Alliance board of directors makes endorsements for 2018 ballot

Alliance board of directors makes endorsements for 2018 ballot

Endorsements include races for Portland City Council and Metro Council, as well as the Portland Children's Levy and Beaverton School Levy.

Portland, Ore. – Today, the Portland Business Alliance board of directors announced its endorsement of candidates in a number of upcoming races, as well as the renewal of the Portland Children's Levy and the Beaverton School Levy.

“The board endorsed candidates who demonstrate a strong understanding of what our region needs to ensure strong economic opportunities,” said Sandra McDonough, president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “While undergoing the endorsement process, the board closely examined each candidate’s position on critical issues that impact the economy and help maintain a high-quality of life for everyone. We believe the selected individuals are committed to achieving these goals at their respective levels of government.”

Candidate endorsements announced by the Alliance board today were:
Portland City Council
Position 3: Loretta Smith
Metro Council
President: Lynn Peterson
District 1: Shirley Craddick
District 2: Joe Buck
District 4: Juan Carlos Gonzalez

The Alliance board of directors also announced its endorsement of the Portland Children’s Levy and the Beaverton School Levy for the May 2018 ballot.

The Portland Children’s Levy generates $18 million each year for child development and educational programs. If passed, the levy renews at its existing rate through a property tax of $0.4026 per $1,000 of assessed value.

“We understand how essential early learning and child development is to the achievement of students throughout their education, particularly graduating high school,” said Sandra McDonough, president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “Since 2002, the Children’s Levy has supported the programs that allow for those achievements across Portland. It is critical that we continue to support the levy so future students have the access to education that they deserve.”

The Beaverton School Levy raises $165 million over five years, allowing Beaverton schools to save 300 teacher positions, maintain class sizes and work to ensure students are prepared for post-secondary success. The levy would renew a 2013 local option levy at existing of $1.25 per $1,000 assessed property value.

“It is critical that we support the Beaverton School Levy, which supports student success from elementary school to their post-secondary education,” said Sandra McDonough, president and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “This levy has already made a positive impact, raising $128 million since voters approved it in 2013, with 100 percent remaining in the schools to fund teaching positions and help ensure smaller class sizes.”

Alliance board endorsements are based on a process that includes candidate questionnaires and interviews conducted by its endorsement committee, followed by a vote by the full board. 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 1,900 members, we strive 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.