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“Heroes are not statues framed against a red sky; they are people who say: 'this is my community and it’s my responsibility to make it better.'” –Tom McCall, Oregon Governor

Who are we? We’re your friends and neighbors.

OLCV’s county chapters are made up of citizens just like you and your neighbors. We want to make sure that Oregon’s children have clean air and water, that Oregon families have stable jobs and affordable energy and transportation options, and that Oregon’s treasures –like the Metolius River basin—are protected from sprawl.

What do we do? Elect pro-environment candidates and hold all our elected officials accountable.

OLCV's county chapters form the heart of the organization -- a forum in which individual volunteers play leadership roles in identifying and electing environmental leaders to city, county, and state office.  The chapters also hold their local elected officials accountable with scorecards, which rate city and county commissioners on votes that impact the environment.

Why do we matter? We educate and mobilize voters.

The OLCV County Chapter Program started in 1997, and currently includes eight counties. It has grown into a powerful grassroots force. In both the 2010 and the 2012, OLCV has recruited voluteers through our chapters to talk with tens of thousands of voters about which candidates they should trust with Oregon's legacy. 

The county chapters are also a place for Oregon’s future elected leaders. For example: 

  • Brian Newman co-chaired the Clackamas County Chapter before being appointed to the Milwaukie City Council. Later, he was elected and re-elected to the Metro Council.
  • Lynn Peterson co-chaired the Clackamas County Chapter. Later, she was elected to the Lake Oswego City Council, Clackamas County Commission, and most recently as Clackamas County Commission Chair.
  • Laura Tesler served on the Marion County Chapter.She was elected to the Salem City Council in 2006.
  • Brad Avakian served on the Washington County Chapter. Later, he was elected State Representative and State Senator, before being appointed (and then winning election) as State Labor Commissioner.
  • Peter Gramlich, former chair of the Deschutes County Chapter, was appointed to the Bend City Council in 2004.
  • Mark SanSoucie, former Washington County Chapter steering committee member, was appointed (and then won election) in 2008 to the Beaverton City Council.



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