CC Meeting Recap - picture of CC meetingMarch 2019 Special Endorsements CC Meeting Recap

Didn’t make the meeting?  Here’s a recap

by Dan Neill, Washington County Democrats Communication Chair

  • Quick background:  Were we to wait for March 27th we would have been unable to endorse candidates in the May 2019 (nonpartisan) election races (deadlines) and a quick google poll to PCP’s found there was enough interest to warrant a special meeting before the March 27th regular March CC Meeting.
  • Patrick Maguire, county chair, presided and quickly explained the above.
  • Welcome Shabba Woodley, chair of the Contributions Recommendation and Endorsement Committee whose team vetted all candidates and came up with recommended endorsements to be voted on tonight.
  • Shabba’s team interviewed 13 candidates in one week!  Even if the race is uncontested (though some registered even after the evening!), he and his team vet them.
  • Here we go, each candidate gives a short stump speech, Shabba gives the recommendation of his committee and reasons, there is opportunity for discussion by the body if needed, and then a vote
    • Ashley Hartmeier-Prigg, THPRD position 3 – she is for access to all, more dog parks, and bilingual courses if someone is not comfortable with English
      • Shabba:  The candidate is solution-focused, equality-focused, recommend endorse
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
    • Yadira Martinez, Hillsboro School District board position 7 – she attended K-12 in Hillsboro, has been a healthcare professional for 18 years, is a hygienist at Virginia Garcia, will fight for funding, is for dual-language programs, CTE programs
      • Shabba:  The candidate is ready for work, can “go from 0 to 60” quickly, recommend endorse
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
    • Tom Collette, Beaverton School District board position 7 – incumbent (2 years), legislative assistant in Salem, on education task forces, he sees trauma cases increasing, wants more staff to be able to help these cases, he is for transparent budgets, and will call for revenue reform, and asks us the PCP’s to call our legislators about this
      • Shabba:  when some want to cut the fat, the candidate says “in education there is no fat”, recommend endorse
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
    • Wendy Kroger, THPRD position 2 – incumbent appointed in March 2018 to fill remainder of that term, wants to fulfill the mission of THPRD, she has many years volunteering with THPRD and helping the effort to build the trail systems, is in favor of more dog parks (just some people don’t want them in them near them), she wants to expand after school programs, free swim classes, equal service throughout the district, and safe wildlife corridors
      • Shabba:  the candidate was well-prepared, recommend endorse
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
    • See Eun Kim, Hillsboro School District board position 4 – has been in Oregon since age of 15, a University of Oregon grad, non-profit career (CAUSA child advocate), has been a 3rd grade teacher, is most interested in providing representation dedicated to educational equity, mental health resources, and adequate and stable funding
      • Shabba:  [I missed it!]  recommend endorse
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
    • Lisa Allen, Hillsboro School District board position 5 – PCP since 2013, has been on HSD board since 2015, became chair in 2017, founded the DPO Women’s Caucus, she wants to stabilize funding, likes the Smarter School Spend initiative, wants to close the opportunity gap between students of color and white students, thinks it should not matter how rich a student’s family is when it comes to providing education, and calls for us to join the Neighborhood Leader Program [I agree, it rocks!]
      • Shabba:  Very impressed with the candidate and her resume, recommend endorse
      • Vote: ENDORSED!
    • Jim Doane (“The Doane”), Tualatin Valley Water District position 5 – was not present at the meeting
      • Shabba:  this is possibly the most well-run government entity, the candidate has been a water employee as a civil engineer, has been in that position 20+ years, is a lpong-time PCP and neighborhood leader, and is focused and professional, recommend endorse
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
    • Narce Rodriguez, Forest Grove School District board position 5, was represented by her campaign manager Giovanna (very impressive, College Democrat at Pacific) – the candidate moved here 43 years ago, has daughters in the district, half of the district’s students are Latinx, she has a background in education, works for the Office of Inclusion at Pacific, and has coordinated several programs
      • Shabba:  providing an equity lens, she has lived the experience, recommend endorse
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
    • Ben Bowman, Tigard-Tualatin School District board position 2 – PCP off and on since 2010 when he was 18 years old, mother was an English teacher, thinks that it is good citizens that schools should be turning out, more than just to help businesses get employees, thinks it is wrong that family fees for sports programs have skyrocketed in the last 8 years since he was in high school, is a legislative advocate for school principals in Salem, as a representative of the LGBT community he thinks it would be great to replace the Trumpie incumbent
      • Shabba:  the candidate demonstrated great leadership in the interview, recommend endorse
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
    • Heidi Edwards, THPRD position 4 – (a bit under the weather today, but still she showed up, awesome!) she is running against a 20-year incumbent, it’s time for a change, she has worked in education and social services for 20+ years, is a trail runner, kids were in after school programs and summer camps, she supports working families, wants to use tax dollars well and is proud to do the work it takes, even up to 8pm on May 21 election night
      • Shabba:  she brings the single-parent perspective to THPRD, recommend endorse
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
    • The only race with multiple Democrats:  THPRD position 5
      • Tya Ping – neighborhood leader, grew up in Bethany, got her PharmD and works at Tanasbourne Kaiser-Permanente, she grew up using parks/rec as her kids do now, she thinks they should be free and open like libraries, is for mental health services, and she is an active eager learner, wants to learn to do the job better than the incumbent, and has the support and relationships with several elected officials in the room, she is for diversity and inclusion
      • Ali Kavianian – incumbent and president of THPRD board, he was an immigrant child who used the parks/rec program, he saw it lacked diversity and was bad at communication so he ran, and since he has been on board it has won 3 consecutive gold medal awards, the debt has been reduced by 31 million, he will promote alternative transportation, reduce red tape, promote diversity and inclusion
      • Shabba:  moves to endorse Ali Kavianian – the incumbency is a powerful thing, he speaks to inclusion, money and spoke of specific plans – also, Shabba’s team does not give dual endorsements as it has long been the practice not to since it splits resources when a Republican opponent can run along with their own full party support
      • There was discussion for and against a motion to amend the endorsement motion and provide a dual endorsement
      • After many speakers on both sides, it was voted to give a DUAL ENDORSEMENT
    • Jason Hitzert, Tualatin Fire and Rescue position 5 – there are 4 candidates in that race
      • a late entrant, a vote to suspend the rules to allow the endorsement PASSED
      • Vote:  ENDORSED!
  • We have our endorsements, check out our website in the coming weeks and join your neighborhood leader program to get out and enjoy the Spring and remind your neighbors to vote, or reach out to the candidates to join their campaign efforts.  Else, donate to their campaigns if you don’t have time to volunteer.