Results in Marion County from the 2018 elections proves 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.
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. The chair and vice-chair also sit on the state Republican central committee.
Chair Jeff Heyen was born and raised in Salem, He is an elected PCP for 357 (NE Salem) and served as vice-chair 2012-2016; as if to balance that out, he is serving his second term as chair. In 2016 he was also elected vice-chair for Congressional District 5. In that position, he will represent Republicans residing in Clackamas, Marion, Polk, Lincoln and Tillamook counties on the ORP Executive and Central Committees. "I'm here because I want my country back!" he exclaims. "I'm a business owner and an infrastructure guy both in the IT world and in the organizations I serve, so I support using technology to create organization and facilitate networking with those [who are our allies]."
In addition to his commitment to the Marion County Republicans, Jeff:
- has 25 years of community involvement
- is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member & is on the Salem-area CERT Steering Committee
- is a HAM Radio Operator and part or Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) for Marion County
- is a Patriot Guard Rider — honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom
- is involved with other Liberty-minded organizations such as III% and leader at People's Church
Vice-Chair Jessica Davidson received a surprise from Marion County Elections in 2014 informing her that she had won the election as a PCP for 404 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 2015, when an Alternate Delegate had to step down, MCRCC appointed Jessica to fulfill the rest of the term. As a Bonus Delegate to the 2015 ORP Platform Convention, she led the charge to include a plank on Religious Liberty. In the summer of 2016, she attended the Cleveland convention as an Alternate Delegate for CD 5. Finally, she has chaired the Events Committee for Marion County Republicans that has pulled off such successful events as the Inaugural Ball in 2017, a 2018 election season gun raffle, and the Election Night Victory Party with OFIR.
Interim Secretary Sandi Kellogg moved to Oregon six years ago from Idaho. Sandi saw many issues facing her new state of residence, recognizing the consequences of overwhelming control by Democrats. These issues included gun control, loss of right to life, and high taxation bills. She decided to attend her county GOP meeting and was hooked. She knew that she needed to help out where and when she could. Sandi researched what it meant to be a PCP, asked to be appointed, and received that appointment. She has also volunteered with several events including the ORP booth at the 2019 state fair. She was a delegate at the ORP Platform convention and helped draft the platform on education that was presented to the group.
With 20+ years of experience as a nurse, nurse educator with the last 10 years in community college administration as a director, she is now dean of nursing and health sciences. Sandi believes that she can help our the Marion County Republican Party as the interim secretary.
Treasurer 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.
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.
Karen Darnell and her husband, former Marion County Republican Chair David, reside in Hubbard. Karen is active in the community, having run for seats on both North Marion School Board and Hubbard Fire District. She is a natural medicine practitioner; she even traveled to China during her studies. She is an advocate for natural resource management as the owner of a gold mine in southern Oregon. Karen often analyzes legislation dealing with natural resource management for Oregon Citizens' Lobby
Davis Dyer has been a Keizer PCP since 1988. Along with Chair Jeff Heyen, he has led the Marion County Republicans' adoption of tech. 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.
Recognizing that 2019 will be a particularly difficult year for Republicans in the legislature, Davis, along with Karen Darnell above, will be busy analyzing legislation for OCL as the leader of the Energy and Transportation Team.
Carol Williams is a PCP from the Silverton area (precinct 684). She is a native Oregonian and has lived in several communities: Born in Salem, raised in Woodburn, she volunteered on the planning commission in Canyonville during the early '90s and later landed in Hillsboro where she was a mediator with the city's Community Mediation Program and the Washington County court system for fifteen years. She was first elected PCP in 2016 and was elected by the central committee to be an alternate delegate. She moved into a delegate role as a spot opened. Always willing to volunteer, Carol is the current Chair of the Events Committee. Her spirit is infectious; this year she persuaded her husband to join her on the central committee.
A PCP since only 2017, Carol Zielinski has eagerly volunteered for Marion County candidates and many other support opportunities with Marion County Republicans; in addition to activities with MCRCC, she serves on the board of Capital City Republican Women as its secretary. She and her husband have a small hazelnut orchard in the Brooks area north of Salem. Not afraid to voice her perspective, she is active in Marion County and Oregon Republican Facebook groups. "A Republican for as long as I can remember..." Carol holds to conservative principles. She looks forward to this new opportunity to expand her horizons and participate in Oregon Republican politics
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.