FAQ

FAQ

Common Questions About Leadership and the County Party Organization Meeting

Every two years (after even-year elections), Oregon’s county Democratic parties elect new officers. Officially, under the bylaws, it is called an Organization Meeting. Party jargon has developed so that now it’s informally called a reorganization or the reorg.

Through the election of new officers and delegates, the reorg helps set Party direction and priorities for the next two years and election cycle. By attending, voting, and if you choose, running for office, you can use your voice to help shape the Party’s future.

Proceedings are set to start at 1pm on Saturday, January 23, 2023.

We plan to begin online credentialing at noon.

The 2021 Reorg will be held via Zoom, our video conferencing service. You may register for the event by visiting our RSVP page and scrolling down to the registration form. Upon completion of the registration form you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join our meeting.

Note: Please register for the Reorg meeting with the same email you use for your Zoom account.

Starting at 12pm on January 23rd you may join our meeting via the Zoom app or on your preferred web browser by visiting https://zoom.us/signin and logging in with your Zoom email and password. Once logged in, simply (a) use the meeting link provided in the registration confirmation email or (b) manually enter the meeting ID and meeting code provided in the registration confirmation email when prompted.

If you do not have access to Zoom, or prefer not to use it, you may join our meeting by dialing in to one of our dedicated phone lines. Details for this option will be provided in your registration confirmation email.

Elected and appointed PCPs are the governing body of the Multnomah Democrats, referred to as the Central Committee. A PCP represents the Party in the precinct in which they reside. They vote on all party matters, help register votes, get the word out on candidates, and connect with neighbors. If you are interested in becoming a PCP, or if you’d just like more information, visit Become a Precinct Committee Person on the Multnomah Democrats main website.

Nope! You do not have to be a PCP, but your voter registration must be at your current address, and you must be registered as a Democrat.

Only PCPs are authorized to vote. PCPs who were elected in the May 2020 Primary may vote for Multnomah Democrats officers, State Central Committee delegates, and delegates to the Congressional District Committee where they live. Appointed PCPs cannot vote in the election for Multnomah Democrats officers, but they may vote in state and congressional district delegate elections.

There are 21 SCC Delegates and 21 alternates. The chair and first vice chair are, automatically elected the first two of the 21 delegates.

In Multnomah county, CD1 has 3 delegates and 3 alternates. CD3 has 18 delegates and 18 alternates. CD5 has 2 delegates and 2 alternates.

For any technical issues, contact our Technology Officer, Aaron Levine, at technology@multdems.org

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Multnomah Democrats Technology Officer Candidate Statements

Technology Officer Candidate Statements

Multnomah Democrats Officers

Aaron Levine
Aaron Levine

Aaron Levine


I’m grateful to have served as your Technology Officer during some of the most challenging times in Multnomah County’s history. We had to transform all of our party’s operations into a virtual and socially-distanced experience, and I’m proud to have helped in this transition. The successful rollout of our virtual Central Committee meetings was a heartwarming experience, particularly during those dark times early in the pandemic–and our attendance ballooned to nearly 200 MultDems. After a summer spent supporting the BLM movement and peaceful protest, we hosted our first ever drive-in comedy night–and we broadcast it online. Then, seeing a need for the distribution of hundreds of yard signs, we built the Multdems online shop–and became the top seller of Biden/Harris signs across the state. I’m running for Technology Officer to continue the momentum we’ve built and ensure that the party’s leadership has a solid and reliable support team to fulfill our party’s progressive platform.

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Multnomah Democrats Communications Officer Candidate Statements

Communications Officer Candidate Statements

Multnomah Democrats Officers

James "Jas" Davis

James "Jas" Davis


As a long-time progressive activist, and President of Cascadia Communications for over ten years, I’ve coordinated communications for different organizations and campaigns for more than two decades. In the past few years, I’ve enjoyed working with many of you to bring in new energy, ideas and people to strengthen our party, craft one of the most progressive county platforms in the country and elect good candidates to public office.

If elected, I will work hard behind the scenes to continue strengthening our party. My priorities will be to improve our website and other outreach, explore other ways for members to engage with each other, and focus a spotlight on democratic activists, allies and issues that impact communities across Oregon.

I ask for your support!

Please also vote 5 STARS for all our other progressive candidates endorsed in a process involving over 100 participating progressive PCPs. See all Progressive Endorsements at https://newdealdems.org/endorsed


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Multnomah Democrats Recording Secretary Candidate Statements

Recording Secretary Candidate Statements

Multnomah Democrats Officers

Patch Perryman
Patch Perryman

Patch Perryman


My name is Patch Perryman and I am asking for your vote and support. It would be my honor and humble duty to serve another term as the Party’s Recording Secretary. I would like to continue performing the tasks entrusted in this role which include taking meeting minutes, formatting the agendas and serving as archivist and organizer of the Party’s documents. Thank you very much for your consideration and I offer my gratitude for your participation as a Multnomah County Party PCP.

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Multnomah Democrats 2nd Vice Chair Candidate Statements

2nd Vice Chair Candidate Statements

Multnomah Democrats Officers

Lisa Morrison

Lisa Morrison

FDR said, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” I’m a Democrat because I’ve benefited from the achievements of Democrats. Medicaid, Pell Grants, Food Stamps, safe & legal abortion, union wages & benefits, and many more local, state, and federal programs have helped keep me and my family stable, productive, and engaged in our community. All Americans should be able to say this. As Vice Chair 2 of Multnomah County Democrats, count on me to protect your voting rights as a PCP, advance our DEI goals, and be guided by our collective voice, one of the most progressive County Party platforms in the nation. I’d be honored to have your vote. PCP 2016-Present; HD44 Steering Committee 2020-Present; CD3 Delegate 2019-2021; District Leader HD46 2016-2020; Multnomah County Democrats Exec. Comm 2016-2020; Founder PDX4Warren 2020; Sanders Delegate to CD3 & State Conventions 2016 >

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Multnomah Democrats 1st Vice Chair Candidate Statements

1st Vice Chair Candidate Statements

Multnomah Democrats Officers

Marcia Schneider
Marcia Schneider

Marcia Schneider


Mult Dems Colleague, I hope you’ll support my bid for Vice Chair 1. I’m an active PCP and District Leader and I’ve led county projects including Be a Primary Voter NAV outreach, and Virtual Election Hub engaging 1000+ volunteers to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and flip GA for a US Senate majority. My organizing experience is well suited to the VC1 position, with its unique duty to implement regular PCP training. I’ll host trainings large and small, in-person and virtual, that help our 700+ members become more engaged and effective. Topics include deep canvassing to build effective relationships with a broader voter base, effective use of data, incorporating neighborhood leadership in everyday practice, as well as the ins and outs of party structure and practice. I’ll be calling on many of you to share your skills and expertise too– social media, volunteer organizing, advocacy for legislation… When more of us are confident capable PCPs, it amplifies our power.


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Multnomah Democrats Chair Candidate Statements

Chair Candidate Statements

Multnomah Democrats Officers

Deanna Cohen
Deanna Cohen

Deanna Cohen


I bring progressive values and activism, as well as experience as a small business owner/educator in an effort to help the Democratic party in my district rise to the times and the changes needed to serve working people.


Julio Castilleja
Julio Castilleja

Julio Castilleja


Dear fellow members of the Multnomah County Democrats, I am officially announcing my candidacy to become the next Chair of our county party. My decision to run for this position is because I believe that I can bring a new kind of energy to our efforts. Since joining our party, I was elected a PCP in 2018 and then again in 2020. I was also elected to be the District Leader in House District 52 and became the Chair of our Community Action Committee. I am also a member of our Racial Inclusivity Workgroup and the New Deal Democrats. As your Chair, it will be my duty to serve the interests of our members, to help lay out new paths for civic engagement, and to see grassroots democracy thrive in Multnomah County. I humbly ask for your vote, but more importantly I am asking for your support. It is time to reimagine what it means to be a party for the people. Let us work together to create an atmosphere where all future Democrats will feel welcome, wanted, and needed. www.juliofororegon.com

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Multnomah Democrats Officers

Multnomah Democrats Officers

Any citizen of Multnomah County registered to vote as a Democrat is eligible to hold any officer position of the Central Committee. If you're interested in steering the party through 2024, one of these positions could be a match for your skills. Here's your chance to be more involved.

The Administrative Committee

The Officer positions make up the Administration Committee of the Multnomah Democrats. These officers conduct the day-to-day business of the party and undertake urgent business as necessary. The Administration Committee has very limited powers. Under Oregon law, the governing body of the party is the Central Committee (PCPs).

Officers do administrative work. It is the day-to-day work and clerical work that makes the party function. A constant stream of volunteers must be recruited so that work can be delegated. Some officers form work-group committees, and some officers have regular volunteers they rely on to complete certain tasks. This can be fun, but remember, volunteers often have limited time. Ultimately, if someone else doesn’t do the work, it falls upon your shoulders. As an officer, you need to make a serious time commitment.

The workload can be heavy because the work needs to be done to keep the party operating. Having the skill set appropriate to the position and being able to engage in teamwork with fellow officers is key. If someone is unable or unwilling to fulfill their elected office, one or more of the other officers will have to do it for them instead. Be sure you are willing to take on the work and time commitments of an officer position.

You can read the formal requirements of each position in the Bylaws of the Multnomah Democrats (PDF).

To nominate yourself for any open position:

  • You must be a Multnomah County resident and registered as a Democrat with the Oregon Secretary of State office.
  • Nominations are being accepted through this form until 8:00 PM on January 9th 2023.

The Officer Positions

Chair

Duties: The CHAIR calls and presides over Central Committee and Executive Committee meetings and serves as the party’s spokesperson and represents Multnomah County as an automatic delegate to the State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Oregon.

Candidate Statements are now available.


1st Vice Chair

Duties: The FIRST VICE CHAIR oversees PCP training, represents Multnomah County as an automatic delegate to the State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Oregon, and replaces the Party chair when the chair is unable to serve.

Candidate Statements are now available.


2nd Vice Chair

Duties: The SECOND VICE CHAIR manages PCP records, verifies the credentials of PCPs to vote at party meetings, and chairs the Credentials Committee.

Candidate Statements are now available.


Treasurer

Duties: The TREASURER has the custodial oversight of Party funds, maintains required financial records, and submits required financial reports.

Candidate Statements are now available.


Recording Secretary

Duties: The RECORDING SECRETARY records and archives the Minutes of Central Committee, Executive Committee, and Administration Committee meetings.

Candidate Statements are now available.


Communications Officer

Duties: The COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER develops and implements a plan for the party’s internal and external communications.

Candidate Statements are now available.


Technology Officer

Duties: The TECHNOLOGY OFFICER maintains the electronic and online assets of the party and assists other officers, standing committees, and district leaders in maintaining or disseminating information.

Candidate Statements are now available.

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On January 23rd, Multnomah Democrats will elect the leaders who will take us through 2024. Why participate? A political party is more than a list of platform policies. A party is only as strong as the people who step up to give their talents and time to a collective vision for our future. All county Democrats are eligible to run for Party positions. One of the best ways to have an impact is to put your name on the line and run to shape your community’s future.

Fight for a Common Vision

The mission of the Multnomah Democrats is to engage and share our resources with the people of our county to empower them to raise their voices through their votes and community actions.

We invite all registered county Democrats to join us. Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) are the governing body of the party. We are all leaders, and we fight for:

  • A healthy, sustaining environment
  • Affordable healthcare
  • A secure future through strengthened Medicare and Social Security
  • Honest and fair elections—the ability to vote and know your vote will be counted
  • Fair wages and the freedom to bargain for them
  • Unbiased enforcement of our laws and respect for diversity
  • Shelter for ourselves and our families

Who We're Electing

This is the meeting where Multnomah Democrats elect our leaders through 2024. It’s time to select the district and state delegates and county party officers who will guide the Multnomah Democrats through the next two years. You can read about the elected officer and delegate positions here:

Want to be a Leader?

Nominate yourself! If you are interested in a delegate or officer position, raise your hand and declare your candidacy.  You can share your vision through this website and at the 2023 Democratic Party Organization Meeting.  If you win, your commitment will help to shape the Multnomah Democrats through 2024.

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It's Time to Step Up and Lead

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2019 Party Organization Meeting

We Need Your Vision & Your Voice

This is the meeting where Multnomah Democrats elect our leaders through 2020. It’s time to select the district and state delegates and county party officers who will guide the Multnomah Democrats through the next two years. This is an incredibly important time to participate and help lay the groundwork for our fight for shared values and vision and the 2020 election. Mark your calendar to join us on Sunday, January 13, 2019, noon to 5 pm for our most important meeting of the year.

Location: Embassy Suites PDX Airport, 7900 NE 82nd Ave.
Public Transportation: Red Line, Mount Hood Ave. MAX station (then walk 1/2 mile).
Parking: Abundant parking available, $5.

We Need Your Vision & Your Voice

This is the meeting where Multnomah Democrats elect our leaders through 2020. It’s time to select the district and state delegates and county party officers who will guide the Multnomah Democrats through the next two years. This is an incredibly important time to participate and help lay the groundwork for our fight for shared values and vision and the 2020 election. Mark your calendar to join us on Sunday, January 13, 2019, noon to 5 pm for our most important meeting of the year.

Location: Embassy Suites PDX Airport, 7900 NE 82nd Ave.
Public Transportation: Red Line, Mount Hood Ave. MAX station (then walk 1/2 mile).
Parking: Abundant parking available, $5.

Join Us

We’ve learned the hard way the consequences of letting the wrong people make things go bad.

If you are a member of the Democratic Party and live in Multnomah County, you are invited to attend, listen, participate in the reorganization meeting and to run for an elected party leadership position.

Who Votes?

All registered Democrats who reside in Multnomah County are eligible to stand for a position or participate in the meeting.  Only Elected PCPs may vote for Multnomah Democrats Officers. Elected and Appointed PCPs may vote for State Central Committee Delegates and Congressional District Delegates.

Who Votes?


All registered Democrats who reside in Multnomah County are eligible to stand for a position or participate in the meeting.  Ballots may be cast by officially registered Precinct Committee Persons only.

Sunday, Jan 13th


Noon
Sign In Begins
You must be a Multnomah County resident and registered as a Democrat with the Oregon Secretary of State office.


1 pm
Welcome


1:15 pm
Multnomah Democrats Officer Addresses
Hear from the people who would like to serve on the county party executive committee.


2:30 pm
Multnomah Democrats Delegates to the Democratic Party of Oregon
18 delegates and 20 alternates will be chosen to represent our priorities in DPO decision-making. Stand for a position or hear who is. Who will represent your point of view?


3:30 pm
District Delegate Candidates 
Who will stand to support Suzanne Bonamici (CD-1), Earl Blumenauer (CD-3), and Kurt Schrader (CD-5)?

Who Votes?


All registered Democrats who reside in Multnomah County are eligible to stand for a position or participate in the meeting.  Ballots may be cast by officially registered Precinct Committee Persons only.

Sunday, Jan 13th


Noon
Sign In Begins
You must be a Multnomah County resident and registered as a Democrat with the Oregon Secretary of State office.


1 pm
Welcome and Vote on one Bylaws amendment
We will be voting on an amendment from the Rules Committee on Article X of the Bylaws (PDF).


Sunday, Jan 13th


Noon
Sign In Begins
You must be a Multnomah County resident and registered as a Democrat with the Oregon Secretary of State office.


1 pm
Welcome and Vote on one Bylaws amendment
We will be voting on an amendment from the Rules Committee on Article X of the Bylaws (PDF).


1:15 pm
Multnomah Democrats Officer Addresses
Hear from the people who would like to serve on the county party executive committee.


2:30 pm
Multnomah Democrats Delegates to the Democratic Party of Oregon
18 delegates and 20 alternates will be chosen to represent our priorities in DPO decision-making. Stand for a position or hear who is. Who will represent your point of view?


3:30 pm
District Delegate Candidates 
Who will stand to support Suzanne Bonamici (CD-1), Earl Blumenauer (CD-3), and Kurt Schrader (CD-5)?

Location Details


Consider taking public transportation or carpooling! The hotel is at the MAX Red Line Mount Hood station. Or ride to the end of the line (one more stop) to Portland Airport, and board the Embassy Suites shuttle right to the hotel lobby.  There is plenty of parking, but it will cost $5.