2024 Endorsements

2024 Primary

BerniePDX is proud to endorse Susheela Jayapal for Congress (CD-3), Willy Chotzen for State Representative (HD-46), Farrah Chaichi for State Representative (HD-35), and Mike Schmidt for Multnomah County DA!

BerniePDX is proud to join Bernie Sanders in endorsing Susheela Jayapal for Congress in CD-3! Susheela will fight for universal healthcare, affordable housing policies, a Green New Deal to combat climate change and create jobs, and work to ensure full reproductive rights for all. Susheela was the first candidate in this race to call for a cease-fire in Gaza back in November; she understands that more violence will not bring peace or stability to anyone in the region.

Susheela used her position as a Multnomah County Commissioner to urge Oregon’s federal members of congress to support the PRO Act, which will strengthen workers’ ability to organize in the workplace and enhance protections for union activity. Susheela will continue to be a strong proponent of workers’ rights and a living wage in Congress. Susheela’s background, experience, and platform will make her an effective advocate for BerniePDX values in Congress, and we are thrilled to support her!

Learn more and get involved: susheelaforcongress.com

As a public defender and former public school teacher, Willy is intimately familiar with the injustices faced by working-class Oregonians. That’s why he understands that healthcare and housing are human rights. Willy supports bringing down housing costs by removing the ban on local rent control and instituting a vacancy tax. He believes the state must invest heavily in education, including smaller class sizes for students and better wages for teachers.

Willy will work to achieve universal healthcare, and expand addiction and mental health treatment. He also supports expanding public transportation to help Oregon reach our climate goals. Willy’s pro-worker platform has earned him many union endorsements, and BerniePDX is proud to join them in backing Willy for State Representative in HD-46!

Learn more and get involved: chotzenfororegon.com

BerniePDX is excited to endorse Farrah Chaichi for State Representative in HD-35 for a second time! As a proud democratic socialist, Farrah is the people’s candidate. She believes that the state should prioritize housing, healthcare, and education for all, over tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy.

Farrah will continue to use her time in Salem to push for more affordable housing through mandatory inclusionary zoning and lifting the statewide preemption on local rent control. She wants to tax big polluters and use the funds to combat climate change. As a vocal proponent of universal healthcare, Right to Rest, and workers’ and tenants’ rights, Farrah is the candidate we need in the legislature!

Learn more and get involved: chaichifororegon.com

BerniePDX endorses Mike Schmidt for Multnomah County District Attorney because of his emphasis on alternatives to incarceration. During his tenure as the current DA, Mike created the STEP Court program, which offers mental health and addiction treatment as an alternative to jail time for certain offenses. Mike also established the Restorative Justice program to hold wrongdoers accountable without incarceration and give victims a voice in the accountability process. These policies minimize the number of people that enter the prison system while still administering justice and not infringing on voting rights. 

As DA, Mike focuses on serious crimes that impact community safety, not minor non-violent law breaking, like protesting. He implemented an immigration-neutral sentencing policy so that minor offenses, like receiving a traffic ticket, won’t automatically lead to deportation. Mike’s office is also partnering with public health experts to address violence in our community, and the Justice Integrity Unit he established has already reversed wrongful convictions. 

For these reasons, BerniePDX supports the re-election of Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County DA. Mike’s corporate-backed opponent will take our county in the wrong direction.

Learn more about Mike and get involved at mikeschmidtforda.com

BerniePDX is proud to endorse Participatory Budgeting Oregon! Participatory budgeting is a deliberative democratic process that will give the people of our state a direct say in how to spend a portion of public funds. The initiative is still in the petition stage. Sign the petition to get it on the November ballot: communitybudgetingforall.com/sign-the-petition