Lanee Says




April 27, 2020

I am honored to have the endorsement of former Chief Deputy District Attorney JW Hupp. Mr. Hupp has 25 years of experience as a prosecutor and has worked with both Mr. Cable and I. He just left our office in December. The Chief Deputy DA is responsible for acting in the role of District Attorney when the DA is out.

Mr. Hupp understands better than anyone what it takes to be DA because he has done the job himself when DA Branam was out of the office. He knows that age and years as a lawyer DO NOT make someone the best candidate. The best candidate for DA is someone who knows the law better than anyone and demonstrates strong leadership skills. Mr. Hupp, who has been a prosecutor longer than Mr. Cable and all of his supporters, knows that I am the best choice for DA.

Please read Mr. Hupp’s letter on the endorsement page of my website and join Mr. Hupp in supporting me!

April 25, 2020

Many of you know Jim Cline, he's an amazing person and he and his wife Amy Cline does so much for our community through Bright Horizons and more! I am beyond grateful to have their support!

“Lanee exhibits the leadership qualities that I look for in our elected officials.  She is experienced beyond her years due to her broad background.  She has a positive approach, she is an energy giver (invigorating) not an energy drainer (enervating), is open and transparent. She is passionate about her work.  She is a thinker, asking the right questions, not just saying no because that is the way we have done it. I strongly endorse Lanee for District Attorney.” – Jim Cline

April 25, 2020

Something I plan to do if elected is increase the DA's Office presence online. Our community deserves easy access to information. We need a social media account (law enforcement agencies have one, yet, the top law enforcement official in the county (the DA's Office) does not. We also need our own website separate from the county website. Some of the information I intend to include on the website is:

1. What does the DA's Office do?

2. Who are the employees in the DA's Office? I want you to know who we are and what we are all about. I plan to have a 20-30 second video of prosecutors introducing themselves and quickly explaining why they became a DDA. We should be familiar, inviting faces to the public. I want you to know you are in good hands with people who care.

3. How does a case move through the criminal justice system? Information about what different hearings are called and what happens at those hearings.

4. A list of crime victim's rights and resources to access in the community. A link to sign up for VINE, which is a system that will notify victims if someone is released from custody.

5. What is grand jury? Where do you go if you are a witness or a juror? What can you expect to happen?

6. How does a trial work? If you are a juror, where do you go? What can you expect? These will be videos showing you the inside of the courthouse / courtrooms and walking through the different stages of trial.

7. A form for citizens to fill out regarding any non-case specific issues, concerns, suggestions, etc. We want the community involved in our office!

There are many other ideas but this is a starting point. I want everyone in our community to understand what we do, why we do it, and that our office will be committed to working hard to create a better, safer, Lincoln County for all of you.

April 24, 2020

If you don’t know Mike and Diane Smith, you should! They are wonderful people who have been serving our community for over 33 years and I am proud to have their support!

“We’re supporting Lanee because her core beliefs are so strong.  Her committment to protecting the most vulnerable among us (especially children); and willingness to help folks that have substance abuse issues access recovery support (when and where appropriate) indicates her strong Lincoln County community orientation!” – Mike & Diane Smith


April 22, 2020

In honor of crime victims rights week I wanted to recognize Linda Hill and her dog Cash, from Oregon Coast Therapy Animals. I met Linda during a multi-week child sexual abuse trial. She and Cash came to the DA’s office to support a child victim as she navigated her way so bravely through the trial. It was absolutely amazing to see the affect Cash’s presence had on this child. It’s extremely difficult for children to face their abuser in court, especially when the abuser is someone they know and trusted. Linda and Cash were there every step of the way and spent hours upon hours supporting this child and it made all the difference in the world.

Oregon Coast Therapy Animals VOLUNTEERS this service. And they do so much more. Pictured below is Cash meeting with someone at Oceanview Senior Living. When I asked Linda about the impact Cash had at Oceanview she said, “Therapy dogs can be a way for residents to access their memories, share, connect with the outside world and have some warm, happy moments.” The people at OCTA are wonderful, kind, generous people who deeply care our community and all who live here.

The hardest thing for me as a prosecutor is knowing I can’t take away all of the hurt and pain that our crime victims experience. However, I can and will continue to make it my mission to lessen the trauma caused by involvement in the criminal justice system. One of the ways we can do that is by working closely with this organization to provide the most inviting, comfortable, and calming experience for our crime victims, especially our children and elderly.

Our community is full of people like Linda who want to help. We just need a leader who will foster and prioritize relationships with community partners. I am that leader.

I am so excited for all progress we can and will accomplish together! Thank you Linda and thank you Cash!



April 20, 2020

”It is my honor to endorse Lanee Danforth for Lincoln County DA. I have spoken with several members of Law Enforcement and in the DA’s office, and she has the drive, honor and integrity to serve all the citizens of our county. She does not run from the battle, she engages.” – Toledo Mayor, Rod Cross



April 20, 2020

I was honored to welcome back Toledo Fire Chief Larry Robeson (while social distancing) this evening! We are so glad he is recovering. For those who don’t know, Larry Robeson was in Alabama driving a newly purchased fire truck back to Toledo when he was struck by a speeding car and was severely injured in a crash. It was amazing to see all of the police, fire, medical and community support. Our brave men and women who serve our community should always be supported, especially by the DA’s Office. Thank you for all you do to keep us safe!

It is very important for our District Attorney to be involved in our community. I have always been community involved in my role as Deputy District Attorney and hope to continue that as Lincoln County’s next DA.




April 19, 2020

Deputy Dalynn Shinholster and her beautiful daughter putting up signs! Deputy Shinholster currently spends time working in our schools (pre COVID-19) and keeps our students safe. Thank you for your support! ❤️

April 18, 2020

Thank you Jon Zagel for your endorsement! I feel honored to have the support of so many community leaders -- people who have dedicated their lives to serving our community. I am excited to think about all of the amazing things we will accomplish together in the future. I can't wait to collaborate with local schools and integrate education and prevention efforts to stop crime before it happens. For example, I developed a curriculum on teen dating violence. Educating students about domestic violence makes a positive impact on their future. It gives students the tools to effectively communicate without resorting to violence and teaches them they have worth and value and deserve love, care and respect in relationships.

Our students are the future leaders of Lincoln County and they deserve our focus and attention. Please join Jon Zagel in supporting me!


April 14, 2020

April 13, 2020

In addition to being child abuse prevention month, April is also sexual assault awareness month. I have prosecuted several sexual abuse cases involving child victims and adult victims. Those cases are never easy to prosecute but it is always worth it, no matter the outcome.

A good sex crimes prosecutor will put in the extra hours of work to know the case inside and out. They will know and understand the law and will present the evidence necessary to support a guilty verdict.

A great sex crimes prosecutor will do all of the above while approaching the case through a victim centered lens. Perhaps more important than the verdict is how a victim feels throughout the process. We may not be able to control the verdict but we can always control how we treat victims.

The way victims are treated will have an impact that lasts far beyond the verdict. Are we believing victims? Are we checking in with victims periodically in the weeks leading up to trial? Are we asking the victim what they need from us to feel safe? Are we meeting with victims before trial to prepare them for what is to come? Is this about them or is this about our win loss column? .

If elected, I will run a DA's Office that is victim centered. I don't want good sex crimes prosecutors, I want great ones. I want the sex crimes prosecutors that are going to make our victims feel empowered, heard, believed and supported. I want to change the perception of the public when it comes to sexual assault cases and I want every victim to know that if and when they decide to report their assault, the DA's Office will ALWAYS handle the case with a victim centered approach.

April 10, 2020

DDA Kylie Andrisa was extremely courageous when she wrote this letter to the editor. I was honored but not surprised to see it in the newspaper today because Kylie always does the right thing for the right reasons, no matter the cost.

Those are the kind of people we need in the DA’s Office. Those who are willing to stand up for what is right, true, and just. Thank you, Kylie.



























April 7, 2020

Any skilled trial lawyer knows that the best reaction to a false attack is no reaction at all. A prosecutor’s job is to present evidence of the truth, not defend against lies.

The truth is that this election is about you. It’s about us. It’s about finding the best leader for Lincoln County. A good leader leads by example.

The example I’m setting is taking the high road, refusing to participate in negative or dirty politics, and staying focused on what really matters here and that is the needs, safety and well-being of our community.

Stay safe
Stay home
Stay healthy
Stay kind
Stay tuned


April 5, 2020

Often times the brightest rainbows follow the darkest rainstorms. One of my supporters shared this photo with me. ❤️

Lincoln County — don’t lose hope. We will get through this storm together!

April 4, 2020

Imagine if every Lincoln County family had access to the support they need to thrive.

Each April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Community members and community partners in Lincoln County come together to raise awareness and promote healthy child development, strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. We have seen the power people in Lincoln County have to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of both kids and families when we work together.

This year, due to circumstances beyond our control, coming together and providing support looks a little different. We all know parenting isn’t easy and it is even more difficult during times of stress and uncertainty. As we all adjust to stay-at-home orders, cancelled school and activities, physical distancing and working from home, it’s more important than ever that we support each another and help parents build their resilience.

Research has shown that isolation or limited social connections for parents are risk factors that can result in higher rates of child abuse and neglect. Parents and caregivers must take care of themselves and build their resilience so they can take care of their children.

Some ways parents and caregivers can care for themselves and community members include:

Be strong in the face of stress. Identify your most challenging parenting moments and make a plan for what you will do when these moments come up.

Nurture caring friendships. Take your book club online or set up an online hangout with friends.

Grow your knowledge of parenting and childhood development. Choose to parent a little lighter right now. We are all going to make mistakes. Laugh more and shout less.

Ask for support when you need it. If you haven’t already done so, join a parenting group on Facebook. It helps to know that other parents are experiencing the same struggles as you. Ask your online connections for ideas and advice.

Help your child manage their feelings and relationships. Help children develop skills so they can manage their emotions. This is especially important during this time of heightened anxiety in all of us. Respond warmly and consistently to your child.

Take regular breaks during the day when you need them. Create time to relax and do something you enjoy. Even it’s just to sit and read a book for 20 minutes or practice a few yoga poses. Stepping away to recharge is important. 

No matter where they live in our county, when kids thrive, Lincoln County thrives. Our kids are our future leaders, community members and workforce.

April 4, 2020

Our community should be proud.

- Medical personnel said we need equipment. Lincoln County schools said we will use our 3-D printers to make medial equipment.

- COVID-19 said no more dining in. Local restaurants said we will stay open for take out and start delivering. Community said, we will support local restaurants.

- COVID-19 said no more school. Community partners, schools, local restaurant and volunteers said we will deliver food to kids so they can eat. Teachers said we will teach our students online.

- Medical personnel said we need masks. Car companies said we will use our equipment to make masks, ventilators and respirators. Community said we will make masks by hand.

- Medical professionals said sanitize your hands regularly. Rogue Ales & Spirits said we will use our equipment to make hand sanitizer for law enforcement.

- Addicts said we will need support. Local treatment providers said let's do support meetings online. We are here for you.

- Domestic violence and child abuse victims said what about us? Advocates, community partners, law enforcement and the court said we are here for you, help is available.

- Senior citizens said we are vulnerable. Local grocery stores said we will stay open an extra hour so you can shop alone.

- Essential workers said we need child care. Child care providers said we will take care of your kids.

- Community said we need to eat, local farmers said we are working day in and day out to provide food.

- Sick people said we need care. Nurses, doctors and other medical professionals said we will risk our lives to help save yours.

Lincoln County said no matter what you throw at us, WE GOT THIS! ❤️

April 2, 2020

Please take a look at the article below.  I am so incredibly proud that Lincoln County started this program! It is a step in the right direction. Officers frequently respond to situations where someone is having a mental health crisis and they have to make difficult decisions about how to best handle the situation. Officers have to keep the public safe but are also concerned about the safety and well-being of the person in crisis.

A few months ago I was asked by Lieutenant Adam Shanks to present at a multi-day Crisis Intervention Team training for Lincoln County Behavioral Health and the Sheriff's Office. There were several dedicated law enforcement officers and corrections deputies at the training. We talked about what the law requires when officers respond to a mental health crisis and talked about best practices. I was amazed at how engaged our law enforcement officers and other community partners were with respect to this topic. I feel blessed to be able to be a part of this community and team of dedicated law enforcement and behavioral/mental health workers!

March 30, 2020

I wanted to share with you my thoughts and feelings about running a poltical campaign during this COVID-19 pandemic.

March 27, 2020

Things have been pretty heavy for everyone lately. If you need a break from reality and a good laugh check out this video of my niece. If only everyone had the optimism of a 3 year old!

March 26, 2020

Today is my sweet nephew’s 7th birthday. I am so proud of my brother and sister in law for entering drug court in Deschutes County in 2012 and remaining clean and sober. Since graduating from drug court, they have worked hard and been able to buy a house, run a successful business, and raise two of the kindest most loving kids I know. My niece and nephew are recognized at school for their good behavior, attendance and grades. Their story is such a testament to treatment courts and second chances for those who choose to live in recovery. Needless to say, I am a huge supporter of treatment courts as long as the commitment is there. It’s not an easy road to recovery but it’s a road worth going down.

March 26, 2020

The Oregon State Police created the following list of frequently asked questions relating to the enforcement of the Governor's Executive Order 20-12. The below information will help everyone understand more about the order. I hope everyone is staying safe and as always, local law enforcement and the Lincoln County DA's Office are committed to helping our community if/when you need us

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this martial law?

No, not even close. There are no curfews and a person’s movements are not restricted under the Governor’s Executive Order. While details are offered in the order relating to social distancing, specific business closures and non-essential social gatherings- Oregonian’s movements are generally unrestricted.

Do I need documentation from my employer deeming me essential?

No. The Governor’s Executive Order closes certain businesses, outlined in section (2). These businesses reflect operations that would make close contact difficult or impossible to avoid. Officers are not asking or looking for any type of special paperwork from your employer.

Do I need a special placard on my car, when going to work or if I drive for work?

No. There is no special documentation or placards for people going to work or permitted activities.

Will I be pulled over for driving on the highway?

Not for violation of the Governor’s Executive Order, which specifically outlines efforts to avoid large gatherings- not restrict the movement of Oregonians. If, however, you are committing a traffic violation or crime that would be enforced independent of the order, you may be stopped, like any other day.

Are the state lines closed and are there roadblocks?

No, traffic is moving freely within Oregon and our border states. There are no roadblocks or restrictions of vehicle movement. Washington State is operating under a similar executive order from their Governor, so Oregonians should be aware of these provisions when traveling in their state.

If my business is closed, can I still go to work if my employer makes me? Won’t I be arrested?

While the order prohibits the public from congregating at a closed business, the employer may still have work to do on site. As long as employees are not conducting business that is prohibited by the Executive Order, it is okay to still be at the worksite. No “passes” or paperwork is required.

Are rest areas open?

Yes, generally. Some rest areas are connected to parks, which are currently closed to comply with the Executive Order.

Are police arresting or ticketing people in public or in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order?

People that violate the Governor’s Order in an Emergency Declaration could be arrested or cited, which is a C Misdemeanor- the lowest level of criminal conduct designation. All Oregon law enforcement are united on the premise that police action is extremely undesirable and we hope to educate Oregonians if congregating in violation of the Governor’s Order. Citation or arrest would be an extreme last resort if a person failed to comply with the lawful direction of a police officer.

What about my kids that may congregate in a place without my permission, like a skate park?

Police know our children don’t often take their parent’s advice and may ignore direction when away. Like adults found to be congregating in a location, officers will likely approach the youths and educate them on the order. Citations and arrest are extremely unlikely, reserved for only the most extreme circumstances.

Can I still go hiking and fishing?

Yes. Oregonians can still recreate outdoors, if their recreational activity involves non-contact with others and they can maintain appropriate social distancing- which is defined as 6 feet or more from others. Oregonians and visitors to our state should be aware most campgrounds and boat ramps are closed, so you should research your plans before recreating.

Should I call 911 if I see people congregating?

No. The level of this violation is not for reporting police, fire or medical emergencies through 911. People may choose to self-educate their fellow Oregonians or if a large gathering is noted, they may call their respective police agency’s non-emergency number.

March 25, 2020

A promise of hope over Newport City Hall

March 22, 2020

This article has a lot of good information about how COVID-19 can impact domestic violence victims and their children.

“Domestic violence, experts say, is about power and control. In a pandemic, many people feel as though they're losing control and search for healthy ways to cope. But when an abuser feels powerless, it puts their victim at risk.”

“Governments and communities can help protect victims during the pandemic by continuing to ensure access to emergency services and the courts.”

There has been a lot of information circulating on social media about courts and jails across the nation shutting down. Everyone should know that in Lincoln County our dedicated law enforcement officers are still working and still responding to emergency calls. The courts are limiting hearings but are not completely shut down. Neither is the jail.

Domestic violence victims should know that the domestic violence team in the DA’s Office is committed to ensuring victim safety. While several employees are working from home in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, we are still going to work (while taking as many precautionary measures as possible) Monday - Friday and will be available to charge new cases that come in, speak with people over the phone, and make sure victims are protected as much as possible during this time. Please know there are options for help and you are not forgotten.