Primary Vote: Mike Schmidt is the Best Choice for Multnomah County District Attorney

Mike Schmidt for DA

Portland has been through a lot in the last four years, from the pandemic to a nationwide spike in crime to the racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd. For many in Multnomah County, the race for District Attorney is an emotional one because we care deeply about public safety in our community. We believe it will also be one of the most consequential. 

Mike Schmidt has skillfully navigated an extremely challenging period in Portland. He has been out in the community listening and instituting changes that have made a positive and substantial impact. The Multnomah County Democrats do not officially endorse candidates, but our bylaws allow us to support Democrats who have no Democratic opponent. As such, we want to make it absolutely clear that we support the re-election of Mike Schmidt for DA for the following reasons:

  • Mike Schmidt is the only candidate in the race for District Attorney who reflects our Democratic values. He believes deeply in criminal justice reform, protecting abortion access, safety for the LGBTQ+ community and dignity for our immigrant neighbors. 
  • His opponent was a Republican until 2017 when he switched to the Independent Party. His opponent also rarely votes in elections and is supported by big business donors who have historically backed Republican candidates.  
  • Mike worked with the legislature to stop the public use of drugs. He has also worked to secure funds to build a 24-hour drop-off center that provides treatment and addiction services.  
  • Mike helped to disrupt the stolen catalytic converter market by partnering with legislators to change the law to make it difficult to sell them. As a result, catalytic converter thefts were down 89% in 2023.
  • Mike partnered with police to launch an auto theft task force, reducing auto theft in 2023 by 26%. 
  • Mike tackled retail theft by working with lawmakers to change the law so it’s easier to build strong cases against crime rings across jurisdictions. 
  • Mike is endorsed by leading elected officials and organizations who share our values including Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, State Rep. Khanh Pham, former Governor Barbara Roberts, State Rep. Rob Nosse, State Rep. Tawna Sanchez, State Rep. Andrea Valderrama, State Rep. Lisa Reynolds, State Rep. Zach Hudson, State Rep. Mark Gamba, State Senator Michael Dembrow, State Senator Lew Frederick, Democratic Party of Oregon Chair Rosa Colquitt, Basic Rights PAC, Portland Association of Teachers, APANO, Moms Demand Action and Portland for All.

Crime is down but prosecutions are up, and there is still progress to be made. Mike Schmidt has taken meaningful action on a host of unprecedented public safety crises that began during the pandemic. In the words of Rep. Rob Nosse: “We all want less crime. We all want things to get better faster. But even though things aren’t where we want them to be, let’s not pretend that Mike’s work has not helped make Portland safer.”

Mike believes in a justice system that is responsible to all, not just the rich and the powerful. In the Primary Election there are only two candidates for District Attorney. Whoever wins on May 21 will be the next Multnomah County DA. We hope you will join us in supporting Mike Schmidt.

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