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Dear Democrats and Friends,
Don't miss the next Common Interest Community Forum, Monday 1/17/22 at 7PM. Register to receive the Zoom invitation or watch live on Facebook.
Speaker: Stuart Leibowitz - founding board member of the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition.
Click the link below to register, or join us on our Facebook page at 7:00pm, Monday, January 17th https://forms.gle/z7Sz8DFW4QjVUK9f9
View on Facebook live at: https://fb.me/e/1iBAqy0fd
Let's Elect Democrats!!!!
First, watch this inspiring, awesome video from Justice Democrats. Congressman Jamaal Bowman and Congresswoman Cori Bush talk about why they decided to run, how they campaigned and won, and what they hope to achieve. Video is perfect for potential candidates (for any office), for campaign support people, and for voters. Do you want to get fired up? This is the video for you.
Now that you have watched the video, here is basic information about running for office in Douglas County, and also information on what to do next.
Filing for office opens- September 9, 2021
Filing for office closes- March 8, 2021
Primary election- May 17, 2022
General Election- November 8, 2022
Local offices of particular interest
All Oregon State Representatives (partisan office)
All three positions for Douglas County Commissioner (non-partisan)
Please note that if a candidate for commissioner, in the May primary, wins 50% + 1 votes, the candidate wins the office outright at that time.
For more information
For a list of the national and state offices click here
To find out everything you need to know about running for office in Oregon, click here
For information about local offices up for election in the May primary, visit the Douglas County Clerk.
Your local Democratic Party can help you. Contact our office or fill out the form, found here.
Build Back Better Benefits
Based on funding formula alone, Oregon expects to receive the following from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act:
$3.4 billion to improve highways and $268 million for bridge replacement and repairs over five years.
$747 million over five years to improve public transportation options across the state.
$52 million over five years to support the expansion of an EV charging network in Oregon.
A minimum of $100 million to help provide broadband coverage across the state, including providing access to the at least 136,600 Oregonians who currently lack it. (11% of Oregon households do not have an internet subscription, and 3.2% of Oregonians live in areas where, under the FCC’s benchmark, there is no broadband infrastructure.)
$39 million over five years to protect against wildfires and $15 million to protect against cyberattacks. Oregonians will also benefit from the bill’s historic $3.5 billion national investment in weatherization which will reduce energy costs for families. (From 2010 to 2020, Oregon has experienced 12 extreme weather events, costing the state up to $5 billion in damages.)
$529 million over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state and ensure that clean, safe drinking water is a right in all communities.
$211 million over five years to improve Oregon’s airports.
In addition, Oregonians are poised to benefit from:
$12.5 billion Bridge Investment Program for economically significant bridges and nearly $16 billion of national funding in the bill dedicated to major projects that will deliver substantial economic benefits to communities.
$2.5 billion in grant funding dedicated to EV charging.
945,000 or 23% of people in Oregon will be eligible for the Affordability Connectivity Benefit, which will help low-income families afford internet access.