In the Spotlight: Eva Avery
“I’m the result of a mixed marriage,” Eva Avery laughs, “my dad was a Republican, and my mom was a Democrat.”
Don’t let the jokes fool you, the JoCo Democratic Party Chairperson, Eva Avery, is tough, energetic, dedicated, and resourceful. Eva, one of 11 children, grew up in the Midwest. Her earliest years were spent in Chicago and then in Michigan City, Indiana, on the shores of Lake Michigan. While in Indiana, Eva worked as an LPN and later became a nationally certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.
Although Eva claims to have “always been a liberal and an activist” it wasn’t until she moved to Atlanta, GA that she galvanized her political muscle. Eva organized the first “Women’s March” in Georgia. While in Atlanta she met and worked with civil rights icons, John Lewis, Raphael Warnock, Al Sharpton, Lucy McBath, and Stacey Abrams.
In 2018, Eva and her husband left Atlanta and moved to Grants Pass to be closer to family. Once settled in, Eva felt compelled to join the Democratic Party in Josephine County to work at solving political issues through compassion and activism. Her motto, “Don’t be a witness-be an activist.” Like Greta Thunberg, “one person, one corner, one sign,” can have seismic impact.
Many of us, still traumatized by the last Trump campaign; are already biting our fingernails at the prospect of the upcoming 2024 election. The hate and vitriol spewing from Trump combined with the antigovernmental sentiment in southern Oregon may seem intimidating, and it is, but even more reason to confront the culture wars head on and reject them.
Eva has targeted six issues, three national and three local that she is most focused on. The national issues that are setting Eva’s hair on fire include (1) a woman’s bodily autonomy, (2) getting weapons of war off the streets, and (3) maintaining the separation of church and state. Locally, her hot button issues are (1) housing the unhoused, (2) increasing political engagement, and (3) rewriting the Josephine County Charter.
Staying motivated in the face of recent overt political conflict is hard. Eva says her best advice on how to keep moving forward and not become overwhelmed and depressed is by, “staying in the moment, keeping focused on the immediate.”
With all the activity in her life Eva still finds time to read a good book now and then. It should be no surprise that two of her recent fav’s are “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama and “Hard Choices,” by Hillary Clinton.
When I asked Eva what she wanted to achieve during her tenure as Josephine County Democratic Party Chairperson, she was quick to respond. “My most fervent goal is to get people engaged, get them involved in the issues of our day-positive change is possible-but people need to be involved in the process.”
Listen friends, the issues couldn't be more clear. Please, get involved. You're never too young or too old to invest time and energy in the country we all love. So, now is the time to answer the call; put on your comfy shoes, grab a sign, and join Eva Avery and other like-minded individuals, in campaigning for a positive vision for America not a dead and decaying one where demagogues rule.
By D.S. Mitchell