The temperature is not the only thing heating up in February. We have been really busy setting up our spring of action here in Deschutes County. Come hear all about it at our next monthly meeting on Thursday, February 8 at the Environmental Center (16 NW Kansas) at 6:30pm (social) and 7:00pm (business) as we host City Councilor and HD 54 Candidate Nathan Boddie. We have also just confirmed that the Deschutes Democrats will host a CD 2 Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 4 at Central Oregon Community College’s Wille Hall from 7pm-830pm, moderated by former HD 54 Rep and current Prof Judy Stiegler. Space is limited to 200 people and we will send out a separate email with the link to sign up and the event will be on Deschutes Grassroots and Facebook so keep your eyes out. We expect the event to sell out.

We are excited to hear from Nathan about the debate at City Council about electing our mayor and updates on that process. In addition, the Republicans have hand-picked their opponent to go up against Nathan and his opponent has spent the last six years attacking PERS and would be detrimental to those who serve in our communities, from firefighters to nurses to teachers and beyond. We need a voice in Salem that will focus on bringing jobs with living wages to Central Oregon and focus on smart growth and our housing crisis. After years of representation that was solely focused on running for governor in the future, we have a real opportunity to have a representative that wants to represent Bend.

In addition to Nathan, we will also have Peg Humphreys at our meeting to talk more about the process of getting your name on the May Ballot for Precinct Committee Person (PCP). Fill out the PCP application found on our site here and bring it with you. If you come to the meeting, Peg will make sure you fill out the paperwork correctly, will collect your forms, and turn them in for you. If you can’t make it, follow the link and drop it off yourself. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

We will also talk about the upcoming Platform Convention that will take place in March. Find out more here. If you can’t make it to our meeting but are interested, please get in touch and we can make sure you have all the details. It is an interesting process and it is great to have voices from Deschutes County represented at the convention.