Message of the Month


The Democratic Party supports marriage equality for all.

Welcome Governor Kate Brown!

A Sincere WELCOME to Governor Kate Brown from the Democratic Party-Washington County

The WashCoDems are solidly focused on the future and the good work ahead for the state of Oregon. We look forward to continuing the collaboration and partnership that we have come to know with Kate in her former role as our Secretary of State. And, we stand ready to support our friend and leader in her new role as Oregon’s 38th Governor! Welcome, Governor Brown.

Message From the Chair: The Path Forward

"I want our actions to tell every child in every neighborhood, your life matters, and we are committed to improving your life chances... I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we're a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen -- man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino, Asian, immigrant, Native American, gay, straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability. Everybody matters."
President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address January 20, 2015

Rosa Colquitt, Chair of the Democratic Party of Washington CountyWhen I listened to those words, spoken by the President, I found myself firmly reassured in my own commitment to living a life of progressive activism. I am proud to be inspired by the principles and core values of the Democratic Party, most especially the fundamental belief in the working together for the common good.

Having recently been elected as chair of the Democratic Party of Washington County, there are moments of feeling quite elated. On the other hand, in all candor, there are also those humbling, heart-pounding moments when I think to myself “Oh, bleep! You were just elected as chair of the Democratic Party of Washington County!” But mostly I just defiantly stare down the long list of tasks and responsibilities before me, thinking of what an honor it is to serve the Party that I love so completely.

2015 brings us an exciting opportunity to help send another Democrat to the White House as our next President. We will also re-elect Senator Ron Wyden, along with re-electing our US House Delegation. As well, we will re-elect our statewide and legislative officeholders, and do everything within our collective abilities to defend and expand our legislative majorities.
In support of these broad Democratic Party goals, as chair of Washington County, I have outlined four related goals and a number of important strategies for achieving these goals:

Who’s Who Among Leaders & Volunteers in Washington County

Congratulations to our New Officers!

Chair: Rosa Colquitt (chair [at] washcodems [dot] org)
1st Vice Chair: Matt Koehler (vicechair1 [at] washcodems [dot] org)
2nd Vice Chair: Louise Curren (vicechair2 [at] washcodems [dot] org)
Treasurer: Veronica Williams (treasurer [at] washcodems [dot] org)
Secretary: Mignon Hamlin (secretary [at] washcodems [dot] org)

Congratulations to our New Standing Committee Chairs!
(As designated in the Bylaws of the Washington County Democratic Central Committee)
Please click Read more to see our full line-up.

2015 Strategic Planning Event

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 9:00am to 1:30pm

Breaking News!
Election Night, November 8th, 2016-
“Massive turnout of Democratic voters in Washington County leads to landslide victory!   Republicans left bewildered by the results!”

The seeds for this 2016 election headline will be sown on March 21st when we’ll gather to begin planning our strategy to make it a reality. Your energy, your talents and your voices are needed. We’ll gather your ideas on how best to accomplish the four goals in our Mission Statement:

  • Electing Qualified Democrats
  • Adopting a Platform and ensuring it is carried into law
  • Informing Voters about Democratic Party Principles
  • Increasing Membership in the Democratic Party

Come and share your ideas. How should we tell our Democratic Party story? What do Democrats believe? Why should people want to join our Democratic Party? Help the Washington County Democratic Party chart its course for the next two years as we create our Action Plan.
To help make our planning day fun, exciting and productive, we’ll have yumtious food and skilled facilitators. Best of all, you’ll be sharing your Saturday with fellow Democrats who share your hopes and dreams for a better Washington County.

STRATEGIC PLANNING EVENT!
Saturday, March 21st – 9:00a.m.- 2:00p.m.
At the Leedy Grange, 835 NW Saltzman Rd., Portland

Click Here to Register!

Upcoming Local Elections: Time to Get Involved!

2015 is a new year and a new election is just a few months away. This coming May, over 50+ special district offices will be decided on the ballot. These are seats on local school boards, water boards, parks and recreation districts and more. The Washington County Democrats will be asking all our Neighborhood Leaders to participate and help get out the vote to neighbors. If you are interested in being a Neighborhood Leader sign up here.

Here are some important dates for the upcoming election:
Feb 7, 2015 (First Day to File For Office)
March 19, 2015 (Last Day to File For Office)

Important News for Sherwood Residents:
http://www.sherwoodoregon.gov/citycouncil/page/march-and-may-2015-elections
A seat on the Sherwood City Council will be up for election this May. The filing deadline to run for this seat is March 5, 2015. This is to fill a current vacancy on the city council. The winner will serve out the remainder of the term to Jan 2017.

If you are interested in running for office this year or even in 2016 you can email field [at] washcodems [dot] org to learn about great candidate training opportunities being offered by the Democratic Party.

2015 SpringFest - Brunch!

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 11:30am to 2:00pm

SpringFest 2015 is in the Air!
Enjoy a Delicious Brunch and Help the WashCoDems with
"Planting Seeds of Victory"

SpringFest 2015 Brunch will feature food, friends, fun, and fundraising (silent auction)
Saturday, April 4, 11:30am at the UA Local 290 Plumbers & Steamfitters, 20210 SW Teton Ave., Tualatin

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Menu:

  • Potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and a ham carving station;
  • Quiches - 4 types
  • Fruits, muffins, bagels, banana bread, waffles, and Blitzes with fresh strawberries
  • Coffee - regular and decaf
  • Mimosas (with additional bar service)

Don't miss out! Purchase your ticket today!

Cost of ticket:  
1) $40.00 per person
2) $35.00 for PCP's, Veterans, Seniors, or Volunteers

Cost of sponsored table:
1) $800.00 for table of 8 + full page program ad (4.625"w x 7.5"h)  
2) $400.00 for 1/2 table of 4 seats + half-page program ad (4.625"w x 3.625"h)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

First Congressional District 2015 Reorganization Results

"Washington County Democrats Well Represented on State DPO Committees"

1st CD Chair - Lee Coleman
Secretary - Louise Currin
Platform & Resolutions Committee - Will Hobbs, Lucinda Hites-Clabaugh, Steve Hall, Glendora Claybrooks
Rules Committee -  Mike Bohan, Alice Bartelt
Budget Committee- Rosa Colquitt, Heather Rode
Credentials Committee - John Hutzler
State Fair Committee - Daniel Vázquez

Washington County Chair, Rosa Colquitt, congratulates all newly elected delegates and thanks each for their service to the first congressional district and to the state!

Oregon Food Bank Barrel at Washco Dems Office

Oregon Food Bank

Help Fight Hunger in Washington County
Next visit to the Office in Hillsboro, please consider bringing a donation of non-perishable food (canned, boxed, shatterproof plastic) for the Oregon Food Bank. 
Hunger continues to be a real issue for many in our area, and you donations have a positive impact on families struggling to get by. This holiday season - today - you can help us support the Oregon Food Bank's mission to eliminate hunger and its root causes ... because no one should be hungry.
You can learn more and make a cash donation at http://www.oregonfoodbank.org/
Bring your non-perishable donation to the Washco Dems Office at 140 NE 3rd Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124 Phone: (503) 626-7018 
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10am - 4pm & Sat: 10am - 2pm