Newsletter - June 30, 2014

Senator Jeff Merkley Meet and Greet

Thursday, July 3 at 4:30-6:30 P.M.

Senator Jeff MerkleyWe are very lucky to have Senator Jeff Merkley come visit our new campaign office this Thursday for a meet and greet. Stop by and say "Hello" at our office at 37 N. Central in Medford (ground floor of the Woolworth Building).

To add to this excitement, we just heard from Senator Ron Wyden that he plans to visit our office during the Meet and Greet! This is a very special opportunity to meet two Oregon Senators here in Southern Oregon. State Senator Alan Bates and Representative Peter Buckley will also attend.

Please RSVP by phone at 503-200-5518 ext. 100 or by email at​


4th of July Celebration in Ashland

Join the Jackson County Democrats as we support our Country and our candidates on Independence Day! There are several ways you can get involved:

Watch the Ashland Parade

Wave to the Jackson County Democrats in the parade, including Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Alan Bates, Representative Peter Buckley, Aelea Christofferson (Greg Walden's challenger), Tonia Moro (Running for County Commissioner) and many more great Democrats!

March in the Ashland Parade

Both of our U.S. Senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, that they will meet up with Jackson County Democrats' parade-walkers at 9:30AM on the 4th of July in Ashland! We hope you'll come meet the Senators before you walk in the parade with us.

We will gather on Alida Street in Ashland - To find us, look for the large banner that says Jackson County Democrats. RSVP to Allen Hallmark at

Staff the Booth

We are in need of people to staff our booth at the Ashland celebration and pass out materials in two hour shifts (from 10:00-12:00,12:00-2:00, and 2:00-4:00). To sign up, contact Jan Waitt at or 541-482-8249.

Buy a 50/50 Ticket

50/50 tickets will be available at our booth in Ashland and the winning ticket, worth up to $5000, will be pulled at the Ashland 4th of July Booth at 2 PM. Tickets are only $10 / ticket or 3 for $25. You can also purchase your tickets online. Please indicated that you are buying 50/50 tickets, to make sure we get your name “in the hat.” You do not need to be present to win.

Newsletter - April 22, 2014

Register to Vote by April 29th

If you have moved or changed your name since the last election, you must RE-REGISTER to vote!

Since Oregon is a mail-only state for voting, the name and address they have on file must match your current mailing address.  If you have moved or changed your last name, you need to re-register on-line, and Oregon makes its easy!

If you have moved, you can register to vote on-line with a valid Oregon Driver’s License, Permit or ID. Must be at least 17; turning 18 by election date.

If your name has changed, please use the paper registration form and submit it to your county election official (new signature).

Register by April 29 for the May 20th Primary Election. There will be some very important local positions that need your attention, like the Sheriff and County Commissioners.

Click here to register on-line.

Central Committee Topic: The Healthcare Revolution - What's Next for Oregon
Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m.

with Speaker Mark Kellenbeck

Join us for the April Jackson County Democrats April educational series presentation.  This month's topic is "The Healthcare Revolution – What’s Next for Oregon” followed by a short Business Meeting.

The speaker, Mark Kellenbeck, is a founding member and statewide co-chair of the Main Street Alliance, a coalition of over 2000 small businesses throughout Oregon. He is also the chair of the Healthcare for All Oregonians (HCAO) Rogue Valley chapter and a long time single payer advocate.

The Central Committee meeting will be held at the OEA Building, 2495 South Pacific Highway (HWY 99) across from the Grange Co-Op.

You Could Win up to $5,000!

We share 50% of the proceeds with YOU!
** $10/ticket or 3 tickets for $25 **
The Jackson County Democrats are holding a 50/50 Drawing as a fundraiser to support local, state and national election efforts.  Election-year activities lay the foundation for successful campaigns, now and in the future, so thank you for helping us promote progressive politics in Jackson County!

The winning ticket will be drawn at the Ashland 4th of July booth in Lithia Park at 2:00 PM – you do not need to be present to win, but we’d love to see you there!

Buy one, buy many!  Keep the JCD an active participant in the Rogue Valley!  

PLEASE HELP US SELL OUT!  Tell a friend!  It increases the payout, and it helps the JCD.  

Contact the Jackson County Democrats Headquarters today and get your tickets!
(541) 858-1050 «

Or buy them online, but clicking here.

Tonia Moro is running for County Commissioner, Position #1 as a Write-in Candidate

Tonia Moro, Medford attorney and Jackson County resident for 24 years, will launch her write-in campaign for the Democratic nomination for County Commissioner, Position #1, at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22nd, on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse on S. Oakdale at W. Main Street.

Ms. Moro says,  “I will work to forge the economy and infrastructure our county needs to face the challenges of the 21st Century.  It’s evident that we need a change in county leadership, and I believe I have the necessary skills to be an effective Jackson County Commissioner.”

Born in Missouri and raised in Florida, Ms. Moro moved to the Rogue Valley in 1990 and has practiced law in state and federal courts in Medford ever since.  She currently is in private practice in Medford.

Ms. Moro, 50, who resides in the hills east of Talent, has been involved as a volunteer for local nonprofits, including Rogue Climate and OnTrack.  Announcing her campaign on Earth Day is appropriate because Ms. Moro believes we can foster and maintain a business climate that will create much needed jobs while maintaining Jackson County’s outstanding scenic wonders and diversity, which attract tens of thousands of tourists to the county each year.

“I want our county to be responsive to all of our needs and to foster the common good - where we feel physically safe, financially secure and in control of our lives,” she says.

Ms. Moro says she heard that other Democrats were seriously considering filing to run for the two open seats of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners and was surprised to learn that none did file by the deadline last month.  She then decided to make the race herself.  Now, she’ll be asking Democrats to write in her name on their ballots for Jackson County Commissioner, Position 1.  She expects to have her name on the ballot for the November General Election.

For more information about Tonia, go to her Facebook page.

Meet & Greet Jackson County Sheriff Candidate Bob Sergi

Join Lynn Howe, Chair of the Jackson County Democrats, to Meet and Greet the only candidate who can beat Sheriff Winters in 2014!

Wednesday, April 30, 5:00 PM - 06:30 PM
254 White Oak, Medford

Hear why Bob is running and his plans to return true public safety to Jackson County.  He will remove troops and money from expeditions in the woods in Northern California, increase patrols in rural areas, improve response time and make sure officers receive training in the complex skills required today to serve our community.  Bring your questions and share your priorities.

RSVP to Lynn & Jim Howe by clicking here.

If you aren't able to come, learn more about Bob from his website and support him thru a donation, volunteering and voting for him in May.

Bob is also endorsed by Representative Buckley:  "His experience and his support from peers in the law enforcement community give him a very solid shot at victory in November. I hope you will join me in giving his efforts your support."

Clean Energy Day
A Festive Community Event for Faster Local Action on Climate Change

Sunday, May 4 . Noon - 4 PM
Medford Commons, E 5th St in Medford

Rogue Climate, an emerging community organization focused on a faster transition to cleaner energy and climate action will be holding a festive community event on Sunday, May 4th in downtown Medford to highlight the benefits of a faster transition to cleaner energy and energy efficiency in terms of jobs, our local economy, and our quality of life. It will be an afternoon of music, fun, food, and information.  At the event, hundreds of yellow posters about our clean energy future, made by Rogue Valley residents of all ages, will be joined to form a giant sun, a symbol of the benefits we can achieve together. Show your support for faster local action on climate change by coming to Clean Energy Day.

Climate Change Art Parties

Contact Hannah to set up an art party for your friends, family, coworkers, class, faith group or club!  A Rogue Climate volunteer can come and give a short presentation about the local potential for clean energy, the local impacts of climate change if we don’t act now, and what we can do as community members.

For more information about Rogue Climate, visit their website.




Newsletter - January 4, 2014

Sen. Jeff Merkley Town Hall Sunday, January 5th

We just got word that Oregon’s US Senator Jeff Merkley will hold a town hall in Medford this Sunday, January 5th at 12:30pm in the Old Carnegie Library.

He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer questions and invite suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

“I invite all residents of Jackson and Lane Counties to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and nation,” said Merkley.

In 2008, Merkley pledged to hold town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. He upheld his pledge in the previous five years. Jackson County will be his 187th town halls as a U.S. Senator.

When: Sunday, Jan 5th at 12:30PM
Where: Medford Old Carnegie Library, 413 West Main StreetJeff Merkley Town Hall

Jeff Merkley at a Town Hall last year.
Nationally-known political consultant, Cathy Allen, speaker on January 24th

Cathy Allen is the featured speaker at a fundraiser for the Jackson County Democrats on Friday, January 24, 5 – 7 p.m., at the Imperial Event Center, 40 N. Front St. in Medford.
Allen is founder and president of The Connections Group, a consulting firm based in Seattle. She and her staff have trained candidates and worked on nearly 700 successful political campaigns all over the world.
In her remarks Allen will review the current domestic political landscape and highlight the issues most important to Americans heading into the 2014 mid‐term elections. Also, she will size up likely 2016 Presidential hopefuls, both Democrat and Republican, and make a few highly‐informed predictions.

Cathy Allen
“Cathy Allen has unique insights into the
mood of the electorate, and what it will take for progressive candidates to prevail at th
e local and national levels,” said Jackson County Democrats Chair Lynn Howe. “And she’s a highly engaging, often humorous, speaker.”
Allen is a past board member of the American Association of Political Consultants and the former VP of the National Women's Political Caucus. She earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University.
Cost for the event is $30, which includes complimentary wine and appetizers.
Registration deadline: January 23, 2014.

To Register, Print Event Registration Form or call 541-858-1050

Central Committee Meeting moved to January 16th

The Jackson County Democrats Central Committee meeting will be held on January 16th, a different date than usual. We will have a guest speaker and a chance for people to mingle and chat.

When: Thursday, January 16th at 6:30 PM.
Where: OEA Building 2495 South Pacific Highway (HWY 99) across from Grange Co-Op.

Newsletter - December 7, 2013

Annual Holiday Potluck

Help us enjoy the holiday spirit and another great year of activism in Jackson County! We’ll have the dishes, utensils, cups, glasses etc, water, punch and beer. Please bring a dish to share plus whatever other drinks you enjoy.

This event is free and a great chance to visit and network with fellow democrats while enjoying delicious food!

WHEN: Thursday, December 12 from 6:30 to 9 pm
WHERE: Woolworth Building (33 N. Central, corner of Central and Bartlett in Medford) in the spacious 2nd floor conference Room.

Holiday Potluck

Last Years Holiday Potluck

Reception With Cathy Allen

Come meet CatCathy Allenhy Allen, a nationally known campaign manager and consultant based in Seattle. She’ll be in Medford on Friday, January 24 from 5 to 7 pm. This is a reception and fundraising event held by the Jackson County Democrats. We’ll have wine and refreshments, and Cathy Allen will present about trends in national politics and elections in 2014 from an insider perspective.  Tickets and more information will be available later in December, so hold the date and check the next newsletter for additional details about this event.

Day-long Campaign School

Learn the ins and outs of campaign strategy during this day-long campaign school on Saturday, January 25th in Medford. Featured speakers include Cathy Allen (Seattle-based campaign manager) and Cathy Shaw (former Ashland mayor, and author of “The Campaign Manager”).

Topics will include:  Campaign Strategy, Securing the Votes to Win, Fundraising, Getting the Word Out, Developing Your Team, Direct Voter Contact and more.  An “Ask the Experts”  reception will follow.  If you are working on a campaign or running for office, you should plan to be there. More information to follow in the next newsletter.

Central Committee Date Change

The January Central Committee meeting will be a different date than usual - it will be Thursday January 16 at 6:30PM in the OEA building.

Merkley Coming to Jackson County Soon

Senator Jeff Merkley will be holding Town Halls around the state, and we’ve been told that he will be in Jackson County in January. We’ll send out a notice as soon as we hear plans for our area.



This panel presentation will be focused on two themes, International Trade Agreements and Universal Health Care.  The SOU student United Nations Club is the campus host working in coalition with Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice the community host.  The panel will be followed by a concert at 5:00 p.m. with musician David Rovics singing "songs of international solidarity."


Looking for answers about Cover Oregon? Michelle Glass from Oregon Action, a Cover Oregon Community Partner, will be giving presentations at local libraries this week in Ashland (Dec 10), Medford(Dec 9) and Phoenix (Dec 12).
She can answer questions about the Cover Oregon Website and application process and give application assistance. She will also schedule individuals for appointments to help to fill out the full application. For more infomation, visit

Wider Community Links

Citizens for Peace and Justice - Films first Tuesday
GMO Free Jackson County
Immense Possibilities - SOPTV, Fridays, 8:30 p.m.
Move to Amend
Peace House - Activities Calendar
Rogue Advocates
Rogue Valley Veterans for Peace - First Wednesdays, Check Website for Location
Stonewall Democrats
SOPride (LGBT)
Southern Oregon Climate Action Now  
Unete - Center for Farmworker Advocacy

Project Vote - Register to Vote

Newsletter - November 12, 2013

Candidate Workshop: Back by Popular Demand

Jackson County Democrats held a workshop last month for people considering running for public office, and it was so successful that we’re holding another!

Please consider people/organizations you know who might be interested and share this agenda information with them. Please RSVP before the date by contacting Lynn Howe at (541) 778-9600.

Participants will hear from several past candidates and campaign experts on how to design a successful campaign and what it takes to win.

WHEN: Tuesday November 19 from 5 to 7 pm
WHERE: 33 N. Central, Medford (Woolworth Building) 2nd Floor Conference Room

Dinner with DeFazio Huge Success, Lots of Fun

Over 200 people joined Congressman Peter DeFazio for dinner in Medford on November 1st, kicking off the election season in style. This was the highest turnout Jackson County Democrats have ever had in a non-election year, and guests raised enough money for us to have a public office front in 2014.

Guests showed up from all over Southern Oregon, with a notable representation from many Rogue Valley Manor residents, the Latino Caucus, Mountain Meadows, Central Labor Council, and more.

You can watch and share Representative DeFazio’s enlightening and motivational speech on our YouTube Channel.

Watch Peter DeFazio Speech Video
Watch the Video

Rep Peter Buckley and Rep Peter DeFazio
Rep. Peter Buckley and Rep. Peter DeFazio
Lynn Howe Photo
Jackson County Democrats Chair, Lynn Howe Addresses Dinner Guests
Rep Peter DeFazio with Latino Caucus Photo
Rep. Peter DeFazio meets with members of the Latino Caucus.


Send The Mail Tribune a Letter Supporting Democrats
You may have noticed that an increasing number of letters to the editor in the Mail Tribune are negative against Democrats. Let’s make sure Democrats are heard too and write in to the editor! Some example topics include:

  •     Backing our locally elected representatives, Sen. Alan Bates, Rep. Peter Buckley, Sen. Jeff Merkley, etc.
  •     Importance of repealing Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage
  •     Support for keeping Jackson County libraries open
  •     Advocating Women’s Rights
  •     Interest in comprehensive, fair immigration reform
  •     Calling for enforcement of Affordable Care Act

To submit a letter to the editor of the Mail Tribune, send 250 words or less to




Oregon Action and Peace house are sponsoring this program for youth ages 16-30.  Speakers will share experiences on how to enact social change. FREE. Apply online at


As a former Senior Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and author of the EPA's Biosafety Plan, Ray Seidler will present about the economic and ecological considerations of GMOs.

Wider Community Links

Citizens for Peace and Justice - Films first Tuesday
GMO Free Jackson County
Immense Possibilities - SOPTV, Fridays, 8:30 p.m.
Move to Amend
Peace House - Activities Calendar
Rogue Advocates
Rogue Valley Veterans for Peace - First Wednesdays, Check Website for Location
Stonewall Democrats
SOPride (LGBT)
Southern Oregon Climate Action Now  
Unete - Center for Farmworker Advocacy

Project Vote - Register to Vote

Newsletter - October 19, 2013

Dinner With DeFazio Sold Out

Photo of Representative Peter DeFazio

Dinner with Congressman Peter DeFazio (Oregon's 4th Congressional Distric) is SOLD OUT. A heartfelt thanks to all of you who have purchased tickets.

As the major fundraiser of the year, we are hoping to exceed expectations in order to roll into 2014 with funds to assist our candidates.

WHEN: Friday, November 1, 4:30 - 7:30 PM
WHERE: Inn at the Commons (Formerly Red Lion Inn) located at 200 N. Riverside Avenue, Medford, OR 97501

Check-in is between 4:30-5:30pm followed by dinner at 5:30.

Central Committee Presenter Craig Harper on October 24th

If you share our love for the great outdoors here in Southern Oregon, we welcome you to learn more about how to protect our special places. Come to JCraig Harperackson County Democrats’ monthly meeting and learn about the work of Oregon’s oldest regional land trust.

Our presenter will be Craig Harper. Craig is Conservation Project Manager of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy (SOLC). Craig has extensive experience with water projects and served 20 years with the Rogue Valley Regional Council of Governments.

When: Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 PM.
Where: OEA Building 2495 South Pacific Highway (HWY 99) across from Harry and David big buildings.

Democratic Party of Oregon Summit Report

Lynn Howe, Christine Haynie, Marilyn Hawkins, and Marc and Kathleen Heritage represented southern Oregon at the DPO Summit on October 5th. Usually the Summit is a fabulous opportunity to visit with our federal Senators and Congresspeople, this year government shut-down kept them in Washington. Several joined us via Skype and video to give us their up to the minute take on the situation. 

In their place, we got an incredibly polished and passionate speech by last minute replacement Christine Pelosi (Nancy’s daughter) who inspired us to remember why we are activists.  She reminded us that we feel a call to service and we should be asking others to respond to that call as well.

Among the many sessions was a new one – the  DPO’s Local Elections Project.  A panel of candidates and elected officials from several non-Portland area counties shared their experiences in winning in red and purple districts.   We learned how the Democratic Party can help candidates to win and can grow the party using unique strategies that fit our demographics.  Jackson County Democrats will be participating in the project in 2013/14.

Brad Martin, Lynn How, Christine Haynie

Brad Martin, Lynn Howe, and Christine Haynie at the DPO Summit October 5th


Medford Seeks People for City Boards, Commissions, and Committees
The Medford Mayor and City Council are looking for people interested in serving on City Boards, Commissions, and Committees.  There are open positions on the City Budget Committee, Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and more.

Application forms are available in the City Manager’s Office, Room 310, City Hall as well as on the City website at  Online submittal of applications is available on the Website.  Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2013. Residency in the City of Medford is a requirement for serving on most City Boards, Commissions and Committees.  Additional information can be obtained by calling (541) 774‑2000.


AAUW Presents Forum With Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum

The Ashland and Medford branches of AAUW will be presenting a community forum with Oregon’s first woman Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum. This FREE event is at the Ashland Masonic Center Free and is open to the public. Refreshments provided.