Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Oregon Precinct Committee Election

Oregon Precinct Committee Election

Oregonians will elect precinct committeemen at the primary election on May 15, 2012. The deadline for candidates to file their declaration of candidacy is close of business on March 6, 2012.

This is another opportunity to achieve a center of power and it won't come around again for another two years.


Most importantly, you have to get on the ballot.

You must live within the precinct boundary, but you may also file in precincts adjacent to yours in the same county.

You must be registered to vote (18 years old before the November General Election) and indicate a party affiliation for the party you want to represent.

You must not have changed party affiliation within 180 days of the filing date deadline (March 6, 2012) for the primary election in which you are running for election. But there is one exception and one work-around of sorts.

The requirement that the candidate be qualified by length of membership does not apply to any candidate whose 18th birthday falls within the period of 180 days or to a write-in candidate. O.R.S. §249.046

While write-in campaigns are challenging, when no one else has filed for one of the available positions, it's a definite possibility.

I challenge you. Do you have what it takes to actually accomplish something of lasting effect? Or will you use one of your pat excuses? I've heard them all. (See The Power Is There for the Taking.)

To answer questions so that you can get yourself elected at your primary election, Project City Hall will host a live teleconference on February 23rd (see below) to discuss strategy and answer your questions.

What:Oregon Precinct Committee Election Teleconference
When:Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm (Pacific)
Where:Your home or mobile telephone
Details:To receive teleconference call details, Sign up or text Oregon PC, {your name}, {your e-mail address} to (973)498-8066

How to Determine Your Precinct

  1. Go to the Oregon Secretary of State's My Vote page and enter your name, date of birth, and zip code. If you have any difficulty ask the county clerk or the county party which should be able to provide the precinct name and code based on your residence address.
  2. Note the Precinct Name and Precinct Code on the results page.

Getting on the Ballot

When you have a plan, you don't have to guess what to do next. Written plans are always better than winging it. With that in mind, we've put together the Precinct Committee Candidate Checklist to give you a starting point for your plan.

  1. You can download a Precinct Committeeperson Candidate Filing SEL 105 or go to your county clerk's office and pick one up there. See the Oregon Secretary of State's site for additional Candidate Information.
  2. Call the county clerk and ask for the name, if any, of the current precinct committeeman for your precinct and their contact information (e-mail address and telephone number).
  3. Ask if a precinct committeeman was elected in the previous election cycle, how many people from the precinct voted in the same party, and how many votes were cast for each precinct committeemen on the ballot or as write-ins.
  4. Join other Oregonians on the live teleconference call (see above) where you can ask questions.
  5. Prepare printed information about yourself so that you can quickly communicate the information to everyone you meet (your neighbors) from your precinct. Also, see How to Present Yourself at a Precinct Caucus.
  6. File your paperwork with the county clerk as soon as you can. The best approach is to file in person. When you do, you can ask to have your declaration reviewed to make sure that you completed it as the clerk requires and get back a stamped copy across the counter.

Winning the Election

Winning a precinct election is easy, even with someone running against you, which is rare. You can do it if you prepare in advance and have a plan. Many people are looking for leaders and will accept almost anyone who simply steps up to lead. Just look at your current set of elected officials for proof of that.

After the Election

  1. Get a current copy of your state party committee by-laws and of your county party committee by-laws.
  2. Find out from the out-going county party executive committee when the organizational meeting is scheduled to elect new officers.
  3. Keep in touch, because we'll be producing training teleconferences about all the aspects of being an effective precinct committeeman.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone who wants to take their country back.
  • Anyone who values freedom and liberty.
  • If you're already a precinct committeeman, attend to encourage others and to relate your own experience.

Oregon County Precinct Contacts

All politics is local. We cannot reach the goal alone. We need your help. These people are actively recruiting precinct committeemen in their county. If you'd like to recruit for your county, add your comment to this article and a way to contact you.

CountyPrecinctsPopulationContact NameContact Method
Hood River521,536  
Linn29115,348Wendy Frome 
Washington127529,216Gordon FiddesE-mail Phone


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  1. Hi, I was just elected to be PCP for precinct 11 in Benton county Oregon. I was looking on your page to see what my role is as a PCP and how I can use this position to help get things back on track

  2. Besides the training that the Benton County Central Committee should provide, you can exercise your power at the Oregon Congressional District Convention on Saturday.

    See http://projectcityhall.blogspot.com/2012/06/oregon-congressional-district-pre.html

    You need to sign up to be on the call.