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Welcome to Basic Rights Oregon’s Vote Equality Guide to pro-equality candidates. These are our endorsements and greenlights for the 2018 Primary Elections. Electing pro-equality candidates to public office across the state is now more important than ever.

With Donald Trump and his conservative cabinet attempting to repeal LGBTQ victories at the federal level, we are doing everything we can to preserve our victories here at home.

The Trump administration will not keep LGBTQ young people safe in our schools. It will not ensure transgender people have access to accurate identity documents or critical health care services. It will not make our military, our criminal justice system, or our immigration system just and equitable. It will not ensure that LGBTQ Oregonians can live their lives free from the sting of discrimination.

Our mission is simple: we are seeking not only legal equality, but lived equality. That means we elect people to office who support justice and pass laws promoting it, and ensure that those laws are carried out so that LGBTQ Oregonians experience equality in our everyday lives.

 

Governor | Bureau of Labor and Industries CommissionerState Senate Races | State House Races | Local Races

 

Governor

Kate Brown 🏳️‍🌈

With more than 25 years of service to the people of Oregon, Kate Brown is well-prepared to serve as Oregon’s 38th Governor, making government more accountable and standing up for working families.

During her time in the legislature, Kate Brown led efforts on government accountability and reform. In 2007, she successfully spearheaded legislation that The Oregonian called the “state’s most sweeping package of ethics reforms in 34 years.” And she led a bipartisan group of legislators to pass Oregon’s most significant campaign finance reform law in a generation, making campaign contributions more transparent than ever before by creating an online database for campaign finance reporting.

Brown has also been a longtime leader in advancing civil rights and marriage equality. In 2007, she helped to pass the Oregon Equality Act, a civil rights law that prohibited discrimination in employment and housing on the basis of sexual orientation. And Brown was instrumental in passing Oregon’s Family Fairness Act, which legally recognizes committed same-­sex relationships as domestic partnerships.

Prior to running for public office, Brown practiced family and juvenile law. She taught at Portland State University, worked with the Juvenile Rights Project and co-­founded the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance, which has been leading efforts to support women’s health for more than 20 years.

With her husband Dan, Brown raised Dan’s son and daughter, who are now grown, in Portland. When Brown is not busy at the Capitol in Salem, you’ll find her horseback riding or hiking. In February of 2015, Brown and her husband moved into the official residence, Mahonia Hall.

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Kate Brown 🏳️‍🌈

Kate Brown 🏳️‍🌈

 

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Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner

Val Hoyle

Val Hoyle and her husband Stephen moved to Oregon in 1999 with their two children based upon the quality of life and the reputation of the school system. A proud democrat, Val learned the value of public service from the example set by her parents. She was taught that you should strive to leave things a little better than you found them, work hard for every opportunity, and hold the ladder to give the next person the opportunity to climb. That’s why she got to work volunteering for the PTO, working on local elections, and as the Chair of the Democratic Party of Lane County

While in office, Val’s hard work and leadership on key issues was recognized by her peers and she was chosen by her caucus to serve as the House Majority Leader in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

As a 3-term House Majority Leader, Val proved herself to be a respected leader who brings people together to get things done for Oregon’s working and middle class families. She led her colleagues to secure investments in our public schools, passed paid sick leave so no one has to fear losing their job because they get sick or need to care for a sick child and fought to protect women’s reproductive rights, including making it possible for women to get birth control over the counter.

In addition to her public service in the State House, Val has more than 25 years of private sector business experience, she served as chairperson of the Board of the Federal District Export Council of Oregon, and she is a member of the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition.

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Val Hoyle

Val Hoyle

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Oregon State Senate

Floyd Prozanski

Senate District 4 - South Lane & North Douglas Counties

Senator Floyd Prozanski was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1994. He served in the House of Representatives between 1995 and 2003, and he moved to the State Senate in 2004. Senator Prozanski earned a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. When the legislature is not in session, Sen. Prozanski works as a municipal prosecutor and serves on various boards and commissions. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Floyd Prozanski

Floyd Prozanski

Senate District 4

South Lane & North Douglas Counties

Lee Beyer

Senate District 6 - Springfield

After military service, Senator Lee Beyer attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon where he graduated with a degree in management. In the mid-1970's, he accepted a position as a management analyst with the Oregon Executive Department, and in 2001, Governor Kitzhaber asked Senator Beyer to join the Oregon Public Utility Commission. During his almost nine years on the Commission, Lee developed a reputation as a tough but fair regulator. He served in the House in the 1990s and was elected to the Senate in 2010.

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Lee Beyer

Lee Beyer

Senate District 6

Springfield

Sara Gelser

Senate District 8 - Albany & Corvallis

As a parent, educator, minister and community organizer, Representative Sara Gelser is very much aware of the challenges gay and transgender Oregonians face. Rep. Gelser has served House District 16 since 2005 and was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on Disability in 2010. Fighting for individuals with disabilities is one of her top priorities. A long-time ally of Basic Rights Oregon and advocate for women, Rep. Gelser has proven her support of LGBT Oregonians and will put that experience to work in the State Senate. She strongly supported landmark non-discrimination legislation and was a champion on anti-bullying legislation, both of which are now Oregon Law.

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Sara Gelser

Sara Gelser

Senate District 8

Albany & Corvallis

Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Senate District 17 - Northwest Portland & Beaverton

Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward has served Senate District 17 since being appointed to the position in 2011, and then won the election in 2012. As a family physician at OHSU, improving Oregon’s health care system has been a major goal of the Senator’s time in Legislature. Prior to her service as a State Senator, she worked as an advocate for women’s health through the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians. Sen. Steiner Hayward has been a proponent of driver card legislation as well during her terms in legislature.

Website: http://www.elizabethfororegon.com/ ×
Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Senate District 17

Northwest Portland & Beaverton

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Oregon State House

House Speaker Tina Kotek 🏳️‍🌈

House District 44 - Kenton, St. Johns, North and Northeast Portland

Beginning with her work to win domestic partnership benefits for faculty and students at the University of Washington in the mid-1990s, Tina Kotek has worked hard to change the world and to empower people to be part of that change.

Tina began her public service career as a policy advocate for the Oregon Food Bank, working to eliminate hunger for every Oregonian. She went on to serve as the policy director for Children First for Oregon before being elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2006.

In her first term in the House, Tina championed a redesign of the state's welfare program, led the fight to establish statewide nutrition standards for food sold in schools, and helped pass landmark legislation that ended discrimination based on sexual orientation and created domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

In 2013, Tina became the first openly lesbian speaker of any state house in the nation. As Speaker, Tina has led the charge for positive change here in Oregon.

In the 2015 legislative session, Tina was a leader in the movement to give everyone a fair shot at success, championing the successful efforts to expand earned sick leave, strengthen retirement security and ban racial profiling. She worked to strengthen and expand child care options for working parents, and fought to implement Oregon's Clean Fuels Program. The 2016 session built upon those wins for working families, including the passage of trailblazing legislation to raise Oregon's minimum wage.

Today, Tina and her partner, Aimee Wilson, live in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland with their two Yorkies, Rudy and Wicket.

 

Website: http://www.votetina.com/ ×
House Speaker Tina Kotek 🏳️‍🌈

House Speaker Tina Kotek 🏳️‍🌈

House District 44

Kenton, St. Johns, North and Northeast Portland

House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson

House District 36 - West Portland

The threat of losing her place at University of Oregon because of a proposed cut in financial aid was the impetus needed to send Representative Jennifer Williamson down the path of activism and public service that she has followed ever since. She is a practicing attorney as well as serving on the Boards of Planned Parenthood (chair) and the Susan G Komen Foundation, under which banner she helped to pass the Oregon Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Act, thus ensuring that all eligible women in Oregon have access to life-saving treatment. She volunteers as a Big Sister, and with Mercy Corps Northwest’s L.I.F.E. program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Rep. Williamson is also a big booster to Basic Rights Oregon and outspoken supporter of Marriage Equality.

Website: http://jenniferfororegon.com/ ×
House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson

House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson

House District 36

West Portland

Pam Marsh

House District 5 - Ashland

Pam Marsh is a 21-year resident of Oregon, a city council member, small business owner and manager of Ashland’s nonprofit food bank. It’s a diverse resume that’s given her a good understanding of the local economy and the challenges facing families that require state attention, including early childhood programs, strong schools and the continuation of health care reform

Pam was appointed by the City Council to fill a vacant position in December 2012.  Two years later she won a 4-year term, receiving 90% of the votes cast.

Before joining the Council, Pam served as a member and chair of the City Planning Commission and as a member of the Ashland Charter Review Committee, and volunteered for a variety of community organizations including Ashland High School Booster Club and Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon. Currently, she serves as a board member of the Family Nurturing Center.

Pam has lived in Southern Oregon since 1994, when she and her husband, Diarmuid McGuire, moved their four children from Palo Alto, California, to the mountains above Ashland. In Palo Alto Pam served on the Planning Commission, worked as district representative for a state legislator, served as executive director of the Santa Clara County Cities Association, and participated in a variety of nonprofit and public school organizations.

For ten years after moving to Oregon Pam was actively involved in management and operation of Green Springs Inn and Cabins. As a parent of a student at Pinehurst School, she participated on the school site committee and Pinehurst School Foundation. Her family continues to own the business, which is currently managed by her husband and son.

Website: http://pammarshfororegon.com/ ×
Pam Marsh

Pam Marsh

House District 5

Ashland

Paul Holvey

House District 8 - South Eugene, Veneta & Loraine

A Eugene native, Representative Paul Holvey has long been an advocate for progressive causes. He is actively pro-labor as a representative for Pacific Northwest Carpenters and has worked with many organizations advocating for workers’ rights. Holvey has sponsored legislation to improve air quality, and food safety as well. Elected to the Oregon House in 2005, Rep. Holvey has also been recognized for his advocacy by the Eugene Human Rights Commission. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Paul Holvey

Paul Holvey

House District 8

South Eugene, Veneta & Loraine

Caddy McKeown

House District 9 - Coos, Douglas, Lane & Lincoln County

I was born and raised in Coos Bay, the daughter of a nurse and a small business owner. My two older sisters and I were educated in the Coos Bay public school system. I moved away to go to college and married my high school sweetheart, Jeff. After we had our two children, my husband and I moved home to raise our family.

Improving Oregon schools quickly became my passion. When the transportation budget was cut in my school district, I began volunteering as a crossing guard. Soon I was baking cupcakes and organizing school carnivals. These volunteer activities led to an appointment to the Coos Bay School Board in 1989. I served in this position for 11 years working to balance budgets fairly and preserve a high quality education system in our local schools.

While on the school board, I began volunteering for the ASPIRE program which helps students plan for higher education or training after high school. In 2002, I was hired by the Oregon Student Assistance Commission to help expand the program throughout the state. When I retired from this position in 2010, the program was providing more than 1,000 volunteer mentors to 60,000 students in 115 high schools across Oregon.

In 2003, Governor Kulongoski appointed me to the Board of Commissioners of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. I served in this position for nine years working to develop infrastructure and expand economic opportunity on the South Coast. I was on the front lines when the Port of Coos Bay stepped up to take ownership of and rehabilitate the Coos Bay Rail Line, and I continue to champion infrastructure investment on the South Coast.

For the past two years, I’ve had the honor of representing Coos, Douglas, Lane and Lincoln counties as State Representative. I’m proud of my work to help schools hire back teachers and get our economy going again, but more work lies ahead. I would be honored to continue working on your behalf in Salem.

In my free time, I enjoy running, paddle boarding, spending time with my husband Jeff, our children Bradford and Molly, my father Dick, and our two dogs Huckleberry and Cowboy.

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Caddy McKeown

Caddy McKeown

House District 9

Coos, Douglas, Lane & Lincoln County

David Gomberg

House District 10 - Central Coast

Representative Gomberg received his education in Oregon, holding both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Political Science from Oregon State University and a MBA from Willamette University. He is a small business owner, with three stores on the Oregon Coast, as well as being the owner of the biggest kite in the world (10,400 sq. ft.). He was elected to serve District 10 in 2012, and has seats on both the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services and the Small Business Task Force. Creating jobs, supporting community colleges and small business development, and providing help for working families remains Rep. Gomberg’s top priorities.

Website: http://www.electgomberg.com/ ×
David Gomberg

David Gomberg

House District 10

Central Coast

Nancy Nathanson

House District 13 - Eugene

Current Elected Office

Oregon State Representative, House District 13 (2007-Present)

Joint Ways and Means Committee (JWM), Vice-chair. JWM Subcommittee on Human Services, Co-Chair. Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology, Co-Chair. JWM Subcommittee on General Government, Member. Former committee assignments (partial list): JWM Subcommittee on Public Safety; House Committee on Health Care; House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development

Occupation

Retired after a career of 37 years working in academic libraries, concluding with her job as Resource Sharing Program Manager for the Orbis Cascade Alliance of academic libraries in Oregon and Washington.

Previously held library supervisory and technical jobs, and owned and operated Photoscapes, an entrepreneurial small business.

Educational Background

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, B.S. with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa

Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois

Hillcrest High School, Dallas Texas

National and Regional Offices, Boards and Commissions, prior to State Legislature

National League of Cities, Board of Directors

Federal Communications Commission-Local and State Government Advisory Committee

Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council

And served on the Board of the Lane Council of Governments, Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority, and Lane County Intergovernmental Human Services Committee

City of Eugene

City Council (elected to three terms 1993-2004, spearheading initiatives to upgrade fire stations and add firefighters, and the bond measure to expand the city’s parks and natural areas

Planning Commission (1987- 1993)

 

Website: http://www.nancynathanson.org/ ×
Nancy Nathanson

Nancy Nathanson

House District 13

Eugene

Julie Fahey

House District 14 - West Eugene & Junction City

Drawn here by their love of the outdoors and the great sense of local community they found in Eugene, Julie and her husband Jake moved to Oregon in 2009. Julie is a lifelong Democrat who is passionate about issues related to economic opportunity for all Oregonians – including workplace policies that are beneficial to working families, the creation of living wage jobs, and an education system that prepares students to succeed in work and in college. As Chair of the Lane County Democrats for 2 ½ years, she advocated for these issues, helped organize the progressive community, and worked hard to get candidates who fight for Democratic values elected. She is currently continuing this work as the Treasurer of the Democratic Party of Oregon.

Julie is strongly committed to the idea that our elected representatives should accurately represent the people they serve. She is a proud graduate of the Emerge Oregon program, a program which supports and trains Democratic women who aspire to run for office. As a strong advocate for equal access to a quality education, Julie has served as an officer in her local P.E.O. chapter, a philanthropic organization which provides scholarships and educational opportunities for women around the world.

Julie has 15 years of experience in the private sector as a business consultant and co-founder of ThreePoint Consulting, a human resources consulting firm for businesses and non-profits. Through her work, she helps employers pay their employees fairly, build skilled workforces, and create the kind of work environment and culture that makes an organization a great place to work. In addition to her work with businesses, Julie has helped schools and education groups tackle some of the biggest talent-related challenges facing education today. Her work has addressed issues such as how to stem the tide of new teachers leaving the teaching profession, how to provide meaningful opportunities for teachers to develop and grow throughout their careers, and how to make sure that teachers’ pay is better aligned with their importance in our society.  

Julie is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. In her free time, she is an avid hiker and has volunteered as a mentor on a backpacking expedition with Big City Mountaineers, which leads wilderness trips for under-served youth.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofJulieFahey/ ×
Julie Fahey

Julie Fahey

House District 14

West Eugene & Junction City

Dan Rayfield

House District 16 - Corvallis

Dan graduated from Western Oregon University in 2003 and received his law degree from Willamette University in 2006. He clerked for Benton County District Attorney, and then went into private practice. He has seen both sides of legal practice, and wants to use that experience to serve Oregon. A top priority for Dan will continue holding insurance companies accountable for their actions. He also wants to give a firmer footing to K-12 and higher education funding to build a skilled workforce and create jobs, particularly in innovative methods of energy production.

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Dan Rayfield

Dan Rayfield

House District 16

Corvallis

Paul Evans

House District 20 - Salem, Monmouth & Independence

Seeking election to the House, Paul Evans was first elected to public office as a city councilor at age 18 and has continued to serve his community and his country ever since. From volunteer firefighter in Polk County to a Major in the US Air Force, later the Air National Guard, including tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq, Paul continues to bring his expertise bear; he was Governor Kulongoski’s chief advisor on veterans’ affairs and emergency preparedness. He believes in protecting the most vulnerable in society while at the same time making Oregon a better place to work and live.

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Paul Evans

Paul Evans

House District 20

Salem, Monmouth & Independence

Teresa Alonso Leon

House District 22 - Woodburn

I am Teresa Alonso Leon, and I'm proud to call this place home. I grew up in Woodburn and attended Woodburn High School. I know that House District 22 is a strong, vibrant, and diverse community, and I'm running to represent everybody who lives in the district.

At a young age, I learned what it's like to struggle, and I discovered the power of a quality education to reshape a person's future. I'm committed to making sure that the next generation of young people have the opportunity and resources to succeed.

I earned my Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Portland State University and my B.A at Western Oregon University. I currently serve on the Woodburn City Council and work for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in the Office of Community College and Workforce Development as the High School Equivalency and State GED Administrator. I have dedicated the last 18 years of my life helping students find their path to college or a post-secondary educational opportunity past high school or GED.

I'm running for State Representative to help create a future where everyone has a fair shot at a prosperous future.

Website: http://www.electalonsoleon.com/about/ ×
Teresa Alonso Leon

Teresa Alonso Leon

House District 22

Woodburn

Sheri Malstrom

House District 27 - Beaverton, Raleigh Hills & Progress

Sheri Malstrom  is seeking election to the Oregon House of Representatives from House District 27, which covers Beaverton, Garden Home, Raleigh Hills and parts of southwest Portland.  She brings more than thirty years of experience as a pubic health nurse to the legislature and a lifetime of helping families in Oregon raise healthy children. 

She has been a lifelong resident of Washington County where she and her husband started their family.  When Sheri was widowed with three very young children, she was able to raise her children as a single parent with the help of a good union job and a supportive community.  Her children are all now college graduates and are thriving in nearby areas. 

Sheri took a leadership role within the Oregon Nurses Association and frequently advocated for healthier policies at the legislature. Her expertise also led her to be appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Commission for Women where she helped shape family-friendly policies as well.  Additionally, Sheri served as Finance Chair and Executive Board member of the Washington County Democratic Party to promote election of qualified candidates.

Building a healthier, more equitable community is what Sheri wants to accomplish as a legislator, and she has the experience and skills to do so. 

 

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Sheri Malstrom

Sheri Malstrom

House District 27

Beaverton, Raleigh Hills & Progress

Jeff Barker

House District 28 - Aloha

Representative Barker is a former Lieutenant Detective for the Portland Police, which has afforded him a valuable understanding of how the justice system works. First elected to the Oregon House in 2003, Rep. Barker is seeking reelection representing District 28 and has shown a strong commitment to and leadership on women’s issues and equality. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://jeffbarker.org/ ×
Jeff Barker

Jeff Barker

House District 28

Aloha

Susan McLain

House District 29 - Hillsboro & Forest Grove

Seeking re-election to the House, from a 4th generation Oregon farming family, Susan was brought up to value hard work and responsible spending. In her teens she developed her communication skills through speech and debate, and brought that strength to her classroom after her graduation from Western Oregon University. Susan’s late husband owned a machine shop in Cornelius so she saw first-hand the difficulties associated with being a small business owner. Susan served four terms as a Metro Councilor, and has significant experience in balancing the needs of families and the economy with protecting Oregon’s natural resources and beauty.

Website: http://www.susanmclain.org/ ×
Susan McLain

Susan McLain

House District 29

Hillsboro & Forest Grove

Janeen Sollman

House District 30 - Hillsboro, Glencoe & Orenco

Janeen Sollman has served on the Hillsboro School Board since 2009 and as Board Chair from 2011-2013. Since joining the School Board, she has served on several committees, including the Budget, Audit, and Superintendent Evaluation committees, as well as the Career and College Pathways Steering Committee. As an active volunteer and resident of House District 30 for 24 years, Sollman has been a long-time advocate for her community. She has helped homebound seniors with Meals on Wheels, assisted homeless families with the Washington County Project Homeless Connect, and served as a committed volunteer in local schools to make sure that every student has the opportunity to succeed. Sollman works for Vernier Software & Technology, an education software company based in Washington County. Sollman and her husband of 25 years, Tony, have two sons who attended Hillsboro public schools.

Website: http://janeensollman.com/ ×
Janeen Sollman

Janeen Sollman

House District 30

Hillsboro, Glencoe & Orenco

Brad Witt

House District 31 - Clatskanie & St. Helens

Representative Brad Witt is seeking his fifth full term in the Oregon House and has been a long-time supporter of LGBT issues and other progressive causes. As former Secretary-Treasurer of the Oregon AFL-CIO with more than two decades of experience lobbying for economic and workforce development, natural resources, and workers’ compensation, Rep.Witt has been a strong progressive voice in Salem. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

Website: http://www.votebradwitt.com/ ×
Brad Witt

Brad Witt

House District 31

Clatskanie & St. Helens

Ken Helm

House District 34 - Beaverton & Washington County

Seeking re-election to the House, Ken Helm grew up in Bend, OR and graduated from Willamette University with a BA in history and political science, and later obtained his law degree. Later he was a land use staffer for Portland Metro, finally leaving about 8 years ago to start his own practice of law, even playing David to Walmart’s Goliath and winning. Ken knows the value of a sound education and the difficulties associated with running a small business. He will make his priorities the development of a strong economy, good schools and improved healthcare for Oregon, while at the same time protecting its natural resources.

Website: http://www.kenhelm.com/ ×
Ken Helm

Ken Helm

House District 34

Beaverton & Washington County

Mark Meek

House District 40 - Clackamas, Gladstone & Oregon City

Mark Meek is a longtime Gladstone resident who served in the U.S. Air Force, owns a small business, coached high school football, serves on the Planning Commission and raised his family here. Growing up, Mark’s family needed government assistance to put food on the table and he worked his way through college, so he knows what it’s like to struggle. He sees hard-working people in our community struggle with the rising cost of living while incomes are flat. Mark will work hard to pass paid family and medical leave, increase college scholarships, invest in Clackamas Community College and increase affordable housing. Mark will invest in our schools to provide smaller class sizes and increase graduation rates because education can still unlock the door to opportunity, as it did for him.

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Mark Meek

Mark Meek

House District 40

Clackamas, Gladstone & Oregon City

Karin Power 🏳️‍🌈

House District 41 - Milwaukie & Sellwood

Karin Power is the Democratic candidate for Oregon House District 41. She is an environmental attorney for The Freshwater Trust, and holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School. Karin was elected to Milwaukie City Council in 2014, where she has focused on on public library renovation efforts, infrastructure issues, and local community college expansion plans. She and her wife, Meg, live in Milwaukie and are expecting their first child in July.

 

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Karin Power 🏳️‍🌈

Karin Power 🏳️‍🌈

House District 41

Milwaukie & Sellwood

Rob Nosse 🏳️‍🌈

House District 42 - Inner Southeast Portland

Representative Rob Nosse is a lifetime advocate for LGBT rights as an activist and organizer in Oregon for over 20 years. Nosse has served as a board member of Basic Rights Oregon and is deeply committed to equality. He previously served as the labor representative for the Oregon Nurses Association and has been a longtime supporter of affordable college, universal health care and workers’ rights. Rep. Nosse has been appointed to fill the vacancy for House District 42 until the election results this November. He and husband Jim live with their two children in Southeast Portland.

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Rob Nosse 🏳️‍🌈

Rob Nosse 🏳️‍🌈

House District 42

Inner Southeast Portland

Barbara Smith Warner

House District 45 - Hollywood, Parkrose & North East Portland

Representative Barbara Smith Warner’s extensive volunteer work in her two children’s local public schools is what inspired her to seek office. She is passionate about access to quality education, healthcare for all, good living-wage jobs, a diverse and efficient transportation system, and safe communities. Smith Warner graduated from Gannon University. In addition to volunteering at Beverly Cleary School, she also volunteers with her neighborhood association, St. Andrew's Food Pantry, and the Children's Book Bank. Rep. Smith Warner is seeking election to office for the first time after having been appointed to fill a vacant seat.

Website: http://barbarasmithwarner.com/ ×
Barbara Smith Warner

Barbara Smith Warner

House District 45

Hollywood, Parkrose & North East Portland

Alissa Keny-Guyer

House District 46 - Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor & Southeast Portland

Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer has spent over 30 years working to eliminate poverty, promote cross-cultural understanding, invest in youth, protect the environment, and advocate for civil rights. After graduating from Stanford, she spent several years doing community development in Indonesian villages. She then earned a Master’s in Public Health in Hawaii, worked in Hawaiian nonprofits and the Hawaii legislature, and ran an international exchange organization in California. Rep. Keny-Guyer was a key leader on Oregon’s Cultural Competency for Health Care Providers bill in 2013—a legislative priority for Basic Rights Oregon.

Website: http://www.alissakenyguyer.com/ ×
Alissa Keny-Guyer

Alissa Keny-Guyer

House District 46

Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor & Southeast Portland

Diego Hernandez

House District 47 - Powellhurst, Hazelwood & East Portland

Diego Hernandez is a product of East Portland's public schools including the David Douglas and Parkrose Districts. He graduated from Reynolds High School, then worked his way through college at the University of Oregon, where he received a BA in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. After college, Diego received his Masters in Social Work at Portland State University. Because of his passion for serving his community, Diego then became a teacher at Parkrose Middle and High School.

Diego Hernandez was the first Latino ever elected to the Reynolds School Board. As a school board member, Diego advocated for equity and helped pass the district's first Equity Action Plan. Diego is a champion for students and public education. Through his service on the Reynolds bond steering committee, he was instrumental in the passage of the $125 million bond that is rebuilding 3 elementary schools in the district.

In 2014, Diego was appointed to the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs, where he recently served on the SB 218 Senate Education Committee’s task force. He also serves on the boards of the Mckenzie River Gathering Foundation and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. In 2012, he was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers with the Community Based Practice Award.

Diego is currently the Co-Executive Director of Momentum Alliance, a nonprofit he co-founded four years ago, which develops young civic leaders. At Momentum Alliance  Diego works to advance the professional, academic and leadership success of underrepresented youth in the Portland-Metro area. Diego secures funding for unique programs that assist youth in becoming leaders and holding leadership positions in their community.  Diego has strengthened the work of the organization through a youth-led approach that has resulted in measurable impacts inside and outside of school.

Diego is a strong voice for Oregon's students, families and underrepresented communities, advocating for a transparent government that is more responsive to the needs of its constituents.  He is an advocate for public education and East Portland and he will bring that advocacy to the state legislature.

 

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Diego Hernandez

Diego Hernandez

House District 47

Powellhurst, Hazelwood & East Portland

Jeff Reardon

House District 48 - Happy Valley, Harmony, Lents & East Portland

Born and raised in the blue-collar town of Kelso, Washington, Representative Jeff Reardon learned the values of thrift and work from an early age. Jeff is a Vietnam Era Veteran who earned the highest rating possible during his term, E5, while serving on a nuclear submarine in the Western Pacific. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Western Washington University. Rep. Reardon began his career as a teacher before taking a job at Tektronix and served on the Davis Douglas School Board for a decade. As a lifelong educator, he knows our schools are critical to the success of our state.

Website: http://reardonfororegon.com/ ×
Jeff Reardon

Jeff Reardon

House District 48

Happy Valley, Harmony, Lents & East Portland

Carla Piluso

House District 50 - Gresham

Seeking election to the House, former Gresham Police Chief, Carla Piluso helped fund school safety officers and also secured $1.5 million to fund the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team. For the past 30 years, Piluso has advocated for after school programs and her support for Head Start has helped Gresham’s children enter school ready to learn. Carla will continue to fight for a first class education for all students by advocating for a well-funded and safe school environment.

Website: http://www.carla-piluso.com/ ×
Carla Piluso

Carla Piluso

House District 50

Gresham

Janelle Bynum

House District 51 - Clackamas, Sunnyside, Gresham & East Portland

A mother of four children and a small business owner, Janelle Bynum works hard. It’s what her parents taught her to do.

The daughter of teachers, her parents taught Janelle that education was the key to a better, safer world. When drug violence threatened her inner city neighborhood in Washington, DC, Janelle put that ideal into practice. She earned scholarships and put herself through school, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and her Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Today, Janelle and her husband, Mark, live in Happy Valley with their children. Janelle operates her family’s small business, running two restaurants in our community. In her restaurants, Janelle continues to embody those ideals taught to her early in life, mentoring her employees, providing scholarships to continue their education and encouraging them to dream big.

Janelle’s work has always been about reaching out and helping people get ahead – and as our State Representative, we can count on her to do just that.
In Salem, she’ll work hard, just like she’s been doing for more than a decade in our community. We can count on Janelle to find stable funding solutions for our public schools, so every Oregon student has the chance to dream big. She’ll work for safe neighborhoods and smart development, keeping our communities intact and our quality of life high. And Janelle will work to level the playing field, so hard working Oregon families and small businesses have a fair shot at getting ahead.

Website: http://www.janellebynum.com/ ×
Janelle Bynum

Janelle Bynum

House District 51

Clackamas, Sunnyside, Gresham & East Portland

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Local Race Endorsements

Deborah Kafoury

Endorsed - Multnomah County Chair

Deborah is a lifelong Oregonian. She grew up in east Portland and both her parents, Gretchen and Stephen, were teachers in Portland Public Schools who also served in public office.

Deborah’s values were formed early: During her childhood there were times her mother would open up their home to someone who was homeless or to a woman and her child who were escaping domestic violence. She learned that when someone is in trouble, it is our obligation to extend a hand to help.

After graduating from Grant High School, Deborah attended Whitman College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. Outside of her studies, she ran the women’s resource center on campus. When she returned to Portland, she became involved in the community, which included working for the Portland Public Schools bond campaign, representing North and Northeast Portland in the Oregon House and serving on the board of Transition Projects, a nonprofit whose mission is to connect homeless individuals to job and life skills so that they can become self-sufficient and stay housed.

After taking several years to focus her time on raising three children, Deborah decided to run for Multnomah County Commissioner. She took office in 2009 during one of the most crippling economic downturns in history. She is especially proud that while the county made progress on tough issues, the board of commissioners and staff worked together to put the county back on solid financial ground.

As commissioner, Deborah was the board representative on the Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee, which awards competitive grants to fund early childhood and parent education, after-school and mentoring programs and child abuse prevention efforts. She also served on the county’s Audit Committee and co-chaired the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. She still serves as co-president of the PTA at her children’s public elementary school.

Deborah lives in southeast Portland with her husband Nik Blosser and their three children, Alexander, Jacob and Anna.

Website: https://deborahkafoury.com/ ×
Deborah Kafoury

Deborah Kafoury

Endorsed - Multnomah County Chair

Nick Fish

Endorsed - Portland City Commission, Position 2

Nick was elected to the Portland City Council in a special election in 2008, and re-elected to successive four-year terms in 2010 and 2014.

In 2014, the Portland Mercury called Nick “one of the most effective and values-minded city commissioners during his six years on the council.”

Nick leads the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau. He serves as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Age-Friendly Cities, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), Venture Portland – which supports small businesses in our community, the Portland Rose Festival Foundation, and the Governor’s Regional Solutions Advisory Committee. And he coordinates the City’s work to clean up the Willamette River.

Website: https://www.nickfishforportland.com/ ×
Nick Fish

Nick Fish

Endorsed - Portland City Commission, Position 2

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Local Race Greenlights

Scott Learn

Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor

For 30 years, I’ve made a living as a watchdog, first as a financial auditor in the private sector, then as an in-depth newspaper reporter, and now as a state auditor in Salem.

Serving as Multnomah County auditor would allow me to keep holding government accountable and improving the community I’ve lived in for 22 years.

Multnomah County serves the largest county population in Oregon, and it manages crucial services, including:

  • primary care, mental health, and dental clinics
  • county jails
  • elections and library services
  • property tax collections
  • an animal shelter
  • services for people who are homeless, the disabled, people with addictions, teen-agers in juvenile detention, senior citizens, and low-income women and children.

 

I would focus auditing resources on crucial issues – including jail services, contract management, and racial disparities in the justice system.

I’m also asking the public about their priorities, and will champion them. So far, county residents want to be sure housing affordability and homelessness, mental health services, and senior care oversight are effective, efficient, and equitable.

Our duty as auditors is to identify what is and isn’t working in government and find potential solutions. Independent, in-depth audits have the power to improve government services – and the lives of the people who depend on them.

My devotion to that duty, and my lifetime of experience as a watchdog, is why I believe I can help the audit office deliver. That’s why I’m running.

Website: http://learnforauditor.com/ ×
Scott Learn

Scott Learn

Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor

Jennnifer McGuirk

Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor

I’m Jennifer McGuirk, and I want to be your next Multnomah County Auditor. In my current role as a Multnomah County staff auditor, and throughout my career, I have been dedicated to promoting government accountability and equity. I recognize the power of auditing to get at the root causes of the big issues facing our community. That’s why as County Auditor I will focus on auditing programs that directly impact people’s lives.

Because I am passionate about the value auditing can have for our community, I became a certified internal auditor and I’ve supported our local auditing professionals. For example, I am a past member of the Citizen Budget Advisory Committee for the City of Portland Auditor's Office. I also helped the City of Portland Auditor’s Office in its early work to develop a successful charter amendment giving that office greater independence from the bureaus it audits. I want audit work to be accessible and support positive changes to our government, and so I strive to create audit reports that are easy to read, view, or interact with. Recently, I coauthored a video-based audit report on Multnomah County Animal Services that won a 2016 Knighton Award; these awards from the Association of Local Government Auditors annually recognize outstanding performance audits. Currently, I serve on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Association of Local Government Auditors.

I’m a graduate of Portland State University, where I earned a master’s degree in public administration (MPA), emphasizing local government administration and public involvement. I got my MPA to learn new ways of helping underserved groups bring their concerns to government and partner with government to create more inclusive communities. I spent my graduate practicum working on public involvement with the Cornelius Committee, an all-volunteer organization in Cornelius that focuses on making the community more accessible for families with children with disabilities. I also briefly served as the assistant to the director of the Public Involvement Best Practices Program in Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement. I left that role when I got the chance to join the Auditor’s Office. I recognized that as an auditor I could support accountability and equity in a broad way to improve government systems.

Earlier in my career, I wrote successful grants and supported organizational development at Lewis & Clark College, the University of Michigan, and Portland State University. My work gave me the opportunity to speak up for causes that included scholarships for historically underrepresented students, childhood literacy, public radio and television, and the environment. I learned the value of speaking up at the University of Oregon, where I was a student leader for women’s rights and safety. With other students, I helped hold Oregon’s legislators accountable for higher education’s rising costs. I believe speaking up is important to auditing as well. As County Auditor I will lead my team to dig deep, uncover root causes, and then clearly voice those findings to you through various communication channels.

I live with my husband, Brian, and our children, Hudson and Cassandra, in northeast Portland, where our children attend Portland Public Schools. I am a member of the Roseway Heights School PTA and the Portland chapter of the NAACP.

Website: https://jennifermcguirk.com/ ×
Jennnifer McGuirk

Jennnifer McGuirk

Greenlight - Multnomah County Auditor

Susheela Jayapal

Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission, District 2

Oregon became Susheela’s adopted home in 1994. It was a gorgeous, sunny July day, and with a six-month old on her hip and a three-year old wrapped around her leg, she and her family made a spontaneous decision to move to Multnomah County.

That decision eventually led Susheela to leave her career as an attorney so that she could live out her passion – building a community in which all people, all families and all children can thrive. And now, for nearly two decades, Susheela has worked to realize this vision for children and families in Multnomah County.

She has dedicated her time and energy to Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette, Portland Schools Foundation, All Hands Raised, Literary Arts, Metropolitan Family Service, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council. She has also been a grant evaluator for the Oregon Community Foundation and served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care.

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Susheela Jayapal

Susheela Jayapal

Greenlight - Multnomah County Commission, District 2

Kathryn Harrington

Greenlight - Washington County Chair

I’m Kathryn Harrington. Washington County has been my chosen home for almost 30 years. For the last 10 years I have served my community in local government, representing the northern and western parts of Washington County at Metro.

I know that our county is a great place to live and work. Before entering public service, I enjoyed a 22-year career in the high-tech industry. In Oregon, I led teams developing and marketing new software products, first at Central Point Software and then at Intel in Hillsboro, where I worked for 10 years.

I want to continue to serve the residents and businesses of Washington County by running for the at-large position of Chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners, so that I can help our county remain great and become even better.

The election will be in May 2018, and before then I hope to have the opportunity to talk with you, to hear your thoughts on Washington County. What you want and what you think is important to this place we call home. I will listen.

Website: http://kathrynforourcounty.com/ ×
Kathryn Harrington

Kathryn Harrington

Greenlight - Washington County Chair

Heather Buch

Greenlight - Lane County Commission, East Lane Position 5

Heather Buch has spent her professional career running a small business to help people access and afford housing in Lane County. Heather pursued this career path because, as the daughter of a single, working mother growing up in Veneta, she learned firsthand the effects of unstable housing.

At the age of eight while her mother was at work, Heather read the classified sections of local newspapers, calling advertisers in a determined effort to find affordable, stable housing for her family. This vivid memory, along with her mother’s dedication and resilience, shaped the values and priorities Heather holds today. Heather knows that success in life begins with stable housing, and that’s why she works every day to find housing solutions for individuals and families throughout Lane County.

To pursue her educational goals, Heather traveled daily by foot and bus to attend International High School at Sheldon. After graduation, she attended Seattle University while simultaneously working multiple jobs and practicing martial arts. She received her degree in business administration and then returned to Lane County to find a job.

After several years in retirement planning, she decided to open her own small business in commercial real estate and property management with a specialization in affordable housing. She has since grown that company to a staff of 18 and overseen multimillion-dollar projects and assets.

Heather has also spent several years working as the special projects director of St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, where she has helped the agency work towards community-driven goals. Recently she has taken a lead role in the nonprofit’s acquisition and rehabilitation of aging mobile home parks – a new approach and solution to the need for more affordable housing that the state and local governments are working to replicate throughout Oregon.

As the mother of a beautiful 4-year-old daughter and wife to a Merchant Mariner and U.S. Navy reservist, Heather is fully invested in our community, and is eager to put her skills, experience and insights to work in the public sector.

Heather is a member of the state’s Manufactured Housing Preservation Steering Committee, the Veterans’ Housing Project, as well as the city of Eugene Rental Housing Department Advisory Committee. Previously, she worked with the Springfield Manufactured Home Park Collaborative, as co-chair of the Active Bethel Citizens Neighborhood Association and a member of the Beltline Facility Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

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Heather Buch

Heather Buch

Greenlight - Lane County Commission, East Lane Position 5

JoAnn Hardesty

Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3

I grew up in Baltimore as one of ten children; my father was a longshoreman and my mother stayed at home with us. I was a pretty nerdy kid. By the time I graduated high school I had read pretty much anything that I wanted to read in our library. I always wanted to learn more and see more. So right out of high school, I joined the Navy, and I loved it. I was stationed in the Philippines, working in the personnel office, and then had the opportunity to be on board ship. In fact, I was one of the first women to go on board ships. I went to so many different places, from Hong Kong to Kenya and everywhere in between. That time really informed my opinion that most people are naturally good people. No matter where in the world I went I would find people who were very good, very helpful, especially to a young woman who thought she knew everything.

After the Navy, I spent a few years in the Bay Area but decided ultimately that I wanted to find somewhere else to settle down as my permanent home. I finally decided on Oregon because it had things I was looking for— the ability to be close to the water and mountains, and a place where I felt like I could really make a difference. I was fortunate that my first job in Oregon was with the Black United Fund. That gave me an opportunity to travel all over the state meeting with little nonprofits who were doing wonderful work. I found a can-do spirit. There were so many people that I worked with who didn’t necessarily have formal training but they saw an ill that was taking place or something that needed to be changed, and they were willing to come together and improve it. That job made me feel like it was a place where I could be with people who were committed to making it better, not just for their family but for everybody’s family.

Later I was able to work for Bev Stein, who was a County Commissioner in Multnomah County. Before Bev, I did not like politicians. I was so fortunate to work for an elected official like her because she was true and consistent to what she said she would do. No matter what part of town she was in or who she was talking to, she cared deeply about what they had to say. She is still the only person that I know who when they bring a group of people together, they’re intentionally of diverse backgrounds and experiences because she wants to hear from everyone. From her, I learned that elected officials didn’t have to know everything. They just had to listen to good people who were interested in making the city better for EVERYONE and use that to make public policy. Working for Bev was directly related to why I ran and served in the Oregon legislature and why I now want to be a member of the Portland City Council.

The day that I decided to run for City Council was a day that many will remember: it was the day that the police contract was renegotiated. I testified at the hearing but was very aware that outside of City Hall–we were surrounded by law enforcement from nearly every branch possible keeping the voices of so many Portlanders outside. I started thinking that the wrong people were in City Hall if the new normal was completely removing discourse other than what the council wanted to hear. I’ve been an advocate for years now and have felt so many times Iike I’m just banging my head against the doors of City Hall, hoping that somehow things will change. I’m running because I want every Portlander to feel like they can be heard at City Hall. We need to take into account voices from every walk of life. We need to find commonality. There’s an opportunity to not be divided by where one lives in the city, by economics, gender, race, sexual orientation or any other way that we can find division, but to be one Portland. That time is now.

Website: https://joannforportland.com ×
JoAnn Hardesty

JoAnn Hardesty

Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3

Loretta Smith

Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3

Loretta brings more than two decades of experience in the federal government to her commissioner’s job, applying that knowledge to increasing federal resources for Multnomah County. After graduating from Oregon State University in 1987 with a communications degree, Loretta began working as a staff member for then-U.S. Rep. Ron Wyden. Loretta continued to work for now-Sen. Wyden as his Multnomah County field representative until her election to the county Board of Commissioners in 2010.

During her term on the county Board of Commissioners, Loretta has put her passion for helping young women and men into practice by leading the SummerWorks program and organizing an anti-bullying summit at Grant High School. Similarly for senior citizens, Loretta has spotlighted the need to fight elder abuse and neglect.

And she has worked to support local business by championing a microlending program to help local small businesses, hosting a White House roundtable for young entrepreneurs and co-sponsoring an ordinance establishing a Business Advisory Council to the Board of Commissioners

In addition to serving on the county Board of Commissioners, Loretta also is Chair of Metro’s Policy Advisory Committee for 2013.

Loretta’s commitment to community involvement long predates her elected position. Loretta has served as treasurer of the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs, tutored students at Self Enhancement Inc., served on the PTA, and worked with the Community Builders program for urban young men. Loretta has also been active in helping the Oregon Food BankHead Start and the Boys & Girls Club.

Loretta and her son Jordan, who currently attends the University of Washington, live in Northeast Portland. 

Website: https://multco.us/loretta-smith ×
Loretta Smith

Loretta Smith

Greenlight - Portland City Commission, Position 3

Lynn Peterson

Greenlight - Metro Council President

For two decades, Lynn Peterson has provided steady, confident and visionary leadership for the diverse communities of the Metro region.

A trained transportation engineer and land use expert, Lynn’s public service started as a Lake Oswego City Councilor, and later as the first elected Chair of the Clackamas County Commission. Her leadership creating great communities has led to senior roles in the administrations of two governors, and most recently Interim Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Lynn believes collaboration is the foundation of our region’s economic growth, vibrant neighborhoods and small towns, and integrated system of parks and transportation.

Lynn’s Record:

  • Record of successfully reforming large agencies, focusing on reducing costs to serve more people.
  • Record of preserving and attracting jobs and improving access to employment, helping Main Street and homegrown businesses with a focus on clean economy job growth, and making sure transportation investments benefit local contractors.
  • Working collaboratively with cities and counties, Securing billions for regional transportation investments, securing affordable housing along light rail and transit lines.
  • Provided leadership and quick resolution in emergency situations, including Sandy River flooding, the Oso mud slide in rural Washington, and collapse of the I-5 Skagit River Bridge
Website: https://electlynnpeterson.com ×
Lynn Peterson

Lynn Peterson

Greenlight - Metro Council President

Joe Buck

Greenlight - Metro Council, District 2

I grew up in the restaurant business. As you might imagine, that meant I learned pretty much everything there is to know about running a restaurant, but there’s one thing I remember most of all: how the simple act of serving people a meal brings a little joy into their lives. 

You’ve probably felt exactly the same thing making a meal for family or friends: to do something for someone else that makes their life just a little bit better, well, there’s no better feeling.

But even as a kid, I also remember thinking: why stop there? Shouldn’t all of life be about making things better for people? Wouldn’t that feel great if you could make a real difference in a lot of people’s lives?

So that’s what I set out to do. I went into the Coast Guard to serve my country. I got a degree in business administration so I’d be able to anchor big ideas in the real world and the bottom line. I started two more restaurants and made sure all of them exceeded the Clackamas County Leaders in Sustainability program guidelines. I offered health insurance to all my full time employees, even though (unfortunately) the law doesn’t require it. I ran for City Council, and brought residential composting to Lake Oswego but figured out how to do it without a fee hike for people who use less. I helped steer the city toward buying clean power and pushed for a City Climate Action Plan. And I fought against the sale the public open spaces that should everyone’s to enjoy, and pushed for new parks and natural areas.

But there’s still so much more to do. 30,000 people a year are moving to our region, and we’re just not ready:

  • Our roads are straining under the increased traffic: we need improved roads and more ways to get where we need to go besides cars. There’s just not enough room, and the pollution is harming our way of life.
  • It's hard to find truly affordable housing: we need to figure out how to create homes more people can afford, and in communities that are healthy and empowering. That'll take big picture thinking but a lot of attention to the details. 
  • Jobs with fair and decent wages. Period. And closer to where people can afford to live.
  • Safe walkable and bikeable communities: simply put, kids, families and seniors should be able to get around safely. Walkable communities are communities where you know your neighbors, and those in turn are healthy communities.
  • The natural environment is feeling the strain, too: our Oregonian birthright is fresh, clean air and water, and one of our defining principles is healthy nature close to everyone. They’re who we are. And it's not just about beautiful scenery: As Oregonians, we’re so a part of the natural world, if it’s not healthy, we can’t be, either.

Each of these issues is critical to the health of our region, and especially in the near term, affordable housing. But it’s not enough to treat one of them, we’ve got to tackle them all, because they’re all connected: If decent jobs are outside the community you can afford to live in, you’ve got to travel over gridlocked roads, leaving less time for family and more pollution in the air and water.

We don’t have unlimited resources to tackle these problems, so we’ve got to be smart and strategic. 

  • We need someone who’s sweated the details but can also see the big picture, how all these things connect and influence one another.
  • We need someone who can treat the disease, not whack-a-mole individual symptoms
  • We need someone with experience in both policy and planning, and real-world nuts and bolts. With experience in smart government and the business that drives our economy and creates decent, fair jobs.
  • And we need someone guided by deep seated progressive values when they tackle all of this, someone who always remembers that policy is really just another word for improving people’s lives.

I think I have the skills, the breadth of experience, and the heart to be that person for you at Metro. Help me set the table for everyone in our region.

Website: https://www.joebuckformetro.com/ ×
Joe Buck

Joe Buck

Greenlight - Metro Council, District 2

Christine Lewis 🏳️‍🌈

Greenlight - Metro Council, District 2

Christine is the Legislative Director at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. She has a decade of experience in state and local government and policy roles.

In 2016 she managed the historic housing bond campaign in the City of Portland. Christine serves her community as chair of the West Linn Historic Review Board, a quasi-judicial land use committee, and chairs the Clackamas Vector Control District Budget Committee.

She gives back by volunteering with Minds Matter of Portland, the Junior League of Portland, and the Portland Opera, among other organizations.

She and her husband Mike live in the Willamette neighborhood of West Linn.

Website: https://www.christinelewisformetro.com/ ×
Christine Lewis 🏳️‍🌈

Christine Lewis 🏳️‍🌈

Greenlight - Metro Council, District 2

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Equality PAC Board List

Danita Harris

Danita Harris is an Oregon native, currently living in Salem. They currently hold the position of Vice President for CWA PERU 7901, organizer for local events such as the woman’s march in Salem, and participate in a number of youth organizations and is a strong advocate for inclusivity and equity throughout Oregon politics. Outside of representational work Danita is an Organizer for SEIU serving the hard working Oregonians throughout the Mid-Valley. (Pronouns: They/Them or She/Her)

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Danita Harris

Danita Harris

Eric Delehoy

An Independent Education Consultant, Eric is a lifelong proponent of educational access and equal rights.  In past positions he served as Executive Director of the Lambda Community Center in Northern Colorado, later as Board President.  In 1998, he founded Gertrude, a literary and arts journal, and the subsequent Gertrude Press, one of the longest running LGBTQ publications still in print.  On the national level, he is Past President of the Higher Education Consultants Association and has lobbied members of Oregon’s congressional delegation regarding equity issues in education.  He lives in North Portland with his husband, Jedidiah, and their dog, Sara. (Pronouns: he/him)

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Eric Delehoy

Eric Delehoy

Hayden Miller

Hayden Miller is a lifelong Oregonian with a passion for his home state. Born in Beaverton and raised in Hood River, Hayden attended Willamette University for one year before leaving school and working in the office of House Speaker Tina Kotek in the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. Most recently, Hayden worked on a statewide campaign, where he served as an organizer and campaign spokesperson. He currently serves in the office of Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson as Constituent Relations & Policy Liaison.

Hayden enjoys taking advantage of our state’s beautiful environment by skiing, hiking, and camping. His background growing up in our state has inspired a passion for protecting and preserving the environment that Oregonians know and love. (Pronouns: he/him)

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Hayden Miller

Hayden Miller

J Gibbons

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J Gibbons

J Gibbons

Laura Illig

An East Coast native, Laura attended Mount Holyoke College and received her MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Since moving to Oregon in 2004, Laura has worked on numerous campaigns, most recently serving as a Chief Petitioner for Measure 97 in 2016. She is especially committed to ensuring that full equality, clean air and water, and excellent public education are the birthright of every Oregonian.  Laura is an experienced marketing and strategy professional, and is currently the Vice-President of Marketing for SELCO Community Credit Union in Eugene.  She has also served as the Chair of the City of Eugene Budget Committee from 2012-2016 as well as on the Board of many Eugene-area non-profits. Laura is passionate about Equality PAC’s mission to elect Oregonians who share our values, and is proud to be joining the Equality PAC Board. Laura lives with her husband and daughter in Eugene, where she spends as much time as possible reading great books and making bad art.  (Pronouns: She/Her)

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Laura Illig

Laura Illig

Dani Bernstein

Equality PAC Board Chair

Dani is board co-chair with CM Hall of Basic Rights Oregon’s Equality PAC, which they have been a member of since 2012. They are currently the Acting Executive Director of the Equity Foundation, a local LGBTQ community foundation. They started their career working as field staff for marriage equality campaigns, organizing in California, New Jersey, and Oregon to build strong volunteer bases to advocate for the freedom to marry. They also spent two and a half years at the Oregon Bus Project, where they directed a summer fellowship program for young leaders to launch their careers in public service. They live in North Portland with their wife, Rachel, and dog, Asher. (Pronouns: They/Them)

 

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Dani Bernstein

Dani Bernstein

Equality PAC Board Chair

Carlee Roberts

Carlee joined the Equality PAC Board in April of 2015 after nearly 3 years of volunteer leadership within the organization. Carlee also worked for Basic Rights Oregon, first as the Equality PAC volunteer Coordinator and then as the Trans Justice Policy Fellow where she focused on work impacting folks who are incarcerated. She has continued this work since by co-facilitating a group whose mission is to provide space for trans and gender non-conforming folks to safely discuss their experiences with the prison system in Oregon and beyond. Carlee now works for Beyond These Walls, an organization that provides services to incarcerated folks in Oregon and Washington. Carlee, a Portland native, spends most of her time wandering the city trying new food and enjoying the vibrant queer culture. 

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Carlee Roberts

Carlee Roberts

Evangelina Sundgrenz

Evangelina Sundgrenz lives in Eugene, OR and is a multilingual marketing and communications professional, managing message development on behalf of businesses and organizations across the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, she has managed programs in education, arts, and advocated to expand childcare subsidy programs in California. Evangelina is a passionate advocate for equity, public education, and social change. She also serves on the Eugene 4J School District budget committee. (Pronouns: She/her)

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Evangelina Sundgrenz

Evangelina Sundgrenz

Luca Jarone

Raised in Oregon, Luca has spent the past 10 years advocating for trans and queer justice in his home state. He joined the Equality PAC board in March 2015, eager to engage with LGBTQ and allied candidates on the issues impacting our communities. Luca has interned and volunteered with organizations such as the Oregon Student Association, SMYRC, and Q Center. He is thrilled to be involved with Basic Rights Oregon again, having spent the summer of 2011 fighting for marriage equality with BRO as a Pride Foundation Fellow. Outside of his work in the LGBTQ community, Luca is a cybercrime investigator and Portuguese analyst for a Portland-based Internet monitoring firm. (Pronouns: He/Him)

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Luca Jarone

Luca Jarone

Zach Klonoski

A double duck, Zach got his BS in Political Science from Oregon State University in 2007 and his JD from the OSU School of Law in 2012. After receiving his JD, Zach clerked for Lane County Circuit Court Judge Charles Carlson from 2012-2013. Since then, he has served as the Deputy Finance Director for Future PAC, the campaign arm of the Oregon House Democratic Caucus; Special Assistant to Portland Mayor Charlie Hales; and he currently serves as Sustainability Policy Adviser to Mayor Charlie Hales. An avid runner, Zach has completed 5 marathons, including the 2013 Boston Marathon. He is engaged to his partner, Lyndy. (Pronouns: He/Him)

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Zach Klonoski

Zach Klonoski

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Mary Walston
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Jon Isaacs

 

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About Us

The Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC (Political Action Committee) seeks to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Oregon by electing fair-minded candidates to all levels of office.

Endorsement Process

Basic Rights Oregon’s Equality PAC is a non-partisan political action committee (PAC) dedicated to electing pro-equality elected officials. We focus on statewide and legislative offices, where we are proud to re-endorse incumbents who have a 100% pro-equality voting record. For first-time candidates in these races, our all-volunteer PAC board members interview candidates and issue endorsements in select races.

Local Races

While we do not have the resources to conduct a statewide local race program in all local races (city and county) across Oregon, we do issue “green lights” to qualifying candidates in many Portland metro-area and other local races.

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Your contribution to the Basic Rights Equality PAC goes directly to electing fair-minded candidates who support equality. The Basic Rights Equality PAC has a proven track record of making a significant difference in statewide and legislative races.

Make a donation to the Equality PAC now.

Your donation to the Equality PAC is eligible for the Oregon Political Tax Credit of up to $50 per person or $100 per couple filing jointly. Your donation may be credited directly to your state taxes.

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