Meet the Benton County Democrats
Benton County Democrats is open to any registered Democrat in the county. You are welcome to attend monthly meetings. You are also welcome to leave a phone message at (541) 752-4848. We open campaign headquarters prior to general elections but otherwise do not have an office.
You can read our electronic newsletter, Hotlines; you’ll find information about the party, candidates and upcoming events. Keep an eye on the e-newsletter for volunteer opportunities. There is often a range of volunteer work needed (e.g., office work, organizing events, canvassing, etc.).
Our finances support our goal of electing Democrats in Benton County.
Our organization begins with Precinct Committee Persons 184 positions in Benton County. These persons work in teams in their neighborhoods during election campaigns and can vote at monthly meetings and other leadership elections.
Our Bylaws describe how our organization conducts business.
Much of the work of the Party goes on in Committees. You are welcome to attend committee meetings or to contact the committee chair with questions. The links below show our standing committees, chairpersons, and plans on current issues.
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- Executive CommitteeChair: Stephanie Hampton 541-740-4439
First Vice Chair: Rick Osborn 541-908-6381
Second Vice Chair: Lauana Beaty 503-309-9811
Treasurer: Dan de Carbonel 541-254-4859
Secretary: Ann Gaidos-Morgan 541-730-1549
- Central CommitteeThe Central Committee is the main decision-making body of the Benton County Democrats. The members of the Committee are the Precinct Committee Persons (PCP’s); while any member of the public can attend Central Committee meetings, only PCP’s are eligible to vote on the actions to be taken by county party.Membership as a PCP on the Central Committee is open to any registered Democrat living (and registered) in Benton County. There are two ways to become a PCP. To be eligible to vote for officers of the party, PCP’s must be elected during a primary election. Ask any member of the Executive Committee and she or he will give you more information if you are interested. At any point in the year, the Central Committee can appoint a person to fill any open precinct committee; the candidate is submitted at a Central Committee meeting and is approved on a vote of the attending members.You can serve as a PCP in either the precinct in which you live, or, if all those positions are filled, an open position in a neighboring precinct. PCP positions are divided evenly between male and female openings. Our PCP coordinator can let you know about any openings.Everyone is invited to attend Central Committee meetings. Please feel free to attend.
- State Central CommitteeThe State Central Committee guides the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO), elects the DPO Executive Committee, and makes many major decisions. Each county sends a number of delegates based on county population, and gender balancing. The current delegates and alternates were elected by the Benton County Central Committee during its November 2014 meeting.Delegates
Stephanie Hampton (Delagate Chair)
- 4th Congressional District Committee (DeFazio)DelegatesQuintin KrethSteven EsbensenAlternates
- 5th Congressional District Committee (Schrader)5th Congressional District Committee
Kurt Schrader (D)DelegatesSam SappingtonMarisabel Gouverneur
- Finance CommitteeChair: Biff Traber 753-6735
Responsible for the party’s financial planning and monitoring.
- Communications CommitteeChair: Scott Alexander
- Technology Infrastructure CommitteeChair: Charles Maughan
- Bylaws & Rules CommitteeChair: Tanya Shively Contact:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 541-929-6498
Will propose amendments to the bylaws for consideration by the full central committee.
- Campaign Services & Candidate Development CommitteeChair: Janet Wolf-EsheIn between elections, the campaign services committee morphs into an office-holder relations and candidate development committee.
- Platform & Resolutions CommitteeThe Platform & Resolutions Committee will help the party shape its actions and message by developing a series of resolutions. These resolutions will frame where we, as a party, stand on various issues; they will also provide guidance on where we place our priorities for activism and lobbying. Visitors are welcome to attend committee meetings and present an issue of concern.
Benton County Legislative Action Items (LAIs)
passed in 2010
Plank: Election Reform
LAI: Enact legislation to establish publicly-funded campaigns at all levels
Plank: Public Safety, Justice, and Civil Liberties
LAI: Provide additional and improved facilities and programs for individuals experiencing mental health illness to reduce law enforcement contacts and incarceration as an alternative treatment.
LAI: Allocate significant additional funds to the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training for enhanced and extended training for all rank levels and in all disciplines (corrections, parole & probation, and law enforcement.)
Plank: Forest, Field, Range, & Fisheries
LAI: Encourage and continue to support organic and sustainable farming by providing assistance with, but not limited to, research, product development, certification, and marketing.
Plank: Shelter, Food, and a Living Wage
LAI: Support the renewal of a consistent general fund revenue stream for higher education.
- Precinct Organization / Voter ID CommitteeChair:
Contact Precinct CommitteeThis is where the precinct captains are. Precincts may be divided into subprecincts of more manageable size. The objectives for the precinct captains and their subprecinct leaders are 1) to know the people in their turfs well enough to eliminate the need for explicit election-time Voter ID work, and 2) to recruit motivated people of all parties to help with our action projects. Another function is to let the county elections office know when voters move away, so that they can be pruned from the voting rolls to make meeting double majority requirements easier.
- Party Development CommitteeContact Vice ChairMarion says “This committee will focus on the personal and political (remember, the personal IS political) development of Benton County Democrats. We will plan and implement a series of activities that give us opportunities to build relationships and networks– social gatherings, training, discussion groups, anything that helps us become more effective agents of change. And, as the name ‘party development’ would suggest, we will have a lot of fun doing it. Mother Jones said, If I can’t dance, I don’t want to join your revolution. I say, bring your dancing shoes to this committee….”
- Legislative Process CommitteeThis committee will serve as a two-way avenue of communication between the Benton County Democrats and our elected representatives at the local, state, and national levels.
- Legislative Accountability CommitteeThis committee will serve as a two-way avenue of communication between the Benton County Democrats and our elected representatives at the local, state, and national levels.
- Voter Registration / Election Integrity CommitteeContact Voter CommitteeRegistering new voters thru the Field HQ and other venues was a valuable tool in this last campaign both for increasing Democratic registrations and also for recruiting and engaging new volunteers. It is a neighborly, non-confrontational way of maintaining a presence in the community for the Democratic Party. This committee also has responsibility for working to improve election mechanics and assure election fairness.
- Young Democrats Liaison CommitteeContact ChairLiaison to OSU Democrats and other student and young voter groups.
- Law Enforcement LiaisonDavid Peterson – Contact David