Newsletter - May 9, 2015

May 19 Election

For the following election, our Candidate Committee and Central Committee voted to endorse the following candidates:

Medford School District No. 549C candidates:

Position 4:  Karen Starchvick

Position 5:  Michael Campbell

Position 6:  Janet Lightheart

Position 7:  Lilia Caballero

Rogue Valley Transportation District Board:

Position 3:  Tonia Moro

Our Committees did not vote on every candidate and measure, so we encourage you read more about them in the voters pamphlet which you can download here. Other election items include the Jackson County Library District Board, Ashland School District's 5-year Levy, RCC Directors, Ashland School District, Central Point School District, Phoenix-Talent School District and Fire Districts.

If you are interested in volunteering for a particular candidate or measure, please go to their website for further information.

Ballot Drop Site Locations

Greg Holmes To Speak at Central Committee Meeting 
Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 PM

The Jackson County Democratic Party invites you to join our Central Committee Meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 PM at the OEA Building (2495 S. Pacific Highway, Medford).

Greg Holmes, a Southern Oregon planning advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon will be speaking about the Urban Growth Boundary Amendment process which is occurring in Medford and is starting in Talent and Central Point. Mr. Holmes works with residents, affiliates, and communities throughout Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties.

The Central Committee meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every month and are open to the public.

Wider Community Events

LNG Rally in Salem
Tuesday, May 26

Salem Capitol, 900 Court St. SE
LNG Rally on May 3, 2015
Over 150 people came out in Medford last Sunday to stand up against the LNG Pipeline in a rally organized by Rogue Climate and Rogue Riverkeeper. Now activists from throughout Oregon are bringing their voices to Salem. You can join hundreds of people as they ask Governor Kate Brown to protect Oregon's environment from the LNG pipeline. RSVP HERE.

Saturday, May 23, 2PM  
RCC/SOU Higher Education Building, 101 S. Bartlett, Medford

Learn about laws in Oregon that could raise the minimum wage, increase paid sick leave, improve retirement security, end profiling, and ban the box (criminal question on job applications). Learn More or RSVP at Oregon Strong Voice's Facebook Page or by emailing Shaun at

Friday, May 29, 9-3:30pm 
Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford 

Jackson County Community Services Consortium Homeless Task Force. ONE DAY ONE PLACE ONE GOAL. It's a collaborative effort between service providers, government agencies, businesses, and individuals in the community working together to help change for the better the lives of people threatened with or experiencing a loss of their homes and security. Join in! Help make a difference! Contact Jan for more information at 541-773-5339 or

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Newsletter - February 19, 2014

Meet Sheriff Corey Falls

Thursday, February 26 at 6:30PM

Location: Medford Library, 205 South Central, MedfordSheriff Corey Falls

Please join us after our next Central Committee Meeting where we will be joined by Sheriff Corey Falls who will speak on the topic of "My Road to Becoming Sheriff, Setting up my Management Team and Building Public Trust." He will also answer questions from the audience about public safety in Jackson County.

Sheriff Corey Falls grew up in the Applegate Valley and is a graduate of South Medford High School. He plans work to provide a safe community by building partnerships, coordinating resources and efficiently managing personnel. 
Note: This meeting has been moved to the Medford Library.

Open to the Public! New Members Welcome! Invite Your Friends!

DEQ Can Stop Jordan Cove Project, Wants Your Comments

The Department of Envionmental Quality (DEQ) in Oregon has the power to stop the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector LNG Project and they are asking for your public comment until March 13, 2015. If you are concerned about a pipeline going through our wetlands and under the Rogue River, please take a moment and leave a comment for the DEQ

In case you are interested in some suggestions about making comments we want you to have this information. Find sample topics, questions and more on our website a

Gov. Kitzhaber Resigns, Kate Brown Steps inGov. Kate Brown and John Kitzhaber

John Kitzhaber has resigned governorship amid an investigation that will likely take months and in which he is hopeful to have his name cleared. Kitzhaber said "I love this state and its people, its rivers, its mountains and its landscapes with every fiber of my being. It is because of that love that I tender my resignation as Governor." Read or Listen to Kitzhaber's statement.

On Wednesday morning Kate Brown was sworn in as Governor this morning and plans to focus on bi-partisan efforts to help Oregon. "Although as individuals we may have our differences, one thing connects us -- we are all Oregonians." Read or Watch Gov. Brown's written inaugural speech.

Medford City Council Bans Styrofoam, Thanks to Sam Becker and Community Supporters

Sam Becker

Medford will soon have a lot less styrofoam waste, thanks to Saint Mary's senior, Sam Becker. The Jackson County Democrats supported Becker and his community initiative that protects both human health and local environment. 

Read more about the
 Polystyrene containers ban from the Mail Tribune.



Jolie Johnson

With heavy hearts we report the sudden loss of Jolie Johnson, who passed away while on vacation in the Caribbean on February 10. Jolie is survived by her wife, Kathy Bauer.

Jolie was an advocate for our community, especially helping women and children. Her death has left many people broken-hearted.

"She was a strong advocate for anything that helped make the community stronger and people’s lives better," said Michelle Wilson, from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County.

Read Jolie Johnson's obituary in The Daily Tidings

Victor RogersWe are very saddened to learn that Victor Rogers passed away on February 3. Victor is survived by his wife Arlene Rogers, a retired member of the Executive Committee for the Jackson County Democrats. Victor supported the Democrats in many ways and also was active in the Ashland Food Project, Mountain Meadows Community, created stained glass, woodworking, and miniatures. 

Read Victor Roger's obituary in The Daily Tidings

Rochelle SavittRochelle Savitt of Medford passed away at home February 1, 2015. She will be missed. Rochelle was an office volunteer for Jackson County Democrats and will be missed. Born in Chicago December 12, 1935, she worked as a stage and film actor in Los Angeles and here in Medford and Ashland. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Schwartz, and a son, Richard Savitt, both living with their families in Southern California. Memorial contributions to the Maslow Project (


Wider Community Events

Oregon Labor Candidate School, Candidate Communications Training
Saturday, Feb 28, 9:00AM-4:00PM, & Sunday Feb 29, 9:00AM-2PM 
This interactive training will cover public speaking, working with the media, campaign literature, social media, and messaging.  This training is intended for rank-and-file union members, community group members, and non-union workers who are considering running for public office in Southern Oregon.  Electing labor champions not only benefits union members, it benefits all Oregonians. OLCS trains people to run for elected office who will pass laws that support an economy that grows the middle class, which benefits all Oregonians. 
Location: OEA Building, 
2495 South Pacific Highway, Medford
To register: Please fill out the online application by February 20th, 2015: Communications Training Application. For more info, contact Sara Ryan at 503-957-0306.

'A Fair Shot For Oregon' Community Forum
Monday February 23, 5:30-7:30pm - 
 Fair Shot supports local legislation around raising the Oregon minimum wage, required paid sick days for all workers, retirement security for all workers, ending profiling, ending hiring discrimination based on previous arrests or convictions. Join the community forum on Feb 23 at RCC/SOU Higher Education Center located at 101 South Bartlett Street, Medford, OR 97501.

Rogue Valley Food Systems Network Brainstorming Session
Wednesday, March 4th at 3:00pm to 4:30pm - Join the Rogue Valley Food System Network for a productive brainstorming session at their next meeting to discuss local infrastructure needs. Topics will include meat processing, distribution/ aggregation/ storage, seed cleaning, and on-farm refrigeration. For more info contact Hannah Ancel from ACCESS at 541-618-4019RSVP to hancel@accesshelps.orgThis meeting will be held at the new Jackson County Public Health building located at 140 S Holly Street, Medford

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Letter from Bryan Sohl about Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline in our region

Dear Friends,
As most of you know there are plans in place to put a large, 36” diameter Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline in our region, that would bring Fracked Natural Gas from the Rockies, and Western Canada, to the Oregon Coast at Coos Bay.  This pipeline would allow for the export of LNG to China and other parts of Asia, and would primarily profit a Canadian company called Veraseen, INC, and Williams Energy.  
I had an Op-Ed published in the Meford Mail Tribune Tribune yesterday Jan 19 about this.
This pipeline would run from Malin, near Klamath Falls to the Port of Coos Bay.  Along the way it would cross many waterways that are dear to our hearts and souls.

Newsletter - January 20, 2014

Central Committee Meeting This Week

Thursday, January 22, 6:30PM

Location: OEA Building, 2495 South Pacific Highway, Medford

Please join us for the next Central Committee Meeting for the Jackson County Democrats on January 22. Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) will have important decisions to make including: 

  • Election of Officers
  • Review and vote to Gov. Kitzhaber on letter regarding Jordon Cove Pipeline
  • Elect New PCPs
  • Approve 2015 Budget
  • Review 2015 plans/calendar 

Open to the Public! New Members Welcome! Invite Your Friends!

Wider Community Events

January 22 at 5PM- Rally at 5:00PM, then the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will be holding a public meeting at 6:00PM at North Medford High to answer questions about water quality impacts from the proposed Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector gas export project. The address is 1900 North Keene Way Drive. Speakers and assistance if needed will be given beforehand how to submit questions/comments for this DEQ meeting. The agency has a critical role to play in protecting Oregon's water quality from pipeline and terminal construction impacts to 400 waterways in our region, and needs to hear from you how this project could damage our clean water! Plan to attend the meeting, then zip over to the Central Committee meeting at 6:30PM (see above).

January 27 at 5PM - Peacehouse is having a fundraiser on Tuesday, January 27 at Paschal Winery at 1122 Suncrest Road in Talent so local activists can attend a Lobby day in Salem on Wednesday, February 11 to support single payer health care. To reserve and pay on line, go to Subsidies are available. For more information, contact Bev at or Rich at

February 7 at 10AM - AAUW Medford Branch invites the community to attend and participate in a discussion with Brad Avakian, the Oregon Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries on Saturday, February 7, 10 - 11:30 AM at the Medford Public Library.

YOUR EVENT HERE - To post upcoming event, please email Michelle at


Paulie Brading

Paulie Brading, former chair of the Jackson County Democrats, passed away at home after months of treatment and care for pancreatic cancer.

She was JCD chair in 2007/8 during a historic campaign year that saw Barack Obama winning in Jackson County and Jeff Merkley defeating Gordon Smith. Paulie was a delegate to the Democratic Convention in 2008. 

Her family will host a celebration of life party on Saturday, January 24, 2:00pm to 3:30pm, at the Imperial Event Center, 40 N. Front Street, Medford. 

Read The Mail Tribune's story on Paulie Brading.

Pat BurtonPat Burton, a former JC Democrats' Volunteer Coordinator and longtime volunteer, passed away last month. She will be greatly missed. The photo shows her at the check-in table at the JCDP Wine in the Garden event last August.

Read Pat Burton's obituary in The
 Mail Tribune


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Newsletter - December 10, 2014

Holiday Potluck in Woolworth Building 
Sunday, December 14, 5:30PM

You are Invited...It's that time of year again and we are gearing up for our always fun, annual holiday potluck. Bring your favorite dish and join us at our office conference room on the second floor of the Woolworth Building at 33 N Central in Medford.

Oil Pipeline Public Hearing and Rally

Jordon Cove Pipeline Proposal

On Thursday you can give public comment about the gas pipeline proposed to go beneath the Rogue River and through private property in Jackson County for EXPORTING gas. At 5PM Rogue ClimateRogue RiverkeeperSOCAN, and others concerned with this project will wear red and rally. The hearing starts at 6PM at Central High School in Medford, 815 S. Oakdale (Dakota St. side).

Library Seeks Budget Committee Candidates

The Jackson County Library District is seeking candidates to serve on its Budget Committee.  Up to 5 (five) candidates will be selected.  Because this is the first Budget Committee of the Library District, terms will be from one (1) to three (3) years.  Candidates should have experience in creating budgets and the ability to understand financial statements.  Knowledge of financial policy and procedures for non-profits and special districts is desired.  The candidates should have the time to dedicate to this professional volunteer opportunity, which would involve attendance at regular meetings over a three to four month period and occasional special projects.

An application form for the Committee is available on the Library District web site at Paper copies are available at all library branches. Applications will be accepted until December 19, 2014.

Please call District Board Member Maureen Swift at 541-864-9242 for further information.

Oregon Political Tax Credit

The Oregon Political Tax Credit is one of those progressive ideas that makes Oregon a great place to live, work, and play.

Through our tax system, the State of Oregon gives each tax-paying Oregonian a $50 gift. But you can't keep it. Instead, you must either pay it back in state taxes -- or donate it to a qualified political campaign or cause.

To put it another way: By donating $50 to a political campaign of your choice, you can reduce your taxes or increase your refund by that same $50 (assuming you pay at least $50 in taxes). That's right: it's a full 100% credit, not a deduction.

The bottom line? By contributing $50 to a progressive political campaign, like the Jackson County Democrats, you can make Oregon a better place - and it won't cost you a dime. Married, filing jointly? It's $50 per person - so you and your spouse can donate $100 and get it all back!

One note: As of the 2014 tax year, tax credit is only available to single adults with incomes under $100,000 and joint filers with income under $200,000.

How do you claim the $50 tax credit?

You'll find it on line 37 of the Form 40, the long form.

Please, make your $50 contribution TODAY at, or by mailing a check to: Jackson County Democrats, PO Box 4474, Medford, OR 9501.

Newsletter - November 22, 2014

The unofficial election results are in and the good news is many of the candidates and measures won that were supported by the Jackson County Democrats. 

Good News:

  • Dr. Alan Bates WAS RE_ELECTED as State Senator
  • Peter Buckley WAS RE_ELECTED as State Representative 
  • Jeff Merkley WAS RE_ELECTED as U.S. Senator
  • Dr. John Kitzhaber WAS RE_ELECTED as Governor
  • Darby Stricker WAS ELECTED as Talent Mayor
  • Kevin Stine WAS ELECTED to Medford City Council
  • Measure 87 PASSED (State judges working for other gov. branches) 
  • Measure 89 PASSED (Equal rights amendment)
  • Measure 90 DID NOT PASS (Top-two primaries)
  • Measure 91 PASSED (Marijuana legalization)

Bad News:

  • Tonia Moro WAS NOT ELECTED as County Commissioner
  • Kevin Talbert WAS NOT ELECTED as County Commissioner
  • Hon. Adam Peterson WAS NOT RE-ELECTED as Circuit Court Judge
  • Darlene V. Taylor WAS NOT ELECTED as State Representative
  • Aelea Christofferson WAS NOT ELECTED as U.S. Representative
  • Measure 88 DID NOT PASS (Driver ID cards for immigrants)
  • Measure 92 MAY NOT HAVE PASSED (GMO Labeling). This measure is likely headed for a recount (see below). 

For more information about local results, visit the County Election websiteTo read about state-wide results, view the Oregonian's election report.

Measure 92 Recount Observers Needed

Measure 92 (GMO Labeling) has most likely qualified for a recount, but is currently trailing by fewer than 1500 votes. The State won't declare a recount until the first week of December. Measure 92 organizers and the Democratic Party of Oregon have asked us to organize our experienced observers. It's likely the first day would be Tuesday, Dec. 2. If you're available for this extra duty, please contact Jan at or 541-482-8249. Thanks!

Holiday Potluck in Woolworth Bldg. 
Sunday, December 14, 5:30PM

You are Invited...It's that time of year again and we are gearing up for our always fun, annual holiday potluck. Bring your favorite dish and join us at our office conference room in the Woolworth Building at 33 N Central in Medford.

Post-Election Celebration

Tina Kotek

Our post-election celebration party on November 9 with Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek was so much fun! Almost 150 people joined us including Senator Alan Bates, Representative Peter Buckley, Tonia Moro, Kevin Talbert, Darby Stricker, and Medford City Councilor Kevin Stine. Thank you to all who attended and made this night possible.

New Office and Office Hours

Now that the election is mostly wrapped up, our office has moved back to its regular location upstairs in the Woolworth Building, 33 N Central, Suite 210 in Medford.  Our office will be closed until January 6,  2015.  Phone messages (541-858-1050) and emails ( will be checked daily. Beginning January 6, the office will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11-3.

Greater Community Events

Canvassers for styrofoam Ban in Medford, Nov. 23

Sam Becker, a local high school student, is looking for canvassers willing to help collect signatures this Sunday from 1PM-4PM. He saw first hand how harmful styrofoam (polystyrene) is for the environment while volunteering to clean our local greenway. If you are able to canvass on Sunday, please contact Sam Becker at or phone/text (541) 301-1053.

Oregon Climate Forum, December 7

Oregon Climate, a local non-profit, will hold an interactive forum on December 7 from 1-3PM at KOBI in Medford to discuss the risks and opportunities our state must navigate as it considers a carbon pricing policy in the 2015 legislative session. RSVP at This event is free and open to the public.

LNG Pipeline Public Hearing, December 11

Come to the Jackson County Hearing on the project Thursday, December 11, 2014 6-9 pm, Central High School, Medford (link to details). This is the main chance for your voice to be counted.