2021 Important Election Dates

The most important elections are the ones we don’t know about.

Jefferson County chooses not to inform us of these important dates and candidates, so here’s everything you need to know.

APRIL 27

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE

APRIL 28

BALLOTS ARE MAILED OUT

They should arrive in your post office box within a few days of this date.

MAY 11

LAST DAY TO RETURN BALLOTS BY MAIL

After this date, you must return your ballot to an official ballot drop box (see locations below), or have us pick up your ballot

MAY 18

ELECTION DAY

You must have your ballot in to an official drop box by 8:00 pm

VOTE BY MAIL IS FREE

The postage comes with the envelope!

MAKE A PLAN!

What days do you go to the post office? Has everyone in your household voted?

REMEMBER:

You can mail your ballot in at the post office or drop it off at an official drop box until MAY 11th. After that, you can ONLY drop it off at an official ballot drop box (or have us take it for you) up until 8:00 pm on May 18th

OFFICIAL
BALLOT
DROP OFF
SITES

WARM SPRINGS
24 Hour Drop Box 2112 Wasco Street

SIMNASHO
Three Warriors Market 7700 HWY 3

Having trouble getting your ballot in?

We can Help! Leave a message with a name, address, and your phone number on the following hotline: 541-460-7379

Meet the Warm Springs Candidates

I’m so proud to be campaigning with this amazing group of ladies! This is the kind of experience and representation Jefferson County and our children need.
Jaylyn Suppah
Lorien Stacona
Jefferson Co. School District 509-J, Position 2

My name is Lorien Stacona and I am member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  I am running for the Jefferson County School Board seat number 2.

I am currently a Tribal Targeted Case Manager under the Health & Human Services Branch. I have the opportunity to assist community members in their growth by setting goals, connecting them to resources to achieve their goals and advocating for services. I have also been asked to sit on a domestic violence committee, I’ve been a part of securing funds for our homeless population, and I am currently the chair for the Warm Springs Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund (STIF) Advisory Committee.

I have three children: A culturally active, kind and bright 8th grader, a funny, smart, athletic 6th grader and my current favorite is my one-year-old who enjoys being a handful.  I am a fiancé “finally” to a man who is also passionate for our youth and community.

My reason for running for this position began with my children and the equitable struggles I have seen them facing within their school.  I initially advocated for them before the current School Board. After this, I felt like I was ignored with little to no resolution to our frustrations.  I also felt disempowered as a parent and ultimately felt like I would need to do more than simply complain.  Talking with teachers and other parents, I found comfort in having similar stances on our school district’s transparency. After gaining some support, I made the decision to become a voice for students, parents, and staff as a candidate for the upcoming election.

I am fully aware this job can be tough. My goal is to work as a team with the other school board members. I want to promote and encourage the board to engage in bilateral community outreach within the schools and in each community. I also want to promote transparency from the board, the superintendent, and each school’s administration teams.  Lastly, I want to help support our teachers, staff, and students with their aspirations and issues because they know best about what’s going on in schools.

Thank you for reading my bio and I hope you know a little more about me.  I am open to any questions or conversations.  I wish you all a good day!

Jillisa Suppah
Madras Aquatic Center District, Position 3

My name is Jillisa Suppah, my Indian name is Um-ya-tut. I am a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. I am currently employed with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs under the Health & Human services branch as a prevention coordinator. I coordinate a program called Papalaxsimisha. Papalaxsimisha translates to Unity in our Ichishkin language. The program is a dropout prevention and college & career readiness for our Native students and families. I graduated from Madras High School in 2010, obtained my Associates degree from Chemeketa Community in 2017, and I graduated from Portland State University with my Bachelors of Science in Social Work in 2019. My background and experience includes working with youth, families, and community engagement through prevention and health & wellness promotion. Much of my work comes from a historical trauma / historical healing lens, when engaging with youth and the community. I am running for the Madras Aquatic Center Recreation District (MACRD) board because the MAC has become very important to my family and I over the past few years, as both my niece and nephew participate and actively utilize the MAC services and activities. I have also decided to run because I believe it is important to have someone on the board who reflects the community it is serving. I have not seen anyone at the table who reflects me and/or my community. I know many of our Warm Springs families travel to Madras to utilize the MACRD services and activities as well. Our youth and families deserve to have representation on the board.

Raylene Thomas
Education Service District 509-J, Position 4

My english name is Raylene Thomas and my name is Tiixutnai.  I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  I was raised on the Warm Springs Reservation, attended Warm Springs Elementary, Jefferson County Middle School and graduated from Madras High School in 2005.  After high school I served in the U.S. Air Force from 2006-2012 in Security Forces.  Since then I have attended college at Truman College in Chicago, Heritage University in Washington and our very own Central Oregon Community College with goals to earn degrees in Social Work and Criminal Justice.  Currently I am a Probation Officer for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs where I help community members in the system transition from custody back into the community.  I also cover the Wellbriety Court Program caseload which is similar to a diversion program.  My companion and I have a blended family with 4 children all together ranging from toddler to teenager and we currently reside in Warm Springs.  I am running for Jefferson County ESD Position 4 because I would love to be a part of a team that represents and serves the students, staff, and families of our diverse communities throughout the region.  As a mommy and experiences personally and professionally, I understand how important support services and programs are to meet the needs of others.  What better way to support our children, staff, families and communities to meet educational needs and goals than to serve on ESD Board?