Thank you, Portland voters!

I am very grateful that my race was the first to be called on Election Night, and for all the support I’ve been given over the past months.  Thank you especially to my wonderful Campaign Manager, Terri Preeg Riggsby, who has served as both Treasurer and sole employee for Amanda 2016.  I literally could not have done the campaign without her amazing work.  And thank you to my children – Luke who was the Internet guru, Ali who provided graphics, and Maxwell the statistics expert.  Thanks to Amy Ruiz of Strategies 360 for her advice and guidance.

 

Most of all, thank you to everyone who did anything to help, from the campaign kick-off to the mailing party to donations to sign waving, and more.  Truly, a team effort.

 

If you’re currently hosting a yard sign, please leave it in place so we can retrieve it and return the borrowed wickets to Greg Malinowski – thank you, Greg for the loan and Ellen Miyo Ino for securing them!  We need volunteers to help pick them up, so please contact Terri if you can spare an hour or two to assist.  Yep, even or especially after the win, the work goes on!

Thank you for empowering me to keep working for you.

Last weekend to Get Out The Vote!

Please call at least five of your friends to ask them to be sure to return their ballot, with my bubble marked.  Many people told me after I was forced into a runoff through November of 2014, that they thought I would win in the primary so they didn’t bother to vote.  I have many good works to accomplish for Portlanders, if I can dedicate all my time to new improvements instead of continuing to campaign.  Please view and share my video, and help me win this coming Tuesday.  It’s too late to mail ballots, so take the fun route and walk yours to a library or drop-box near you!

Yard Signs for Delivery!

Amanda supporters!  We will be delivering yard signs in just about a week and a half.  Please contact Campaign Manager Terri at terri@amanda2016.com if you would like one delivered to your house – or if you would like to assist with delivery in your neighborhood.

Together, let’s keep Our Voice In City Hall!!  Thank you!  (Campaign Manager Terri Preeg Riggsby here)

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.

Portland-Area Labor Unions Endorse Amanda!

(Campaign Mngr Terri Preeg Riggsby here)

Did you hear the excellent news! Portland-area labor unions have endorsed Amanda for re-election. AFSCME Local 189 President Mark Gibson: “We are thrilled that Commissioner Fritz helped pass the city’s family leave and sick leave laws”
Read more here: https://nwlaborpress.org/…/portland-area-labor-unions-weig…/

Thank you mailing volunteers!

We had a great turnout of dedicated volunteers on Saturday – and with great success!  We hand-addressed almost 1,000 letters and sent them to our wonderful list of supporters.  We’re looking forward to hearing back soon, and raising much needed funds for the campaign.

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Did you know that Portland City Commissioners are elected at-large, with approximately 350,000 voters marking their ballots? With only a two and half months left in the primary race, we are ramping up our campaign quickly, and campaign expenses are unavoidable. This beautiful web site, cost $1,900. The Voters’ Pamphlet statements – due in just about 2 weeks – total $450. Printing costs for campaign materials from Hollywood Impress, a Portland company with union workers, so far cost $970.

Every contribution, both small and large, are hugely appreciated and really make a difference in our grassroots campaign.  Please visit our ‘Contribute’ page above and help Amanda win the May 17 primary election!

Great Campaign Kick-Off!

Many thanks to everyone who packed Pacific Pie Company on SE 7th for our Campaign Kickoff on Thursday 1/21/16!

Special props to Storm Large and Scott Weddle, who revised our 2012 campaign performance at Candidates Gone Wild with their latest version of Abba’s classic turned into “Amanda”.  I am blessed to have the support of so many superstars, creative people, and stalwart community members in Portland.

https://www.facebook.com/AmandaForPortland/videos/972955969424105/?theater

We have raised over $2,500 so far, thanks to 25 donors.  In the next few days, I expect to turn in my filing petitions to the City Auditor with over 100 signatures collected in less than one week.  Dozens signed at the kick-off, and enthusiastic volunteers collected the rest this weekend.

I interviewed for the American Federation of State, Municipal and County Employees (AFSCME) endorsement right after the kickoff event.  Their membership vote is this Tuesday, which is also the date of the first candidate forum of the season.  More on that tomorrow.

I am posting the initial list of endorsers to my Supporters page tonight.  It represents the first wave of early endorsements, with confirmation of others in progress.  If your name is not on it, and you’d like to be listed, please email Terri.

Thank you so much for giving me your interest and support.

Please come to the Campaign Kick-off!

You are cordially invited to our Campaign Kick Off Event:
When: Thursday, January 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Where: Pacific Pie Company, 1520 SE 7th Ave, Portland
Why: Show your support!  Sign Amanda’s filing petition! Meet others who care about re-electing Amanda!  Hear about plans for the campaign!
Tasty snacks from Pacific Pie Company will be provided, with a no-host bar/coffee/tea menu.

Hello again, Portland voters!

new-amanda-temp_0Thank you for visiting my 2016 campaign web site.

Portlanders continue to face many challenges.  While I am proud of my actions helping to get our community through the Great Recession in my first term, and on the path to recovery in my second, there is still much work to be done.  I am running for re-election because I am the woman with the most experience and qualifications to work for you, and to be Your Voice in City Hall.  I care passionately about promoting success for everyone in Portland.

In my second term, I engaged Mayor Hales and all my colleagues on the Council in establishing the City’s priority on equity for everyone regardless of race, disability, or geographical location.

I have continued to focus on independent, fiscally responsible, transparent oversight of City spending, via the City Budget Office.  I led the Council in adopting Binding City Policy directing investment of “surplus” money on infrastructure maintenance of existing City assets before spending on new projects.  Taxes pay for services.  Portland has many more needs than the resources available, so more than ever it is crucial to invest taxpayers’ money wisely.

I coordinated the Council in adopting unanimously Portland’s Paid Sick Leave ordinance, which resulted in the State Legislature adopting almost-identical rights for workers statewide (including first-in-the-nation coverage for agricultural workers).  I asked Portland voters to help maintain our beloved parks and provide basic renovations in our treasured public community spaces, and you responded with 74% approval of the Fix Our Parks bond measure.  I led the Council in passing ordinances restricting smoking in parks, prohibiting use of bee-killing insecticides on City property, and opposing transport of oil-trains and other dangerous fossil fuels through our neighborhoods.

I’m running for re-election because I want to keep working for you.  Please visit this site often, and engage in discussions on what we can accomplish together in the next four years.