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PRESS ADVISORY: DPO to hold leadership elections ahead of 2020 campaign cycle

Jan 23, 2019


PORTLAND, Oregon (January 23, 2019) – 

Contact: Molly Woon
press [at] dpo [dot] org 

PRESS ADVISORY: DPO to hold leadership elections ahead of 2020 campaign cycle

Portland — With arguably the most important Democratic presidential primary in modern history on the horizon, Democrats from all corners of Oregon will gather on March 17th in Polk County to elect leaders for the next two year term. Every odd-numbered year in the spring, the Democratic Party of Oregon elects new state party officers. These officers are elected by the Delegates of the State Central Committee, who are either elected by their respective county party, serve as Congressional District chairs, are current State Party officers of the DPO, or serve as the representative  of a DPO special group caucus.

This year, the following positions are up for election:

  • State Party Chair
  • State Party Vice Chair (two positions)  
  • State Party Secretary

“In 2020 it will be more true than ever that the goal of a better world depends on our electoral success, ” said Jeanne Atkins, chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon. “I have great confidence in the future of the DPO. The party has never been bigger or more active than it is today. We have a strong staff, a strong program, and many committed activists who are stepping up to lead. 2020 is going to be an exciting year and Oregon is going to make a difference.”

Atkins announced on Saturday that she would not be seeking re election to serve as DPO Chair.  Atkins will end her two year term on the heels of resounding Democratic victories across the state, including the reelection of Governor Kate Brown by over six points, increasing legislative majorities in the Salem, and the most competitive race in Congressional District 2 in recent memory.

Per the DPO Bylaws, candidates may file to run as a Democratic Party of Oregon Officer until 25 days prior to the election in order to be printed on the ballot and in candidate materials, though write-in candidates are allowed. The deadline to file this year is 5PM on February 20, 2019.

To file to run for an officer position in the DPO, candidates must certify that they are a legal resident of Oregon, a registered Democrat, and qualified to run for the officer position in the Democratic Party of Oregon that you are seeking. Any legal resident of the State of Oregon who is a registered Democrat is eligible to become an officer in the DPO, except for someone who is a candidate for, or is an incumbent in, the office of United States Senator, United States Representative, or is in any position elected from the state at large.

More information, including the filing form to run for DPO office, can be found here.  

Interested candidates should contact operations [at] dpo [dot] org with questions. Members of the media should contact molly [at] dpo [dot] org