Josephine County Democrats and supporters gathered last Friday evening to have fun and raise some money for the May election, which they realize is going to be a tough contest between those who are running to help our schools and library succeed and those who just want to create chaos.
Former Rep. Peter DeFazio kicked things off with a Zoom appearance where he promised to match, up to $5,000 what Democrats could raise at the event. Democrats took up the challenge, raising well over the match amount during the auction and ticket sales. DeFazio praised Democrats working in red counties like Josephine, saying rural Democrats made a difference in the governor’s and other important state races last year. He urged those attending to work hard to keep the far right at bay and protect women’s rights in our state.
Candidates running for school board and library seats were also introduced.
While about 50 people enjoyed pizza from Catalyst Pizza Co., salad, wine, beer, margaritas or soft drinks and a variety of cookies for dessert, former Democratic Party of Oregon Chair KC Hanson set the tone for the fundraising as auctioneer, helping Josephine County Democrats reach their goal and beyond. Those participating in the friendly but competitive bidding vied for local wines, parody baskets containing Cheetos and several “banned books” featured in the right-wing local publication “The Eagle.”