Tom Anderson outspending Gerritt Rosenthal in race for Metro seat
With the Nov. 3 election approaching, candidates running represent District 3 on the regional government Metro Council have only days left to sway voters, many of whom have already filled out their ballots.
Gerritt Rosenthal, an environmental consultant and former state legislative candidate, is running against a Tom Anderson, a real estate broker and Tigard city councilor, to replace retiring Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen.
Anderson has received thousands of dollars more in campaign contributions than his opponent, spending more than double what Rosenthal has.
Anderson has received $27,430 in total campaign contributions, which have all been cash contributions, according to campaign finance information from the Oregon secretary of state's office as of Monday, Oct. 19.
Of that, he has spent $20,085 and has $7,449 in cash on hand.
Anderson's largest donor by far has been the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, which has contributed $16,500 to his campaign. He has also received $2,500 from Oregonians for Affordable Housing and $3,500 from the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, which is a local branch of the statewide Oregonians for Affordable Housing.
Anderson has picked up endorsements from Lynn Peterson, president of the Metro Council; Margaret Doherty, who represents House District 35 in the Oregon Legislature; and mayors and city councilors throughout Washington County.
In contrast, Rosenthal has received $16,996 in total campaign contributions, including $1,346 from in-kind contributions. He loaned himself $2,000 and reported $3,335 more in in-kind contributions from himself.
Rosenthal has spent $9,472 and is sitting on $3,823 in cash on hand.
Rosenthal's largest donor has been the Willamette Women Democrats PAC, which contributed $3,800 to his campaign. All other cash contributions have been $1,000 or less, including a $1,000 contribution from the Washington County Democratic Central Committee
Rosenthal has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, several state legislators, including Sen. Rob Wagner and Rep. Jeff Barker, and Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten.
District 3 includes portions of Washington and Clackamas counties, including the cities of Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to indicate that the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland is a local branch of the statewide Oregonians for Affordable Housing.
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