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Each election cycle, the Portland Business Alliance participates in key candidate races and ballot measures that may impact business and livability in the Portland-metro region. Candidates and measures are vetted by the Government Relations Executive Committee, then the Alliance board of directors’ votes on endorsements. A two-thirds vote of the board is required before any endorsement can be made.

LATEST ENDORSEMENTS: To view older policy updates than listed above, view the Endorsements archive.


Alliance board of directors makes endorsements for May 2017 ballot

The Portland Business Alliance board of directors announced its endorsement of two local measures scheduled to appear on the May 2017 ballot. The first is the Portland Public Schools (PPS) $790 million capital construction bond, which will fund health and safety improvements in PPS’ aging schools, as well as renovate Benson Polytechnic and Madison High School, and rebuild Lincoln High School and Kellogg Middle School.

In a separate vote, the Alliance board endorsed changes, referred by City Council, to the Portland charter that would increase the city auditor’s independence in order to ensure accountability and good governance. The changes would also add the role of ombudsman to the charter. 
(March 2017)

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Alliance board of directors endorsements & November election results

 The Alliance Board made the following endorsements in advance of the November 2016 General Election and below are the results of those races:

  • State Senate, District 14: Mark Hass (incumbent) WON
  • State Senate, District 18: Ginny Burdick (incumbent) WON
  • State Senate, District 25: Laurie Monnes Anderson (incumbent) WON
  • House of Representatives, District 30: Dan Mason LOST
  • House of Representatives, District 31: Brad Witt (incumbent) WON
  • House of Representatives, District 37: Julie Parrish (incumbent) WON
  • House of Representatives, District 39: Bill Kennemer (incumbent) WON
  • House of Representatives, District 40: Evon Tekorius LOST
  • House of Representatives, District 48: Jeff Reardon (incumbent) WON
  • House of Representatives, District 51: Dual endorsement of Lori Chavez-DeRemer and Janelle Bynum BYNUM WON
  • House of Representatives, District 52: Mark Johnson (incumbent) WON
  • Multnomah Coutny Commission, Position 1: Eric Zimmerman LOST
  • Multnomah Coutny Commission, Position 4: Lori Stegmann WON
  • Clackamas County Commision Chair: Jim Bernard WON
  • Ballot Measure 97: OPPOSE - DEFEATED
    (2.5 percent tax on sales – not profits – of companies over $25 million in Oregon sales.)
  • Ballot Measure 98: SUPPORT - APPROVED
    (CTE/College prep for local school districts; sponsored by Stand for Children.)
  • County Measure 26-181: NEUTRAL - DEFEATED
    (extend the current limit to three consecutive terms)
  • County Measure 26-182: SUPPORT - APPROVED
    (allow commissioners to run for Chair without resigning current position)
  • County Measure 26-183: NEUTRAL - DEFEATED
    (make County Sheriff an appointed role instead of an elected position)
  • County Measure 26-184: OPPOSE - APPROVED
    (limit campaign contributions for county races to $500 per person per cycle)
  • County Measure 26-185: NEUTRAL - APPROVED
    (amend the charter review committee appointment process)
  • City of Portland Affordable Housing Bond: SUPPORT - APPROVED
    (raises $258 million over 20 years for affordable housing preservation and new units. Tax rate is 42 cents / 1,000 of assessed value.)
Read a statement from the President & CEO on the defeat of Measure 97.

How do the candidates stand on the issues? Read our candidate questionnaires.
(November 2016)

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