Marion County Democratic
Central Committee
News You Need To Know

COVID-19 Update Virtual Town Hall

Please join Dr. Trevor Phillips and Jamie McCloud-Skinner to get the latest FACTS about COVID-19 virus, here at home and around the world.

This will be a live event on Facebook; Thursday, April 2nd; 2:30pm-3:30pm. Click this link to join the conversation.

PCP Opportunities While in Self-Isolation - Mary Nikas, Membership Chair
I hope this newsletter finds you and your family healthy, happy and in self-isolation as best you can. Now is a challenging time for all of us. It is unusual times when the best way to help your neighbor is to stay away from them. Self-Isolation presents new challenges and new opportunities. This will not stop our Democratic Party candidates from moving forward. And that means that our PCPs need to step up and represent!
Our candidates are working under very difficult circumstances. The usual means of introducing our candidates and spreading word about how their values and policy positions represent our values, as Democrats, are not currently available.
As PCPs and active community members, we are prepared to canvas for our candidates. We are also ready to attend house parties and other community functions to advocate for our candidates. All of this type of activity is on hold due to the virus, but our candidates still need YOUR help. Here’s how you can support Marion County candidates: Phone-Canvas, Phone-Canvas, Phone-Canvas!
The Democratic Party recently purchased and added over 200,000 phone numbers to voters here in Oregon. Candidates need you to call on their behalf. I have read some of the scripts prepared for phone-canvassing and it gives me heart to know how much our Demcratic candidates truly care about their community. The scripts are caring and respectful of the event we are currently living. Your neighbors are home and a call from another community member can be a relief and welcome respite from a day in isolation. Please reach out to one or more campaigns on the attached list and plug yourself in to phone-canvassing!
Please take care of yourself and STAY HOME.

Cancelled: DemoForum, Monday, April 6 th 
Postponed: Monroe Sweetland Dinner, Saturday, May 30 th. We have rescheduled the event for Saturday, September 12 th , 2020. Stay tuned for more details!

Postponed: April 21st, PCP Training
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.
Bylaws Ready for Adoption - Almost

After several meetings and many hours of work our Rules Committee guided MCDCC membership through a review and revise process to update our bylaws. The final document can be downloaded here.

In light of COVID-19 restrictions, it is unclear at this time when the document will be on an agenda for adoption. We will notify membership as soon as possible.

If you have questions about the document or the process, please contact Rules Committee Chair, Keri Capen.

The Candidate Support Committee (CSC) is full of passionate volunteers who meet monthly in order to: recruit Democratic candidates for public office, review candidate qualifications for recommendations to the Executive Committee, identify support needed for recognized candidates, and develop strategies for getting out the vote and raising awareness for those recognized local Democratic campaigns. Though made up of individuals, each with their own preferences, the CSC is an objective body when it comes to providing assistance to Democratic campaigns. Recognized campaigns campaigns who formally ask for recognition by the MCDCC of which a vote is passed in favor are provided equal access to resources such as VAN, training, requests for volunteers, and general questions. The CSC does not take sides in Democratic primaries and works to ensure all campaigns are afforded the same opportunities. 

At the CSC we're excited because for the first time in a number of years there is a Democratic candidate running for each state seat in Oregon. At the same time, we have a number of stellar local candidates who we're just as eager to support. As a result, the committee is fully engaged in supporting over 25 candidates for office and communicates regularly with all campaigns. The committee is hard at work delivering answers to challenging questions and providing resources like tips for organizing a social distance campaign. In this ever changing environment it's more important than ever that our candidates have all the support they need to run effective campaigns so we can win every seat. In order to meet this challenge the committee is meeting twice a month, every second and fourth Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and communicating regularly with our campaigns. Our success in providing these candidates the support they need depends on you! If you're fired up about getting Democratic candidates elected to public office please contact -- we'd love to have you on the team!

H.R. 748 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Title-By-Title

Summary Prepared By The Office Of Vice Chairman Leahy (D-Vt.)

The appropriations division of the Senate’s bipartisan coronavirus aid and economic relief agreement contains $340 billion in new funding to address the needs of the American people as we confront the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill provides new resources to help strained state, local, and tribal governments as they combat this pandemic; support for hospitals and health care workers on the front lines of this public health crisis; funding to purchase personal protective equipment and much needed medical equipment; support for law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders; funding for scientists researching treatments and vaccines; support for small businesses; support for local schools and universities; and funding for affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs.

This funding is in addition to the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund that will provide state, local, and tribal governments with additional resources to address this pandemic. The summary does not reflect the mandatory or authorizing provisions of the agreement. Read the summary here.

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said:
“I have said from the beginning that our response to this crisis will come in phases as we address the evolving nature of the coronavirus pandemic. Today our response is providing direct assistance to the American people, injecting new resources where they are needed most, and moving our country a step closer to emerging from this crisis stronger than we were before.”

Thursday, April 2nd: Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Trevor Phillips and Jamie McCloud-Skinner; 2:30pm

Tuesday, May 19th: Oregon Primary Election

Saturday, May 30th : Monroe Sweetland Dinner and Auction

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

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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