May 17, 2017

May 16 Special Elections Results

The election results are in from yesterday’s special election and the candidates and issues APANO championed came out big winners! Six of the eight candidates APANO endorsed won, including the PPS bond issue.

Kathy Wai, an APANO staff member, won big in North Clackamas with 64.2 percent of the vote. This is Kathy’s first time running and we couldn’t be happier or more proud of her.

In David Douglas, all three candidates that APANO endorsed won. Ana del Rocio--another first time candidate--won with 42 percent of the vote. Stephanie Stephens, also a first time candidate, won with a whopping 74.3 percent of the vote. Andrea Valderrama, an incumbent, won with nearly all of the votes.

In MESD, Helen Ying also won, with 48% of the vote.

Meanwhile in PPS, Julia Brim-Edwards comfortably won with 66 percent of the vote. This will be Julia’s second time serving on the PPS board. Unfortunately Jamila Singleton Munson and Virginia La Forte were not as successful but APANO is proud of the campaigns they fought and we are grateful for the issues they raised during their campaigns.

The PPS bond issue, which APANO members last summer overwhelmingly voted to support, passed with 63 percent of the vote according to one estimate. This bond would inject a much needed $790 million into dilapidated schools across Portland.

This is APANO’s first time ever endorsing candidates and we learned a ton from the experience. We would love for you to get involved in our c4 work and if you are interested, please contact Zahir Janmohamed, APANO’s Policy Director, at

Thanks as always for your support!