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More Democrats endorse the $5.2 billion regional transportation measure, but some oppose it.

PMG GRAPHIC - Political news and tidbitsDemocrats are split over Metro's 5.2 billion regional transportation measure on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.

Measure 26-218 is intended to help fund transportation projects and program in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, including a new light rail line between Portland and Tualatin through Tigard.

The measure is endorsed by Third District U.S. Rep. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Oewgon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland), state Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro), state Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland), state Rep. Jeff Reardon (Happy Valley), state Rep. Rob Nosse (D-Portland), state Rep. Chris Gorsek (D-Troutdale), state Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-Portland), state Rep. Sheri Schouten (D-Beaverton), state Rep. Margaret Doherty (D-Tigard), state Rep. Maxine Dexter (D-Portland), state Rep. Ken Helm, and (D-Washington County).

But it is now opposed by State Treasurer Tobias Read, Fifth District U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, Senate Revenue Committee Chair Mark Hass (D-Beaverton), Senate Ways & Means Committee Co-Chair Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose), state Rep. Janelle Bynum (D-Happy Valley), and House Ways & Means Committee member Jeff Barker (D-Aloha).


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