is currently on orders to alert legislative officials before he comes to the Capitol, which he is challenging in court. Read the story here.
Campaign Updates
  • The Statesman Journal published an article about the Democratic candidates running for State House District 23, Elise Yarnell Hollamon and Kriss Wright. Read it here.
  • Beth Wytoski was interviewed by Howie Harkema on Speaking Frankly. Watch the video here.
  • Meet the candidates running in the Republican primary for CD6. Read the article from the Statesman Journal here.
  • Voices of Newberg (VON), the group behind the Newberg Recalls, has endorsed in the May Primary. They endorsed Doris Towery & Beth Wytoski for County Commissioner, Elise Yarnell Hollamon for HD 23, Victoria Ernst for HD 24, and Courtney Neron for HD 26.
Opportunities to get involved
  • Help get out the vote for the May primary. Sign-up to canvass with Doris Towery here.
  • Help the Yamhill County Democrats conduct a survey to find out why so many registered Democrats didn't vote in the recall election. Access the phone bank here.
  • Add your name to the list of supporters calling for removal of the Consent Decree limiting the ability of Tribal members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to hunt and fish on their ancestral lands. Click here. Read Chairwoman Cheryle A. Kennedy's opinion piece in the Oregonian 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? Volunteer at the Newberg Emergency Shelter. Sign-up here. You can also donate by purchasing items from the shelter's Amazon wishlist here. Read the shelter's newsletter here. Encompass Yamhill Valley also provides support to this population. Learn more about them here.
  • Volunteer with McMinnville's low-barrier shelter on Fridays. Volunteers are needed for 4 shifts between 8pm-8am, including two meal shifts. Sign-up 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.
  • 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. Email or if you'd like to volunteer.
  • Want to provide assistance to people affected by the war in Ukraine? Donate here.
Scholarship, Internship, and other Sponsorship Opportunities
  • 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:

When sending emails to the Board of Commissioners, cc the News Register at  

Write a letter to the editor:
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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 community 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

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

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 1
Beth Wytoski
Contact by email or Facebook

Yamhill County Commissioner Seat 3
Doris Towery
Contact by phone: 541-968-0339, email or Facebook

State Representative House District 23
Elise Yarnell Hollamon
Contact by phone: 503-830-1756, email, or Facebook

Kriss Wright
Contact by Facebook or email

State Representative House District 24
Victoria Ernst
Contact by phone 503-877-2637, Facebook, or email

Upcoming Events

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

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

Emergency March for Reproductive Rights
Tuesday, May 3, 5pm
Meet outside the Courthouse in McMinnville

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

Inaugural Camas Lily Celebration
Friday, May 6, 10am-2pm
Learn more here

Yamhill County Commissioner Candidate Forum
Monday, May 9, 7:30pm
Richard & Lucille Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall

Virtual Rural Assembly Everywhere Spring 2022
Tuesday, May 10 - Wednesday, May 11, 11am-1pm, with afternoon sessions
Register here

McMinnville City Council Public Hearing on the Three Mile Lane Area Plan (TMLAP)
Tuesday, May 10, 7pm
Civic Hall in McMinnville or on zoom
Send comments to Heather Richards at by noon on May 9

Yamhelas Trail Supporters Update and Engagement: How To Help Make it Happen
Wednesday, May 11, 6pm
Register here by May 3

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

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