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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

  • Berschauer Recall Update: Unfortunately, the recall campaign did not succeed in recalling Commissioner Berschauer, however, it did succeed in building a community of action in this county. We are smarter, better connected, and more prepared than we were 6 months ago. Now, we need to turn this energy towards getting out the vote in the primaries. One thing we learned from this election is that engaging directly with voters makes a huge difference. We saw much higher turnout in areas where neighborhood leaders made an effort to reach out to their neighbors. We saw a big turnout in Mac, where voters voted 56-44 in favor of the recall. We can estimate that about 900 Republicans voted in favor of the recall, and we know almost 9,000 registered Democrats didn't turn in a ballot. We have a lot to do before May 17, but we have a game plan. Official results. Read reporting from the News-Register and the Newberg Graphic.
Campaign Updates
  • Dayton mayor, Beth Wytoski mounts bid for county commissioner seat 1. Read the Newberg Graphic feature here.
  • Bob Luoto is also vying for position 1. Read the Graphic's feature here.
  • Recently, Harry Noah was interviewed on Speaking Frankly: And How We Doin'?. Watch the interview here.
Opportunities to get involved
  • 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 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.
  • 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. It will be open next today, Tuesday, April 5.
  • 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 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 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 progressive.yamhill@gmail.com
   
Fundraisers & Events

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

She Carries On/ᎡᏘᏴ ᏥᎾᎾᏛᏁᎮ ᎠᏰᎵᏐ ᎾᏛᏁᎰ
Showing and Discussion
Wendesday, March 30, 6pm
Linfield, TJ Day 219
Join on zoom here

Coffee Meet & Greet with Doris Towery for Yamhill County Commissioner
Thursday, March 31, 10:30am
Mac Market, McMinnville

Celebrate Trans Day of Visibility
Linfield Psychology Department
Thursday, March 31, 11:45am
Contact jlinder@linfield.edu for the link

Virtual Meet & Greet with Progressive Yamhill and Harry Noah
Saturday, April 2, 11am
Register 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

COINversation with Tobias Read for Governor
Monday, April 11, 7pm
Register here

Yamhill County Commissioner Candidate Forum
Wednesday, April 13, 6pm-7:30pm
Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg

Elise Yarnell Hollamon Virtual Town Hall
Sunday, April 17, 4pm

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

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

Yamhill County Board of Commissioners Meeting
Thursday, March 31, 10am
Zoom link

Dayton City Council Meeting
Monday, April 4, 6:30pm
Zoom link

Newberg City Council Meeting
Monday, April 4, 6pm

Sheridan School Board Bond Committee Meeting
Monday, April 4, 6pm

Carlton City Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 6pm
Zoom link

Dundee City Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 5, 7pm

Dundee Parks Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 7pm

Amity City Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 6, 7pm
Amity City Hall
Zoom link

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