Local politics matter

Friends & neighbors: let’s talk about local politics for a minute. As a farmer, I’ve spent over a decade teaching people about why local *food* matters (and growing it too! See photos!). The benefits to eating local food are compelling: freshness, flavor, variety, and investment directly in our local economy. When buying local food, your dollar’s local economic impact is bigger.

Your involvement in local politics matters for a similar reason. When voting in local elections, there are literally fewer people voting on an issue or candidate, and *your vote’s impact is bigger.* MUCH BIGGER.

In the 2016 Yamhill County Commissioner race, 24,388 people voted. The winner won with 13,317 votes. Compare those numbers to the presidential election that same year, in which 139 million people voted.

To put this another way, a single vote in the Yamhill County election “counted” 5,700 times as much as a vote in the presidential election. Individual votes in all races matter, but in local races they affect the outcome *significantly* more.

And, by the way, local politics affect your life significantly as well. I posted a few weeks back about what Yamhill County Commissioners actually do, and I invite you to revisit that post. But, the final point is perhaps the most important: Commissioners set the *tone* for the county.

This is huge, and it affects your daily life whether your county commissioners are open to new ideas; are interested in planning for the future; demonstrate respect for all people; and make decisions fairly.

The upcoming May election will decide which two candidates in several races make it to the fall run-off election. There are two County Commissioner positions up for election, and people from all parts of the county can vote for both positions. There is also a county judge position up for election — another important role in our community with direct effects on lives.

I’ve been asking people to eat local food for years, and now I’m asking you to vote local as well! It matters!

Working with everyone

Visit to the West Valley

Event coming in Amity

I confirmed another event today, this time in Amity:

Monday, April 23, 6:30-7:30 pm
Amity’s Blue Goat
506 S Trade St, Amity, OR 97101

Join Casey Kulla for a town hall style gathering. Bring your questions about Casey, Yamhill County, and our shared future! Refreshments provided.

Event coming in Newberg

I’m scheduling more upcoming public campaign events! Here’s one I confirmed today:

Saturday, April 21, 2-3 pm
Newberg Public Library meeting room
503 E Hancock St, Newberg, OR 97132

Join Casey Kulla for a town hall style gathering. Bring your questions about Casey, Yamhill County, and our shared future!

Bumper stickers/magnets!

Who is this guy?

This is ME. 20 years ago. The summer after I graduated from high school. At the top of a peak in the British Columbia coast range.

Who was I then? Passionate. About: connecting with people, changing the world, climbing mountains, surfing.

Within months of this photo, I started college, where I met the girl who became my wife and where I found more things to be passionate about: biochemistry, ecology, farming (and still connecting with people and changing the world).

I’m less young than I was then! But I’m still passionate about connecting with people and changing the world. And as I run for Yamhill County Commissioner, I’m inspired by the people younger than me who share my passions and who are learning how to engage as citizens in our community. Stepping up. Speaking out. Grappling with the hard topics that disproportionately affect their lives, and as a result affect our community as a whole.

People often ask me what specific things I plan to accomplish as Yamhill County Commissioner. My first answer is always the same: by the end of my first term, I want to see more younger people actively engaged with Yamhill County leadership. I want to help young people begin serving in roles such as on the Yamhill County Planning Commission, as well as on task forces across county areas.

I also want to help high schoolers learn to exercise their civic right to VOTE, by working with the local high schools to register people as young as 16 (legal in Oregon) and offer practice ballots for 16 and 17 year olds. I’m already in touch with the County Clerk and local principals about how we can make this non-partisan effort work. When Yamhill County young people turn 18, I want them to be informed, engaged, and READY to participate!

Two decades have passed, but inside me I’m still that passionate (and idealistic!) young Oregonian, eager to work positive change in my community. And, I’m excited to help bring more young people along with me in that work.

Ready? Let’s go!

Town hall in Mac a success!