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 rjwaitt@opendoor.com 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 (mail@jcdemocrats.org) 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 samhbecker@gmail.com 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 oregonclimate.org/action_day. 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.

Newsletter - October 31, 2014

Have you voted? If so, HIGH FIVE! What about your neighbors, friends and family? In this election YOU can make a huge difference not only by voting your self, but also by encouraging like-minded people to vote, too. Ballot boxes close at 8PM on November 4. You can drop your ballot off at five official sites around the county. For more details about drop sites, visit the County Elections website.

Ballot Drop Sites


Election Night Party at 4 Daughters Irish Pub
Tuesday, November 4, 7:00PM-CLOSE

Election Night Party
On election night, you'll find us at 4 Daughters Irish Pub and Restaurant at 126 W Main St. in Medford. We will have appetizers and a no-host bar while we watch the news results come in!


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


Lawn Sign Removal - Do You have Truck?

We want to keep our community clean, so we're picking up all democratic lawn signs on November 4 and 5. We are looking for volunteers who can help out. Pick-up trucks really speed up the process. If you are available, please email us at christineh1@charter.net.

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 gstarchvick@aol.com.

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: gstarchvick@aol.com

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 rjwaitt@opendoor.com 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

US SENATOR RON WYDEN

SUNDAY OCTOBER 12
5:15 – 6:30 PM
JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS  CAMPAIGN OFFICE
37 N. CENTRAL

Please join US SENATOR RON WYDEN
at the JCD OFFICE
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.


SENATOR MERKLEY'S ONLY DEBATE

with Monica Wehby 
Medford
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 ~ letters@mailtibune.com: 150 words maximum

              Ashland Daily Tidings ~ opinion@dailytidings.com: 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 gpbeason@infostructure.net.

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).

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