I've been involved with a variety of campaigns and projects over the years. A few paid, mostly volunteer, all of them a lot of fun and great learning opportunities. Here's some images reflecting my experiences.
2010 - Kitz at Labor Day Picnic
John Kitzhaber, running for Governor in 2010, attends the NW Labor Council's annual Labor Day Picnic. Kitz wasn't comfortable with a lot of the necessities of campaigning, but he seemed to enjoy "normal" interactions, chatting & laughing with folks in a less-than-political manner. He kept himself closely guarded, but enjoyed being able to have some fun and a good laugh.
2010 - Kitz at Clackamas CC
John Kitzhaber went all over the state in 2010; it was a tough, close election. We went to Clackamas Community College one afternoon; he made a small speech but then spent time talking with students. He was a good listener. I think he enjoyed & appreciated learning from Oregonians what they were facing and what they thought about the issues. I wish that side of him had been more on display, more active, once he took office.
2010 - Jesse Cornett, St Johns Parade
I didn't work for Jesse, but I was glad to support him. He'd raised 1,000 $5 donations that got him public financing for the primary election. That didn't work out too well, but I still think he was the best choice for the seat. Again, I learned some valuable things about campaigning, especially the value of making sure to capture "low-hanging fruit" – the voters you should win.
2016 - Community Care Festival
In 2014, some friends in the Multnomah County Democrats decided to hold an event using music and food to bring in East Portland neighbors & give them access to important services they might not know of otherwise.
The 2016 Community Care Fest was held at IRCO, and among the various services offered was free blood testing for kids (for lead exposure). This dad was typical of many dads, myself included: we know what's coming & we can't bear to watch.
The 2017 CCF will again be held at IRCO and is in July.
2016 - Mary Schutten & Natalie Sept
I met Mary in 2012, during the Eileen Brady for Mayor campaign. I'd already known Natalie a few years by then, and it was she who got me a job on the campaign. I will be forever grateful to her.
There was no more active, hard-working, or committed supporter of Hillary Clinton in Oregon that Mary. I was happy to help her run to be a delegate to the national convention, despite my own lack of enthusiasm for her candidate. (And no, I wasn't a berner, either.) Mary did an incredible job, gaining the seat in Philly to nominate Hillary. Nat and dozens of others showed up at Gresham High School on a Saturday morning to help Mary get the votes she needed.
Two of my favorite people in Oregon.