Many elected officials and community leaders have pledged confidence in my record, skills, and demonstrated commitment to serving the people of Portland. Every Portlander is important to me, whether you are a “brand name” person or not.
I am endorsed by The Oregonian, whose Editorial Board wrote, “she has shown informed leadership on the subject of homelessness and shows appreciation that Portland will be facing one of the largest environmental cleanups ever, in Portland Harbor”. Both of these issues will continue to be hugely important over the next four years. I want to keep working on them.
I also won The Portland Mercury‘s endorsement, in which they said, “Fritz is a far bigger part of the solution than the problem—probably one reason she didn’t see many challengers until just before the deadline to file for candidacy. There’s a lot we could talk about: Fritz has been a supporter in forming rational, compassionate responses to the homelessness crisis, and a champion for finding Right 2 Dream Too a new home. She worked with Hales to enact strong stances against fossil fuel activity in the city. She’s ensured that half of Portland’s surplus budget cash goes toward necessary maintenance—not flashy trinkets, as has been the case in the past.” I especially appreciate the endorsement of The Mercury, whose reporters work hard to provide accurate information without “gotcha” journalism. They have endorsed me in every campaign since my first in 2006.
In contrast, this is the first time I have won the Portland Tribune‘s endorsement. Their endorsement on 4/28/16 notes, “Fritz has the right credentials for the job. She has enormous grassroots support and a clear desire to help Portland…. we encourage voters to give Amanda Fritz four more years on the Portland City Council.” I am grateful for the recognition that I am the best candidate for the job.
Once again, I earned the coveted endorsement of The Skanner, whose publisher Mr. Bernie Foster wrote, “Fritz is good for the city, and we hope she will continue taking the measured, long-term perspective on issues that adds strength to the city council.”
And the endorsement of Willamette Week on 5/4/16 completes a rare sweep of all the major newspaper endorsements. Willamette Week noted, “… her unyielding insistence that Uber be held to a higher standard in Portland on issues of passenger safety showed integrity and commitment to the public against Silicon Valley muscle. …. We think voters should keep her around.”
No other candidate for the Portland City Council or the Multnomah County Commission has won all five major newspaper endorsements in this primary. Each of the newspapers has its own ideology and political perspective. All five major newspaper editorial boards support my re-election. I ask you to do so, too.
I am happy to have received the Green Light from the Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC.
More of my wonderful supporters:
United States Senator Jeff Merkley
Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury
Former Multnomah County Chair Marissa Madrigal
Former Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler
Mayor Charlie Hales
Former Mayor Sam Adams
Former Mayor Tom Potter
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish
Former City Commissioner Mike Lindberg
Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith
House Speaker Tina Kotek
State Representative Lew Frederick
State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
State Representative Ann Lininger
State Representative Jessica Vega Pederson, candidate for Multnomah County Commission District 3
State Senator Diane Rosenbaum
State Senator Michael Dembrow
State Senator Rod Monroe
Former State Senator Avel Gordly
Former State Senator Jackie Dingfelder
Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Vice Chair, Multnomah Education Service District board of directors
Terri Preeg Riggsby, Chair, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District board
Dr. Sharon Meieran, candidate for Multnomah County Commission District 1
The Mother PAC
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555
Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7901
Oregon Nurses Association
Portland Association of Teachers
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 189
Northwest Oregon Labor Council
Carpenters Local 1503
Professional and Technical Employees Local 17, representing City of Portland Professional Employees Association
Laborers Local 483
Portland Firefighters IAFF Local 43
Teamsters Joint Council 37
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens
Oregon Working Families Party
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Some statements from supporters:
We love you in Portlandia! We need somebody who is tough, and yet as gentle as a kiss. If you want me to campaign again, I’m here, my friend Amanda.
Storm Large, Portland entertainment rock star and mental health care advocate
I endorse Commissioner Amanda Fritz in her re-election to the City Council. I value her independence and outspoken advocacy for the values which are the essence of Portland. She is true to her conscience and unwavering in her support of those who might have a challenge in having their voice heard.
Mike Lindberg, former City Commissioner
Amanda has been a strong and steady voice for the health of our community and our environment. She emerged from the grassroots and has never lost her connection with the grassroots. Amanda has set a standard in Portland for leading based on principle rather than politics.
Bob Sallinger, Conservation Activist
Commissioner Fritz has a very keen sense of the issues surrounding Portland communities. Her approach is honest and insightful. I have seen first hand the knowledge and work of her vision for a better Portland. As a member of the Veterans Community, I am proud to say we (Veterans) embrace Amanda and her values. I endorse Commissioner Amanda Fritz for reelection to the City of Portland Council.
Tony Stacy, United States military veteran and veterans’ advocate
Amanda is a principled leader, and a voice for justice and fairness for every single Portlander. As an advocate for people who experience disabilities, for students so often left behind, and for the arts and creative expression, I know I can count on Amanda to be there for every member of our community.
Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Vice Chair, Multnomah Education Service District board of directors, nonprofit executive, community leader, advocate
I wholeheartedly support Amanda Fritz. Portland needs a people’s advocate.
Mark Sturbois, retired Communications Workers of America union member
Amanda is an ethical, compassionate, transparent, non-corrupt,non-back-patting council member. She is a brave, brave woman, and she’ll always have my vote of confidence.
Wynde Dyer, Artist, Activist, Cab Driver
I don’t always agree with Amanda, but I do support and endorse Amanda Fritz for Portland City Council. I know that Amanda bases her decisions on what is best for the people of Portland. I endorse and support Amanda Fritz, even when we disagree.
Robert Wilson, Northwest Portland
I admire Amanda’a work on the Council and her commitment to watching how $$ are spent when proposals come up, and her concerns for the homeless and the parks and the other things that she works on. Her efforts to put some porta-potties along the Springwater trail and in some other locations last year when there has been opposition to necessary and basic items like that…..I believe to be commendable.
Dick Wegner, NW Portland
I have tremendous respect for Amanda. She always gives the most intelligent, well-thought out reasons for her decisions. Sometimes, when she votes against my wishes, I even find myself reconsidering my own position on the issues. That never happens with any other politician. EVER. Bringing intelligent discourse to the political theater is something I can get behind.
Greg Haines, NE Portland
Ann Van Fleet
Emily Robins Christensen
Josefina Salma Akmad
Jessica Vega Pederson
Mary Sorteberg, R.N.
Michael James Verbout
P. Sydney Herbert
Rochelle L. Silver, Ph.D.
Sharon Meieran, M.D.
Stephen Marc Beaudoin
Terri Preeg Riggsby