'Move Oregon's Border' hosts rally in Roseburg

Douglas County needs 2,955 signatures to get on the November ballot.

Posted: Mar 7, 2020 6:24 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2020 10:53 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- 'Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho' hosted a petition rally Saturday morning at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

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The purpose of the rally was to gather the community together in hopes of urging leaders to move Douglas County to Idaho.

Michael McCarter is the president of 'Move Oregon’s Border.' He said Saturday's rally was a call for representation.

“The decisions that are being made out of the state legislature predominately are for urban areas like in the Northwest section of Oregon and we would like to be part of it as citizens of Oregon,” McCarter said.

Valynn Currie is the chairman of the Douglas County Republican Central Committee.

"I hope that this movement gets legs, takes hold and that it pushes forward," Currie said. "I think it’s a message to Salem that the rural counties are tired of being walked on and ignored. They’re trying to take away our livelihood.”

Others would like to see greater representation within government leadership.

“It’s a sign of hope for Oregon people to be able to get out from under the yolk of Portland and Salem politicians that just don't have the same values anymore that we do here in rural Oregon,” said rally attendee Richard Vandervelden.

Only those who are actively registered to vote in Douglas County are allowed to sign the petition. The deadline to do so is August 5.

Douglas County needs 2,955 signatures to get on the November ballot.

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