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02/28/2008 04:03 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DNC Oregon Superdelegates

HuffPost's OffTheBus members produced these superdelegate profiles as part of its Superdelegate Investigation. You can find all profiles here.

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Bill Bradbury
Oregon

Basic bio
*Serves as Secretary of State in Oregon.
*Born Chicago IL, grew up in Chicago and Swarthmore, PA.
*Attended Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH.
*In 1971, he moved to Bandon, Oregon and ran his own restaurant.
*Prior to serving in public office, Bradbury worked as a television news reporter, director, and producer in various locations including San Francisco, Bandon, Eugene, Coos Bay and Portland. From 1978 to 1995, he wrote for and produced Local Color, a video news service covering rural areas of Oregon.

Involvement in the Democratic Party
*Secretary of State, State of Oregon, November 1999-present
*Candidate, United States Senate, 2002
*Senate President, Oregon State Senate, 1993-1995
*Senator, Oregon State Senate, 1985-1995
*Majority Leader, Oregon State Senate, 1986-1993
*Representative, Oregon State House of Representatives, 1981-1985.
*Co-Chair, Oregon for Clinton for President, 1992, 1996
*Board Member, Oregon Mentoring Initiative
*Board Member, Oregon National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
*Member, Democrat Leadership Council, 1992-present
*Chair, Council of State Governments-West, 1990
*Founder/Chair, Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force, 1986-1987.

Personal political interests and issues
*Bill Bradbury was appointed Secretary of State in November 1999, reelected in November 2004.
*Along with the Governor and State Treasurer, Bradbury oversees management of state-owned lands as a member of the
*State Land Board. Secretary Bradbury is leading the nation in protecting public confidence in elections with a
*Fair & Neutral Elections Administration pledge.
*Bradbury has been a national leader on election reform. He has advocated for a centralized voter registration system - completed and functioning as of January 2005 - as well as the elimination of punch card ballots and improved access to voting for people with disabilities. He is extremely proud that, since 2004, Oregon is one of the few states where all counties vote with reliable and trustworthy paper optical scan ballots. Bradbury has been a tireless advocate of cleaning up the initiative process while protecting this fundamental Oregon right.
*From 1995 to 1999, Bradbury served as Executive Director of For the Sake of the Salmon, a Portland-based non-profit organization dedicated to finding common ground for salmon restoration in Oregon, Washington, and California.
*Bradbury served in the Oregon legislature for 14 years. He represented portions of Oregon's south coast as a State Representative from 1981 to 1985 and as a State Senator from 1985 to 1995. Bradbury served as Senate Majority Leader from 1986 to 1993 and as Senate President from 1993 to 1995.
*As a legislator, Bradbury led successful efforts to develop Small Business Development Centers at all Community Colleges (1983) and to put together a relief package for displaced timber workers (1987). He also helped pass measures preventing offshore oil drilling and planning for state-owned ocean resources (1989) and enacting the Oregon Watershed Health Program (1993).
*Information in this section comes from:
*February 6, 2008Secretary Bradbury Opposes LNG Terminals in Oregon
*January 10, 2008 Secretary Bradbury Announces Expected Presidential Primary Names
*January 7, 2008 New Process Will Ensure All Oregonians Have Ballot Access

Involvment in 2008 Election
*According to The Oregonian, Secretary of State Bradbury has not endorsed a presidential candidate. In fact, he has recently made statements expressing a desire to stay neutral as long as possible.
http://www.blueoregon.com/2008/02/grassroots-acti.html
http://www.inboxrobot.com/news/bill-bradbury led to an article on EIN News but they wanted a credit card subscription, you may be signed up and can follow it: "A Thrilling Challenge".

Contributions to Candidates
*Donated $250 to "America Coming Together" in 2004. (source: www.fec.gov.)

Previous Campaign Work
*"A big Kerry supporter" in 2004 according to Fox News.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,135828,00.html

Connections to Politicians, Leaders On State Level
*Secretary of State of Oregon, 1999-present

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Jenny Greenleaf

Basic Bio
*Born in Devils (no apostrophe!) Lake, N.D., pop. 7,000. (Interview on 2/28-29/08)
*Attended Devils Lake Central High School; came to Oregon in 1974 to attend the University of Oregon, where she received a B.A. in Journalism and a certificate in Women's Studies in 1979. (Id.)
*Currently employed as a technical writer and user experience consultant for Greenleaf Agency LLC. (Id.)

Involvement in the Democratic Party
*Became involved in politics in 2002, when she volunteered with the Democratic Party of Oregon coordinated campaign and became a precinct committeeperson. (Id.)
*Became a district leader in 2004; helped train volunteers and oversaw ballot collection efforts in Multnomah County, 2004 and 2006; ran the volunteer opportunity email list in 2004; and managed the state party's website in 2006. (Id.; http://www.blueoregon.com/2004/12/jenny_greenleaf.html.)
*Worked for the Dean campaign, then was elected a DNC committeewoman in 2004, defeating a 16-year incumbent.
*Before she became an activist, she was a blogger for The American Street. On February 23, 2008, she was one of several superdelegates interviewed for The Guardian newspaper. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/23/uselections2008.usa/print)

Personal political interests and issues.
*Improving the party's efficiency and technology; making the Democratic Party more transparent; civil liberties, the Iraq War, education, good government, and healthcare also are strong interests.
*As an Oregon DNC committeewoman, she is interested in working to bridge the urban-rural divide that often characterizes Oregon politics. (Interview; http://www.democrats.org/page/dashboard/public/gGxPTD)
*"People need to get off their keyboards and sign up [as] PCPs [Precinct Committee People]." (Interview.)

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
*"We have a long way to go - Oregon hasn't had its primary yet. I want to see if there's a clear winner. As a superdelegate, my job is to ratify the choice of the people ... I really like both our candidates. I'm not going to have a problem supporting either of them." (Guardian interview.)
*When asked what she meant by "ratify the choice of the people", she responded that there appeared to be several different options (following the statewide popular vote, the nationwide popular vote, the votes of the state Central Committee that had elected her, the popular vote in her own District, etc.), and before deciding on a particular methodology, she is waiting to see the outcome of the Oregon primary.
*She did volunteer to hold an audience microphone at an Edwards town hall. (Interview.)

Contributions to Candidates
*No contributions to Presidential candidates. "If I'm gonna be uncommitted, I'm gonna be uncommitted, and there are plenty of other people to give money to." (Interview.)

Family's Involvement in Politics, the Democratic Party
*Her family was politically astute and aware, and her parents held local offices (school board, etc.), but no state or national offices.
*Her mother was trained as a journalist and had an essay published in several North Dakota newspapers on why Christians should be Democrats.

Previous Campaign Work
*Worked for Dean in 2004, Kerry in 2004, and on the Oregon Coordinated Campaigns in 2004 and 2006.

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Gail Rasmussen

*Gail Rasmussen is vice-president of the Oregon Education Association (503-684-8063).
*She is a grandmother and began in the educational support system as a receptionist and worked up to various event coordinating positions before her recent historic election to the position with OEA.

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Meredith Woods-Smith

Oregon Chair


Basic Bio
* Meredith Woods-Smith was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts and at ten moved with her family to Versailles, Kentucky.
* She attended the University of Kentucky and received a BA in Education.
http://superdelegates.org/Meredith_Woods-Smith


Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Meredith Woods-Smith serves as the full-time Democratic Party of Oregon Vice Chair and as the Western States Vice Chair Representative on the Executive Committee of the Association of State Democratic Chairs.
* Since coming to Oregon 35 years ago she has served as a Party county chairperson, chair of several Party committees, worked full time on a Congressional Campaign and volunteered on many congressional, gubernatorial, legislative, city and county campaigns, first in Jackson and Josephine counties and later in the Portland Metro area.
http://www.oregondemocrats.org/meredith_wood_smith

Political Interests and Issues
* As State Party Vice Chair, she has worked tirelessly to strengthen county parties through training, mentoring and support
* She is sctively engaged in Democratic Party of Oregon fundraising and in building coalitions with allied groups, and with minority and business communities.
* She has also served as precinct committee person for over 20 years.

Involvement in the 2008 election
* Ms. Woods-Smith has pledged not to publicly support any candidate until after the Oregon Primary on May 20.

Other Information
* In 1961 was active in John F. Kennedy's Presidential campaign in Kentucky.
* The GLBT Caucus [see http://www.stonewalloregon.org/aboutus.cfm ] of the Democratic Party of Oregon is officially endorsing Meredith Woods-Smith in the March 10 election for Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon.

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