Candidates to speak at April 5 Linn Dems meeting
ALBANY – Democratic candidates for Linn County Commissioner and State Representative will be the featured speakers during the Thursday, April 5, meeting of the Linn County Democrats in the Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. S.E. The Candidates Forum, which will start about 6:40 p.m., will be live streamed on the Linn County Democrats' Facebook page.
A social time, with light refreshments, begins at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6:30. The candidates forum, starting about 6:40 p.m., will be live streamed on the Linn County Democrats-Facebook page.
The following candidates have been invited to speak and answer questions:
The news breaking in recent days about Cambridge Analytica is astounding and infuriating. The dishonest data firm founded by Robert Mercer and Steve Bannon has been using social media accounts to harvest data from millions of Americans to influence elections.
Mercer's goal: elect politicians to support his extreme political agenda and work to increase corporate profits. In 2010, Mercer spent over half a million dollars backing my opponent Art Robinson, giving me the honor of becoming the first Member of Congress to be attacked by a Wall Street backed super PAC. After Robert Mercer founded Cambridge Analytica,
Art Robinson became the data firm's first federal political client in the United States. Even back then, it was clear that they were up to no good but I knew that we were only seeing a small part of the picture.
Four years later, we're seeing a clearer picture and know that they:
• Illegally harvested data from 50 million Facebook users.
• Interfered with elections around the world.
• Offered to entrap and blackmail their clients' opponents.
Dishonest. Anti-democratic. Corrupt. Unethical.
It's pretty scary what we're up against but I know that Oregon's 4th Congressional District won't be manipulated by Robert Mercer and Art Robinson because you won't allow it.
– Peter DeFazio
Hello Oregon Democrats,
As many of you know, last weekend we held our biennial Platform Convention. Over 500 Oregonians from 31 counties participated -- that's record breaking turnout for the DPO!
I wanted to update you on the next steps to finalizing our platform: We are currently in the editing process and delegates are voting for the final list of legislative priorities. While we await those results on a specific legislative agenda, I want to communicate what I learned this weekend.
Since I became Chair a year ago, again and again I have gotten the question: What do Oregon Democrats stand for?
Well, after months of input and collaboration, I can now confidently say --
Oregon Democrats support:
We are just 55 days away from the 2018 Primary Election, after which you will see the Party’s campaign efforts kick into even higher gear. Democrats will be active in every county, promoting the Democratic ballot from top to bottom, and getting voters to commit and to vote this November.
Let’s get going!
State Party Chair
Democratic Party of Oregon
Uphill Media, led by Executive Producer John Ellis of Albany, will stream several portions of the Democratic Party of Oregon State Platform Convention on Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, at Parrish Middle School and North Salem High School in Salem. John expects to live stream at about 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, and at the end of the convention, around 3 p.m. Sunday. Click this link for UpHill's production.
The convention is expected to be the largest in the last 10-15 years, according to the DPO.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden will hold two town hall forums Saturday, March 17, the second starting at 2 p.m. in the Linn-Benton Community College Gymnasium, 6500 Pacific Blvd. S.W.
Among the senator's guests will be Berkely Ringler, a 13-year-old Lebanon activist who raised more than $900 to make a trip to Washington, D.C. for the "March for Our Lives" on March 24.
The Hamilton Creek eighth-grader, who is interested in a pursing a career in politics, was featured Thursday in the Albany Democratic-Herald: Lebanon girl to join national march. Wyden has also arranged for Berkley and her mother to visit his office and get a tour of Washington, D.C.
Sen. Wyden's first town hall on Saturday will start at 10 a.m. in the Taft High School Commons, 3780 SE Spy Glass Ridge Drive in Lincoln City.
It was supposed to be a slam dunk for Rep. Rick Saccone in the heavily Republican 18th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, where Donald Trump won by a huge margin in 2016. But Democrat Conor Lamb appears to have pulled off a narrow victory, continuing a string of Democratic victories around the country in recent months. What another great night for Dems! Let's keep this momentum going through our May 15 Oregon Primary and the Nov. 8 General Election. Go Dems!
Way to go! Dems file in all mid-valley races
Democrats have filed in all the mid-valey races for the May 15 Primary Election. Thank you to everyone who is running. Among the Dems are:
• Larry Johnson and Stephanie Newton, both of Albany, who are running for Linn County Commissioner. The winner will face Republican incumbent John Lindsey and Independent Gary Sullivan in November.
Johnson served two terms on the Board of Commissioners. He has worked in construction, the rare metals industry and timber and farming. He is a Corvallis High School graduate and studied welding at LBCC.
Newton is a marketing consultant and serves on the Albany Human Relations Commission. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Utah.
• Jerred Taylor of Albany, who is running unopposed in the primary for State Representative in District 15. He will face Republican Shelly Boshart-Davis in the general election.
Taylor is the supply chain manager for DianaFood. He studied biological engineering at Oregon State University, where he was elected Senate Chair of the Associated Students of OSU (ASOSU) and chaired the ASOSU Appropriations and Budget Committee.
• Renee Windsor-White of Lebanon, who filed for State Representative in District 17. She will run against Republican incumbent Sherrie Sprenger in November.
Windsor-White is a hospital chaplain and communications consultant with the Oregon State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Eureka College and master's degree in pastoral ministry from Yale University Divinity School.
Note: Democrat Richard Harisay of Sublimity withdrew from the House District 17 Primary on March 9, saying he fully supports the candidacy of Renee Windsor-White
Click here for a complete list of candidates in the Democratic and Republican Primaries.
Also, 52 Linn County Democrats have filed as Precinct Committee Person candidates, compared to 27 in 2016. Way to go, Dems!