2012 Contested Primaries
With fewer than 30 pro-environment champions in the Oregon House, we need to make sure the cards are stacked in the environment's favor when the legislature returns in 2013. In addition, there are critical county commission seats at stake right now.
OLCV has identified several candidates who are committed to work hard as champions for Oregon's environment, but first they must make it through the May 15 Primary.
Winning these races is critical to securing a pro-environment majority in Oregon's House and in key county commissions. That's why all of our energy, from now until Election Day (May 15), will be focused on helping these candidates win.
Jeff Reardon for House District 48 (SE Portland/Happy Valley)
As a teacher, former school board member and veteran, Jeff is prepared to continue his service to his community by stepping up to provide the leadership and representation it needs in Salem. Jeff knows that times are hard and that is why he will fight for local employers and families. As an avid outdoorsman, Jeff also cares about protecting the places that make Oregon a great place to live and work!
Sign up to canvass with Jeff Reardon.
Ben Unger for House District 29 (Hillsboro/Forest Grove/Cornelius)
Ben Unger’s commitment to conservation, dedication to protecting Oregon’s farms and our land, and emphasis on building a strong local economy based on the area’s agricultural heritage demonstrates that he is the best choice in this primary election.
Sign up for our Earth Day Canvass with Ben Unger.
Jessica Vega Pederson for House District 47 (SE Portland)
Jessica Vega Pederson will be an environmental champion for all Oregonians and will work to ensure we all have access to clean air and water, safe neighborhoods, and affordable transportation options. If elected, she would make history as the first Latina to serve in the Oregon House.
Sign up to volunteer and help Jessica win this May.
Charlotte Lehan for Clackamas County Chair
A fourth-generation Clackamas County resident, Charlotte Lehan understands the value of open spaces and farmland. With 25 years of local government experience, Charlotte knows what it takes to build strong cities that have safe routes to school and transportation options that increase livability and protect our natural resources.
Sign up to volunteer with Charlotte's campaign.
Rob Handy, Lane County Commission
Rob Handy has worked hard to protect the environment, including protecting farmland, forestland, and water quality in the Mid-Willamette Valley. His experience as a small business owner, an elected official, and a longtime volunteer in his community offer him a unique perspective on the value of protecting our natural resources and our quality of life.
Sign up now to help Rob Handy get the word out about his race.
Who will win OLCV's Volunteer of the Year?
Volunteers in Deschutes County
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OLCV relies on hundreds of volunteers to help fulfill our mission - from knocking on doors or calling voters in support of candidates, to serving on one of our county steering committees, to helping to build OLCV's capacity, we literally couldn't do our work without scores of committed volunteers - and every year, several of these volunteers distinguish themselves by going the extra mile.
Each year, we honor some of our rock star volunteers who went above and beyond in their service to OLCV.
Meet the finalists - then find out who OLCV's Volunteer of the Year will be by attending OLCV's 15th Annual Celebration, where we will announce the winner!
Recognize any of our past winners?
Do you know what it takes to win?
The May 15 primary election is under two months away. Pledge to help pro-environment candidates win in May and sign up for at least one volunteer shift between now and May 15.
OLCV volunteers display campaign bumper stickers after phonebanking for Governor John Kitzhaber in 2010
We know what it takes to win: In the 2010 elections, nearly 1,000 OLCV volunteers and staff communicated with more than 260,000 voters, helping Governor Kitzhaber win in a difficult election year. But our ability to impact the elections is completely determined by the amount of resources we have - and volunteer power is a tremendous resource.
Take the pledge now and help pro-environment candidates win in May. We will call you to let you know about volunteer opportunities near you.
4/5/12: Marion County OLCV Happy Hour
Join the Marion County OLCV steering committee on the first Thursday of every month over drinks to chat about local issues and meet folks who also care about protecting our great natural legacy.
This month we are excited to host special guests Alexandra Ninneman and Jon Yoder from The Friends of the Straub Environmental Learning Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental education. The Friends seeks to foster public awareness of the beauty and cultural history of the Willamette Valley. Learn more about this free event.
4/18/12: 2012 Portland Mayoral Environmental Debate
Have you registered yet? We are excited to partner with the Oregon Environmental Council and the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club to co-host a mayoral debate on Portland's top environmental priorities.
TICKETS: Admission is free of charge but reservations must be made in advance: www.oregon.sierraclub.org/debate
Candidates will be asked to explain their visions and plans on issues that range from climate change and clean energy, toxics and public health, to open space and access to wildlife, environmental equity, and air and water quality.
Remember, admission is free but you must register in advance to get a seat.
4/27/12: OLCV’s 15th Annual Celebration for the Environment
OLCV's Annual Celebration has grown to be one of the largest environmental events in Oregon, and we are preparing for another great event for our 15th year.
With more than 1,000 guests in attendance, including Governor John Kitzhaber, this event is designed to allow you maximum time to network and socialize with one another.
Share your testimonial. To celebrate our 15th year, we'd like to invite you to share a stand-out memory of OLCV's Annual Celebration.
Tell us about your hilarious/embarrassing/best moment or which Celebration was your favorite and why. If this is your first year attending, we'd love to hear more about why you're attending, who you're going with, what are you are most looking forward to, etc.