Multomah County Voters Pamphlet now online
Despite all the attention being paid to the COVID-19 crisis, the May 19 primary election is rapidly approaching. The last day to register to receive a vote-by-mail ballot is Tuesday, April 28. And the Multnomah County Voters Pamphlet now is posted online.
Even those who have been following the local races might be surprised about what's in — and not in — the official election guide that soon will be arriving in mailboxes.
For example, although 19 candidates have filed in the Portland mayor's race, only nine bothered to submit pages to the county elections office. And one of them — Piper Crowell — has dropped out of the race since then.
The ratio is higher in the other races. Seven of the nine candidates in the Position 2 race to succeed retiring Commissioner Amanda Fritz submitted pages. Fifteen of the 18 candidates in the Position 2 race to fill the remainder of the late Commissioner Nick Fish's term filed pages. And five of the eight candidates for Position 4 submitted pages, including incumbent Chloe Eudaly.
The $250 million-per-year Metro homeless services measure may be supported by the largest coalition ever put together for a funding request. Ballot Measure 26-10 is endorsed by a Who's Who of hundreds of regional community leaders, nonprofit organizations, business groups, labor unions and activists. Together, they have submitted 18 arguments in support of the measure.
Only four organizations submitted arguments in opposition. Two, the Cascade Policy Institute and the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, have a history of opposing money measures. One, the Alliance for an Affordable Metro, was formed specifically to oppose the measure. The other is Oregon Small Business Association.
The Taxpayers Association of Oregon also is the only opponent of the Portland measure to extend the 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax for street projects. A broad coalition of supporters submitted seven arguments in support of continuing the Fix Our Streets program.
The only money measure with no opposition is the $65 million bond request by the Centennial School District for school security and facility improvements. Five arguments in support of Measure 26-208 were submitted.
Only Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone was clever enough to figure out a way around the limitation of one page per candidate. She submitted one for the mayor's race and one in support of the Portland gas tax extension.
Incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler was listed as endorsing the Metro measure on two pages, however.
Both the online and printed Voters Pamphlets include information to encourage voting, such as the location of 24-hour drop sites for voters who might otherwise mail them too late to be counted.
You can find the Voters' Pamphlet at the Multnomah County Elections Department website at multco.us/elections.
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