Links to stories on Biden transition
• Biden vows to get right to work despite resistance from Trump (Nov. 11, AP)
• How Biden plans to change the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic response (Nov. 9, CNN)
• Biden speaks on COVID (Nov. 9, ABC)
• Read President-elect Joe Biden's historic Nov. 7 victory speech
• Read Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' historic Nov. 7 victory speech
• Cities erupt in celebration (Nov. 7)
A letter from Linn County Democrats Chair Jerred Taylor
Well, it's the day after election day. Like most folks I've talked to since last night, the results of the election have personally been a mixed bag of emotions. I'm celebrating the election of amazing statewide officials and ballot measures that will help many Oregonians while also grieving losses throughout Linn County. Some very bright spots are that Congressman Peter DeFazio and Representative Marty Wilde have fought off very well funded dark money campaigns, Marilyn Smith will be replacing the disgraceful Rich Kellum on the Albany City Council, and the Oregon Legislature now has the tools to finally set campaign finance limits with the passage of measure 107! There will be plenty of time to analyze the data and pivot to next steps, but for now let's take a moment to appreciate those who have sacrificed and fought for their communities.
Our full slate of candidates deserves our respect for well-run campaigns and for driving a positive, progressive vision on a local scale. Jim Hinsvark, Paige Hook, Miriam Cummins, Scott Bruslind, Amanda Dant, Keith Kolkow and Christan Stagg are all great leaders and they all have moved the needle in Linn County (and Benton and Marion as well). Please join me in giving them our thanks and appreciation for stepping up.
Our volunteers and Precinct Committee Persons also have a lot to be proud of as well, including Democratic turnout over 80% in Linn County with some precincts over 90%! This would not have happened had it not been for all of your hard work!
Now, there is still a lot of work to be done. We'll be spending some time debriefing the election at our central committee meeting tomorrow night, but mostly be preparing for what the future holds. We will also be discussing our next reorganization meeting, where our Precinct Committee Persons will have a chance to elect local party leaders. Please join us and help us continue to make a difference in Linn County.
Lisa Harlan of Albany wins quilt
Nov. 7 update
Lisa Harlan of Albany had the top bid -- $120 -- to win the quilt made by Alice Brockgreitens. Congratulations, Lisa!
We’re auctioning off this beautiful quilt made by Alice Brockgreitens of Albany. Proceeds will go to the Linn County Dems. We started the bidding at $100. Once a bid has been received, the form will update with the new bid price. Bidding will end at 6:30 tonight (Thursday, Nov. 5), when a winner will be announced during our Linn County Democrats monthly general meeting via Zoom. Thank you, Alice!
Protect the Vote Honk & Wave set for 2:30 today
A growing coalition of social justice groups, faith communities and labor unions in Linn and Benton counties is making plans for actions to take place today. We want to be prepared to peacefully support the ongoing nationwide vote count, protect the results of the election, and, if necessary, denounce any attempted coup.
Here in Albany we are planning a family friendly, peaceful Honk and Wave at 2:30 p.m. along Ellsworth by the Courthouse. There will also be a rally at 4 p.m. in at the Benton County Courthouse in Corvallis.
We intend to have diverse, nonviolent, welcoming events. Please join us, and invite others you think might be interested, to honor the valid results of the election, ensure that every vote is counted and demand the peaceful transition of power.
If you have any questions, please go to https://protecttheresults.com , where you can also sign up to attend, or send an email to me at email@example.com.
–– Susan Health, Albany
Bring your lawn signs to the Linn Dems Office through Friday
The Linn Dems Campaign office, 2850 Santiam Highway S.E., Albany, be open noon to 3 p..m. Wednesday, and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday (Nov. 4-6) to accept lawn signs and metal holders for recycling, storage for possible future campaigns or disposal. People who can't make it during those hours may plant their lawn signs in the bark dust immediately in front of the office windows. Please no lawns signs after 4 p.m. Friday.
FACEBOOK LIVE RECORDING: Watch House candidates Miriam Cummins (District 15), Paige Hook (District 17) and Marty Wilde (District 11) in a conversation about issues facing communities
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