Michael C. Smith for DNC Delegate

Please elect me as a Biden Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from CD3

Please list myself and Kien Truong among your top four choices!

Online voting starts Saturday June 1 and ends 7PM Sunday June 2nd

In person voting is at
Parkrose High School
12003 NE Shaver St
Portland, OR 97220
Sunday June 2nd

My name is Michael Smith, and I am asking for your vote for Biden DNC Delegate from Oregon's Third Congressional District. As we are using Ranked Choice  Voting, please list me in your top four candidates.

In 2016 America elected a monster. Shocked into action, I became a Multnomah PCP in December 2016. In 2017 I ran for Multnomah Technology Officer, and to my surprise, I won. I worked to rebuild both a website and a County party in limbo. I have since served Multnomah as 2nd Vice-Chair (2019-21), Rules Chair (2021-present) and ADL for HD 46 (2024-present). As Chair of the Gun Owners Caucus (2019-present) I led efforts to endorse candidates, improve the Platform, and advocate for bills to prevent firearm-related suicides.

I have already begun the work of electing Democrats in 2024. So far this election cycle, I have led the Gun Owners Caucus through an endorsement process that has endorsed candidates in tough and marginal districts: CD 5, SD 12, SD 27, HD 1, HD 4, HD 5, and HD 57. As Gun Owners Caucus chair I will lead Caucus GOTV efforts for these and other races. I have personally endorsed candidates of color for Congress (CD3) and state legislature (HD48) in tough primaries. As HD 46 ADL and PCP I will help coordinate GOTV in my HD, particularly focusing on the intersection of HD 46 and CD 5. Finally and most importantly, I will do what we all should do, and contact voters: knock on doors, phone bank, and text bank.

2016 happened because the status quo was, and continues to be, unacceptable. To preserve democracy, we need a New Normal. We need to rebuild and expand the New Deal, invest in public works besides defense spending, and rethink trade deals that have hurt the working class and the environment. We need to enact campaign finance reform and expand voter access. We need to have an adult conversation about how white supremacism, homophobia, transphobia and patriarchy hurt everyone and how to undo the damage. I am hoping that by going to Chicago I can spur these conversations with Democrats around the country and start the seeds of a new consensus. If you agree, then please vote for me as one of your top choices for Delegate.

While you're at it, please also vote for my friend Kien Truong. Kien has served our community well as Chair of the Young Democrats Caucus, State Central Committee Delegate from the Asian American/Pacific Islander Caucus, Member of the Portland Community Colleges Board, and Chief of Staff to State Senator Kayse Jama. Please also list Kien in your top four candidates. 

A Capable Multdems Volunteer

As Chair of the Multdems Rules Committee since 2021, Mike has spearheaded an overhaul of the Bylaws and Standing Rules to bring them in line with changes to State Law. 

As the Multnomah Democrats Second Vice Chair 2019-2021, Mike helped pave the way for the Multnomah Democrats to conduct regular business meeting during the COVID crisis. With their leadership, the Multnomah Democrats carry out regular business meetings with even greater participation than before.

From 2017-2019 Mike served as Technology Officer for the Multnomah Democrats. In that capacity, Mike established the Tech Team, rebuilt the Party's website (twice!), and migrated to a new email system. Most importantly, the Tech Team launched a new, voter-focused site, MultDemsVote.com, to serve as one-stop shopping for information on the candidates and ballot measure positions the Party supports.

Last but not least, as an officer Mike was part of the team that helped to build two legislative supermajorities, elect Governor Brown to a second term, win the Secretary of State race for Shemia Fagan, and secure Oregon's electoral votes for Joe Biden.

Aside from political activities, Mike works as a Network Analyst. He holds Masters degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science specializing in theory and machine learning. While earning those he discovered that every Suzanne set has an infinite number of elements. His wife, Liv Rainey-Smith, is a world renowned woodblock printmaker and illustrator. 

A Leader for SCC

Bold Caucus Leadership

On SCC, Mike works for what he believes; to bring Democrats together even on difficult stages such as the issues surrounding guns

As Chair of the Gun Owners Caucus Mike pushed for gun safety laws focused on suicide prevention, domestic violence prevention, and mass shooting prevention, by addressing root causes. In 2022 he used his Caucus Chairmanship to highlight candidates statewide, and channelled volunteers to canvassing efforts in Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, Hood River,  and Wasco Counties. 

In 2020 Mike spearheaded a letter and postcard campaign to appeal to gun-owning Democrats and NAVs in several legislative races. One of those races was HD31, where we sent over 2300 letters and postcards to gun owners on behalf of Rep. Brad Witt. Rep. Witt won that race by about 500 votes.  

Before election to Chair of the Gun Owners Caucus, Mike wrote a resolution supporting a permit-to-purchase gun safety law which the Gun Owners Caucus endorsed. This resolution advanced to SCC where it was adopted as 2019-01. These ideas formed the basis for Senate Bill 604

Overcoming Impasses

The Q2 2019 SCC meeting was a nightmare. The meeting spanned three sessions as factions battled over the DNC Delegate Selection Plan. Mike made the motion to allow DPO to use STAR Voting for the delegate elections. This broke the impasse and allowed the meeting to finally conclude, three months after it had started.

A Builder for a Better Future

Fighting for Progressive Causes

Mike will fight for preserving the Green New Deal, establishing Health Care for All Oregonians, enshrining reproductive autonomy and LGBTQIA rights into state and federal law, restoring the timber levies that used to pay for rural services, and passing evidence-based gun safety laws.  

A 36 County Strategy

Democrats have a lot to celebrate this year, but there's still work to be done. Statewide the Democrats are still weak in less urban areas, including East Multnomah County. This isn't for lack of opportunity. We had great candidates in HD52 and SD26 that couldn't get money or volunteers from the PACs, costing us - Multnomah County - two more possible Democratic seats. The situation down ballot is better, but only marginally. 

As a Caucus Chair Mike tried to make the situation better, but there's only so much the Caucuses can do. It's up to County parties to do the heavy lifting, and it's up to the SCC to help them as much as we can. 

As an SCC member Mike has formed relationships with Democrats all over the State, from Grant County to Coos Bay. He knocked on doors and text banked from Hood River to Roseburg. We know there are great Democrats out there and that they can make great gains with some logistical help. Mike will continue to push for better organizing and better funding for Democrats in "red" areas. 

The Bus Project was the right idea; we can and should expand on that.

Vote for Michael Smith for Biden DNC Delegate from CD3

Online voting starts Saturday June 1 and ends 7PM Sunday June 2nd

In person voting is at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St,  Portland, OR 97220
Sunday June 2nd