March 24, 2020
Firstly, I want to thank everyone who contributed to my campaign last week in response to my urgent request to help me qualify for the City Club of Portland’s Candidate Forum!
Thanks to the tremendous support of each of you, we received more than 75 donations! That is so huge! That outpouring of donations launched our campaign from 6th place overall in terms of number of contributions to 2nd place in two days!
Although our campaign is now in a much better position to compete in this race, it appears that I was still unable to qualify for the Candidate Forum by the deadline since I don’t have the requisite amount of individual donors, but it remains to be seen if they will change their minds since I’m clearly a frontrunner in this race.
While we hope the City Club of Portland will reconsider their decision to exclude me, this situation shows how important your financial support is to our campaign. If you haven’t donated yet, please consider pitching in $5 or $10. Remember, contributions up to $50 will be matched 6x by the public funds if you’re a Portland resident.
The Street Trust is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes and advocates for public transit, walking, and biking in Oregon. Increased reliance on alternative modes of transportation is essential to achieving many of my goals, such as reducing traffic, creating livable neighborhoods, and fighting climate change. I have a bold vision of doubling public transit service and creating meaningful benchmarks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
PROTEC17 (Professional & Technical Employees 17) represents more than 9,000 public employees across the Pacific Northwest and about 600 workers at the City of Portland. It works to guarantee better wages and benefits for its members and their families, as well as safe workplaces and workforce development – all of the same priorities that I also share. With five unions now standing with me in this competitive race, there is no doubt that I am the workers’ candidate!
As mentioned in our previous newsletters, although we can no longer talk to voters face-to-face due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adjusted our strategy to comply with public health recommendations, and there are several ways that you can help out!
- Like & Follow our campaign’s pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! One of the best ways you can raise awareness about our campaign is by tagging our pages and sharing our posts on social media.
- Participate in a virtual phone or text bank, display a yard sign, or help us stuff envelopes! You can do all of these activities from the safety of your own home – we’ll deliver materials to you or give you instructions online. Complete this form to let us know how you’d like to help!
- RSVP for one of our upcoming virtual events! (Check this page frequently since we update it regularly).
This is Our City, Our Future –– and, together, I know we can make it better.
Stay safe and well,