The Blue Wave won’t happen unless we all pitch in.
Josephine County residents have an opportunity to do just that by volunteering for Democratic Congressional District 2 candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Sign up during a volunteer orientation Monday, June 25, 6-8 p.m. at Taprock Northwest Grill on 6th Street in Grants Pass.
Jamie’s an engineer, so she’s calculated what she needs to win and it’s very possible she could upset long-time Congressman Greg Walden. In a seven-person primary, Jamie got 47% of the vote. There are 534,454 voters in the district and 171,133 are registered as Non-Affiliated Voters (NAV). With the projected turnout in the district, it will take approximately 179,464 votes to win. In 2016 Democratic Candidate Jim Crary got 106,640 votes. By appealing to left-leaning NAV voters and reminding Democrats who consistently forget to vote to mail in their ballots, CD2 could be part of the Blue Wave.
This would not only be historical because Jamie would be the first woman to hold this Congressional seat, she’d be the first Democrat since 1980. Only two Democrats have held this seat since the district was created in 1893.
Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a well-qualified candidate. She has the education and experience to be an advocate for issues that affect people in the largely rural District 2, who aren’t getting the attention they deserve. However, Walden has millions of dollars in his campaign war chest thanks to corporate interests and the NRA. Jamie doesn’t have that kind of money. She’s depending on many small donations from her supporters and an army of volunteers. This means every Democrat in the district will have to contribute and vote if she is to succeed.
Jamie intends to keep the tone of her campaign positive, focusing on the issues people in the district have told her they are concerned about during her year-long tour leading up to the primary. She encourages volunteers to stay positive, polite, and enthusiastic during voter outreach.
The most important element of Jamie’s campaign will be that voter outreach. Her campaign needs to blanket every community in the district with people who are knocking on doors, phone banking, holding fund-raisers and attending local events such as county fairs, Fourth of July parades, festivals and coffees. People are also needed to do research on the issues important to people in CD2 and Walden’s record on those issues.
The structure is in place. Now people are needed to fill it in. Each county will have a County Coordinator who works directly with the campaign and helps with communication between teams of local volunteers and the campaign. Currently Libby and Ted Watts are interim County Coordinators in Josephine County, but they would like someone to take that position, or at least help with the Coordinator’s duties. County Team Leaders will organize the footwork, phone work, events, fund-raising and distribution of bumper stickers, buttons, and signs. Young people are encouraged to join this democratic process, and find out just what it takes to run for a national office. Call Libby at 541-660-8155 if you’d like to help, or need more information about the volunteer meeting June 25. Learn more about Jamie at https://jamiefororegon.com/