Officers and Delegates

Results in Marion County from the 2022 elections prove the efficacy of the leadership team's focus on matters of local government entities. But the next election is now under way. The team will seek out and recruit individuals to stand for election to school boards, mass transit boards, city councils, etc. Since Marion County is the seat of the state capital, Marion County Republicans will also be a key player in citizen lobbying efforts during the next session of the legislature.

Officers

The leaders most responsible for getting the party ready for the next election and managing its affairs are always looking for the breakthrough that defines their success. The team listed here promotes how easy it is to support the party with the 3 for $4 program and purchasing merchandise at our office co-hosted with the Oregon Republican Party. The chair and vice-chair also sit on the state Republican Central Committee.


Joel PawloskiChair Joel Pawloski intends to lead by example to empower and enable PCPs to set the tone for politics in Marion County. Since moving to Oregon (Sublimity) in 2020 and becoming a PCP shortly after, he has put the skills he acquired and honed in the Army to good and frequent use. In addition to heading the Central Committee, he is involved with partners SKWST and Freedom Business Fellowship. He will be hosting a weekly podcast, Marion Leader (on Rumble) and "generally being out there as much as I can." In addition to being a resource for campaign volunteers, Joel seeks to turn Marion County Republicans into the seed bed producing successful candidates, both from among its ranks and recruiting. He promises to "lead the [Party] with all members in mind", knowing that with "a unified party we can achieve the goal of a better party and a better Marion County."


Jessica DavidsonVice-Chair Jessica Davidson received a surprise from Marion County Elections in 2014 informing her that she had won election to be a PCP in Keizer. It turned out that her neighbor, State Senator Kim Thatcher, and her family, had written in Jessica's name on the PCP ballot since it was otherwise blank. She accepted the calling and has been running strong ever since. In the summer of 2016, she attended the Cleveland convention as an Alternate Delegate for CD 5. She stepped into the role of vice-chair in 2018 on the strength of her strong organizational skills displayed at the helm of the Events Committee. Those skills have been confirmed as she has shepherded volunteers to staff the office and turn the sale of merchandise into a fundraising juggernaut.


Becky MittsSecretary Becky Mitts returns to Marion County Republicans as the secretary. Following four years serving the Oregon Republican Party as secretary, she still relishes the opportunity to contribute. Seemingly unable to get enough of political drama, she works in the Capitol office of Rep. Anna Scharf (House Dist. 23 — Polk/Yamhill counties). 


Treasurer Ron MittsTreasurer Ron Mitts stepped up in 2015 to fulfill the unexpired term of the previous treasurer when she discerned that she could no longer successfully juggle her professional, family, and Party functions. The treasurer's role carries unique fiduciary and reporting responsibilities that make him liable for any failure to satisfy strict legal requirements enforced by the Secretary of State, meaning he could face significant jail time. Ron lives the conservative Christian principles he so strongly believes. He is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, free markets, and limited government. For the last 23 years, Ron has been a small business owner, traveling the country assisting businesses set up their accounting systems. When he is not roaming the country, you will be able to find him working precinct 787 in SE Salem with his wife Becky.


Delegates

The four people listed here have the responsibility, along with the chair and vice-chair, to represent the county party on the State Central Committee. The size of the county's delegation is based on the number of voters who have registered as Republicans in the county. Marion County's delegation of six is one of the larger.


Davis DyerDavis Dyer has been a Keizer PCP since 1988. He established the Party's web presence with its domain and web site in 2007. He continues as the webmaster. He also helps administer both the Facebook page and group that serve as communications portals to reach Republicans throughout the county. He is "by faith a believer in Christ Jesus as Lord, legally a Constitutionalist, ideologically a conservative, and by affiliation proud to be a member of the Republican Party." In addition to responsibilities to MCR and the state party, he will be busy analyzing legislation for OCL as the leader of the Energy and Transportation Team. By breaking the stranglehold of the Democrat super-majority in the legislature, Republicans now have a place at the negotiating table. Still, the outlook for anything approaching reasonably conservative bills is not good.


James LowderJames Lowder is a new PCP from Woodburn. Raised on a ranch in Oklahoma, he came to Oregon by way of California and Texas. Following a 22-year stint in the Navy as a pilot, he has had an extensive mix of careers as a commercial pilot and flight instructor, cybersecurity analyst, ESL tutor and substitute teacher, entrepreneur, and SWAT commander. A life-long Republican, he was active in the local Republican parties in both California and Texas. He chaired the Potter (TX) County Republican Central Committee and joined the Texas delegation to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH. Upon moving to Woodburn in 2021, he made an immediate impact in local political circles by becoming a PCP and running for the legislature in HD 22.


Mike SlagleMike Slagle is a new PCP from Salem. Born in Salem, he is a 7th generation Oregonian. He burst into the political arena in 2020 as a candidate for the Salem-Keizer School Board. He garnered 20,142 votes, but lost by 0.6%. Thankful for the support extended to him by Marion County Republicans, he continued to attend Central Committee meetings because he wanted to stay involved and keep the Republicans strong for our county. After all, there are two more generations of his still in Salem. He was elected a PCP in May for Precinct 322. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he is willing to fight for the Bill of Rights and all human rights protected by the Declaration and Constitution against government tyranny and Leftist slavery.


Jessica SnookJessica Snook has "known she wanted to be involved in politics since 7th grade" in 2008. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in political science in 2017. At that year's Oregon State Fair she stationed herself beside the ORP booth to collect signatures on the petition seeking to refer a bill to tax medical providers. That led to discussions with MCR volunteers and she accepted the invitation to become a PCP. Since then she has taken on the task of organizing and training PCPs, served as an Alternate Delegate, interned for a short time with Knute Buehler's 2018 campaign for governor, and managed Marty Heyen's 2018 campaign for HD 22. She currently works in the Capitol for Rep. Jami Cate's (Dist. 11) office, following stints with Rep. Werner Reschke and in the House Republican office.


Alternate Delegates

If any member of the delegation is unable to attend an Oregon Republican Central Committee meeting or other state convention (like the party platform convention) one of these listed here will step in to take that delegate's place.

Wes Butler
Wes Butler
Deborah Butler
Deborah Butler
Susan Dunfee
Susan Dunfee
Carol Williams
Carol Williams
Sandi Kellogg
Sandi Kellogg
Katherine Stone
Katherine Stone

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