Sources: Duyck bucks trend, opposes affordable housing bond
Washington County Chair Andy Duyck is the first elected official to actively campaign against Measure 26-199, the $652.8 million affordable housing bond that Metro has referred to the November 2018 ballot.
Duyck has signed a fundraising letter for the committee opposing the measure, Affordable Housing for WHO? He also is lining up speaking engagements against it between now and Election Day.
"If you look at the polling, affordable housing gets a warm and fuzzy response. But if you start talking about increasing property taxes for government-supported housing, it goes down the toilet," says Duyck, who believes Metro is not qualified to sponsor a measure that he says will not produce enough additional housing — up to 3,900 more units — to make much of a difference.
Duyck also says he has heard from other local elected officials who oppose the measure but are afraid to speak out against it because of the popularity of affordable housing. Duyck says he's not worried about that because he didn't run for re-election.
Elected officials line up behind Measure 26-199
Many elected officials in the region already have endorsed Metro's affordable housing bond.
The entire Clackamas Board of County Commissioners endorsed the measure before it was even finalized.
The campaign committee, Yes for Affordable Housing, was founded by Metro President Tom Hughes, Metro President-Elect Lynn Peterson, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and city Commissioner Nick Fish. Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle and Milwaukie Mayor Mike Gamba have signed a letter in support of it. More such endorsements are expected to be announced soon.
The committee in favor of the measure has reported raising more than $132,000, so far. The opponents are only reporting a little over $7,500, with $6,500 coming from Washington County Chair Andy Duyck.
The question of who funded most of Max Wall's unsuccessful 2018 primary election campaign for Washington County district attorney is a becoming clearer, thanks to aggressive reporting by KOIN 6 News and OPB.
Both new outlets broadcast and posted nearly simultaneous stories on July 18 revealing that a nonprofit organization backed by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife, Cari Tuna, donated $2 million to a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee that supported Wall.
Like Wall, the Accountable Justice Action Fund supports criminal justice reform. The Law & Justice PAC it supported contributed $680,000 to a similarly named Oregon PAC, which backed Wall.
Filings did not reveal the nonprofit's contribution until well after the election. Despite the support, Wall lost the race by a 2-to-1 margin to Washington County Chief District Attorney Kevin Barton.
KOIN reports it tried but was unable to get a comment from Wall on the source of most of his campaign contributions.