Friday evening the Green Party of Benton County sponsored a Public Forum at the Corvallis Public Library. Approximately 50 Corvallis Residents participated in this open dialogue on the democratic process.
County Commissioner Annabelle Jaramillo was in attendance as a participant and resource for information. Dick Clinton from Oregon State University acted as the Moderator of the discussion. Leah Bolger, Vernon Huffman and Charles Newlin were representing the Green Party and were coordinating the evenings meeting.
Representation in Government and making Government work better were the themes of the day. Rank Preference Voting was explained by Charles Newlin. The essence of this style of voting would expand voter choices and do away with the need for "run off elections".
This style forum allowed attendees to listen to others ideas as well as provide the opportunity to Benton County voters to express points of view.
Future meetings are envisioned and hopefully more voters will see the wisdom of Rank Preference Voting. Charles Newlin stated that this type of voting process was already being used in San Francisco and Vermont.