Jasmine Helsley-Barnett has joined Team Tatom, stepping into the role of campaign manager. She brings a valuable skillset developed in her previous roles as a volunteer coordinator at Les Schwab Amphitheater and community coordinator for the Arts & Culture Alliance of Central Oregon.
Following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Jasmine committed herself to social and racial justice, volunteering for organizations like the Helpers, an indigenous-led non-profit providing mutual aid to people experiencing homelessness, and demonstrating against racism and white supremacy. On August 8, 2020, she was cited for disorderly conduct and harassment after defending fellow demonstrators from racist attacks at a Black Lives Matter protest in Prineville.
Oliver and Jasmine have known each other since 2018, when they went through the Deschutes County College program together (along with then candidates James Cook and Amy Lowes). Jasmine also serves on the COCC budget committee. She and her husband Brent live in rural Deschutes County outside Bend with her three children.
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” –John Lewis