Marcia Schneider

What’s on your May 2021 ballot?

Ballots are mailed to voters April 28th. 

Your Ballot is due in Ballot Boxes May 18 at 8pm sharp. Or in the mail by May 11th. 

Below are all the Democrats running for local election in this special election. To look up voter statements for local Democratic candidates, consult the MultDems Voter HUB

Multnomah County Elections website includes drop box locations,  assistance for voters, tracking your ballot, multilingual instructions.  https://multco.us/elections 

School Board members volunteer their time and energy to serve our community. An effective school board plays an important watchdog role in keeping districts on track and setting policies that affect students and staff. The school board sets the vision and goals for the school district, and holds the district accountable for results. They hire and evaluate the superintendent, adopt and oversee the annual budget, manage the collective bargaining process for employees, approve the school calendar, adopt curriculum, oversee construction, and more. 

We support Democrats running in these community elections. Democrats know that high-quality, safe, well-funded, equitable public education for all students not only enriches our personal lives but strengthens our economy and is critical to a well-functioning democracy. We support a racially, ethnically, linguistically,  culturally diverse workforce to meet student needs, and support union representation for teachers and other staff. See our full party platform multdems.org/platform 

You’ll find even more information about each  candidate in their voter pamphlet statements, on  their websites and on the Multnomah Democrats  website. https://multdems.org/

This candidate list is county-wide. Your ballot will include only the at-large and zone races specific to your address. 

K-12 School Boards 

Our schools prepare students for life—for college, for work, for living within a family and within a community, and for participating effectively in the democratic process. * (A/B) AFTER A NAME, IT MEANS TWO DEMOCRATS  ARE RUNNING FOR THE SAME POSITION. 

CENTENNIAL SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Position 1 Zone 1 David Linn 

Position 5 Zone 3 Claudia Andrews 

Position 6 At-Large Erica Fuller 

Position 7 At-Large Heath Curry 

CORBETT SCHOOL DISTRICT  

Position 2 Vanessa Lyon 

Position 3 Michelle Vo 

Position 4 Leah Fredericks 

DAVID DOUGLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT  

Position 2 Stephanie D Stephens

Position 3

Hoa Nguyen (A)

Deian Salazar (B) 

Position 6 Andrea Valderrama 

GRESHAM-BARLOW SCHOOL DISTRICT 

Position 1 Zone 1 Robyn Stowers

Position 4 At-Large

Carla C Piluso (A)

Julie Frediani (B) 

Position 5 Zone 4 Jasia Mosley 

Position 6 At-Large Mayra L Gómez *

PARKROSE SCHOOL DISTRICT  

Position 1 Joshua Singleton

Position 4 Sonja Mckenzie 

Position 5 Elizabeth Durant  

PORTLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT  

Zone 4

Brooklyn Sherman (A) 

Herman Greene (B) 

Zone 5 Gary Hollands 

Zone 6

Matthew (Max) Margolis (A) 

Julia Brim-Edwards (B) 

REYNOLDS SCHOOL DISTRICT  

Position 1

Aaron Muñoz (A) 

Charles Crowder (B) 

Position 2 Matt Richardson

Position 3 Michael Reyes 

Position 4 Cayle Tern 

CORBETT SCHOOL DISTRICT  

Position 1 Jeff Dominitz

Position 5

Kevin McPherson (A)

Allison Williams (B) 

Community College Boards 

Community colleges serve everyone though  multiple missions — critical workforce  development and retraining, preparing  students for their next steps in higher  education, and community enrichment. 

MT HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE 

Zone 1 Diane McKeel 

Zone 4 Annette L Mattson 

PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE 

* (A/B) after a name, it means two democrats  are running for the same position. 

Zone 1 Laurie J Cremona Wagner  

Zone 4 Jim Harper 

Zone 5 Dan Saltzman 

Zone 6 Mohamed Alyajouri  Reiko

Zone 7 

Mia Williams (A) 

Kristi Wilson (B) 

MESD 

Multnomah Education Service District is a  regional cooperative providing programs and  services to school districts all over Multnomah  County including:  School Health Services, Special Education,  Alternative Education, Technology, Outdoor  School and School Improvement.  

Position 1 Zone 5 Susie Jones  

Position 2 At-Large Helen Ying 

Position 3 Zone 2 Mary Botkin  

Position 4 Zone 4 Jessica Arzate 

Build Back Better

The White House Briefing Room 

This is the moment to reimagine and rebuild a new economy. The American Jobs  Plan is an investment in America that will create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China. The plan prioritizes addressing persistent racial injustice and invests in rural communities and communities impacted by the transition to clean energy. The American Jobs Plan will invest in America in a way we have not invested since we built the interstate highways and won the Space Race. 

Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan is widely popular 60% of US voters said they support the White House’s American Jobs Plan, including 84% of Democrats, 51% of independents and 35% of Republicans.  —Morning Consult / Politico April 2-4 2021 

We will

Modernize highways, rebuild bridges, upgrade ports, airports and transit systems. 

Create good jobs electrifying vehicles. 

Deliver clean drinking water, a renewed electric grid, and high-speed broadband to all Americans.  

Solidify the infrastructure of our care economy by creating jobs and raising wages and benefits for essential home care workers. 

Revitalize manufacturing, secure U.S. supply chains, invest in R&D, and training. 

Create good-quality jobs that pay prevailing wages in safe and healthy workplaces, ensuring  workers are free to organize, join a union, and bargain collectively with their employers.

Make our infrastructure more resilient: Safeguard critical infrastructure and services, and defend vulnerable communities.  

Produce, preserve, and retrofit more than a million affordable, resilient, accessible, energy efficient, and electrified homes. 

Modernize our nation’s schools and early learning facilities. 

Establish the United States as a leader in climate science, innovation, and R&D. Partner with rural and Tribal communities to create jobs and economic growth across America. 

So much more at www.Whitehouse.gov 

Corporations will do their fair share. 

Senator Ron Wyden, chair of the Senate Finance  committee, along with colleagues progressive Sen Sherrod Brown and centrist Mark Warner are  putting together the pay-for of this landmark jobs  plan. Built to attract widespread Senate support,  the plan will tax offshore income more aggressively  and offer new targeted benefits for companies that  invest in research and production here at home. 

We’re asking American Corporations to pay their  fair share. President Joe Biden reminds us, “You have 51 or 52 corporations of the Fortune 500  that haven’t paid a single penny in taxes for three  years,” he said. “Come on, man. Let’s get real.” 

www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/business/raising-taxes-corpor ations.html 

Democrats Deliver

What’s in the American Rescue Plan for you and your family 

Here’s some of the tools to help us to recover our health, our schools and our economy: 

COVID Vaccinations — we’re over 200 million  doses already

The ARP invests about $160 billion to manufacture and provide the vaccines, supplies, testing, and public health workforce to stop the spread of  COVID-19 while distributing vaccines as quickly as possible to states, counties, pharmacies,  community health centers and mobile vaccinators as we continue to address racial disparities in  COVID-19 outcomes. As of April 19 — all Oregonians 16+ will be eligible to receive a vaccine. Find an  appointment https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/ 

Safely re-open schools

Provide $130 billion to help schools serve all students, no matter where they are learning, to safely open schools and keep them open. 

These investments include set-asides at the local and state level to ensure states and districts address the learning loss and social and emotional needs of students disproportionately impacted by  COVID-19, including students of color, English learners, and students with disabilities.  

Immediate relief to American families. Direct payment of a $1,400 per-person, bringing  total per-person relief payment from this and the  December down payment to $2,000. 

Extend current unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility to September 6, with a $300 per week supplement so 18 million American workers can pay their bills. Also the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits received in 2020 will be tax-free. 

Help Americans stay in their homes. The pandemic has left 1 in 5 renters and millions of homeowners behind. Through states and local governments, ARP provides emergency rental assistance to cover back rent. And funds to help struggling homeowners catch up with their mortgage payments and utility costs through the  Homeowners Assistance Fund. And, it provides additional funding for families and individuals who are recovering from or at risk of homelessness. Oregon will be distributing funds at www.oregon.gov/ohcs/. Multnomah County residents will be able to access through calling 211. 

Keep food on the table

The American Rescue Plan will increase SNAP  nutrition assistance benefits by 15 percent  through September 2021. It increases Seniors’  and Women and Children’s assistance. Protects  food worker safety and support for farmers of  color. The bill also funds partnerships with  restaurants to feed American families and keep  workers in the restaurant industry on the job.  

Cut childhood poverty by half

Increase the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for a child under age 6). This means a typical family of four with two young children will receive an additional  $3,200 in assistance to help cover costs associated with raising children. The families of more than 66 million kids will benefit beginning this summer, with advance payments arriving as a monthly check. If you’re welcoming a new baby this year — look for the new IRS portal soon that allows you to receive your full benefit. 

Protect our Health Care

Lower or eliminate health insurance premiums for millions of lower and middle-income families enrolled in health insurance marketplaces. A family of four making $90,000 could see their monthly premium come down by $200 per month. The plan also subsidizes premiums for continuation health coverage (COBRA) for workers who had insurance through their jobs. 

Support resurgence of Small Business. Since the beginning of this pandemic, 400,000  small businesses have closed and millions more are hanging by a thread. ARP provides emergency grants, lending, and investment to hard-hit small businesses so they can rehire and retain workers and purchase the health and sanitation equipment they need to keep workers safe. This includes a  Small Business Opportunity Fund to provide growth capital to Main Street small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas, including minority-owned businesses. And extending the  Employee Retention Credit for small businesses  through December 2021 

Provide $28 billion for a new grant program  to support hard-hit small restaurants and  other food and drinking establishments. Grants can be used for payroll costs, mortgage,  rent, utilities, new outdoor seating construction,  PPE and cleaning materials, inventory, paid sick  leave, etc This could be a lifeline for many of our  friends and neighbors. Find the details for this RRF  Grant and other SBA support www.sba.gov.  Special thanks to Congressman Earl Blumenauer  for championing this program. 

Sustaining our Arts Community

Grants for live venue operators, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theatre operators, and talent representatives that are struggling. See Shuttered Venues at  www.sba.gov 

Distribute more than $360 billion in emergency  funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal  governments to ensure that they are in a position  to keep public workers on the job and paid,  while also effectively distributing the vaccine,  scaling testing, reopening schools, and maintaining  other vital services. And help hard-hit public  transit agencies avoid layoffs and service  reductions, which disproportionately harm  workers who are more likely to be dependent on  public transportation.  

Keeping Fire, Police, front-line workers  on the job

American Rescue Plan Benefits Oregon 

• $2.758 billion in state fiscal relief 

• $1.5 billion in local fiscal relief 

• More than $1.1 billion in relief for K-12 schools 

• Economic impact payments of up to $1,400 per person (above the $600 per person provided in   December) for more than 2.7 million adults and   971,000 children. This is 86% of all adults in the state and 86% of all children in the state. 

• Additional relief of up to $1,600 per child through the Child Tax Credit to the families of 779,000 children, lifting 40,000 children out of poverty 

• Additional relief of up to nearly $1,000 through the Earned Income Tax Credit to 264,000 childless workers, including many in front-line jobs 

• Marketplace health insurance premiums that are $1325 lower per month for a 60-year old couple earning $75,000 per year 

Visit the White House website for more information https://www.whitehouse.gov/american-rescue-plan/ 

Thanks to our members of Congress for their advocacy and updates. 

Rep Earl Blumenauer, 

Rep Suzanne Bonamici, 

Sen Ron Wyden 

Sen Jeff Merkley 

Protecting Our Voting Rights

A record 159 million Americans turned out to vote  in 2020. We should celebrate! Instead, 43 states are  in the process of enacting over 250 voter restriction bills that will make it harder for young, elderly, and  voters of color to make their voices heard. Georgia  was only the first. It’s up to Congress now to pass  the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Act to protect every Americans’ right to vote. 

For the People

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has teamed up with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Senate  Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY)  introducing S.1., the For the People Act—  comprehensive reforms that would end special-interest corruption of our politics and make government work for the people.  

The landmark legislation—companion legislation  to H.R. 1, which was passed by the U.S. House of  Representatives on March 3—aims to restore the  promise of American democracy by guaranteeing  every American citizen full access to the ballot by  addressing voter intimidation and suppression,  which are among the biggest examples of systemic  racism in America; ending the corrupting power of  dark money in our campaigns; and putting an end  to gerrymandering. In addition, it strengthens  ethics laws to ensure that public servants work for  the public interest. 

“Every American—regardless of the color of their  skin, where they live, or how much money they  have—deserves a seat at the table and an equal  voice in their government,” said Merkley. “If you really believe in the vision of our republic, you believe in voter empowerment and not voter suppression.” 

The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act. Originally called the Voting Rights Advancement  Act was renamed for the late civil rights icon and  congressman following his death, looks to restore  the preclearance formula to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The VRA is widely regarded as the single  most effective piece of civil rights legislation in  our nation’s history. As recently as 2006 it won  reauthorization with overwhelming bipartisan  support. The law allowed federal officials and  courts to block discriminatory changes in voting  rules in states with a history of voting rights  violations. It blocked 86 attempts to subvert  

voting rights between 1998 and 2013 from  becoming law. Until the Supreme Court stuck it  down in 2013 as no longer needed. We’re now  seeing the assault on voting rights to disenfranchise voters, just as lawmakers did before the original  Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. 

Corporate America begins to take a stand. They’ve done this before in 2006; helping to push  reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act. Pressure is  mounting on leading companies in Texas, Arizona  and other states, particularly after Major League  Baseball’s decision to move the 2021 All-Star Game  out of Atlanta. A joint statement from executives at  nearly 200 companies, including HP, Microsoft,  PayPal, Target, Twitter, Uber took aim at state  legislation “threatening to make voting more  difficult” and said “elections are not improved”  when lawmakers impose new barriers to voting.  As customers and employees, we can certainly  encourage this kind of action. More info at  CivicAlliance.com. 

You can make a difference, stay engaged and  support democracy. 

Make calls, write Letters to the Editor, share the  message. These and many other organizations are  working now to protect the vote, pass For The  People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act,  and fix the filibuster. 

Common Cause www.commoncause.org 

Indivisible indivisible.org/campaigns 

Center for Common Ground  

www.centerforcommonground.org/take-action Fair Fight Action www.fairfight.com 

Black Voters Matter blackvotersmatterfund.org Voting Rights Alliance www.votingrightsalliance.org