Newsletter - October 24, 2014

Jackson County voters have begun casting their ballots and people are abuzz with excitement. There is so much to gain in this election. We might soon have more rights to know what is in our food. We could have a full team of lawmakers locally, state-wide and nationally who are committed to protecting our environment. Senator Bates, Representative Buckley, Senator Merkley, Governor Kitzhaber, Tonia Moro and Kevin Talbert are just some of the candidates who seek to benefit our community with their positive, progressive ideas.

If a progressive community is important to you, then please join us in Getting Out The Vote. In this election YOU can make a huge difference not only by voting your self, but by encouraging like-minded friends, family and neighbors to vote, too. You can join our organized movement by emailing Karen Starchvick at

Sen Merkley Rally
Hundreds rallied for Senator Merkley in Medford last week before his debate. 

Upcoming Events:

Oct 24 to Nov 4 -  Neighborhood Get Out The Vote for all Democrat races. Email Karen Starchvick to sign up:

Sat. Oct 25, 3:00-6:00PM - Fundraiser for Darlene V Taylor, Grange Hall, 436 Pine St, Central Point. Call 541 326-2655 for info.

Wed. Oct 29, 1:30-2:15PM Rally with Senator Merkley in Medford, Our U.S. Senator, Jeff Merkley, is doing a final swing through the state next week and will be in Vogel Plaza in Medford for a rally.

Wed. Oct 29 to Nov4 - Observe the Election. Starting Oct. 29th shifts are available for observing the ballot counting process. Contact Jan at or 541-482-8249.

Now until Nov 4 - Host a Lawn Sign. Pick up lawn signs at our office 11-3PM M-F. 
For lawn sign delivery call 541-773-1680 and leave name, address and phone number and what candidate signs wanted.

Tues. Nov. 4, 7:00PM - Election night Party at 4 Daughters. The election night party will be at 4 Daughters Pub in Medford. There will be appetizers and a no-host bar. Come watch the news and results, eat, drink and socialize.

Sun. Nov. 9 4:30-7:30PM - Save the Date for our Winter Fundraiser Party. Our Special guest will be Tina Kotek, Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Post-Election Celebration with Tina Kotek 

Sunday, November 9, 4:30-7:30PM

Tina KotekThe Jackson County Democrats are thrilled to welcome Oregon Representative and Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek, to speak and answer questions at the 2014 Post‐Election celebration and fundraiser. We will have a dinner buffet catered by Larks Restaurant, located at Inn at the Commons in Medford (formerly Red Lion). 

Tickets are $65 per person, or tables of 8 are available.

Reserve online (click here), by mail (click here) or by phone (541-858-1050). Download the Flyer

Democratic Candidates

Election: November 4, 2014

Jackson County has an exciting group of candidates and measures to vote on for the November 2014 election. View the entire list here.

Special News - October 10, 2014


5:15 – 6:30 PM

THIS SUNDAY – October 12th 
to support our local Democratic candidates
and Democratic volunteers and voters.
Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to Sen. Wyden and rally behind our candidates! Suggested donation - $10 – to help fund local races.

** Been volunteering for a Democrat campaign or ballot measure endorsed by the Jackson County Democrat Party? Phone-bankers, canvassers, lawn sign distributors, booth staffers, parade participants?  You can attend free!

Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there.


with Monica Wehby 
Tuesday October 14
Rally at KOBI 5:45 PM 
Watch the debate at 4 Daughters Pub in Medford at 7. 
The Senator will join us there after the debate.

Newsletter - October 7, 2014

Every campaign needs volunteers to win! Here’s how you can help

Oct 8 and 9, 5-7PM - Phone banks for Tonia Moro JCD Office 37 N. Central.  Call Lynn Howe to sign up.  541-778 9600

Oct 8, 6:30PM - Candidate Forum by Rogue Climate and Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) about clean energy and climate change. In the Presentation Hall at the SOU/RCC Higher Education Center, 8th and Riverside, Medford

Oct 11, 8:00AM-5:00PM - SOPride, Ashland. March in the parade or staff the JCD booth. Parade Lineup begins at 10AM at Siskiyou and Union and parade starts at 11AM. Our booth will be near the Band Shell in Lithia Park. Two-hour shifts from 8-5PM. Call Allen Hallmark for details, 541-897-0135.

Oct 11, 10AM - Senator Alan Bates Canvass. Meet at Medford Library Riverside parking lot. Call Karen Starchvick to sign up, 541-899-8485.

Oct 11, 9:30AM - Tonia Moro Canvass.  Call Tracy Chapman for location  541-326-1236

Oct 12, 5-7PM - Senator Wyden Event in Medford. We will send out an email announcing location later in the week. Call Lynn for details, 541-778-9600.

Oct 12, 1:30PM - Senator Alan Bates Canvass. Meet at Medford Library Riverside parking lot. Call Karen Starchvick to sign up, 541-899-8485.

Oct 12, 1:30PM - Tonia Moro Canvass. Call Tracy for location, 541-326-1236.

Oct 14, 5:30PM - Merkley's Senate Debate. Join us for a rally in support of Sen. Jeff Merkley at 5:30PM before the candidates' debate at KOBI. Afterward, we will go to 4 Daughters Pub in Medford to watch the debate, which begins at 6:30. Call Lynn for details, 541-778-9600

Oct 18 3-5PM - Moro/Talbert/Stricker Meet and Greet, Talent Community Center. To RSVP call Allen.  541-897-0135

Oct 20, 7PM - Gubernatorial Debate with Gov. John Kitzhaber in Medford.

Oct 24 to Nov 4 -  Neighborhood Get Out The Vote for all Democrat races. Call Karen Starchvick to sign up, 541-899-8485.

Now until Nov 4 - Host a Lawn Sign. Pick up candidate lawn signs at the JCD office 11-3PM M-F.

For lawn sign delivery call 541-773-1680 and leave name, address and phone number and what candidate signs wanted.

Walk for the Literature Drop!  We still have a few neighborhoods in Talent that could be covered this week. We’re handing out the candidate slate (list of all our Democratic candidates and measure recommendations) in Talent neighborhoods: very flat terrain. No knocking, just drop off literature at Democratic doors.  It’s fun! Call Jan (541-482-8249) for more information.

Write a Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor is the easiest way for you to publicize what you like about a candidate. It is doubly encouraging to our hard-working candidates when they can read the appreciation of their supporters in their newspapers.

Tips: Stay positive, try not to mention the opposition by name, stay within the word limit, and write in as soon as possible. Here is email information for the two main newspapers:

              Medford Mail Tribune ~ 150 words maximum

              Ashland Daily Tidings ~ 150 words maximum

For questions about writing a Letter to the Editor or for proof-reading help, contact Gail Beason at 541-512-0699 or

Register to Vote

The deadline to register for new Oregon voters is Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Pick up a registration form at the library, Department of Motor Vehicles, Jackson County Democrats’ office (37 N Central, Medford), or the County Elections Office (1101 W Main St, Medford - 541-774-6148).

Newsletter - September 23, 2014

Upcoming Events

The Jackson County Democrats (JCD) will be at these upcoming events.  If you are available to staff the JCD booth, contact Jan Waitt at If you would like to walk in a parade, contact Allen Hallmark at


Sept 27 - 21st Annual Greater Medford Multicultural Fair, Alba Park
Official Website
Please join us at our booth! The Multicultural Fair has music, food, dancing and is fun for the whole family!

October 4 - Talent Harvest Festival
Official Website
Parade, Artists, Music and Food. We hope to see you in Talent for the parade and at our booth in the vendor area!

October 9-11 - SOPride, Ashland
Official Website
"A weekend of Strength through Solidarity." Everyone is invited to show Pride by walking in the parade or visiting our booth on Oct. 11.

Democratic Candidates

Election: November 4, 2014

U.S. Senator

Jeff Merkley

U.S. Congress, 2nd District

Aelea Christofferson


John Kitzhaber

Labor Commissioner

Brad Avakian

Oregon Senate

Dr. Alan Bates

Oregon House of Rep., Dist. 5

Jackson County, Including Ashland, Talent, Phoenix & Jacksonville 

Peter Buckley 

Oregon House of Rep., Dist. 4

Jackson County, Including Central Point, Gold Hill & Rogue River 

Darlene V. Taylor
(541) 326-2655 

Jackson County Commissioner

Tonia Moro     (541) 326-1236

Jackson County Commissioner

Kevin Talbert

Jackson Co. Circuit Court Judge

Hon. Adam Peterson

Medford City Council, Ward 3

Kevin H. Stine

The Democratic Parties of Oregon and Jackson County encourage you to vote YES on the following measures on November 4, 2014:

BALLOT MEASURE 86 (Education Investment Bonding): Creates a permanent investment fund to Finance student assistance needs for Oregonians pursuing post‐secondary education.

BALLOT MEASURE 87 (Allow state judges to work at colleges and in National Guard): Amends the state constitution to allow state judges to serve in the National Guard and teach at state universities.

BALLOT MEASURE 88 (Driver cards for all Oregon residents): Allows the DMV to issue “driver cards” to Oregon residents who pass written and driver tests, and can provide proof of Oregon residence for more than one year.

BALLOT MEASURE 89 (Equal Rights Amendment): Amends the state constitution to ban discrimination based on gender.

BALLOT MEASURE 91 (Marijuana Legalization): Allows possession, manufacture, and sale of marijuana to adults 21 and over, subject to state licensing, regulation, and taxation. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission would regulate all sales.

BALLOT MEASURE 92 (Genetically Engineered Food Labeling): Requires food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods.

And vote NO on the following measure:

BALLOT MEASURE 90 (Top‐Two Primary): Ends the current system which allows political parties to pick their nominees for the general election by a popular public vote of its members in a primary election. Replaces with a "top‐two primary" system that allows a voter of any party to vote for one candidate of any party and only the top two vote getters advance to the general election, even if they are in the same party.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register for new Oregon voters is Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Pick up a registration form at the library, Department of Motor Vehicles, Jackson County Democrats’ office,(37 N Central, Medford), or the County Elections Office (1101 W Main St, Medford - 541-774-6148)

Newsletter - September 10, 2014

Volunteers Are Vital to Elections!
Jackson County Democrats Needs Volunteers

A lot is at stake for Jackson County this November! Candidates and Measure Campaigns are looking for volunteers. Will you help?

To join Senator Merkley and Governor Kitzhaber's phone bank from Sept. 13-27, sign up on VolunteerSpot at

See Full List of Volunteer Opportunities for Jackson County Democrats

Special Central Committee Discussion and Vote

Thursday, Sept 18 at 6:30PM 

Representatives of the various ballot measure campaigns will be invited to join us. After education and discussion, the Central Committee will vote on each measure to support, endorse or remain neutral. 

The Committee will meet on 
Thursday, Sept 18 at 6:30PM in the Oregon Educational Association Building at 2495 S Pacific Hwy.
We will review the numerous and important statewide ballot measures and vote on which ones to endorse as a county party. Our positions will be featured in our newsletter and website as information for voters.
In the following link, you can view the Democratic Party of Oregon’ endorsements with some supporting statements as reference.
We hope you can attend, debate and cast your vote on these important measures.
Pipeline Perspectives

Why So Much Opposition to Keystone and the LNG Pacific Connector?

Thursday, Sept 25 at 6:30PM 

Join us for an educational evening during our Central Committee Meeting with speakers Alan Journet and Robyn Jannsen. They will speak on the LNG and Coos Bay Pipelines. Alan Journet, Ph.D. is Professor emeritus in Biology & Environmental Science from Southeast Missouri State University. Robyn Jannsen of Rogue Riverkeeper Robyn was born and raised in Southern Oregon and has spent most of her life working on the water.

Note "Pipeline Perspectives" has been moved and will be held at Medford Library at 205 S Central Ave on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30PM.
Senator Jeff Merkley Visited Us!

We at the Jackson County Democrats were honored that Senator Merkley chose to spend his Saturday, September 6th right here in the valley! He led a round-table discussion with local women, visited ScienceWorks, and attended two local parties.

Senator Jeff Merkley Women's Issues Round Table

Senator Merkley wants to put an end to wage discrimination that millions of women are subjected to, many of whom could be fired just for asking what her co-workers earn.

Senator Merkley attended an event at Roxy Ann Winery put on by Myra & Ron Silverman, Pat & Jim Stocker, Anita & Russy Sumariwalla. He also was guest at a hosted by Matt Messner, Neil Sechan, Debra Wolfson, and Larry Wolfson.

Local Democrats on Facebook
Alan Bates on Facebook with Elizabeth Kucinich

Tonia Moro Facebook Post

Here are some Facebook Pages of local, progressive leaders:

Kevin Talbert for County Commissioner

Kevin Talbert will be the independent Party nominee for County Commissioner, Position 3, but he is a registered Democrat and has the support of the Jackson County Democrats.  Right now, his campaign needs lawn sign and road sign locations, especially in the south end of the county. The easiest way to help is to go to his website:
There you can enter your address and request a sign.  Otherwise, please send an email request to


Register to Vote

Can you Help us Find a Computer?Windows 7 Desktop

The Jackson County Democratic Office is in great need of computers.  With the campaign season upon us and phone banks starting up, we would appreciate any donation or loan of computers with Operating System of Windows 7. Unfortunately the 5 computers we have are all old and running on Windows XP. Without good computers we will be forced to revert to paper lists to call from and will not be able to utilize the technology available to us thru our voter management system. If you can help call us at 541-858-1050.