How union members could take charge of Democratic and Republican parties

Oregonians: Are you a union member and thinking about running for office? Great. Call the Oregon Labor Candidates School and get trained to campaign and win.

But if you don’t have that kind of time, there’s another way to push your party to stand up for working people: Become a Precinct Committee Person (PCP) for the Democratic or Republican parties.

When a vacancy occurs in the Oregon Legislature, it’s filled by appointment by county commissioners — from a list drawn up by PCPs. That happened six times just this year. That means PCPs are important.

But hardly anyone wants to be one. PCPs are elected to two-year terms for each political precinct, and oftentimes there’s no one running. If you want to be a PCP, you’re almost guaranteed to win!

PCPs also attend state Central Committee meetings, vote on official party business, and elect the county party leadership and platform convention delegates.

The only requirement is that you be a registered member of the party in your precinct for a minimum of 180 days prior to filing.

But you have to apply, and the filing deadline is coming up fast: March 6. To apply, download and fill out the form here and turn it into your County elections office.

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