Marion County Democratic
Central Committee
News You Need To Know
Ashley Carson Cottingham for Marion County Commission and her team would like to host a virtual house party with the Marion County Democrat PCPs to discuss volunteer opportunities, request donations, and share more information about her campaign!

We know how dedicated you all are to making change at the local level, and we need your help to win! Normally, we would need volunteers for door-knocking, but in these unprecedented times we are phone banking, doing lit drops, and sending post cards. Please join us August 26th to meet Ashley and help get her elected to County Commissioner this November! For more information or to RSVP please email Emily at
If you watched any of the the Democratic National Convention this week you heard many speakers encourage us to make a plan to vote!

The best way to start is to check your voter registration status. Follow the link here and share with your family and friends. When your ballot arrives fill it out immediately, top to bottom, then deliver it to a local election drop box. We'll provide more information on locations in upcoming newsletters.

As Secretary Clinton said, "we can't afford another woulda, shoulda, coulda election." Don't wait! Make your plan today!

Sunday, August 23rd: Bylaws Q&A, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Thursday, August 27th: PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: General Membership Meeting, via Zoom; 6:30pm
We generally don't have a meeting in August, instead we have a picnic. However, with the urgency of this year's election and in light of the continuing pandemic, we have added a General Membership Meeting next week, post convention. Please join us!

Friday, September 4th: First day election signs can be posted publicly. They can only be up for 60 days prior to election.

Sunday, October 11th: 9:00am-11:00am, Virtual Capital Pride

Tuesday, November 3rd: U.S. General Election

A Virtual LGBTQ+ Community Event
Salem Capital Pride is excited to announce our first ever virtual Pride! Our theme is “Celebrate, Protest, Advocate.” For us, these actions show us why Pride matters. In the midst of a global pandemic, movements for racial justice, and economic crisis, Pride is more important today than ever.

This year, we invite you to join us for a virtual Pride event, where we will:

• Celebrate: For many, Pride is a joyous time for exuberant expressions of love, freedom, and acceptance. Pride is a time to express our true selves and identities.
• Protest: The first Pride started as a protest. This moment calls on us to yet again stand up against the injustices that have hurt our communities, especially communities of color. We believe that Black Lives Matter and will always stand in solidarity with our Black and Brown siblings.
• Advocate: Let’s challenge each other to do more to lift up the LGBTQ+ community and stand in solidarity with our BIPOC family, whether through contributions of time, treasure, or talent. We can all do more.
We invite you to join us by submitting a video expressing what LGBTQ+ pride means to you. We hope that our theme of “Celebrate, Protest, Advocate” will serve as a guide when you are considering your submission. Stories, poems, art, songs, drag performances and more are all welcome.

Register to attend here:

If you'd like to submit a video, fill out this form:

Please read our submission guidelines here:
Special Bylaws Q & A Offered For Members

MCDCC Bylaws Committee is offering a Q & A about our new bylaws on Sunday, August 23rd, 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Please register in advance for this virtual meeting.

This meeting is NOT for bylaw revisions. This meeting is designed to answer questions members may have about the proposed bylaws which is on our August agenda for adoption that have been revised by the membership over a nearly year-long process. If you have questions about this meeting please contact our Bylaws Committee Chair, Keri Capen.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Aug 23, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You can download the bylaws here.
Volunteers Needed for Annual Event

Come join our Fundraising Committee and learn or share your talents as we redesign this year's Monroe Sweetland Dinner from a sit-down formal dinner to a virtual event.

We especially need help in securing auction items. If you can help make calls or have items to donate please contact our committee at

Members Without Access

Do you know someone that would like to receive information about MCDCC happenings and news but does not have access to the internet to receive email?

We strive to include all Democrats that want to stay informed. Please talk with your member friends and let us know if they need to receive items such as the newsletter, meeting agenda, etc. via USPS. We will do our best to be sure they too are included in our outreach efforts.

Simply complete this form and we'll take it from there! Thank you for helping us achieve our outreach goal to promote inclusivity.
If you're wondering how you can help candidates during the pandemic - we have LOTS of SAFE ways for you to engage.

Check in with our Membership Committee about the success and power of our Neighborhood Leader Program. There are many ways to be involved with more candidates than ever - in your safe, work from home environment.

New Date: Virtual, Monroe Sweetland Dinner is being moved to October. Stay tuned for more details!

Modified: If you access to the MCDCC business office, please call ahead to ensure there is a volunteer available to assist you. Please call 503-363-8392 before visiting the office.

Modified: Some MCDCC committees will continue to meet in their small groups. Also, some committees are opting for teleconferencing. If you plan to attend a committee meeting, we encourage you to check with the Chair of the committee to see if they are meeting in person or by phone/video. Here is a list of contacts for each MCDCC Committee.
Office Location: 245 High Street NE, Salem, OR 97301
503-363-8392 |
Mailing Address: MCDCC, PO Box 13835, Salem, OR 97309
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