Photo courtesy Gary Halvorson Oregon State Archives
November is Native American Heritage month. For people who care about Native Americans, their history and their current events we have included links to a couple of websites that you can bookmark for ongoing reference. (There are, of course, more websites--just google Native American news.)
Indian Country Today https://indiancountrytoday.com/
High Country News https://www.hcn.org/
A link to the Cow Creek Band Of Umpqua Tribe of Indians website is located here.
Regarding December 5 reorganization meeting.
Every two years the PCPs of the Democratic Party of Douglas County come together to elect new leadership and continue our mission to elect Democrats. The key to continuing our mission is to have a diverse leadership team we support and believe in. Only elected Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) may vote for Officers, all PCPs may vote for Delegates.
December 5th we will be electing our new Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, and Recording Secretary. These positions are open to all Douglas County Democrats in good standing (registered as a Dem for the previous 6 months). The meeting is scheduled from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Roseburg Public Library Ford Room. It is important that we have candidates that are committed to our mission. We encourage anyone who is interested to run. We will be taking nominations from the floor during the meeting. Candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by another Democrat during the meeting.
During this meeting we will also be electing 3 Delegates and 3 Alternates to represent us at the State Central Committee, 2 Delegates and 2 Alternates for Congressional District 2 and 3 Delegates and 3 Alternates for Congressional District 4.
If you or someone you know are interested in being part of the leadership team or a delegate and would like more information about the position or if you would just like more information on the process please feel free to reach out to our current Chair, Connie Page (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Vice Chair, Alana Lenihan (email@example.com).
Remember our party is powered by you. It can be difficult to identify as a Democrat in such a red county but together we can be the change we need.
The 2022 election is in the bag. Please read the letter (below) from Douglas County Democrats' Chair Connie Page. She thanks you all. And we all thank Connie for the fantastic job she has done.
Dear Douglas County Democrats,
We all knew this election cycle would be a rough one. It would take extraordinary effort and commitment. And the Democratic voters of Oregon came through with flying colors! We did not get all the wins we wanted but we certainly turned that red wave into more of a purple puddle with our volunteers making calls, sending texts, having house parties, making donations, participating in the Neighborhood Leader program, and VOTING FOR DEMOCRATS!
Even up against unusual circumstances -- in a hard-fought three-way governor's race, with out-of-state donors providing vast sums of money to our opponents -- the Democratic Party of Douglas County, along with the Democrats in every county in Oregon and our Democratic Party of Oregon, our hard-working and committed local and statewide candidates, and supporters -- we all exceeded expectations.
Congratulations to Tina Kotek, our next governor! Her powerful campaign defeated not one but TWO conservative opponents. She will be a leader that works hard for all Oregonians, addressing climate change, the homelessness problem and continuing to build on our progressive values.
Congratulations to Congresswoman-elect Val Hoyle! Congresswoman-elect Hoyle visited Douglas County several times during her campaign. She made it clear she will work hard for us in her new position. Representing CD4, Val Hoyle will expand her record of supporting working families, women's reproductive rights and she will continue fighting for our freedoms.
Congratulations to Senator Ron Wyden, Congressman Blumenauer, and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici on their re-election. Oregon is lucky to have an incredibly strong, progressive delegation to represent our state in Washington, DC.
But not all were wins. As we know, elections can be a mixture of wins and losses, jubilation and heartbreak. I want to thank our local candidates Joe Yetter, Kevin Bell, Bret Cecil and Jerry Rust for their commitment, time, effort and enthusiasm during this campaign. Three of these men were first time candidates. Yetter, Bell and Cecil ran strong races in very red areas. They have shown Douglas County what a forthright, open and all-embracing campaign looks like. We look forward to their and Rust's future runs. Please take the time to thank all four for a job well done.
I am proud to be the Chair of the Democratic Party of Douglas County - working with all of you to make our county a place that welcomes, supports, improves and embraces the changing world around us.