The election results are in from the May 19 primary election and the candidates and issues APANO championed came out as big winners! Of the 11 races APANO endorsed in, nine won or are headed to a run off, and history was made in several races. Congratulations to voters in Oregon who set a record with  the largest number ever of Oregonians voting in a May primary election, with a historic 1,310,000+ ballots returned. It was the first election with paid postage which made vote-by-mail even more convenient.

Across the region, there will be a much-needed infusion of new leaders, fresh perspectives, and reflective representation at all levels of government. In Portland, we helped elect Khanh Pham, former APANO staff, as the Democratic nominee for House District 46. Since no Republican filed in this race, Khanh will almost certainly be the first Vienamese-American state official and the first Asian American to represent District 46 in Southeast Portland, where APANO’s Portland offices are based. APANO and our communities are thrilled to continue to work alongside Khanh in the fight for environmental justice and expand our movement into office. Portland’s voters continued to make history by electing Carmen Rubio, the first Latina to serve on Portland City Council. On the Council, she will continue to champion the voices of our communities and  work with us to create a Portland that we can all call home. 

In Washington County, we are proud to have campaigned for Wlnsvey Campos, one of the youngest legislators ever elected and the first Latina to represent her Beaverton district. Her election ensures that our voices are heard in all places where decisions are being made. While Nafisa Fai and Chloe Eudaly both placed first in their races, they did not win a majority and will be advancing to a runoff in the November election.

In Multnomah County, we are proud to have endorsed some of our strong partners already holding office: Jessica Vega Pederson, a champion for education and our community, and Lori Stegmann, a Korean American community and government leader, for the Multnomah County Commission; and Bob Stacey for Metro Council. We look forward to continuing to work with these leaders on priority APANO issues like environmental justice, housing, transportation, and more. We also saw the national trend toward progressive reform in the criminal legal system come to Oregon, with the election of Mike Schmidt as our next Multnomah County District Attorney. You can find out more about why his election matters so much here.

It was a great night for APANO and for the region, but our work doesn’t stop in May! 

Unfinished Business for November 2020

In a night of historic firsts, unfortunately some of our candidates were unable to reach their goals. In the Secretary of State race, we applaud Jamie McLeod-Skinner who lost a highly competitive race. Jamie represents critical rural progressive voices and we are excited for future opportunities to continue building this work. APANO-endorsed candidates Tera Hurst and Sam Chase did not make the runoff for Portland City Council Position 2. We congratulate them on their campaigns and look forward to what is next for these local leaders.

We will continue fighting for our champions for change at all levels in November by supporting Chloe Eudaly for Portland City Council and Nafisa Fai for Washington County Commissioner, both in runoff elections, and Wlnsvey Campos for House District 28.

All of the ballot measures we endorsed passed handily, including the Portland Gas Tax Renewal, which provides much-needed funds to fix our streets, the Supportive Homeless Services Measure, which will increase housing stability for people experiencing homelessness in the Metro region, the Washington County Public Safety Replacement Levy, that will fund  crime diversion programs, increased victims’ assistance services, and emergency shelters, and the Washington County Library Renewal Levy

All together APANO’s field team hosted nearly 90,000 dials and sent more than 60,000 texts in support of our candidates, working alongside partners, candidates’ campaigns, and volunteers amid a global COVID-19 pandemic that changed the way we campaigned.

The May primary is complete, and now we rest, plan, and prepare for the November 2020 General Election.  We would love for you to get involved in our c4 political work for the important election fights ahead! If you are interested, please contact Robin Ye, APANO’s Political Director, at [email protected]

Thanks as always for your support!

APANO-Endorsed Candidates May 2020 RESULTS

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State Races

Khanh Pham, Democratic nominee for Oregon House District 46 (NE/SE Portland)  

Wlnsvey Campos, Democratic nominee for Oregon House District 28 (S Beaverton/Aloha)  

💕 Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Secretary of State

Local Races

✅ Mike Schmidt, Multnomah County District Attorney  

✅ Carmen Rubio, Portland City Council Position 1 

💕 Tera Hurst and Sam Chase, Portland City Council Position 2  

RUNOFF – Chloe Eudaly, Portland City Council Position 4 

✅ Jessica Vega Pederson, Multnomah County Commission, District 3  

✅ Lori Stegmann, Multnomah County Commission, District 4  

RUNOFF – Nafisa Fai, Washington County Commission, District 1 

✅ Bob Stacey, Metro Council, District 6  

Ballot Measures

✅ Measure 26-209: Portland Gas Tax (Fix our Streets) Renewal with a 77% YES Vote  

✅ Measure 26-210: To Support Homeless Services with a 58% YES Vote  

✅ Measure 34-296: Public Safety Replacement Levy with a 55% YES 

✅ Measure 34-297: Library Renewal Levy – 68.5% YES 

WINNING BALLOT MEASURES

✅ Measure 26-209: Portland Gas Tax (Fix our Streets) Renewal with a 77% YES Vote  

✅ Measure 26-210: To Support Homeless Services with a 58% YES Vote  

✅ Measure 34-296: Public Safety Replacement Levy with a 55% YES Vote  

✅ Measure 34-297: Library Renewal Levy with a 68.5% YES Vote