Let's make Deschutes County Commissioner seats and elections nonpartisan.
Primaries bring major party politics into local politics due to low voter turnout and those who do vote lean politically, either far left or far right. This results in the election of fringe candidates. Three ways to fix that - change state law, increase voter turnout or no local primary.
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In May 2021, our goal was to collect 5,766 valid signatures. Our first filing: left to right, Michael Lui of County Clerk's office, Mimi Alkire & Susan Cobb, NCCC Chief Petitioners and County Commissioner Phil Chang, NCCC Treasurer. Over 90 circulators from Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver & Black Butte collected >7,000 signatures as of August 2022.
At Drake Park in Bend, on October 18, 2021, we had an event which included retired Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart, past Deschutes Co. Commissioner Tammy Baney & Deschutes Co. Commissioner Phil Chang. They presented positions and fielded questions in an informational forum on the citizens' initiative petition to Make the Deschutes County Commissioner seats and elections nonpartisan. Watch full event video.