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Chair of the Democratic Party of Columbia County, Greg Pettit, is looking for other Democrats to get involved.

Democrats, it's time to get involved

Citizen involvement is the foundation for good government that effectively addresses the most critical needs of its citizenry.

In our current political climate, it is more important than ever that we become engaged in our political processes. In Oregon, the most grassroots-level building block of the major political parties is the Precinct Committee Person (PCP). If you are a Democrat, and you are not happy with the current direction of politics, one of the most effective ways you can make a difference is to become a PCP. They are an important driving force behind registering voters, getting the word out on candidates, developing the party's positions, and helping people understand the party's processes and platform. A PCP is a representative of the precinct in which he or she resides (or an adjacent precinct). The precinct is the smallest political unit in the county. For each 500 registered voters in a precinct there should be one PCP of each gender. A PCP can either be elected or appointed. Starting in early March of an even-numbered election year, Oregon voters registered as Democrats for at least 180 days may file to be elected to fill PCP slots in the May primary election.

After the May election, the Central Committee can appoint registered Democrats to vacant PCP slots. In Columbia County there are 33 precincts. There are PCP vacancies in almost all Precincts. No matter where you live in Columbia County there will be a vacant PCP slot available to you either in the precinct you live in or an adjacent one. A Democratic PCP in Columbia County is a member of the Central Committee which is the governing body of the Democratic Party of Columbia County; you have a voice and a vote when we make decisions that affect your community. In addition, PCPs attend State Central Committee meetings and vote on official party business. The Democratic Party of Columbia County normally meets once a month at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month, at the Kozy Korner Restaurant, 371 Columbia Blvd., St. Helens. Meeting dates are sometimes changed to avoid conflicts with holidays.

You can check on the party web-site at www.columbiademocrats.org to confirm meeting times and view a meeting agenda. This is a critical time in American history. The election of Donald Trump as our president should make us all ask ourselves: What are the values that truly make America great? What are the values that we as American citizens should be standing up for?

America's greatness is not an entitlement. It is an inheritance each generation must protect and strengthen.

If you share the core Democratic values of liberty, pursuit of happiness, justice, common good, equality, truth, diversity and that the power of the government comes from the people, then I hope you will come to one of our meetings.

Greg Pettit

Chair

Democratic Party of Columbia County

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