This forum examined, in one hour, the story arc of voting behaviors, considered recent social movements and an increasingly polarized electorate, as we ramp up for a historic election to be held during a pandemic. Current demographics, voting patterns, youth activism and how we vote in Oregon were featured. This timely Forum is a must see to inspire community dialogue and voter turnout for election 2020.
Dr. Christopher Stout: Associate Professor at Oregon State University. His research agenda crosses the fields of race and ethnicity, campaign behavior, political behavior, representation, and public opinion. He is the author of the forthcoming book “The Case for Identity Politics: Polarization, Demographic Change, and Racial Appeals”
Nancy Blankenship: Deschutes County Clerk since 2003, where she is responsible for election administration, recording property transactions, issuing marriage licenses, archiving and records storage, Board of Property Tax Appeals, processing passports, and more. She has lived in Central Oregon most of her life, participates in many associations and is fully invested in the community.
Mylea Parker: a black woman born and raised in Bend, she is an avid activist and current Director of Public Relations for Central Oregon Black Leaders Assembly (COBLA). She believes the Black, Indigenous, BIPOC community and the young voter, hold the power in voting this year and all must actively participate to access the democracy we deserve.
- Jamie McLeod Skinner: with an illustrious background of community service, she has a lifelong commitment to building healthy, equitable, and resilient communities. An attorney, regional planner and small business owner, she serves as Chair of the Jefferson County Education Service District Board and Member of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Jamie has managed repairs of schools in war-torn countries, helped refugees and immigrants become voters, facilitated organizational change, mediated community disputes, mentored diverse leaders, managed a small city (the fire ravaged Talent), and served as an elected city councilor.