Congress 1st District: Steven Reynolds is the Oregon Progressive Party candidate for the 1st Congressional District for the US Congress. We like his willingness to find common ground and hope that the Pacific Green Party will cross nominate him.
Congress 3rd District: Woodrow (Woody) Broadnax is likely to be the nominee for the Pacific Green Party. Our chapter is preempting this official support with our own local endorsement. We believe in his ability to galvanize his community and to challenge Mr Blumenauer where he needs to be challenged.
Multnomah County 3rd Seat: Patricia Burkett brings much needed attention to the County at a time when the City is getting all the attention. Many of the problems we lay at our city's feet are actually more of our county's responsibility. Burkett challenges the status quo and we are excited by her passion for the Green Party.
1st Choice: Cameron Whitten wowed us with his Progressive Portland Plan, giving specificity that we weren't seeing from any other candidates. He has rapidly matured as a candidate and has brought enthusiasm and unity to the progressive community that we have to bow to.
2nd Choice: Eileen Brady was initially not considered a likely candidate for support because of her endorsement by the Portland Business Alliance. But it was unsolicited unexpected, and she handled herself very well when we interviewed her in a hostile environment. She comes across as genuine and capable. Her contributions to New Seasons are admirable and to our understanding the concerns about union busting are unfounded.
3rd Choice: Jefferson Smith is an awesome organizer with a great Green legislative record. We love what the Bus Project has done, and we like most of his votes within the state legislature. He was perhaps too polished of a politician for us, which allowed Brady to edge him out of the 2nd choice slot. All three candidates have the support of the Portland Green Party and we will be offering to work with all of their campaigns and/or promoting them separately, especially with regard to sustainability/conservation issues.
City Council Seat 1:
1st Choice: Teressa Raiford is a candidate that can organically meld business and community needs. She handled herself well at the PSU Forum, standing out amongst a long line of candidates. She also struck a cord by advocating for greater Internet literacy.
2nd Choice: Amanda Fritz is our only incumbent endorsement. We love her accessibility which we attribute to her being elected by a campaign that was publicly funded when we had Voter Owned Elections.
City Council Seat 4:
1st Choice: Mark White as co-chair of Portland's Charter Review Commission has captured our imagination about what we can make possible. We also appreciate the experience he brings as president of his neighborhood association.
2nd Choice: Jeri Williams is an experienced community organizer. She challenges concentrated poverty and advocates for affordable housing in every neighborhood. We look forward to working with her to help get her message out.