Republicans Make Up Majority of Union County Special District and School Board Candidates

Union County residents will vote for the members of local school and special district boards in elections this spring, with ballots due to the Union County Clerk on May 18, 2021. Of 59 unique individuals who filed for several positions, at least 31 are Republicans. We encourage all Union County voters to support conservative candidates. Verified Republican candidates are listed below!

  • Cove School Board #3: John Frisch
  • Elgin School Board
    • #3: Chuck Anderson
    • #5 Lara Moore
  • Imbler School Board
    • #3: Tim Phelps
    • #4: Pam Glenn
    • #5: Lavar Bowles vs. Jason Beck.
  • Cove Cemetery
    • #2: Andrea Asmussen
    • #3: Darcy Johnson Carreiro
  • Elgin Cemetery: Nancy Noell
  • La Grande Cemetery
    • Gary Bieberdorf
    • John Craig
  • North Powder Cemetery
    • John Frieboes
    • Erin Thompson
  • Summerville Cemetery: Carrie Bingaman
  • Elgin Health
    • #3: Elaine La Rochelle
    • #6: Darryl Hawes
  • South County Health District
    • #1: Mary Brookshire
    • #2: Fred Hawkins
    • #5: Debbie Clark
  • Elgin Rural Fire #4: Douglas Durfee
  • Imbler Rural Fire
    • #1: David Glover
    • #4: Randy Glenn
  • La Grande Rural Fire
    • #1: Nathan Weishaar
    • #2: Louis Gerber vs. Bretton Rudd
    • #4: Devin Cornford
  • North Powder Rural Fire #3: Lance Siddoway
  • Union Rural Fire
    • #3: Tim Sheehy
    • #4: Sam Baker
    • #5: David Gordon

Happy Tom McCall Day!

Happy Tom McCall Day, Union County! Today is a day to reflect on the wisdom and success of one of Oregon’s best Governors. Among his accomplishments, Governor Tom McCall cleaned up the environment, instituted the first paid bottle recycling program in America, and made all of Oregon’s beaches public property. Learn more about his legacy online!

ORP Elections Results

Left to right: Vice Chair Herman Baertschiger, Treasurer Dennis Linthicum, Chair Dallas Heard, Secretary Becky Mitts.

Delegates from the Union County Republican Central Committee joined fellow conservatives to vote for the next generation of Oregon Republican Party leaders on February 20.

Senator Dallas Heard beat incumbent Mayor Bill Currier to be elected Chair of the Oregon Republican Party.

Josephine County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger beat Umatilla County GOP Chair Suni Danforth to be elected Vice Chair.

Becky Mitts, legislative staffer to Rep. Mike Nearman, won re-election as Secretary over challenger Senator Chuck Thomsen.

Senator Dennis Linthicum was elected new Treasurer by acclamation after challenger David Darnell, CD5 GOP Chair, withdrew his candidacy and endorsed his opponent.

“New members of the Executive Committee discussed their campaigns with me early on, and I am confident that they will work well with Union County Republicans to keep common sense conservatives in office here as well as grow GOP representation in the Legislative Assembly,” said UCRCC Chair Alex McHaddad. “And as a millennial myself, I’m very excited to see the Party choose a member of my generation in Senator Heard to lead us into the future.”

For more information about the Oregon Republican Party, visit

Save the Date! ORP Leadership Debate 2/18 at 6:00PM

Union County Republicans Chair Alex McHaddad will join members of Young Republicans of Oregon to moderate a debate between candidates for ORP leadership positions on February 18 at 6:00PM! The debate will be livestreamed online at and Featured candidates include:


  • Adair Village, OR Mayor Bill Currier, Incumbent ORP Chair
  • Senator Dallas Heard

Vice Chair

  • Umatilla GOP Chair/ORP Finance Chair Suni Danforth
  • Josephine County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger


  • David Darnell, Congressional District 5 Republicans Chair
  • Senator Dennis Linthicum


  • Becky Mitts, Incumbent ORP Secretary

For more information, reach out to Union County Republicans Chair Alex McHaddad at or 541-805-2630.

Antifa Mobs Riot in Portland and Seattle on Inauguration Day

Despite the election and despite winter weather, rioting and property destruction continues in Portland, Oregon.

Antifa vandalizes DNC headquarters in Portland on inauguration day. Antifa symbol spray painted.
The oft-repeated leftist goal is to destroy all of society and then establish a “new world order”. Antifa masks predate Covid-19 and are for the purpose if hiding identity to avoid arrest. Lately homemade riot protect gear hs been added.
Leftest are not democrats although our elected democrat party leaders are frequently their enablers.
At DNC offices in Portland. Some windows appeared to be made of plexiglass and were difficult to break.
More graffiti and broken windows at the Democratic party office in Portland.
Antifa rioting and vandalism also occurring in Seattle.
US flag burned by Antifa mob at intersection in Seattle.

Johns Hopkins Retracts Article Saying COVID-19 Has ‘Relatively No Effect on Deaths’ in U.S.

The study concluded that in 2020 the total sum of deaths in the US has remained unchanged from the expected norm and that death counts from other causes have been reduced due to reclassification as COVID. The results of the study were censored. Many doctors and medical groups have been censored and threatened over their personal and professional opinions. There should be room for everyone to express their opinions freely and without fear of retribution.

To that end the original report is provided here. Excerpts and graphs from the report provided below.

Quotes from the article:

“Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same. 

“The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals,” Briand said.

Briand also noted that 50,000 to 70,000 deaths are seen both before and after COVID-19, indicating that this number of deaths was normal long before COVID-19 emerged. Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths. 

These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.

This comes as a shock to many people. How is it that the data lie so far from our perception? 

To answer that question, Briand shifted her focus to the deaths per causes ranging from 2014 to 2020. There is a sudden increase in deaths in 2020 due to COVID-19. This is no surprise because COVID-19 emerged in the U.S. in early 2020, and thus COVID-19-related deaths increased drastically afterward.

Analysis of deaths per cause in 2018 revealed that the pattern of seasonal increase in the total number of deaths is a result of the rise in deaths by all causes, with the top three being heart disease, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia.

“This is true every year. Every year in the U.S. when we observe the seasonal ups and downs, we have an increase of deaths due to all causes,” Briand pointed out.

When Briand looked at the 2020 data during that seasonal period, COVID-19-related deaths exceeded deaths from heart diseases. This was highly unusual since heart disease has always prevailed as the leading cause of deaths. However, when taking a closer look at the death numbers, she noted something strange. As Briand compared the number of deaths per cause during that period in 2020 to 2018, she noticed that instead of the expected drastic increase across all causes, there was a significant decrease in deaths due to heart disease.

This trend is completely contrary to the pattern observed in all previous years. Interestingly, as depicted in the table below, the total decrease in deaths by other causes almost exactly equals the increase in deaths by COVID-19. This suggests, according to Briand, that the COVID-19 death toll is misleading. Briand believes that deaths due to heart diseases, respiratory diseases, influenza and pneumonia may instead be recategorized as being due to COVID-19.