The 2024 Endorsement Process and Intake Form

The 2024 Endorsements Committee of the Washington County Democrats invites all candidates seeking endorsement in advance of the May 21st, 2024 election to read and respond to the following:

The primary purpose of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee (WCDCC) is to elect Democratic candidates to both partisan and nonpartisan political positions. To achieve this goal the WCDCC actively endorses qualified Democrats, and can often provide resources to help them succeed in their campaigns for office. If elected, you will be expected to attend some Democratic Party events and support Washington County Democratic values.

Any Washington County Democrat registered as a Democrat for more than 6 months prior to their election may apply for this assistance after officially filing with Washington County, or their city, for that position. By completing the following application, having an interview with the endorsement committee, and obtaining the endorsement of the WCDCC at their monthly meeting, you will complete your endorsement process.

Please be advised that as a county party, we would also expect the endorsed candidate to participate in and contribute their resulting political knowledge with WCDCC.

The Endorsements Committee of the Washington County Democrats invites all Democratic candidates seeking endorsement before the May 21st election to make the committee aware of your intention by completing the application linked below. Applications will be accepted from Monday, January 15th to Thursday, February 29th. Upon review of your application, the Endorsements Committee will contact you to schedule an interview.

The Washington County Democrats endorse in local, non-partisan elections. Examples of non-partisan races include (but are not limited to): city councilor, school board member, or county commissioner. In partisan primary elections, such as the Democratic primary for state legislative seats, we do not officially take a position. We let the Democratic voters decide who the nominee will be, then come together behind that nominee in the general election. See our guide to candidates: click here >

Please read through the Party Platform before your interview to become familiar with the Party’s positions.

*Candidates, please do your best to submit your application early to assure the committee has time to schedule interviews and prepare its reports.
*If you are seeking endorsement and have missed the application deadline, please contact endorsements@washcodems.org.

Candidate filing for the May 21st, 2024 election ends March 12th, 2024.

Please submit your endorsement application as soon as you can to be invited for your interview. The Endorsements Committee will contact you to schedule your interview once the Committee receives your completed application

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • March 6th, 2024 – Date of Special Endorsements Meeting for candidates to make statements and to be formally endorsed by voting members of the Party
  • March 12th, 2024County filing deadline for this election
  • March 14th, 2024 – Voters’ Pamphlet statement deadline
  • TBD – Deadline to submit copy for slate cards to the Campaign Committee

To avoid missing deadlines: please submit your application as soon as you can to be invited for your interview. The Endorsements Committee will contact you to schedule your interview once the Committee receives your completed application.

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to your local government! We look look forward to working with you. Sincerely,

The Endorsement Committee &
Veronica Williams (Chair)

Meet the Endorsement Committee

Endorsement Chair
Veronica Williams

A retired Federal employee with over 34 years of public service with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the US Treasury, and the Bonneville Power Administration.  An active WashCoDem since 2005; campaign volunteer and staffer, including a full session as a Legislative Assistant in Salem; Treasurer, WashCoDems for 8 years; multiple terms as a SCC, 1st CD and 6th CD Delegate; 3 term member of the DPO Budget Committee. Chair, Blue Horizon Fund for 9 years and original Chair of the Endorsement & Contribution Committee (about 7-8 years). Campaign treasurer State Rep Ben Bowman & THPRD Director Miles Palacios. Board of the Willamette Women Democrats and Family Promise of Tualatin Valley.

Endorsement Member
Celina Giron

Resident of Washington County since 1984 after immigrating from Mexico. Received US Naturalization in 1998. Graduated from Forest Grove High School 1994. Received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Linfield College School of Nursing, 2001. Practiced Pediatric Nursing at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for 19 years. In 2020 started at Hillsboro Medical Center (formerly Tuality) working in their new Neonatal ICU/Pediatric ward. Lived and served in the community of Cornelius since 2006. An active parent volunteer in school committees for the Forest Grove School District where her 3 children attend school.  Bilingual and bicultural. It’s important to bring Latino issues to the forefront and elevate Hispanic community involvement.

Endorsement Member
Jimmy Brown

A Portland native and 30-year Tigard resident. Graduated Jefferson High School 1970. Received a Bachelor’s Degree in
Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in 1974.  Have participated in public service in Portland and Multnomah County 1974 – 2018.
Participate on the TTSD Budget Committee, the Student Success Act (SSA) and the Student Investment Act (SIA) improving
performance of underserved and students of color. Current Member/Tigard Public Safety Advisory Board, and the Tigard
Police Department Chief’s Advisory Group.

Endorsement Member
Jill Enriquez

Resident of Beaverton for over 20 years and a lifetime Democrat. Passionate about the importance of local races and have always used the Washington County Democrats’ endorsements as a guide when voting. Neighborhood Leader, CD-1 committee member as well as the Communications Committee for WashCoDems. Run a States Project group that raises money for local elections in swing states. The States Project encourages grassroots fundraising for local races. Set up a Circle (that’s what they are called) and spread the word to friends to gather small level contributions that make a huge difference in local races. The focus is in swing race situations where democrats can reclaim leadership.

Endorsement Member
Syed Qasim

Originally from Pakistan, has been in the US for the majority of his life and in Beaverton for the last 14 years. A father of three and an active and engaged Community member. Has been the co-chair for the Beaverton Climate Action Task Force for 3 Years. On the Unite Oregon Washington County Leadership Council which focuses on Community driven and impacting initiatives such as housing justice and access to resources for underrepresented communities. Previously served on Beaverton’s Inclusive Housing Cohort providing guidance on Housing Policy in the City of Beaverton. Spearheads several community initiatives at local Mosques and other Muslim Community Centers. Committed to creating inclusive spaces for all. Syed embraces the belief that the best life is one that is lived in service of others.

Endorsement Member
Justin Low

Born and raised in Oregon, graduated from Oregon City High School in 2014, and University of Portland in 2018—BA in Political Science and Psychology. Graduated University of Southern California in 2023 with a MS in Criminal Justice. Five year resident of Washington County, ranging from Tigard to Aloha. Public and political work has including: former field organizer for the DPO, former campaign manager for Ben Bowman’s TTSD race, former Campaign Manager and Legislative Staffer to Rep. Dacia Grayber, former Logistics Coordinator for Packed with Pride, former Tigard Public Safety Advisory Board community member, and current THPRD Levy Task Force community member. Currently a criminal justice policy researcher at the Oregon Justice Resource Center.