Measure 30 Debate Ignites Passions in Oregon's Disengaged Citizens
What: The Oregon Bus Project is combining its monthly Third Thursday political engagement party with a special Measure 30 Debate between Rep. Lane Shetterly (R)(District 23) (Yes on 30); Rep. Jeff Kropf (R)(District 17) (No on 30); and Richard Burke, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Oregon. The Project will provide music, free beer, and free nonalcoholic drinks both before and after the hour-long debate.
When: Thursday, January 15, 2004. Doors open 7pm. Debate 7:45-8:45.
Where: Disjecta. 116 NE Russell St, Portland, OR.
Who: Organizers expect a large crowd, primarily from Portland's oft-embattled near-in NE, to join members of the press, Oregon Bus Project volunteers, Richard Burke, and Reps. Shetterly and Kropf for the evening's events.
Richard Burke is the Executive Director of the Oregon Libertarian Party; President of the Tualatin Water District Board (Position 4); and the operator of an Internet service business. He was political advisor to former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Rep. Shetterly is a Republican from Dallas, OR representing the people of District 23, which includes rural Polk and Benton Counties. A lawyer currently serving his third term, Rep. Shetterly is the Chair of the House Revenue Committee.
Rep. Jeff Kropf is a Republican from Albany, OR representing the people of District 17, which includes rural Linn and Marion Counties. A peppermint and pumpkin seed farmer currently serving his second term, Kropf is the Chair of the Agriculture and Forestry Committee.
The Oregon Bus Project is a volunteer driven, grassroots political action committee whose mission is to Engage citizens in the political process, Educate Oregonians about pressing legislative issues in Oregon and beyond, and Elect progressive candidates to the Oregon legislature.
The Project has taken over the 3rd Thursday of each month in to educate and engage young people (18-35) in civic dialogue and action. "We want to bring relevant and timely issues to people in a casual and fun environment," explains 3rd Thursday event coordinator Kristina Woida. "And right now, nothing in Oregon is more politically relevant than Measure 30." Future Third Thursday plans include a forum with NARAL and Planned Parenthood in February, a city council candidate debate in March, and a mayoral candidate debate in April.