Basic Rights Oregon Wants You to Vote Across Your Ballot!

Basic Rights Oregon wants you to vote across your ballot! Pay close attention to those Auditor, Clerk, BOLI Commissioner and other local contests. Vote with equity and equality in mind.

“Anytime voters go the polls these days, LGBTQ2SIA+ equality is on the ballot…


County clerks oversee elections where they serve. In this time, when unscrupulous candidates promote wholly unfounded theories of “voter fraud” – theories often based on racist lies involving immigrants – it’s important to elect clerks who believe in equity. County clerks make decisions every day that signal to voters who is included in our democracy. That means deciding which languages voting materials are translated into, in what neighborhoods voter outreach efforts are conducted, and which people and organizations the county partners with to carry out those efforts.

The county clerk’s office also officiates wedding–that is, if the clerk chooses to. In Clackamas County the clerk’s office ceased officiating weddings once same-sex weddings became legal. The timing makes it pretty evident that the clerk doesn’t want to officiate a gay wedding. Catherine McMullen, a candidate for Clackamas County Clerk, has pledged to renew the practice of officiating weddings – queer and straight – if elected. She’s said she wants the clerk’s office to feel welcoming to all county residents, whether it’s a gay couple seeking to be married, a trans person updating a passport, or a BIPOC resident accessing public records. We encourage you to decide which candidate for clerk champions equity in your county.”

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Catherine McMullen wears a Milwaukie Pride sticker at the Milwaukie Pride parade in July 2021.

PCCFFAP Local 2277 endorses Catherine McMullen for County Clerk

The Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals (PCCFFAP), Local 2277 Union proudly endorses Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk!

I am honored by the support of this union and their members, and look forward to serving the students, staff, faculty and community at PCC campuses that call Clackamas County their home.

Thank you PCCFFAP! 

PCCFFAP union logo. White lowercase writing in front of a blue shield.

Pamplin Media Group Article – Catherine McMullen endorsed by Oregon’s first female governor

Former Gov. Barbara Roberts supports West Linn resident’s bid for Clackamas County clerk

Catherine McMullen of West Linn has been endorsed in her campaign to be Clackamas County’s next clerk by former Gov. Barbara Roberts, who in 1990 became the first woman to be elected governor in Oregon history…

Roberts told Pamplin Media Group that she believes McMullen has “all of the credentialing that anybody could ask for in a county clerk.”

“I think she stands ready in her home county now to step forward and offer her services, her experience and her talent to that office and I feel very confident that she is a person who will give full service to all of the citizens of this county, making sure they can vote and that the system works fairly and easily for the access of citizens in Clackamas County.”

Read more at Pamplin Media Group.

Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® Endorses Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk


February 24, 2022

Contact: Jaime Mathis, 503-708-3249

Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® Endorses Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk

West Linn, OR.–Catherine McMullen, candidate for Clackamas County Clerk, has secured an endorsement from the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® (PMAR) to bolster her campaign to become Clackamas County’s top elections official and recording department head. 

PMAR, a non-profit trade association for Realtors®, is committed to “Promoting and enhancing the member’s ability to conduct business ethically, professionally, and profitably”. 

As County Clerk, one of McMullen’s essential duties is the recording of real property transactions. McMullen has promised she will “support secure technology that makes the recording process simple and straightforward for Realtors®, homebuyers, sellers, title companies, and everyone else engaged in the multistep process of the transfer of real property.” 

McMullen has been a vocal champion of accessibility and inclusion for all aspects of the Clerk’s duties, such as voting, real property records, and civil wedding ceremonies.  McMullen is pictured above with Michele Gila and Ernest Cooper at PMAR’s offices standing in front of the framed Realtors® “R” sign.

This endorsement comes at a time when past racist practices in real estate such as covenants in deeds prohibiting the sale of a home to Black homebuyers have come to light and are facing public scrutiny. PMAR has actively sought to address these inequities, bolstered by 2018 state legislation which allows homeowners to notify interested parties of their intention to eliminate a racist covenant so no further fees are incurred in the homebuying process. 

Both McMullen and PMAR have expressed their commitment to elevating anti-racist practices in real estate and ensuring transparent, equitable opportunities for Clackamas County’s homebuyers. McMullen has proposed a possible joint public outreach campaign to inform homeowners of the option to address the racist exclusionary language found in deeds before real property changes ownership.

You can find out more about Catherine McMullen’s campaign at: 

PMAR Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® Logo in blue. The A in PMAR is made to look like a roof with a window underneath.

Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts Endorses Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk


February 22, 2022

Contact: Jaime Mathis, 503-708-3249

Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts Endorses Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk

West Linn, OR. – Oregon’s first woman to be elected governor, Barbara Roberts, has endorsed elections administrator Catherine McMullen in her bid to become Clackamas County’s next clerk. 

Governor Roberts is a Clackamas County voter and has voiced her support for McMullen saying, “I trust Catherine to be my clerk and head election official.” As an elections reformer during her time as Secretary of State and Oregon’s top elections official, Governor Roberts praised McMullen’s innovative work in voter outreach and education programs. “I want Catherine to be MY clerk because she deeply understands how to run transparent and equitable elections.” McMullen is currently an elections administrator, certified by the Oregon Association of County Clerks.

McMullen and Governor Roberts also share a common passion in advocating for the autistic community as they are both parents of autistic children. Oregon’s ground breaking governor stated that her original reason for entering politics was to advocate for her son receiving special education in the public school system. McMullen also has a daughter in public school and has fought to access the support necessary for her child to succeed. 

To date, Catherine McMullen has conducted 15 elections and has promised that as clerk she will perform same sex marriages which were legalized in Oregon in 2014. The current clerk stopped officiating civil unions when the law was passed. Governor Roberts applauded McMullen’s commitment to uplifting citizen rights to legal civil unions and fighting for equal access to the ballot.

Learn more about McMullen’s campaign for Clackamas County Clerk at

Catherine stands on the bridge between Oregon City and West Linn. She wears a green blouse, and a gray blazer.

Clackamas County Clerk Candidate, Catherine McMullen, Lands Union Endorsements


February 14, 2022

Contact: Jaime Mathis, 503-708-3249

Clackamas County Clerk Candidate, Catherine McMullen, Lands Union Endorsements

West Linn, OR.– Elections administrator Catherine McMullen has been endorsed by AFSCME Local 350,  IBEW Local 48 Electrical Workers and NW Oregon Labor Council AFL-CIO unions in her bid to become Clackamas County’s next Clerk. 

McMullen is currently the only candidate registered to run in the county clerk race.

A former librarian, McMullen changed careers from “books to ballots” in 2015 because she believes that county clerks have, “A critical role in protecting democracy and making local government accessible.” 

Her comment on receiving union endorsement highlights her platform of inclusion, equity, and access.

“Unions represent and protect the same people I will fight to ensure have access to the ballot box, public records, and civic involvement. Their support means that we are working together and as an active member of AFSCME Local 88 I take that seriously.”

McMullen is a long-time Oregonian, certified elections administrator, and has received awards for elections integrity as well as leading ground breaking initiatives in voter education and outreach. 

Learn more about her campaign at:

AFSCME Local 350 union logo in green and white. A green mountain sits behind the words LOCAL 350.

IBEW 48 Union Electrical Workers Logo. A gray and white mountain has a sun with energy bolts rising behind it.
NW Northwest Oregon Labor Council AFL-CIO logo in blue and green with a green box around it.
Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk
Catherine McMullen For Clackamas County Clerk written in red, blue and black. There is a red and blue underline under McMullen.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Values Matter in Elected Leadership

Catherine McMullen shares DEI statement with the West Linn Alliance

Thank you to the West Linn Alliance for Inclusion for inviting all candidates for office to share how they will promote diversity, equity, inclusion as an elected official. You can view all of the candidate submissions to date on the West Linn Alliance’s webpage: Elections 2022. Below is Catherine McMullen’s DEI statement as she campaigns for Clackamas County Clerk.

Catherine McMullen

Office Sought: Clackamas County Clerk

The County Clerk is a critical link between citizens and their local government. A primary duty of the office is to ensure all eligible voters have equal access to the ballot box. We need a resilient local elections system where disability, language, and homelessness are not barriers to voting. Regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic situation, all citizens need equal voices in electing our government officials. Your vote counts.

I am committed to providing Clackamas County with a robust, secure, and transparent elections system. As County Clerk, I will ensure we have procedures and planning in place so climate disasters like wildfires and floods will not interfere with access to voting. We will get ballots to voters who have been displaced by emergency in the same way that the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) codified our responsibility to voters with disabilities.

I am committed to building trust within our communities and establishing needed voter education services, providing factual information about voting and Oregon’s Vote-by-Mail system. I will empower diverse voices in local decision-making, working in partnership with community leaders and stakeholders to strengthen the many communities that make up the rich diversity found in our county.

I am an active member of the West Linn Alliance, an organization focused on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am an elections administrator; created the first Voter Education and Outreach Program in a local government. I led the Voter Language Access Program in Portland, hiring bilingual election workers, working in partnership with language communities, and producing resources in multiple languages for voters.

I am also committed to reviving the County Clerk’s role in conducting weddings. The current clerk is no longer exercising her authority in this area since the legalization of same-sex marriages. As County Clerk, I will officiate over civil weddings and afford everyone the right to marry. All people deserve the freedom to follow our own spiritual beliefs, pursue happiness, and establish meaningful civil relationships.

Voting is both a right and a privilege for our citizens. County Clerk elections are sometimes not as visible or widely publicized as other contests, but they are a fundamental foundation of our democracy. I urge all voters to study the candidates and issues, and vote across the ballot, including selecting the next Clackamas County Clerk. A vote for me, Catherine McMullen, is a vote for equitable, secure, and transparent elections in Clackamas County.



Catherine McMullen pulls ivy at Homewood Park in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Campaign Manager Recruitment: Voices for Catherine McMullen

Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk with a blue check mark inside a red box

Voices for Catherine McMullen, the campaign committee to elect Catherine McMullen to County Clerk, is seeking an enthusiastic, organized, hardworking Campaign Manager to steward Catherine and her team to victory in the May 17, 2022 Primary Election and potentially through to the November 8, 2022 General Election. Download and review the job description below.

Interested? Please review the detailed job description and directions to apply. The start date is no later than January 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed and considered as they are received.

We Endorse Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk.

Elected officials, community leaders, and voters from around the county support Catherine McMullen for County Clerk in a first wave of endorsements released by the campaign on November 2, 2021.

Catherine McMullen has the endorsement of Elected Officials:

  • Former State Senator, Honorable Jane Cease
  • State Representative Karin Power, District 41 – Milwaukie
  • State Representative Ricki Ruiz, District 50 – Gresham
  • Milwaukie City Councilor Lisa Batey
  • Milwaukie City Councilor Desi Nicodemus
  • West Linn Mayor Jules Walters
  • Clackamas Community College Board Member Irene Konev, Zone 7 South and Southwest Clackamas Canby Resident 
  • North Clackamas School Board Chair Libra Forde, Non-profit Executive, Damascus Resident
  • North Clackamas School Board Member Kathy Wai, Position 5, Happy Valley Resident
  • West Linn-Wilsonville School Board Chair Chelsea King, Wilsonville Resident
  • West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District Director and Chair Terri Preeg Riggsby

Community leaders and voters from communities throughout Clackamas County have also endorsed Catherine McMullen as their choice for County Clerk. You can see the most up-to-date list and add your name to the Endorsements page on the campaign website.  

Add your name in support!

Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk

November Fundraising Goal – Five Hundred Yard Signs

We have our eyes set on a win in May 2022 and YOU can help us get there. This month we are focused on raising $5000 to purchase 500 yard signs for the campaign! A $100 contribution will fund 10 yard signs. 

Make a contribution today for a win in May!

Would you like to post a yard sign at your home or business? Fill out the Volunteer form to request a yard sign.

November 2 Special District Election Day is here

Finally, TODAY is the November 2, 2021 Special District Election. Many, but not all communities in Clackamas County have one or more measures on their ballot for this election. You can learn more about what is on your November 2, 2021 Special Election ballot. Return your voted ballot to an Official Ballot Drop Site before the 8 PM Election Night deadline. 

Get your ballot in for the November 2 Special Election!

Return your ballot TODAY for the November 2 Special Election

Voted Ballots due back by 8 PM Election Day, November 2 in order to count!

Dear Clackamas County Voters – Many communities, but not all have at least one measure to decide on for the November 2, 2021 Special Election. If you live in the cities of Canby, Estacada, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, or West Linn, if you are in the Lake Oswego School District, or in the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue District you should have received a ballot for this election. You can learn more about what is on your November 2, 2021 Special Election ballot.

I Voted My Voice Matters

All ballots need to be returned to the County Clerk – Elections Office by 8 PM on November 2, 2021.  If you want to mail your ballot back (no postage needed) you should get it in the mail by tomorrow, October 26 to ensure it gets there on time.  After that you can return your ballot to any Official Ballot Drop Box in the state before the 8 PM deadline on Election Night. Here is the list of Official Ballot Drop Sites in Clackamas County. You can also use the Secretary of State’s Oregon Drop Box Locator Tool to find the nearest open Official Ballot Drop Site to where you are registered to vote. Wide participation in local elections improves local decision-making. Thank you for voting!  

Catherine McMullen, voter-focused elections administrator and candidate for County Clerk wants you to be involved, be informed, and have the resources you need to vote in this and every election.  Local elections count! Catherine McMullen will be on the ballot in May 2022 for this critical public service position in our county. With your support and encouragement she can also WIN in May 2022 and begin to enact change as your next County Clerk. Visit to learn more about Catherine, her qualifications and values, and her campaign. 

Qi Richmond, Catherine McMullen, and Susy Kristin stand in front of the Clackamas Voice booth outside.

The Catherine McMullen for Clackamas County Clerk campaign attended the CSN Social Services Drive-thru Fair at Breakside Brewery in Milwaukie on October 2. Catherine and volunteers ,Qi and Susy talked to voters in more than 100 cars, providing information about voter registration and the November 2 Special Election to residents in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Interested in having a Clackamas Voice team at your community event? Email for more information.

Get involved! Make a contribution, sign up to volunteer, or endorse Catherine McMullen today to be the next Clackamas County Clerk!