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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Open and Accountable Elections Commission


Staff Liaison: Anna Pycior, Deputy Director,

Application: Click for instant download of the Word document Please email if you have any trouble with the format. Read below for more details and instructions.

 Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

The Open and Accountable Elections ordinance created the Commission to assist in the implementation of the law, evaluate how the program is working compared with its goals, and make recommendations to the City Council to improve the program and ensure that the numbers in the Code (e.g. spending caps, contribution limits, qualifying requirements) are updated to align with the ever-changing local campaign finance climate.


The City Council passed the Open and Accountable Elections ordinance in December 2016. Its purpose is to address the real or perceived influence of money in political elections for the City of Portland, to amplify the voices of small dollar contributors during elections, encourage citywide campaigning, and to allow candidates with modest means and from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to run for office effectively. It seeks to bring balance to the financial aspects of City candidate campaigns by providing qualified candidates matching funds for small donations collected from Portlanders during campaign fundraising.

Member Responsibilities and Expectations:

1.  Serve as a conduit for providing meaningful community engagement through the Open and Accountable Elections process.  The Commission will reflect and consider the diverse communities in Portland.

2. Provide assistance to the Director and Council in the development and implementation of the Open and Accountable Elections Fund.  The Commission may make recommendations to the Director regarding administrative rules necessary for the effective administration of the Code.

3.  Make recommendations on adjustments to matching ratios, adjustments to contribution limits and other regulations to improve operation of public campaign finance.

4.  At the request of the Director, advise the Director on administrative judgments, recommended policy changes, administrative rule development, and operation of the Open and Accountable Elections Fund.

5.  Recommend to the Director for appointment hearings officers to review cases and make determinations related to penalties, de-certifications, and revocation of public funds.

6.  Adopt such operating policies and procedures as necessary to carry out its duties.

7.  Prepare and submit to the Council a biennial report containing an overview and evaluation of the Open and Accountable Elections Fund during the previous election period.

8. Commission members are appointed by Council and serve 4-year terms, except that the initial appointees may serve more or less time, as specified in the appointment report. Upon expiration.

9.  The Commission meets at least four times per year and may meet more often as necessary to conduct its business. Meetings are conducted in accordance with rules of procedure adopted by the Commission. Four members constitutes a quorum. A quorum is necessary to make decisions that represent the position of the Commission and to conduct any other Commission responsibilities. The election of officers takes place at the first meeting of each calendar year.

10.  Members of the Commission are expected to attend each meeting of the Commission. Council may replace any member who accrues absences from three or more consecutive meetings or more than 50 percent of the meetings in any year. Commission members serve without compensation.


To be eligible for the Open and Accountable Elections Commission, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: 9

Number of seats available: 1

Desired Attributes

  • You believe in the value of public participation in government process
  • You are an advocate for equity of all kinds
  • You are available to attend all (or nearly all) meetings and participate in the discussions

Terms & Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at City Hall
  • Members will serve a term of 2 or 4 years.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as few as 48 hours in advance.

Public Official Conflict of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. If potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members are subject to education or monetary sanctions from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body and may not impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest by the nature of having interest in the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-5292.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and uses provided demographic information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. The City will treat this information as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. Questions about this may be sent to

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau at

Applications are due on the 30th of April, 2019. To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-5292.