Meet the Chair
County Chair Patrick Maguire
Patrick Maguire has lived in Oregon since he was four years old.
He grew up on the North Oregon Coast in small-town Astoria. Patrick has always had an interest in improving the world through political engagement. He remembers writing letters to the editor of the local newspaper about education reform and attending immigration policy conferences in high school. But it wasn’t until recently that he got involved more deeply in political engagement. After graduating from Eastern Oregon University Patrick decided to make his home here in Washington County. After the 2016 election, he began attending party meetings to find out how to be an effective activist for causes near to his heart.
He was elected to serve as party secretary in 2017, and was elected in November 2018 to serve as party chair for the 2019-2020 term.
Leading the party in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election is a significant responsibility, but so is the continuing responsibility to work to elect progressive leaders to local offices. Patrick agreed to serve as party chair because of his firm belief that the progressive values we share can have a real and meaningful impact in people’s lives when put into practice.
Patrick is convinced that since Oregon is one of the few states with Democratic majorities in both houses of the state legislature and a Democratic governor, now is the time for us to lead the nation in implementing progressive priorities.
To do this, we as citizens and party members must support our leaders and hold them accountable to the changes we know will make that difference in the lives of our neighbors. Additionally, Patrick got involved with the county party to help with the crucial, but sometimes overlooked, work of electing progressive school boards, city councils, and county commissions!
As someone newer to political activism, Patrick was incredibly impressed with how warmly he was welcomed to the county party over the past few years. He is actively involved with the Resolutions and Platform Committee, helping draft policy statements and programs for the county party. In addition to his party service, he also serves on a number of local government boards and committees.
As chair of the party, Patrick has day-to-day oversight of the operation and management of party operations.
He also coordinates and presides at monthly meetings of the party executive board and central committee. He is eager to meet all party members so feel free to get in touch or come up and say hello at the next meeting!