Coos County Democrats
Coos County Democrats
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Passion & Dilligence

About Us

Welcome to the Democratic Party of Coos County!

The Coos County Democrats are dedicated to:

*Recruiting and Electing Democratic Candidates
*Promoting the Interests of Democratic Party in Coos County
*Representing Coos County to the Democratic Party of Oregon
*Assisting People in Participating in the Democratic Party
*Registering New Democratic Voters.


We Believe:

*All Workers Deserve a Fair Share of the American Dream
*Health Care is a Basic Human Right
*Public Education is the Foundation of a Functioning Democracy
*Sound Tax Policy Reflects Economic Justice
*Good Governance Requires Transparency, Compromise, and Due Diligence
*A Healthy, Clean, Sustainable Environment Promotes a High Quality of Life
*Our Responsibilities as Citizens Extend Beyond Our State and National Borders
*There is no Justice For One without Justice For All.

No problem faced by our county, our state, our country or our world is unsolvable when we all work together. We hope to meet you soon!

Read our By-Laws here. Contact us here.

Executive Board



Maurene Ann "Mo" Aakre

Over the years, Mo has served the Coos County Democrats as Vice Chair, Chair, and Governor.  Mo is employed in Workforce at South Coast Business Employment Corporation and a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Coos Bay.  Her hobbies include nutrition, exercise, hiking and running. 



vice chair

Dede Murphy

Dede spent her childhood traveling around the U.S. and overseas with her military family. Eventually they returned to Oregon, where she graduated from South Umpqua High School and attended Merritt Davis Business College in Eugene to become a legal secretary.  After working at several law offices, Dede answered an ad in the paper for the Coos County Clerk’s office where she was hired on the spot. She spent time in the Recording Office, the Elections Office, the Court Clerks, and the Accounting Departments, eventually landing in the Elections Office for 15 years before retiring in July 2017.

Dede’s desire to get involved in the Democratic party started when a good friend ran for State Representative in 1984. She actively worked on his campaign and became thoroughly involved in the whole process.  She decided to work in the local Democratic party to work for her political beliefs and not leave it to someone else.  Dede wanted to do what she could to have her voice heard and she encourages every Democrat to do the same. 




Rae Lea Cousens

My husband, our daughter & I drove to Oregon in 1974 from Chicago, IL, our hometown. We came for the beautiful scenery & the available work. We came because we had family here. Our son was born at the Coquille Hospital & both of our children attended North Bend schools. All of us went to classes at SWOCC & I earned my degree (online) from Eastern Oregon University, La Grande.    

As a lifelong Democrat & retired public servant, I appreciate being selected as secretary for the Coos County Dems. It will give me the opportunity to learn more about the democratic process & how I can help with community needs: Jobs & housing, health care & education, fresh air & clean water & maintaining a safe community. These are things I value, so I imagine our neighbors do to, but I really don’t know unless I ask them. The Democratic Party “Neighbor to Neighbor” program is that type of program. It reminds me of where I grew up. A place where people met, talked about their concerns & decided together what to do or not do.

I look forward to this upcoming year.




Schira Nelson

I moved to Coos Bay in 1986 to attend Southwestern Oregon Community College. I graduated with my AA Degree in Human Services in 1990 and earned a Liberal Studies B.S. Degree through Linfield College in 1993.  I spent 7 years working for the Developmental Disabilities Program and then worked as a Case Manager for 15 years for the State Program for the Aging and People with Disabilities before retiring in January 2017.  For the majority of that time I also worked part time at Shutter Creek Correctional Institute teaching inmates social skills like anger management, communication skills and team building, as well as parenting skills. My hobbies include camping, walking the beaches with my two Chihuahuas, and visiting my son, his wife, and their two teenage granddaughters in Washington state.

I have been a registered Democrat for as long as I can remember. Working for the State of Oregon as a Case Manager, I was and continue to be an active SEIU union member.  Since retiring from my day job, I now have more time to devote to the Democratic Party.  In May 2017, I ran for election in Coos County and though I didn't win, I garnered over 7,000 votes which encouraged me to run again.  Since semi-retiring I have joined the Democratic Party of Coos County and have been appointed Precinct Committee Person for Precinct 3 and elected as Treasurer.  I look forward to serving our local Democratic party in any capacity that I can. 




Mark McKelvey

When George W. Bush won the Presidency in 2001, Mark decided it was time to get active with the Coos County Democrats. Over the years Mark has served as a Precinct Committee Person; Delegate to the 4th Congressional District, State Central Committee, and DPO Platform Convention; and Coos County Democrats Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair, and Governor. For a time he also hosted "The Mark McKelvey Show," a radio program about local politics, and wrote for the Advocate newspaper.

During the day, Mark teaches the GED program at Coos Bay's Harding Learning Center. He also serves as the Board Chair for Oregon Coast Community Action. Mark believes participation in politics is the highest calling of citizenship, and organizing through the Democratic Party is the best way to create a "more perfect union" for all Americans.


4th Congressional District Delegates

Bob Hundhausen
Richard Kuznitsky
Dede Murphy
Mark Daily (Alternate)
Paula Dow (Alternate)
Eldon Rollins (Alternate)

State Central Committee Delegates

Mark McKelvey
Amanda Rudd
Shannon Souza
Maureen (Mo) Aakre (Alternate)
Steven Daily (Alternate)
Sam Schwarz (Alternate)