Primary Election time now. Please vote. Your voice matters, especially to us.
Greetings I'm Jorden Leonard, volunteer Executive Director of the Portland Green Party. Open recruitment for the ED position in about a week and I will step down in a couple of months. Anyone interested in the ED position feel free to contact me or one of our board members for more information.
Got a lot to talk about. First the election and our endorsed candidates, then some updates from issue campaigns and the last member meeting, and finally some things coming up.
There has been a call to have a meeting within the next week to consider an endorsement revote before the primary is done May 15th. We recognize that the ballots are already out and many have already turned them in. But we are a grassroots party beholden to our participating members. Our decision making process demands accountability from ourselves and what or who we support. It is the source of our strength. We don't have a time or place set yet, but if you are interested in attending to decide if we will revote our endorsements contact me or a board member ASAP and we will tell you as soon as we know.
Ralph Nader had a nice lunch with many of our endorsed candidates. Great picture, Eileen Brady was present but had to go before picture.
Going down our endorsement list for who's up this election:
Patricia Burkett, Multnomah County #3: She has reciprocated our support by joining the Green Party, hyping us up and volunteering whenever she gets a chance. The need to get more involved with county issues and not focus overly on city issues has been identified in discussions.
Cameron Whitten, 1st choice for Mayor: We have set up an online ad campaign for Cameron and his Portland Progressive Plan is now live. Direct from Cameron:
Dear Green Party Members,
We are nearing the fated countdown to the May Primary. We have made history in this race, challenging all candidates to take strong positions on city issues and not to dance around politics. During my campaign, I have advocated for increasing our investment in urban food gardens, protecting West Hayden Island as a wildlife reserve, demanding for the immediate clean-up of Mile 11 in the Harbor Superfund Site, and adopting Nature’s Trust into my platform.
Now that the ballot is in your mailbox, I ask you to use your voice and side with me. We have the chance to make history, and demonstrate that status quo answers to concerns about the environment, such as coal trains passing through our City from the Port of Morrow, are no longer accepted. Together, we will inspire the world, and send a reminder that no matter your age, race, creed, gender, background, or anything else, you are entitled to stand up and represent this society.
I ask you to make these next four years in Portland spectacular. I have dedicated myself to always being open minded, and accessible to the People. All I ask you for, is your vote.
Solidarity, Unity, and Equality,
Eileen Brady, 2nd choice for Mayor: The claim her campaign wishes to make and which prompts members to test and consider. We are concerned with the big checks she is getting:
Eileen Brady has a lifelong commitment to environmental protection and sustainability. And she has the most detailed plan to promote clean energy and protect the environment of any candidate in the race. She unequivocally supports expanding a feed in tariff solar program, and she has a plan for rapidly expanding electric cars in Portland.
Jefferson Smith, 3rd choice for mayor: Your voters pamphlet may say Pacific Green Party, that's us. It just needed to be shortened for space. We are the local chapter of the state party the Pacific Green Party. Jefferson responded very strongly to environmental questions that we've reviewed. Like with Brady we are concerned with the big checks he is receiving.
The trouble with Charlie Hales: Our Secretary of State candidate Seth Woolley has been making the strong case that Hales is ineligible to be a mayoral candidate and owes perhaps a hundred thousand dollars in back taxes, plus penalties. Additionally noting that now Hales has lied about his school credentials. Review the details here.
Tre Arrow mentions his run in 2000 with the Pacific Green Party in the voters pamphlet. To be clear we had our endorsement meeting before he declared his candidacy so he was not considered and is not endorsed.
Teressa Raiford, 1st choice for city council #1: Teressa has a lot of potential, but her campaign has struggled. I wish we could have provided more of the support she needed and we hope she gets it moving forward. Our chapter is a platform, use us.
Amanda Fritz, 2nd choice for city council #1: Also known as the only major city official to always respond personally to every email. Try it. I think she genuinely represents us and not wealthy special interests. Limiting campaign contributions to $50 per person, and not taking any money from corporations or special interests put her ahead of the Occupy curve. Hard-working, principled, and independent is a fair assessment.
Mary Nolan claims to be progressive and environmentalist, but after reviewing and discussing she is in the same category as Steve Novick. They are not progressives or environmentalists, and they are not in opposition to the status quo corporate candidates. So like with Hales they did not get our endorsement.
1st and 2nd choice for city council #4: We desperately want Novick to be pushed to the general election so he can be properly challenged by us and our endorse candidates Mark and Jeri. Between him, Hales, and Nolan we have everything we don't want in City Hall.
Mark White, 1st choice for city council #4: Mark White=Awesome and says to you all:
I'm running for Randy Leonard's seat, but I'm NOT endorsed by Randy Leonard. I'm running to effect true government reform through a fully supported Charter Commission. I'm focused on job creation with emphasis on those typically marginalized with regard to employment.
I'll add that he's in general placed emphasis on empowerment and protection, especially for neglected, marginalized, and vulnerable populations.
Jeri Williams, 2nd choice for city council #4: Jeri has some strong words on a local environmental issue to share:
The biggest issue I currently have is that I am committed to cleaning up the Willamette as much as we possibly can. Our opponent (Steve Novick) is out supporting the cheapest price ticket telling people it doesn't matter- I guess it depends on on who you are , as a Native American grandma my vision is looking out for the next 7 generations ~ it's not a quick fix ~ it is a legacy of stewardship.
And that's it for the candidates for this primary election.
And don't forget for the general election, Greens On Ballot Threatened!!! Register Online, no need to waste paper. Do it by July deadline.
Earth Day was a great success. We had a lot of fun giving out seeds and registering people throughout the day. Several of our endorsed candidates volunteered in the booth and several more stopped by to chat, promote themselves, and attempt to address concerns.
Last meeting was pretty packed (minutes). Towards the end there was a break down in our process in trying to work through concerns of a proposal. Consensus takes work, but is worth the effort. A good participating member follows the spirit of consensus. To increase attendance at our monthly member meetings we have to be positive, or at least respectful, and time efficient.
A great event coming this summer tentatively called Roccupy The Ballot will jump start a new chapter within the Portland area. The 19th of June Pacific Green Chapter has city shaking potential and I'm excited to help them make some noise. We will be taking over a city block in addition to the best salsa club in the city. This gets the community involved and will be a lot of fun. Contact me and I'll tell you more.
Devon Pack represented us with the Single Payer Healthcare coalition of which we are a part. He reports the following:
Stephen Quirke represented us with Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy recently as well. Contact him.
At People's Coop's we are now regularly meeting every 4th Weds instead of every last Weds. See the proposed agenda.