Preview - 2020-05-24


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Did you Vote??

Voters were so excited about the 2020 Oregon Primary that most of them forgot to vote. In a state that makes voting as easy as a walk to the corner mailbox, a majority of Oregon’s voters missed out on a chance to change the course of history and perhaps be the deciding vote in some very close races.

In Josephine County low voter turnout favored a couple of commissioners who would like to see Oregon turn into Trump country, even while Trump’s popularity swirls down the porcelain bowl. It will be interesting to see how they support Republicans’ choice to run against popular US Sen. Jeff Merkley. Jo Rae Perkins is an anti-vaxxer who believes in QAnon conspiracy theories (see Republican Senate Candidate). A real estate agent and financial planner from Albany, Perkins sells herself as a Main Street American with heartland values. She got almost 50 percent of the Republican vote while runner up Paul Romero, a Navy veteran with a home medical equipment business in Roseburg, got 31 percent of the Republican primary vote. Be prepared to see Republicans to throw an arsenal of political fabrication at Merkley to try to dampen his popularity in the state.

Democrat Alex Spencer will give Republican Cliff Bentz a lesson in communicating during the campaign for retiring Rep. Greg Walden’s CD2 seat. The Republican primary was interesting because voters chose the slightly more moderate Bentz over Knute Buehler and Jimmy Crumpacker, who used their superior campaign funds to try to out-Trump each other. CD2 Republicans hinted that Trump may not be as popular as their party thinks he is. Spencer, a poet, who has been a life coach, DJ, construction worker, legal secretary and motivational speaker who promotes thoughtful communication, is from Klamath Falls. Bentz, a lawyer from Ontario, served five terms in the Oregon House and one term in the Oregon State Senate. His claim to fame is that he helped kill Cap&Trade.

CD4 Congressman Peter DeFazio will run against a young hero who wrote a book about his experience preventing a terrorist from running loose on a train on its way to Paris from Amsterdam. His book, 5:17 to Paris was made into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. The movie did not get great reviews. After serving in the National Guard five years, Alek Skarlatos, from Roseburg, did a round of speaking engagements, and advocates for responsible forest management, blaming drug abuse and homelessness on the lack of timber industry jobs. He also says he has a concealed handgun license and will staunchly protect the Second Amendment and gun-owner rights.

Portland area Democratic candidates for Secretary of State Shemia Fagan and Mark Hass, both state senators, ran a close race proving that every vote does, indeed, count in local elections. Fagan finally won after some media were calling the race for Hass. Fagan will face another state senator Republican Kim Thatcher, who was part of the walk-out team opposing Cap&Trade.

In Josephine County’s races for statehouse seats include Democrat Kat Stone, a nurse from Roseburg against incumbent Sen. Dallas Heard, of Roseburg, one of the 11 Republicans who walked out of the state legislature to stop Cap&Trade. He also visited, against some of his fellow legislators wishes, with militants during the January occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 and expressed sympathy for Ammon Bundy’s group.

In Senate District 2 Democrat Jerry Allen of Grants Pass will run against Art Robinson of Cave Junction, who has accumulated a long list of odd statements through the years, such as calling for the abolishment of schools, spreading nuclear waste in the oceans, assembling an archive of human urine, and making Social Security voluntary. Read more here.

Other races to watch are: House District 1 Democrat Calla Felicity of Brookings challenges incumbent David Brock Smith of Port Orford, a third-generation House member. In District 2 Democrat Charles Lee will challenge incumbent Gary Leif, in House District 3 Lily Morgan, a Josephine County Commissioner, will be facing Democrat Jerry Morgan in a race for retiring Rep. Carl Wilson’s seat, and in House District 4 Democrat Mary Middleton will challenge Republican Duane Stark who’s been in the House since 2015. More on House candidates later.

Virtual Committee Members Needed

What could be easier than staying home to go to a meeting? Josephine County Democrats could use some new committee and caucus members. This is an election year for Central Committee officers, so people are needed on the Election Committee to help organize candidates. Collette Storm’s Membership Committee needs more people to help with voter turnout. Anyone interested in writing letters to the editor, blogging for Democrats or helping with publicity is needed on the Communications Committee. Caucuses are a fun way to get involved. The Environmental Caucus, Stonewall Caucus, Health Caucus and others could use members dedicated to a cause. See for more information.

Event: May Zoom Social
Thursday May 28, 6:30PM

Join us for something a little different. We will start at 6:30, chat about the primary, and see how we are all doing.

Then, how about playing a game ... a murder trivia game using (

Come on... register for this... Okay... it's not like going to Double Taps for a drink and hamburger.  But... you can bring your own food a drink to your computer screen. Give it a try!

Zoom Invite for the May Social:

When: May 28, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting at this LINK:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Be sure to keep that!

Event: June Central Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30PM

The next virtual meeting of the Josephine County Democrats will be June 9 starting at 6:30 with social, then the meeting at 7:00. House District 1 Democrat Calla Felicity of Brookings will be joining us. A link to join will be provided near the date. Between now and the November elections Democrats will be providing a lot of information about the candidates and how you can be help, so stay tuned.

The Office will be Open by Appointment

A step toward re-opening. We have a limited number of Joe Biden signs. We are asking a $10 donation to cover our costs. If you want to stop by and chat, or volunteer for committee activities and for the November Election... call 541-916-8352 for an appointment. Days and times will be on our website:

We ask when you visit to wear a mask and keep the 6 ft distance. We want to make it to Phase 2 re-opening, and we all want to stay healthy!

Thank you to all who have donated recently!

If you haven't contributed yet this year, please consider it. Our expenses for in-person meetings have gone down, but expenses for printing and postage are going up. A $5/month donation goes a long way to pay for our year-round office. Although not open, there are still expenses for electric, internet and phone. If not monthly... a one-time donation is great.

Josephine County Democrats
PO Box 2007
Grants Pass, OR 97528
United States