Beginning Wednesday, April 5th Union County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting in the Community Room of the Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Avenue.  The new meeting time is 6:00 p.m.  

Introducing Our New Chairperson

Rebecca Tilley

Introducing Rebecca Tilley, the newly elected Chairperson of the Union County Democratic Central Committee. She is currently a Precinct Committee Person and was active as a local Union County organizer in the Obama for America 2008 and 2012 campaigns. 
Reflecting on how she became involved in the democratic process, Rebecca said, “As a 17 year old high school student in 1972, I participated in a mock Democratic Convention in Portland Oregon.  All the states were represented by high schools across Oregon and the moment I stepped into the convention hall, I was hooked. Hearing Senator George McGovern and Representative Patsy Mink speak that night sealed the deal.” 
Rebecca is a life long Oregonian and graduate of Southern Oregon State College.  She has been a resident of La Grande since 1995 and is employed as a registered nurse at Grande Ronde Hospital. Rebecca has held positions of leadership as a member of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Nurses Association and member and past chair of the Oregon Nurses Association – GRH Bargaining Unit. Locally she is involved with the Union County Progressives
Rebecca looks forward to her new position as Chairperson of the local Democratic Central Committee saying, “the Party represents my core beliefs of equality, fairness and freedom and I’m proud to be a member!”

Democrats Rally at Walden's Office in La Grande

Greg Walden's empty chair

A crowd of 70 people gathered in front of Rep. Greg Walden's office Saturday, February 25th for a Healthcare Rally. An invitation was sent to Walden earlier in the week but no reply was given. One empty chair was provided in case he decided to show up. Families with young children, someone in a wheelchair, retired and working folks were there to show Walden that they won't stand for repealing the ACA or changing Medicare or Medicaid. The rally ended with a show of hands by people involved in the many progressive organizations in the area, including Union County Democrats.  

Heads up RESIST DT and all he stands for!

Health Care Threatened

Join Union County Democrats, Progressives and the La Grande HUDDLE at the HEALTHCARE RALLY, Rep. Greg Walden's office 1211 Washington Ave. 5:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25.  Show Walden we won't stand for repealing the ACA or changing Medicare or Medicaid! We want improved Medicare for all! 
Bring your signs, posters, voices, instruments, and bucket drums. Get ready to proclaim "This Land is Our Land"
Contact Cheryl Simpson 541-663-6468

Truth Tuesdays

Join the Truth Tuesdays Gathering EVERY TUESDAY at 12:00 noon in front of Representative Greg Walden’s Office 1211 Washington Ave. La Grande. 

Come with signs, posters or letters and meet people who are working to RESIST Trump's agenda.  We encourage our Member of Congress Representative Greg Walden to represent us, not Trump. 

If we stand together, indivisible, we will win. Welcome to the resistance!

ALSO: Join us for the Next Meeting of the Union County Democrats

We meet every first Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6 pm in the second floor conference room of the Sac Annex at 105 Fir Street in La Grande.

Carole Halvorson
Chair, Union County Democrats

For more information use this form to contact us via email.

Rep. Walden to host pair of town hall meetings

Greg Walden 
Representative Greg Walden. Photo credit: Sam Churchill / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

From the East Oregonian - Published on February 7, 2017 10:12AM

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) will host a pair of town hall meetings Friday in Weston and Boardman.

Walden will meet with constituents at 11:30 a.m. at Weston Memorial Hall, 204 E. Main St. in Weston, before heading west for a town hall at 2:15 p.m. at the Port of Morrow Riverfront Center, 2 Marine Drive in Boardman.

Friday’s meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Walden’s office at 202-225-6730.

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SAVE HEALTH CARE Rally in La Grande

Union County Democrats Past Chair Glen Scheele and other Precinct Committee Persons organized OUR FIRST STAND: SAVE HEALTH CARE Rally in La Grande, Oregon with more than 20 people braving 10 F weather to gather and march to Rep. Greg Walden's office to post our demands. Then on to share stories at Oregon Rural Action about the importance of health care for all people. Some participants traveled from Baker City to join the Rally. We expect to rally again in the weeks to come. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

An Open Letter to the Electors

This letter was in a variety of papers across the country on December 14th, 2016.

Esteemed Electors:

We, a bipartisan coalition of Americans including Electors, scholars, officials, and concerned citizens write to you in the spirit of fellowship, out of our sense of patriotism, and with great urgency.

There are times in the life of a nation when extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. Now is a such time, and your courage and leadership are required.

Never in our Republic’s history has there been a President-apparent comparable to Donald Trump. His inauguration would present a grave and continual threat to the Constitution, to domestic tranquility, and to international stability:

Please Attend the Next Meeting of the Union County Democrats

We'll be meeting this Wednesday, December 7, from 5 to 6 pm in the second floor conference room of the Sac Annex at 105 Fir Street in La Grande.

The biggest item on our agenda is discussion about: "Union County Democrats Response to Trump!"  Please bring your ideas for action!

If you have other topics for discussion, let me know.

Thanks... see you Wednesday!

Carole Halvorson
Chair, Union County Democrats

For more information use this form to contact us via email.

Fair Success!

Thanks everyone who helped organize and staff our booth at the Union County Fair.  Despite the sweltering heat, it was a great success!

Gray McGuire deserves a HUGE round of applause for chairing the event.  Once again he brought great energy and innovative ideas to the task.  The booth looked GREAT!

Everyone who volunteered for a shift (or two) deserves our thanks, too.  Here is our list of stalwart supporters: Terry Edvalson, Lanetta Paul, Maryellen Laberge, Harris Shelton, Lynn Strandberg, Jerry Sebestyen, Margaret Mead, Jim Booker, Kelly Elliott, Kathleen Cathey, Dick McDaniels, Betty Hughes, Donna Skovlin, Cheryl Marie Cosgorve, Doug Ross, Norm Cimon, Shelly Cimon, Kathy McGuire, Mary Calder, Carol Halvorson, Bob Delve, Joyce Coulson, and Sandy Coulson.  (My apologies if I missed someone!)

While overall Fair attendance was down, we still had lots of visitors to our booth.  Nearly 700 votes were cast in our straw poll.  Here are the results:

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