The energy and passion in Deschutes County has only grown since I last wrote to you.  Not only have we continued to build our party, but we have seen the growth of an energized, talented, and powerful progressive movement in Deschutes County.  For this, I am extremely happy and grateful.

The Deschutes County Democrats will hold their next monthly meeting on Thursday, March 9 at 6:30pm (social) 7:00pm (business) at the Environmental Center (16 NW Kansas) in downtown Bend.  Our special guest speaker will be CD2 Candidate Jim Crary who ran against Congressman Walden in 2016.  He will speak and take your questions.  We will also stream this event live on Facebook for those that are not able to join us in person.  Simply go to our Facebook page that night and you can view the meeting online.  It will also remain on our page to view at a later time.

We will also be sharing some of the great work that we have done since our last meeting as we put those working group ideas into motion.  In order to keep up with the numerous activities in the community be sure to head over to our Facebook page for the latest information.

We have seen tons of media coverage for our demands for a public town hall here in Bend with Congressman Walden.  50-100 protesters have descended on Walden’s office every Tuesday since our last meeting.  We hear that a town hall in Bend is on the table but without a date, we must persist.

Finally, we have some amazing events coming up in March, including our Progressive Speed Dating event.  Hope to see you all the next two Thursdays!

— Jason Burge
Chair, Deschutes Democrats



6:30 p.m.         Meet and Greet

7:00 p.m.         Welcome, Introductions, Minutes and Treasurer’s Report, and Housekeeping – Jason Burge, Dave Burge

7:05 p.m.         Guest Speaker: Jim Crary, 2016 candidate for Congressional District 2

7:35 p.m.         Strategic Plan and Your Role – Jason Burge, Jodie Cee

7:55 p.m.         Good of the Order

8:00 p.m.         Adjourn and Return badges, chairs, and tables


May Elections are ramping up and we need some serious volunteer power.  If you want to get involved in election work, please email us at  We are looking for canvassers, phone bankers, meet and greet hosts, data people, letter writers, and money donations for our slate cards.  These races are sprints and our candidates will need as much help as we can give them!

Deschutes County Democratic Central Committee meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm (meet and greet starts at 6:30) at the Central Oregon Environmental Center at 16 NW Kansas St. in Bend.  Bring a friend to the next meeting!

Progressive Speed Dating – March 16 at Wille Hall (COCC Campus) at 5:45pm.