April 19, 2018

APANO Endorsements for May 15, 2018 Primaries

Elections are an opportunity for our communities to create a better world and a concrete way to fight back against the forces that want us to stay home and stay silent.

In December, APANO publicly announced our 2018 Candidate Endorsement Process for 7 races for the May 15, 2018 Primary Election. Through a months-long process of research, reflection, and real-time conversations with candidates and our community, APANO has been working to build AAPI political power in Portland and Oregon by asking voters and our supporters to elect candidates who care about representation, who care about human dignity, and share our APANO values.

Building on our success from May 2017 -- which saw six APANO-endorsed School Board candidates elected, including four women of color -- APANO is excited to support 3 women of color, including 2 AAPI candidates, a former refugee and now community organizer, and several incumbent electeds who have demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of our AAPI communities in the greater Portland area. With that, we'd like to officially announce our slate of candidates who have earned APANO’s Endorsement for the Oregon May 15, 2018 Primary Elections!

APANO May 2018 Primary Endorsement Slate

  • APANO recommends a vote for Kayse Jama for Senate District 24 Democratic Primary (East PDX)**
  • APANO recommends a vote for Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Council Position 3
  • APANO recommends a vote for Nick Fish for Portland City Council Position 2
  • APANO recommends a vote for Susheela Jayapal for Multnomah County Commissioner 2 (N/NE PDX)
  • APANO recommends a vote for Deborah Kafoury for Multnomah County Chair
  • APANO recommends a vote for Lynn Peterson for Metro Council President
  • APANO recommends a vote for Jacqueline Leung for Salem City Council Ward 4 (SE Salem)

Our Asian and Pacific Islander communities here in Oregon are continually and sometimes intentionally shut out of the political process -- blocked by barriers of language access and citizenship status, discrimination and indifference to experiences. That is why APANO is growing our political program in electoral politics. We can help remove those barriers. Here are a few ideas on how to join us:

TALK TO VOTERS: Join fellow APANO members as we talk to our community about the May 15, 2018 Primary Elections! We're particularly excited to campaign for Kayse Jama and Jo Ann Hardesty, two African-American candidates who speak truth to power and will actively fight for our AAPI communities and bring them to the table.

DONATE: If you believe in what we’re doing to build AAPI political power here in Oregon, consider investing in and supporting APANO with a donation so we can take this work to more people and more places.

UPDATE/REGISTER TO VOTE: Oregonians (that are 16 years old or older and U.S. citizens) can now register to vote online in any of these languages. The DEADLINE to REGISTER for this May election is April 24, 2018:

Español Spanish
中文 Chinese
Tiếng Việt Vietnamese
Soomaali Somali
русский Russian

**To vote for Kayse Jama, voters in Senate District 24 (East Portland) must register with the Democratic Party for this election. You may change your registration anytime after May 15, 2018.

We are excited to elect officials that better represent us! If you want to learn more or get involved with our growing political program, please do not hesitate to contact Robin Ye at robin@apano.org

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