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Portland Business Alliance board of directors announces endorsements

Board endorses Kitzhaber bid for unprecedented fourth term

September 10, 2014

Portland, Ore. – The Portland Business Alliance board of directors today announced its endorsement of John Kitzhaber in his bid for re-election as Oregon’s governor, as well as positions on a number of ballot measures.
“Governor John Kitzhaber has been a true advocate for business and job development in the state and a strong partner on issues that are high priority for the Alliance, such as economic development, reinvention of our education system, transportation investment, PERS reform and others,” said Sandra McDonough, president & CEO of the Portland Business Alliance.  “We look forward to working with him in an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon’s governor.”
Additionally, the Alliance board voted to endorse:
  • Renewal of the Portland Public Schools local option operating levy;
  • The proposed  Portland Parks bond measure;
  • The “Open Primary” ballot measure, which would reform Oregon’s candidate election system; and
  • The proposed “Oregon Opportunity” program which would authorize the Legislature to create a financial aid fund for Oregon students going to college or trade schools.
More information about the ballot measure endorsements can be found on the Alliance website.
The Alliance considers a number of candidate and issue races for possible endorsement each election cycle. Committees interview individuals involved with the races and then recommends a position to the full board of directors. Two-thirds of the board members present must agree before an endorsement is made.
The Portland Business Alliance
The Portland Business Alliance is Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce. With more than 1,700 members, the Alliance strives to promote and foster an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region's residents. Learn more at