Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins to speak at October BC Dems Central Committee Meeting

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins will join the BC Dems at our October Central Commitee Meeting, October 15th at 7pm. We will meet at Grace Lutheran Church. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Secretary Jeanne P. Atkins

Secretary Jeanne P. Atkins

From her official bio:

“Jeanne P. Atkins is Oregon’s 25th Secretary of State.

She was sworn in as Secretary of State on March 11, 2015. Gov. Kate Brown appointed her to fill the vacancy left when Brown became Oregon’s 38th governor.

 A veteran state administrator, Congressional staffer and women’s rights advocate, Jeanne is a committed public servant who’s spent her entire career in public service and non-profit organizations.
Secretary Atkins, 65, retired in January 2015 from the office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., where she served as state director since 2009. Previously, she was chief of staff for the Oregon Speaker of the House of Representatives. Jeanne’s service to Oregonians also includes stints as top staffer for the Senate Democratic caucus; manager of the Women’s and Reproductive Health Section of the Department of Human Services’ Office of Family Health; and staff director in the Oregon Senate Majority Office. She ran for the Oregon House in 1992 and 1994.
During her nonprofit work, Jeanne focused on policy analysis and public affairs at organizations including the United Way of the Columbia/Willamette and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette, where she did public affairs work, and, later oversaw seven clinics. Early in her career, Jeanne spent almost seven years in Washington, D.C., working in public policy. Throughout, her advocacy on behalf of women has been an unwavering theme.
Jeanne and her husband, John, moved to Oregon in 1973 from her native state of Washington. She earned her law degree at the University of Oregon and received her bachelor’s from the University of Washington.
At her swearing-in, Secretary Atkins emphasized her commitment to fulfilling the opportunity given her to protect and strengthen some of Oregonians’ deepest values: free and open elections, transparency in government, public access to Oregon history, and accountability by state agencies and offices.
One of Secretary Atkins’ early priorities will be implementing the New Motor Voter bill passed by the 78th Legislative Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Brown. As well, Secretary Atkins intends to ensure progress forward and smooth operation of key functions of the Secretary of State’s office, which range from administering elections and conducting audits, to overseeing the State Archives and serving as the first stop for business.”
President Carter tries to comfort 6 year old Ruhama Issah at Savelugu Hospital as a Carter Center Volunteer, Adams Bawa, dresses her extremely painful guinea worm wound.

Carter Center CDO Visiting Benton County Tomorrow Night!

President Jimmy Carter‘s efforts to “wage peace, fight disease and build hope” throughout the world will be the topic when the chief development officer for the Center appears at a special BC Dems event at Grace Lutheran Church in Corvallis on Oct. 6th at 7 p.m. that is open to the public.
President Carter tries to comfort 6 year old Ruhama Issah at Savelugu Hospital as a Carter Center Volunteer, Adams Bawa, dresses her extremely painful guinea worm wound.

President Carter tries to comfort 6 year old Ruhama Issah at Savelugu Hospital as a Carter Center Volunteer, Adams Bawa, dresses her extremely painful guinea worm wound.

Barry Nickelsberg, the CDO of the Carter Center in Atlanta, will discuss the Center‘s efforts to fulfill President Jimmy Carter‘s charge when he founded the center in 1982. Carter‘s efforts with theCenter were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
Since it’s founding the Carter Center has helped nurture democracies around the world and eradicate five tropical diseases, most notably reducing the the number of case of Guinea Worm from 3.5 million in 1986 to just 12 today. The Center has also monitored more than 100 elections and brokered peace treaties through itsCenter for Conflict Resolution.
President Carter recently turned 90 and has announced that he is battling cancer.  This will be very timely opportunity to learn about the Carter Center‘s activities and humanitarian achievements around the globe over the past 30-plus years.

Fall Internships Available!

The following internships are available for Fall term with the Benton County Democrats. Longer term internships are available. Hours for positions are flexible. Please submit cover letter and resume, or any questions to


Social Media Intern

This position will work to coordinate social media for the Benton County Democrats through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our website. This position is responsible for attending our events and taking pictures and ensuring a strong social media presence. This position will gain valuable experiences working with PR and publicity experts in our region.


Voter File Internship

This position will play a key role in preparing for the 2016 campaign season by working to update and maintain the voter file for the Benton County Democrats. This position will gain training in the revolutionary “Votebuilder” software and will get to work closely with volunteers and supporters to ensure that information and databases are up to date for all of our candidates.


Volunteer Coordinator

This position will serve a role of coordinating volunteer efforts for a variety of events and activities throughout the term. This could include weekend events, our larger fundraisers, or other activities. This position would work closely with our Campaign Fundraising intern and also with all of our committee chairs. This position would gain experience and training in using doodle polls and making contact with a wide variety of voters.


Campaign Fundraising Internship

This position serves to assist in the planning and coordination of major fundraising efforts by the Benton County Democrats. This intern will assist in the organization of our large fundraising events (The Holiday Auction in the Fall Term, the Progressive Legacy Dinner in the Spring Term) and will gain valuable training and knowledge in campaign finance reporting from our treasurer and making “asks”. This position must be available on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:00 during the fall term.


Don’t Forget! Benton & Linn County Democrats Picnic and Pie Auction this Saturday, August 8th!


This Saturday the Benton & Linn County Democrats are hosting our annual Picnic and Pie Auction. This fun social event is a great way to connect with local Dems and our elected officials.

Where: Hyak County Park (Directions)

When: Saturday August 8th, 12p-3p

What to bring: A  Side Dish to Share ( Meat and Veggie Options will be provided.)

Please feel free to bring the whole family, lawn games are welcome!