2022 Voters Guide

Posted By: Jonathan Clay Central Oregon, Mid-Willamette Valley, Portland/SW Washington, SWV News,

The 2022 Mid-Term Election will be Tuesday, November 8th. Ballots will be delivered shortly, and Multifamily NW is excited to offer our members guidance once again for the upcoming general election. In this election the stakes are very high for our industry. Multifamily NW narrowed the Voters Guide focus to give recommendations around elections in the Oregon Legislature including various city and county races.

Candidate endorsement decisions are made by our government affairs committee, which consider a variety of factor including: Previous elections results, past voting history, ranking in the legislature, competitive race criteria, loyalty to rental housing interests, cultivating relationships with key legislators, and commitment to bringing Multifamily NW into conversations that affect our industry.

Oregon State Voter Resources

Download official Oregon Voter’s Pamphlets by county https://sos.oregon.gov/elections/Pages/Voters-Pamphlet.aspx

Locate ballot drop boxes https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/drop-box-locator.aspx

Not sure who your legislators are? https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html

Oregon Governor Race

Oregon’s gubernatorial race is attracting national attention with three viable candidates (a Democratic nominee, a Republican nominee and an unaffiliated candidate) whose election math could likely select our next Governor with just 35% of the vote. After lengthy discussions by the Multifamily NW Board of Directors and government affairs committee, to the association has formally endorsed Christine Drazan for our next Governor.

Oregon Governor                                  Christine Drazan
(Multifamily NW Endorsement)

Portland Metro Area

There is only one Portland City Council race on the November ballot. After a runoff in the May Primary, Incumbent City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is running against Rene Gonzalez. Multifamily NW has endorsed Rene Gonzalez. For other local races in the Portland area, we support Sharon Meieran for Multnomah County Chair and for Metro Council President we support Lynn Peterson. For legislative races the Association backs current Rep. Suzanne Weber in her race to join the Senate, representing District 16. For District 20 we support Sen. Kennemer’s reelection. Rep. Janelle Bynum has our vote for House District 51 in Clackamas County, as does Nathan Sosa for House District 30. In the House, new candidates Jeff Helfrich for District 52 surrounding Mt. Hood and Brian Stout for District 31 in Columbia County could help equalize the balance of power in that chamber.

Portland City Council Position #3 Rene Gonzalez
(Multifamily NW Endorsement)
Multnomah County Chair Commissioner Sharon Meieran
Metro Council President Council President Lynn Peterson
House District 30 - Washington County Rep. Nathan Sosa
House District 31 - Columbia County Brian Stout
House Distirct 51 - Clackamas County Rep. Janelle Bynum
House District 52 - Clackamas & Hood River Counties Jeff Helfrich
Senate District 16 - Columbia & Clatsop Counties Rep. Suzanne Weber
Senate District 20 - Clackamas County Sen. Bill Kennemer

Mid-Willamette Valley Area

Current legislators running for reelection around the greater Salem area have been supportive of rental housing providers: Senator Kim Thatcher in District 13 and Representative Raquel Moore-Green in House District 19. Multifamily NW also supports candidate Tracy Cramer running for House District 22.

House District 19 - Marion County Rep. Raquel Moore-Green
House District 22 - Marion County Tracy Cramer
Senate District 13 - Parts of Washington, Yamhill,
Clackamas and Marion Counties
Sen. Kim Thatcher

Southern Willamette Valley Area

Representative Shelly Boshart Davis represents the Albany area and serves as House Republican Assistant Leader.

House District 15 - Benton & Linn Counties Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis

Oregon Coast

Up on the north coast in District 32, Dr. Cyrus Javadi has our vote, as does Rep. Boomer Wright on the south Coast in House District 9.

House District 9 - Lane & Coos Counties Rep. Boomer Wright
House District 32 - Clatsop & Tillamook Counties Dr. Cyrus Javadi

Southern Oregon

Senate District 3 is a pivotal race to achieve a better balance in the Oregon Senate. The Association supports candidate Randy Sparacino running against incumbent Sen. Jeff Golden. Randy is both the former police chief and mayor of Medford. Running for reelection Rep. Lily Morgan of Grants Pass has served well on the House Housing Committee and Rep. Kim Wallan from House District 6 is the current Deputy House Republican Leader.

House District 3 - Grants Pass Rep. Lily Morgan
House District 6 - Medford Rep. Kim Wallan
Senate District 3 - Medford, Ashland Randy Sparacino

East of the Cascades

In Central Oregon there are several excellent candidates to consider for elected office. We are thrilled for Multifamily NW member Erlin Taylor of Illume Property Management who is running for Bend City Council. Running for reelection in Central Oregon is Rep. Jason Kropf of District 54 and current House Republican Leader Vikki Breese Iverson of House District 55. Further East we support Rep. Greg Smith in House District 57, and in District 60 Rep. Mark Owens.

Bend City Council, Position 4

Erlin Taylor
(Multifamily NW Endorsement)

House District 54 - Bend Rep. Jason Kropf
House District 55 - Crook, Deschutes,
Lake & Klamath Counties
Rep. Vikki Breese Iverson
House District 57 - Umatilla, Morrow,
Gilliam, Sherman & Wasco Counties
Rep. Greg Smith
House District 60 - Baker, Grant,
Harney, Halheur & Lake Counties
Rep. Mark Owens