2016 Endorsements

We are thrilled to announce the Bernie PDX endorsements for 2016! Scroll down to read more about each candidate.

We’ll be inviting our endorsees back to our weekly Tuesday meeting so Bernie PDX members can get to know them better, learn how they will change our region for the better, and find out how we can help! Join us every Tuesday, 7:30pm, 5040 SE Milwuakie Ave. Phonebank at 6:00pm.

We believe these candidates and initiatives embody Bernie’s values, and will bring important elements of Bernie’s platform to our region.

The candidates do not accept corporate contributions. Like Bernie, they will work solely in the interests of the people. They are all running grassroots campaigns against establishment opponents backed by big-money donors, like Comcast and wealthy developers. One initiative will make corporations pay their fair share, and the other will enact county-wide campaign finance limits, in a state without any.

Our 2016 Endorsements

Chloe Eudaly for Portland City Council

Chloe Eudaly would be the only renter on City Council and the only member to live on the east side. Chloe is a tenants’ rights advocate, and will fight to enact rent stabilization and an end to no-cause evictions to help keep Portlanders in their homes. She supports Community Workforce Agreements for all city projects to provide economic opportunity for businesses owned by women and people of color, and guarantee a living wage, benefits, and job opportunities for underrepresented populations.

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Amanda Schroeder for East Multnomah County

Amanda Schroeder is backed by the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, Oregon Nurses Association, and eight union locals. Amanda supports: A fair wage for all workers, more workforce training, and better support for local small businesses. Helping kids show up ready to learn with early education for kids and parents, affordable daycare, and the SUN program. Adequate services in East County to help those with mental health and addiction problems, and those facing homelessness. Safer neighborhoods by addressing threats like gangs and sex trafficking. Providing support to help people choose a better life. A push for investment in East County for better roads, safe bridges, and more sidewalks. And a vibrant community where all are welcome, all can succeed and the shared contributions of our neighbors make it a better place to live.

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James Ofsink for Oregon Senate District 21

James Ofsink is the Green Party and Progressive Party Nominee for Oregon Senate District 21, which is one of the most progressive districts in the state. He has received endorsements by many local progressive champions such as Julian Bell, Seth Woolley, Teressa Raiford, Cameron Whitten, Gregory McKelvey, Juan Rogel and many more. Oregon needs leaders in the Senate who will be out in front championing policies to help workers and families get ahead. With the scale of problems to tackle and with only 30 Senators, passive support is not enough to make progressive policies a reality.

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Yes on Measure 97: A Better Oregon

Oregon has the lowest corporate tax rates in the country. Measure 97 increases the corporate minimum tax for the largest corporations doing business in Oregon — C Corporations with more than $25 million in Oregon sales. The measure requires new revenue to be directed to schools, healthcare, and senior services. By raising the corporate minimum tax for some of the world’s largest corporations, we can invest in the Oregon that working families deserve.

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Yes on Measure 26-184: Honest Elections Multnomah County

There are NO campaign finance limits in Oregon! This measure aims to change that — and it’s starting with Oregon’s largest county. Big money in politics weakens our democratic institutions, undermines confidence in government and excludes the vast majority of citizens from seeking public office. Yes on 26-184 keeps Multnomah County of, by and for the people by: 1) Limiting the influence of big money in Multnomah County, 2) Empowering ordinary voters and candidates not beholden to big money, and 3) Increasing transparency and accountability.

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