INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
- Chair’s Letter
- LCR Office Now Open
- Grand Opening TBA
- LCR Delegates Return From Platform Convention
- A Big Thank You: Picnic and Golf Tourney
- September 19 LCR Central Committee Meeting, 6:30 credentialing, 7pm Meeting . 250 A St. Springfield Utility Board
- LCR Office Grand Opening TBA
Excitement is in the air. I have been working on putting the office together on and off for the last month. While puttsing around I managed to get four more pages of signatures for the Recall Kate Brown under my belt. I love drop-ins.
By the time you read this letter the new Lane County Republican office will be open and will be planning an open house some time in the next month. The new office is located at 35817 Highway 58, directly across from the Dairy Queen in Pleasant Hill. Volunteers are needed to man the office on a regular basis and a few locals have already volunteered to help. I can’t wait.
We do need things like shelving to display goods for sale. Hats, flags, buttons, signs, cups, t-shirts and all kinds of things to get our President re-elected.
I met some really great people at our picnic and golf tournament and would like to thank all those who diligently worked to put it together and to those who donated to the support of the Party. It is an all-volunteer army and at times a thankless job for the work that you do. I thank you.
A special thanks to Mr. Solomon Yue, National Committeeman, for updating us on Oregon events at the LCR picnic, and to Dallas Heard, senator from District 1 in Douglas County/Roseburg area, for his heartfelt thankfulness for those who showed up and supported the eleven senators. The sea of supporters is truly an encouragement when things look hopeless.
A big thank you to Representative Mike Nearman (District 23), who gave of his time and energy to update us on the petition process. Mike is a great help and always brings a cheerful attitude.
During the picnic Sen. Heard introduced us to a candidate running against Peter DeFazio in Congressional District 4, Mr. Alek Skarlatos from Roseburg. He has thrown his hat in the ring and is ready to do battle to win.
Hopefully we will be able to meet these candidates right here at the new office for some meet and greets, so we can see what great candidates are running.
LC Platform Convention
Delegates Return Inspired
Three Lane County Republican delegates, freshly elected as Bonus Delegates in June, returned from the Oregon Republican Party Platform Convention with glowing reports. The convention, held in Pendleton on August 23-24, was attended by 192 Republicans from around the state, including the trio from Lane County, Johan Winn, Nicole De Graff and Michael Moore. “It was nice to meet Republicans from around the state,” said Delegate Moore.
“Driving four hours to eastern Oregon was worth it,” said De Graff. “Reading the platform is different than tearing it apart [and working on it], she explained. “I felt empowered.” Delegate Winn was satisfied that his contribution to the Family element was included in the main Platform document and also survived the Platform’s final cut.
Prior to the main convention, small work groups called caucuses met to examine the existing text related to particular topics. Each caucus scrutinized their assigned piece of the Platform for wording and ways the text might be improved. Delegate Moore sat in on Immigration, Religious Liberty and Election Security. De Graff worked on Health Care, Education and Limited Government. Winn focused on Family.
Both De Graff and Winn noted that the meeting was well organized and the food was good. “They took good care of us,” Winn reported.
All three LCR delegates were glad they went and expressed gratefulness that they had played a role in the update and ratification of the 2019 Oregon Republican Platform. “[The Convention] reaffirmed my getting involved with Oregon politics. I am inspired to keep going,” said De Graff. Winn added, “There were differences of opinion, but I never felt like I had to surrender my values.”
Donors! Picnickers! Golfers!
You put the into our summer fundraising.
A whopping 128 folks signed up for the Republican fundraising picnic held Saturday, August 17.
Picnickers turned out in force for an old-fashioned neighborly dinner, complete with friends, special speakers and a fundraising Dessert Dash. While dining on barbecued brisket, guests overlooked the sprawling Willamette Valley, which is the charm of the picnic’s location at Stroda’s Tree Farm in Cheshire. Thank you Stroda Farms for your hospitality! Special guests included National Committeeman Solomon Yue, Senator Dallas Heard, Representative Mike Nearman and Candidate Alek Skarlatos, who is running for Congress against Peter DeFazio.
The Lane County Republicans are also especially grateful for the donors and players who participated in the LCR golf tournament fundraiser on August 23 at Pine Ridge Golf Club.
No one bagged the car, but because of our supporters, the Lane County Republicans made a hole-in-one!