Making Rural Voices Heard
With Ted Case, Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Samantha Guerrero, Idaho Organization of Resource Councils; Brett Morgan, 1000 Friends; Taylor Sarman, Columbia Public Affairs
Join advocacy experts to explore how rural communities can be more effective in communicating their issues at the state and federal level.
Executive Director, Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Ted Case is the Executive Director of the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a position he has held since 2009. A native Oregonian, Ted spent 20 years in Washington D.C., where he served on the staff of Congressman Bob Smith. He also served 12 years with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and was the Legislative Director of the Government Relations Department. Ted is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and has a Masters in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Power Plays – a book about electric cooperatives and the U.S. presidency. He is also the author of the book, Poles, Wires and War: The Remarkable Untold Story of Rural Electrification and the Vietnam War. He lives outside of Portland, Oregon with his wife Nicole and two children, Malia and Jack.
Samantha Guerrero, Bilingual Agriculture and Food Community Organizer, Idaho Organization of Resource Councils
Samantha Guerrero is the Bilingual Agriculture and Food Community Organizer for the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils and the co-founder of the Idaho Immigrant Resource Alliance, which is raising money to help undocumented Idaho families during the pandemic. She is a first-generation Idahoan and a daughter of Mexican immigrants. Samantha graduated in 2017 from the College of Idaho with her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Sociology and Political Economy. As an activist for human rights and as a community organizer for IORC she hopes to connect with Idahoans who want to preserve democracy, help improve the lives of our citizens and work towards a more sustainable Idaho. Samantha lives in her hometown of Caldwell with her family and is currently running for the College of Western Idaho’s board of trustees this election.