On Your Ballot: Auditor, County Clerk, Judge and District Attorney


Between now and Election Day in May, we will highlight the 30 Emerge Oregon alumnae appearing on primary ballots throughout the state.

In previous emails we focused on our alumnae at the top of the ticket, those running for re-election to the Oregon State Legislature,  first-time candidates for the state legislature, and county commissioncandidates.

Today we focus on our first-ever candidates for county auditor, county clerk, and circuit court judge - as well as our board member, Christine Lewis, who is running for Metro. 

In addition, we also would LOVE to acknowledge several women who attended one of our one-day "Taste of Emerge" trainings who have since decided to run! Those women include: 

Michelle Blum Atkinson, Oregon House District 6, Medford

Eileen Kiely, Oregon House District 53, Central Oregon

Karen Rippberger, Oregon House District 55, Central/Southern Oregon

Amy Thuren, Jackson County Commission, Position 1

Lanita Witt, Jackson County Commission, Position 3

We love that these women have stepped up to serve their communities - and after this week's second annual boot camp, we'll have more candidates running for office in November to announce! 

Finally, a reminder that ballots will be in your hands this week. Vote, get them in the mail or drop them off - and tell your friends, too!


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Jennifer McGuirk, Multnomah County Auditor: 

"As Auditor I will see that the county is transparent and accountable in how it spends taxpayers dollars, and bring a new, needed approach that supports equity and community involvement in the Auditor's work. We need to go further in our mission, and follow the money and people in order to improve on the results of our work."

Learn more here. 

Pamela White, Clackamas County Clerk:

"I LOVE democracy and truly believe that our government is OF, BY, and FOR the people. I am running for Clackamas County Clerk because the work of the clerk is foundational to this amazing form of government. Whether it is elections integrity, record keeping accuracy, or the recording of marriages and property sales, I bring years of executive management experience and personal integrity to the table. That along with my passion for making democracy accessible to all citizens makes me the right woman for the job!"

Learn more here 

Christine Lewis, Metro Council, District 2: 

"I am running for Metro to help our local communities work together on major challenges such as transportation, land use, and livability. As Metro considers advancing policy solutions to the region’s housing crisis, the stakes are extraordinarily personal for many of us, our friends, and neighbors. I am bringing my experience working on these issues and my track record of getting things done in government to this race and to build a Metro Council that connects with and convenes local governments, businesses, constituents, and communities who are all too often otherwise left out." Learn morehere.

Ann Lininger, Judge, Clackamas County Circuit Court:   

“I have focused my career on protecting vulnerable people, helping individuals who experience addiction and mental illness get help, and keeping our community safe. I am running to retain my seat as a trial court judge to ensure that Clackamas County operates a strong and fair justice system.” 

Learn more here

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