Update on endorsements, 3/12/16

It was a good week on the campaign trail, with the filing window for candidates for Portland City Council Position 1 closing on Tuesday.  I’m glad the uncertainty on that question is over. On Thursday, I announced multiple individual and group endorsements, in addition to previously-identified supporters of my re-election campaign.  New endorsements include U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley; Portland Association of Teachers; Oregon Nurses Association; Oregon League of Conservation Voters; Oregon Working Families Party; Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens; and Sierra Club.

It’s the first time Senator Merkley has endorsed me, and I am thrilled.  He is one of my heroes, being a true politician and champion from East Portland who makes me proud to be an Oregonian through his values-driven work in Congress and all over our state.  I also appreciate each of the wonderful groups who made thoughtful choices in supporting me again.

These new endorsers join the unions supporting me before the filing deadline – Communications Workers of America Local 7901, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, and American Federation of State, Municipal and Local Employees Local 189 – and also leading politicians including House Speaker Tina Kotek, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, and current/former Mayors Hales, Adams, and Potter.

I am very grateful for the support of individuals and groups I work with on crucial issues that matter to Portlanders. I want to keep collaborating with neighbors and colleagues on the Council to provide basic services to Portlanders by spending taxpayers’ money wisely, and promoting community engagement and collaboration on crucial issues such as community safety, housing, infrastructure, and parks.

Our campaign has also collected more than $8,000 in dozens of small individual contributions over the past ten days, thanks to the many volunteers assisting two weeks ago in mailing a fundraising request to donors to my 2012 campaign.  Of course, I continue to cap the level of donation I will accept, and I don’t take any contributions from unions, Political Action Committees, corporations, or any entity that is not an individual human being.  So, with four challengers on the ballot, I need lots of help to win in May.  Please review the options on the Contribute page, and pitch in with your time, talent and/or treasure to assist in our team effort.

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