By | April 28, 2020

April 28, 2020

One of my former competitors, Jeff Lang, has decided to drop out of the race and endorse our campaign!

Jeff, who has been involved in local and state politics for decades, as well as a passionate supporter of the arts and small businesses since the 80’s, decided to endorse our campaign because of our shared commitments to so many important issues, such as housing affordability and houselessness, environmental action, and system change.

He summed up his support by saying, “Julia loves Portland. I truly believe she would be a level-headed, fair-minded steward of the City’s resources, which is the type of leader that is needed to rebuild after COVID-19 and make Portland a better place for all.”

Although I’m sorry that Jeff’s ended his campaign, I’m deeply honored by his support. It means so much to me that he chose to believe in me over all of the other candidates in this race (there’s 16 others!), just like you have.


Last week, I participated in the City Club’s Candidate Forum. (Video below)

I was also featured in The Oregonian and The Skanner.


GOTV (get-out-the-vote), the final phase of our campaign before the primary election, begins tomorrow, which means that today is the deadline for Portland residents to donate to our campaign so that their contributions will be matched 6-to-1 by the public matching funds!

This means that if you donate $10, $25, or $50, that amount will automatically become $70, $175, or $350 due to the matching funds! On top of that, you can refund up to $50 that you donate to local political campaigns ($100 if married and filing jointly) thanks to Oregon’s Political Tax Credit.

If you’ve been planning to donate to our campaign but haven’t done so yet, now is the time to do so!

Thanks to everyone who’s donated in the past two weeks, we’ve met our fundraising goal for the month, but we’re not done yet!

Will you help us start off GOTV with an even stronger budget by pitching in $10, $25, or $50 by midnight tonight? Every donation helps us to reach more voters.



Portland Business Alliance’s Digital Candidate Q&A
Wednesday, April 29 from 12pm-1pm (event starts at 11am)
Watch me as I discuss the importance of supporting small businesses and workers in Portland, and what I believe should be our priorities for the local economy as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic. This event will be live-streamed on the Portland Business Alliance’s website.

Portland Metro People’s Coalition & Unite Oregon’s Candidates Forum
Thursday, April 30 from 6pm to 8pm
I’m excited to participate in this forum to discuss how we’ll continue to push for progressive policies throughout the coronavirus recovery and beyond. Click the link above to register to watch it.

Music Portland’s “Face the Music” Candidate Forum
Sunday, May 3 from 1pm to 4pm (exact panel time TBA)
Portland is a music city, but the music industry has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus shutdown. At this forum, I’ll discuss my recovery plans for the music industry and related small businesses in Portland.


Anna Kahler is a Press Secretary & Political Engagement Co-Lead at Sunrise Movement PDX, and she has been helping our campaign by leading virtual phone banks. She says she supports our campaign because “Julia is a climate champion, she wants to create districts for Portland City Council, and she’s taking no corporate contributions for her campaign. Now more than ever, we need leaders like Julia in office who will stand up for everyday Portlanders and our planet!”

If you’d like to be considered for our Volunteer of the Week in future newsletters, you should 1) VOLUNTEER (click the button below to sign-up) and then, once you’ve volunteered, 2) send us a brief message about why you volunteer for Julia4PDX (and a photo of you volunteering would also be great!).

As we begin GOTV, the need for volunteers is more urgent than ever before! Please help us by donating an hour or two of your time so that we can reach more voters.


This is Our City, Our Future –– and, together, I know we can make it better.

Stay safe and well,