January 21, 2017: Women's March - Bend

The Vocal Seniority helped organize Bend's sister march in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington.  

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Oregon Congressional District 2
Candidate Forum follow-up
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our first Candidate Forum! This forum was hosted by The Vocal Seniority, Indivisible Bend, and The College Democrats of Oregon on November 13.

If you were not able to attend the forum, you can
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As a follow-up to the forum, we sent out a survey to the attendees. The results of the survey are in and are an interesting glimpse into the minds of our fellow members. This is not a statistically representative sample of our membership. It is just a summary of those who opted-in to go to the forum and then another opt-in to answer the survey. Below is an executive summary of the results of the survey. For those of you interested in taking a look at the raw survey data, you can view it  here.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Overall Effectiveness of Forum
The CD2 Candidate Forum was well received by the participants and considered to be “effective” by 100% of the attendees. 
Although there was a resounding thumbs-up for the effectiveness of the forum, there are opportunities for improving the overall experience. The suggested improvements are in the following categories: fix the confusing Eventbrite waiting list process, add the questions to the Live stream feed, provide more time for candidates to introduce themselves, add a component for audience participation (clapping, follow-up questions), hold forum in larger venue space.

This quote eloquently sums up the tone of the responses toward the forum:“Very nice job of allowing us an apples to apples comparison by requiring the same questions to be answered by each candidate. Nathan Boddie was excellent moderator.”

Attendee Candidate Preferences
The majority of the attendees (63%) came to the forum with no preferred candidate. Among the 37% of those that did have a preferred candidate only one respondent changed their opinion based on the forum. 

Although preferences were not changed for their preferred candidate, 16 of the 30 respondents to this question were impressed with the other candidates and believe that there are a number of solid choices if their preferred candidate does not win the nomination. The following quote reflects this sentiment,“I was impressed with several others and felt all of them would represent our district far better than Walden.”

Candidate Most likely to Win & Why?
There were 47 responses to this question and three candidates received greater than 20% of the responses. These were, in order of preference, Jamie McLeod-Skinner (24 votes), Jim Crary (13 votes) and Tim White (11 votes).

The reasons for supporting each of these candidates varied. Below is the general tone expressed by the supporters for each of the lead candidates.

Jamie’s prior experience in politics gave her an edge over the other candidates. This sentiment is best represented by this quote: “She has a proven political record in engaging local communities, bringing diverse interests together to solve community issues.”

Jim Crary’s prior experience running in 2016 was often mentioned as a reason for supporting him. “While I think all of the candidates are qualified.  I think Jim Crary's running against Walden previously has helped him learn what he needs to know to counter-punch Walden's platform.”

Tim White’s command of the numbers and statistics impressed his supporters as evidence by this quote: “Tim seemed to have a very good grasp of the issues and data/facts. Good understanding of economic issues too.”

Recommendations to the Candidates
Perhaps one of the most basic but relevant recommendations was: “All of these candidates offer something valuable it will be the hardest worker bee who pounds the pavement who will prevail in the end.”

And there were well-deserved kudos to all of the candidates on the panel! “The civility of the panel and the moderator was exemplary.”

Measure 101 on KPOV
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Starting Wednesday, Dec 20, you can hear a couple pieces on Measure 101 on KPOV, 88.9:


One contains interviews from the Measure 101 Campaign Kickoff and the other is an interview with Janet Bauer of OCPP.

Further info on Measure 101 is at its official website: yesforhealthcare.org and from an excellent FAQ prepared by the Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP).


Know Your Rights!
​Workshop
 
On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, The Vocal Seniority held a Know Your Rights! workshop at the Deschutes Public Library in downtown Bend.  Primary speakers were Bend PD Sgt. Dan Ritchie and attorney Thaddeus Betz.

A video of that very informative workshop is available on The Vocal Seniority's YouTube channel.

Click here to view the presentations and the Q&A session that followed.