2018 General Election Endorsements
2018 General Election Endorsements
We've made endorsements in State Senate & House District races, as well as for Governor and local County, Metro, and City races and ballot measures. Check out our full list of endorsements below.
OLCV applauds Brown’s deep understanding of environmental issues and her proven record of action, especially in the face of the Trump administration’s widespread attacks on the environment.
Statewide Ballot Measures
Statewide Ballot Measures
- Support Affordable Housing
Vote YES on Measure 102
If passed, Measure 102 would lift the ban on government working with non-profits and local businesses to build affordable housing with general obligation bond funds. This means that bond dollars approved by voters to build affordable housing will go farther because they can leverage other funding sources (like low-income housing tax credits) and be implemented with partners that have the most experience in building, owning and operating affordable housing
- Oppose the Expanded Supermajority Requirement
Vote NO on Measure 104
Currently, only bills that propose a raise in taxes must be approved by a three-fifths legislative majority (AKA a supermajority). If Measure 104 passes, a supermajority vote would be required for bills that propose a fee of any kind. This would make it harder to pass environmental bills that make polluters pay -- such as the Clean Energy Jobs bill.
- Stand United Against Racial Profiling
Vote NO on Measure 105
If passed, Measure 105 would repeal an Oregon law that protects immigrants and refugees from federal immigration laws that enforce unjust treatment and racial profiling. For more on why we oppose Measure 105, check out this op-ed opposing anti-immigrant ballot measures, by our own Executive Director, Doug Moore, and the former Executive Director of the Oregon Sierra Club, Erica Stock.
The Endorsement Process
Any candidate seeking an OLCV endorsement must fill out a comprehensive questionnaire. Following review of the questionnaire, we conduct face-to-face interviews with each candidate. All endorsement recommendations are reviewed and finalized by the OLCV PAC Board of Directors. Learn more
Environmental Voter Guide
Environmental Voter Guide
With the increased interest from voters and candidates, and limited organizational capacity, OLCV for the first time has offered a chance for local candidates running in races where OLCV was NOT able to make an official endorsement decision, to share their environmental priorities through a short voter guide. The candidates listed below and their answers do not indicate an OLCV endorsement, but simply provide voters with local candidates’ answers to two questions:
- What are your top two environmental priorities?
- How will you help lead your city/county/local jurisdiction toward 100% clean energy by 2050?
If you are a local candidate who would like to participate in OLCV’s voter guide, please email OLCV@OLCV.org
- Clackamas, Multnomah, & Washington Counties
- Benton & Marion Counties
- Hood River
- Clatsop, Lane, Lincoln, & Yamhill Counties
Brett M. Sherman, Happy Valley City Council
- My personal focus has been to find creative ways to fund the preservation of greenspaces and wetlands. A secondary focus has been to better understand recycling hurdles in the region.
- As one of five votes on the Council, I can best lead through personal understanding of the potential solutions and proactively communicating to the Council. I must be able to build consensus around the concept to then move the city forward. It is imperative that we look to the future when making our decisions today.
Randy Arthur, Lake Oswego City Council
- 1.Implement and build upon the Lake Oswego Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, with appendix, unanimously adopted by the City Council; to integrate specific sustainability practices and policies in practical context throughout the City’s operations. 2. Utilize Lake Oswego’s Healthy Watersheds Program, and work cooperatively with the Oswego Lake Watershed Council, Lake Oswego Corporation and other community groups to support good habitat for native plant and animal communities and to protect water quality.
- Lake Oswego is currently an EPA “Green Power Community,” due to high renewable energy purchases, which means it collectively uses green power in amounts meeting or exceeding the EPA’s green power community use requirements. I will work with the City’s Management and Sustainability Analyst, the City’s Sustainability Advisory Board and the citizens’ Sustainability Network to transition our community to 100% clean, renewable energy.
Jackie Manz, Lake Oswego City Council
- Implementation Lake Oswego’s approved Climate Action Plan. Continuation of micro AV/EV transit initiatives to relieve congestion and provide both full and last mile transportation options.
- By working with our city’s brain trust and regional partners to create a Clean Energy initiatives and action plans that will will be viable as new, ever cleaner technology comes online. To seek and develop private public partnerships that will advance those initiatives.
Massene Mboup, Lake Oswego City Council
- Sustainable Water Management; Solar Power & Green Energy.
- Alternate Transit; Alternate Energy Credits; Training city workers for green jobs; Tax abatement for green energy businesses to invest in LO.
Elvis Clark, Milwaukie City Council
- (1) Change out of diesel fueled engines (2) Increasing Tree Canopy.
- I support the technical solution now in pilot form, which pulls CO2 from the air and converts it to a pure form of gasoline, substituting for fossil fuels. Bill Gates Pilot project is demonstrating this technical solution is competitive with Solar and wind energy solutions.
Mark Gamba, Milwaukie Mayor
- Climate Change and Keeping pollutants of all types out of our waterways.
- I have been leading an effort for the last several years that is resulting now in a Climate Action plan for the entire city of Milwaukie. Our goals are to be Net Zero Electricity citywide by 2040 and completely carbon neutral from all sources by 2050. The list of actions is long and complex and addresses resiliency along with climate mitigation. We are dramatically increasing our sidewalks and bike paths.
Katharine Hyzy, Milwaukie City Council
- As a member of our Climate Change Action Plan Committee, I helped develop a strong climate change plan for Milwaukie. I’ll support its implementation, and work to expand cleaner, equitable transportation options for Milwaukieans.
- Our Climate Action Plan sets a goal of being a net zero community in electricity use by 2035, and natural gas by 2040. I will advocate for strategic planning to make it happen on time.
Jules Walters, West Linn City Council
- My top two environmental priorities as West Linn City Councilor will be the preservation of green space in our city and to minimize human impact on the rivers that border West Linn, the Tualatin and Willamette. Council can encourage the reuse of existing infrastructure, reduce or eliminate pesticides, use clean-air vehicles, and mitigate runoff.
- I can help West Linn move toward 100% Clean Energy by 2050 by introducing and adopting policies to encourage multi-modal transportation and widespread adoption of electric cars in our community. City government can improve access for home and business owners to clean energy solutions like wind and solar power generation to supplement and eventually replace our dependence on energy produced from fossil fuels.
David Davis, Wilsonville City Council
- I have called Clackamas County home for nearly 30 years. We most move to 100% green renewable energy rapidly. One of the things we must do is greatly expand our public transportation systems and ensure that it uses 100% clean energy. Second is to end the use of fossil fuels across the board and place a heavy carbon tax on any industry or company that does not comply in a timely manner.
- On Wilsonville City Council, I would push to ensure all energy the city pays for comes from renewable sources. Our city must put solar panels on all government buildings. The city should mandate all new development, homes or business structures have solar panels in the design and construction. The city should work closely with the county and state on broader transitions to clean energy.
Charlotte Lehan, Wilsonville City Council
- Reducing use of pesticides in our parks and right of ways, and protecting our pollinators. These are issues that all our cities and counties can have direct impact on because we tend to manage a lot of acreage. We can also lead by example with landscape choices that are appropriate to our local climates and conditions and therefore require less irrigation and fewer inputs generally.
- I certainly support shifting to cleaner fuels for our transit and city vehicles and encouraging more solar energy in general, especially rooftop installations for both residential and business that do not impact prime farmland. I also support work on reducing our overall energy consumption rather than simply shifting it to other sources.
Darren Riordan, Fairview City Council
- Support efforts through groups like SOLVE and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to preserve and enhance the Fairview Creek Watershed and Slough. Complete the Gresham-Fairview bike trail through proposed route in 2016 Fairview Transportation Systems Plan.
- Look to support city infrastructure upgrades that use both clean and renewable energy sources and increase energy efficiencies. Support efforts by Multnomah County to encourage citizens to do the same.
Allen Cox, Gresham Mayor
- Most environmental issues are handled by the state and federal agencies, in Gresham what I see doing the most environmental damage is the homeless. The homeless leave the abundant amount of garbage, human waste and damage to plant life around their camps.
- Around the world a number of countries and companies are working on developing a sustainable nuclear fusion power generation system. The estimate is it will take more than another 30 years but we do know it’s coming. That technology as well as the room temperature superconductor will change the world and virtually make carbon footprint pollution a thing of the past.
Paul D. Drechsler, Gresham City Council
- As Chair of the Planning and Development Commission for the city of Gresham, our goal is to Conserve Resources, Foster beauty, and Seek Efficiency in the use of the land and public facilities. In Gresham we have some beautiful resources. I will work to protect the character of the city by balancing development and the preservation of our trees, water, and natural areas for everyone to enjoy.
- I will work to create more paths, trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes to encourage a multi-modal approach to our transit system, also improving traffic congestion. I will work with Tri-Met on expanding service in Gresham to serve more of the city. We will also continue to make sure our development code encourages people to use the best practices in energy efficient construction.
Kirk French, Gresham City Council
- My top priority is to help our community to continue to significantly reduce negative impacts on our environment. I provide leadership and literally get my ‘hands dirty’ to expand our tree canopy, and drive decisions that positively impact our ground water and waste water treatment plant. I will also continue to create opportunities for the community to be involved in protecting our beautiful city.
- While we have made progress toward our clean energy goals, we have more to do. I will continue to advocate for clean energy through policy leadership, community engagement, and partnership development with organizations that can help us reach our goals. I will continue to work with our community to create active transportation, such as walking and biking, options throughout the city.
Janine Gladfelter, Gresham City Council
- 1. Natural resource preservation and restoration in environmentally sensitive areas protecting wildlife habitat and waterways. 2. Reduce carbon emissions through alternative modes of transportation.
- 1. Create a community-led task force to gather data, research best practices, and make recommendations on natural resource preservation and on reducing our carbon footprint 2. Continue and expand partnerships with organizations to leverage efforts and resources to reach our collective clean energy goals.
Eddy Morales, Gresham City Council
- Reduce carbon & transition to clean energy: And as we do, making sure low-income folks and communities of color have the chance to get the good paying jobs that his transition will create. Transportation: Gresham needs more public transit. I will make sure we prioritize carbon reduction as we add access, including creating incentives for, and access to, alternative transportation options.
- Currently the city of Gresham has no goals related to clean energy or carbon reduction of any kind. So I’ll start by working towards getting the city of Gresham to agree to the goal of 100% Clean Energy by 2050. I believe that we can integrate good environmental stewardship into all our policies and departments and that will be on of my goals as a city councilor.
Amy Thuren, Multnomah County Commissioner
- My top two environmental priorities are forest management and climate change. Jackson County has begun experiencing summers with oppressive, dangerous smoke from megafires. As Commissioner I will lead a group to develop an evidence-based, forest management plan to combat this. I will also introduce a Climate Change Citizen Advisory Committee to help me lead our county in taking action on climate change.
- First, I will champion the Clean Energy Jobs Bill when it is passed by our state legislature, bringing those jobs to Jackson County. Second, I will establish the Climate Change Citizen Advisory Committee as mentioned above. Third, I will push to expand clean energy, eliminate fossil fuel use, and become one of the most energy efficient counties in Oregon.
Solomon Clapshaw, Forest Grove City Council
- Clean Air and Energy.
- In Forest Grove there are people that express interest in a solar power plant based out of Forest Grove. There are currently some issues that they have run into with the current power authority here, but I am sure those problems can be worked out. A solar power plant in Forest Grove would certainly help move towards the goal of 100% renewable energy. Although Oregon does well I believe we can do better.
Devon Downeysmith, Forest Grove City Council
- Expanding access to clean energy in Forest Grove at the residential and City level and helping Forest Grove City and its residents (particularly low-income residents who spend more on their energy bill) access energy-efficiency upgrades that will conserve energy and save them money on their utility bills. I also want to help local farmers access upgrades like drip irrigation and on-site solar.
- As a member of the Renew Oregon staff, I am working to help pass the Clean Energy Jobs bill, which will make renewable energy/energy efficiency more accessible to cities like Forest Grove. As a Forest Grove City Councilor, I will work collaboratively to champion projects that expand clean energy on city buildings and expand clean energy access for local residents.
Ron Thompson, Forest Grove City Council
- Erosion Control and Soils. Soils is the basic science for all environmental priorities.
- Local only and all alternatives be considered. Project must have pay back within 5 years.
Olivia Alcaire, Hillsboro City Council
- Protecting wetlands and parks for community members to enjoy. Transitioning to a policy of no plastic bags when shopping. By pursuing equitable ways we manage waste and composting, ensuring through collaborations to protect our water supplies, applying SMART city strategies to enhance city resources and amenities, and support the development of a walking trail surrounding our city where people can interact with nature.
Eric Muehter, Hillsboro City Council
- First, I will protect the natural beauty of our city. Much of Hillsboro’s beauty and appeal come from our rich landscape, beautiful parks, and historical assets, and I will fight to protect those resources. Second, I will ensure that a proactive conservationist approach is part of every decision. I will guide City Council to fully consider the environmental impact in decisions of infrastructure and annexation.
- Hillsboro has long been committed to clean energy, and we are home to the largest solar panel manufacturer in the country. Many city buildings are equipped with solar panels and electric vehicle chargers, providing a positive example to our community, and can can do more. I will encourage the city to work with Energy Trust of Oregon and others to encourage renewable energy and energy conservation initiatives.
Beach Pace, Hillsboro City Council
- I believe Hillsboro should focus on environmental impact on a mass scale via transportation conversion. I will work locally & regionally to convert the city, HSD & TriMet’s fleets to go all electric. I believe with city planning & infrastructure we can reduce our environmental impact from the beginning. I would Incentivise green/white rooftops on new construction & add charging stations at schools & businesses.
- Informed leadership. I will work to further educate myself on the environmental issues we are facing & the steps we can take as a collective whole to achieve marked improvement on environmental impact & use of Clean Energy. We should implement the use of green fuels not only for transportation but for homes, businesses & schools. I will recommend a PR campaign educating Hillsboro residents on Clean Energy.
William ‘Bill’ Banash, Tigard City Council
- My top two environmental priorities are 1: Continue to protect and improve the Tualatin watershed through prevention of farm waste run off and pollution. Fix broken storm sewers and waste systems as well as implement local volunteer clean up celebrations. 2: Focus city efforts in switching to renewables, encouraging Tigard citizens do the same through both education events and governmental financial incentives.
- I will help lead our city towards 100% renewables by demonstrating the power of dialogue and rationale. I have seen wonderful environmental ideas take flight when those who speak for their citizens, amplify their voices continually and with conviction. I plan to push for an even faster goal date for 100% renewables because our planet literally depends on it.
Marland Henderson, Tigard Mayor
- Renewable energy and carbon footprint.
- Coming from the world of construction and development it is my constant goal to develop environments that minimize our carbon footprint. This can be accomplished by creating communities that we live, work and play within a 2.5 mile radius that practices renewable energies and conservation.
Bret A. Lieuallen, Tigard City Council
- Clean water and forest preservation.
- I support the purchase of electric vehicles for all city vehicles, as well as designing a new City Hall Complex that utilizes natural light and solar panels/energy.
A. Miranda, Tigard City Council
- I am most interested in keeping our watersheds as pristine as possible. On a more regional level I am keen on seeing the lower Snake River dams removed to promote the return of endangered salmon.
- Advocating for the transition to more electric vehicles as fleets turnover. Supporting the transition of administrative agencies divestment from fossil fuels and adopting Clean Energy polices. Develop incentives for new development and redevelopment to implement efficient, sustainable use of water and electricity. Encourage education and outreach programs to invigorate community interest in meeting this goal.
Jason B. Snider, Tigard Mayor
- #1 Clean and safe water. #2 Clean and safe air.
- By continuing to support and pushing to effectively implement actions that will get the Tigard community to meet the already bold clean energy goals established by the State of Oregon and Metro.