2017 Endorsements

May 16, 2017: PCC Board and School Boards Elections + PPS Bond Measure 26-193

We need to get people running for office at every level of government, because what happens at the state level and the community level is very important. That’s what I mean when when I say we need a revitalization of American democracy.              -Bernie Sanders (CSPAN, June 22, 2016).

BerniePDX Ballot Party Results:

✓ Portland School Board: Rita Moore, Scott Bailey, Joseph Simonis
✓ YES on 26-193 (School Bond)
✓ YES on 26-189 (Increases Auditor’s Independence)
✓ YES on 26-194 (Tax on short-term rentals)
✓ PCC (Zone 5): Valdez Bravo
✓ David Douglas School Board: Stephanie D. Stephens & Ana Del Rocío

Sign your ballot envelope and drop it off by 8:00pm TUESDAY, and please remind your friends! 

List of Multnomah County dropboxes: https://multco.us/elections/multnomah-county-official-ballot-drop-sites
Or search by address: http://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/drop-box-locator.aspx
BerniePDX voting recommendations: www.BerniePDX.us/our-endorsees

It’s too late to mail your ballot. Thanks for voting!

Endorsements:

Valdez Bravo for PCC Board (zone 5)

Long time BerniePDX member Valdez Bravo is running for a position on the Portland Community College School board of directors, representing zone 5 (SW Portland, Sylvania campus + parts of Beaverton). In his own words:

As a veteran, a Latino, and a first-generation college student, I will be a strong advocate for underrepresented communities on the PCC Board of Directors.

As a former PCC student, instructor, and advisory board member, I believe I have the perspective and skills to be an effective advocate for the diverse members of the PCC community.

PCC changed my life. I’m now a healthcare professional serving my fellow veterans. I’m running to make sure PCC remains what it was for me: A college that opens up new worlds and economic opportunities for all.

Rita Moore for Portland Public Schools (position 4)

Rita Moore earned our endorsement because of her passionate advocacy for public education, her long experience with PPS as mother, activist, and advisor, and her real understanding of PPS’s critical issues that need resolved. Rita’s four priority areas are:

Equity: Keep equity at the center, focusing on strong execution of proven strategies that keep students engaged and improve outcomes.

Strong fiscal management and transparency: Ensure that our budget is aligned with our values and grounded in a longer-term, strategic perspective.

Health and safety: Pass a second Bond to rebuild our schools. Establish and maintain a realistic annual maintenance budget to halt the deterioration of our facilities.

Good governance and Board effectiveness: Build a new culture of collaboration and transparency that focuses on serving students.

Scott Bailey for Portland Public Schools (position 5)

Scott grew up in Northeast Portland, in the same neighborhood where he now lives. He graduated from Grant High School, and went on to Oregon State, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, with honors. For almost 20 years, Scott has volunteered as a school activist, working for changes at the district level that improve education for all students, especially those who have been historically under-served in our schools.

“Imagine a district that brings its racial equity work all the way down into the classroom, and gives our teachers the tools they need to bridge the achievement gap. Imagine a district that finds the sweet spot of optimal inclusion of our children with special needs in regular classrooms. Imagine a district that builds on our growing number of immigrant students to go fully bilingual. Imagine a district that meets the intellectual and social needs of our academically accelerated students.”

Yes on PPS Bond Measure 26-193

Portland Public Schools are in serious need of repair and upgrade to address safety issues (getting school buildings up to seismic standards) and public health issues (like lead in schools’ water fountains). Vote yes on Measure 26-193 to provide PPS with the funds necessary to make our public schools safe and healthy so our children can thrive. You can read more about the proposed Bond package here.

Stephanie Stephens for David Douglas School Board (position 2)

Stephanie knows how to build inclusive, community-centered education policy. As the co-founder of a statewide social justice nonprofit, she’s spent nearly two decades bringing people together around challenging issues. She encourages diverse voices and points of view and works to build consensus toward positive change. Stephanie’s a champion for children, families, schools, and neighborhoods. Through her work as a grant writer, she has raised millions of dollars for innovative, results-oriented programming.

Ana del Rocío for David Douglas School Board (position 1)

Ana is a daughter of working-class immigrants, a mother of two, a former teacher, and current policy director for Multnomah County. Over the past decade, Ana has been a voice for educational justice. She states, “I’m running for school board to fight so that every child, from every household in our community, will have a fair shot at receiving the great education they deserve.” As a mother, schoolteacher, community organizer, and public policy professional, Ana demonstrates the type of leadership that David Douglas needs now more than ever.

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What can YOU do?

vote!

  • PPS board elections are at large and not by district, i.e. if you live within PPS boundaries, you can vote for Rita Moore and for Scott Bailey!
  • PCC board elections are by district: you can vote for Valdez Bravo if you live in district 5 (find out on the District Map)

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