Business endorsments: Candidates, marriage, water measures

By Portland Business Alliance

Alliance board announces candidate endorsements for May primary election

The Alliance board of directors endorsed a selection of candidates running for office at various levels of government, including the City of Portland, State Legislature, Multnomah County, Washington County, Clackamas County and Metro. The Alliance board endorsement process includes interviews with candidates for each office and a review of their response to the Value of Jobs candidate questionnaires. The board endorsed the following candidates:

City of Portland

City Commission Position 2: Nick Fish
City Commission Position 3: Dan Saltzman
Auditor: Mary Hull Caballero

State Legislature

State Representative District 34: Brian Tosky
State Representative District 38: Ann Lininger
State Representative District 41: Kathleen Taylor

Multnomah County

County Chair: Deborah Kafoury
Commission District 1: Jules Bailey
Commission District 2: Loretta Smith

Washington County

County Chair: Andy Duyck
Commissioner District 2: Greg Malinowski
Commissioner District 4: Bob Terry

Clackamas County

Commission District 2: Paul Savas
Commission District 5: Jim Bernard

President: Tom Hughes
Council District 1: Shirley Craddick
Council District 4: Kathryn Harrington
Auditor: Brian Evans

Alliance board of directors endorses marriage equity

The Alliance’s board of directors voted earlier this month to support the legalization of same-sex marriage in Oregon, and will support a business community-led effort on behalf of marriage equity. The Alliance board voted to support amending the Oregon Constitution to end the current prohibition against same-sex marriage, while still clearly protecting the rights of religious institutions to choose whom they will or will not marry. The Alliance has a long history of supporting inclusion and equity. In 2007, the Alliance endorsed legislation legalizing civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. And in the 1990s, the organization opposed measures that would have limited the rights of the state’s gay and lesbian residents.

Alliance releases position on proposed Portland Public Water District initiative

The Alliance board voted not to take a position on the Portland Public Water District ballot measure proposal due to what it sees as fundamental flaws in the proposed measure. However, the Alliance also called on Portland City Council to address the substantive management problems at water and sewer bureaus. The board said the city’s utilities should be re-chartered as municipal corporations overseen by the Council as a whole, rather than by one commissioner as is currently done

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