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Portland Business Alliance releases endorsements

March 29, 2012

By Portland Business Allliance

The Portland Business Alliance board of directors today announced its endorsement in a number of regional races. A complete list is below. Mitch Hornecker, chair of the Alliance’s Government Relations Executive Committee, made the following statement about the Alliance endorsements:

“The Alliance is maintaining a sharp focus on private-sector job creation and so we looked at how the candidates approach issues that impact economic development and the growth of private-sector jobs.”

The Alliance endorsed:
•Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle
•Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey
•Martha Schrader for Clackamas County Commission, Position 3
•Craig Dirksen for Metro Council, District 3
•Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, District 4

Alliance board endorsements are based on a process that includes candidate interviews conducted by its endorsement committee, followed by a vote by the full board. Two-thirds of the board members present must agree before an endorsement is made.

For all other Alliance endorsements for the 2012 elections, visit:

Chamber’s questionnaires reveal candidates’ views on job creation, economic development issues

The Portland Business Alliance’s latest round of candidate questionnaires were published online, revealing how candidates for Multnomah County Commission approach important issues that affect the overall economic health of the region. The Alliance is issuing candidate questionnaires to inform its endorsement process and provide a resource for voters.

“As the Oregon’s most populated county, Multnomah County plays a large role in our region and state’s overall economic health, which is why we are taking a close look at the candidates’ priorities and positions,” said Sandra McDonough, President and CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “Our goal is to give our members and voters a better idea of where the candidates come down on issues that affect job creation in Multnomah County.”

For more than a year, the Alliance has maintained a sharp focus on private-sector job creation and retention through its Value of Jobs campaign. These questionnaires are part of that effort to demonstrate how private-sector job retention and growth helps create a healthy region with quality public services. The Value of Jobs campaign includes a series of studies about how the region’s economy is faring, a public policy action plan for increasing jobs and communications to the region’s residents about the value of jobs. More information about the campaign and all candidate questionnaire responses can be found at

To date, the Alliance has released candidate questionnaires and responses from Portland City Council, Portland mayoral candidates, the candidate for District Attorney, Metro Council and now Multnomah County Commission.

View Multnomah County Commission candidate positions >>

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