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Dems satisfied with North Clackamas election results


by: SCANNED DOCUMENT - Democratic Party members passed out this slate card in North Clackamas prior to the May 21 election. A similar card went out in Sandy, where a Democratic Party volunteer won election to the Sandy Fire Board.Clackamas County Democrats expressed “quiet elation” in sweeping every race in which they had a contested candidate in this week’s elections, according to a May 23 posting on their website.

Campaigners battled “nine-for-nine” by targeting North Clackamas races with a voting guide supporting light rail, Metro’s local-option levy and registered Democratic candidates in nonpartisan special-district elections.

Democrats’ biggest prize was knocking out Oak Lodge Water District incumbent Jim Knapp, “the same guy who, with John Ludlow, brought us those ridiculous ballot measures not helping to pay for Sellwood Bridge repairs, on getting rid of urban renewal districts in the county, on demanding a vote before any county money is spent on light rail, and so forth,” wrote Democratic Party communications committee co-chaiman Peter Toll. Democrats thought the Oregon Transformation Project was grooming Knapp for a county commission race next year by donating thousands of dollars to his campaign.

Democratic Party volunteers helped candidates win with concentrated “door-to-door canvassing, phoning, mounting lawn signs and related campaign activity.” Volunteers recruited North Clackamas candidates based on their “ability to work well with others” rather than their party affiliation, Toll said.

Although newly elected Clackamas Community College board member Greg Chaimov was pleased to have had Democratic support, he’s not a registered Democrat.

“I’d have been pleased to have had the support of the Clackamas County Republicans, too, but they had made the decision to support my opponent,” Chaimov said