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The City of Portland, Oregon

Open and Accountable Elections

Phone: 503-823-4345

Announcing 2019 Appointments

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2019

Contact: Anna Pycior, anna.pycior@portlandoregon.gov, 914-330-1103

Portland City Council Appoints Members of New Open and Accountable Elections Commission

Portland – Today, Portland City Council voted unanimously to appoint nine Portlanders to serve on the Open and Accountable Elections Commission, established as a component of the City’s Open and Accountable Elections Program of public campaign financing for City elections that was adopted in 2016. The Commission will hold public meetings to take community input and will advise program staff and the City Council as the City implements the new small donor campaign finance matching program for the 2020 election cycle.

The Open and Accountable Elections Commissioners are Serin Bussell, Courtney Helstein, Daniel Lewkow, Ricardo Lujan-Valerio, Amy Ruiz, Tom Simpson, Norman Turrill, Amy Sample Ward, and Cindy Yang.  Their biographies are available online here: http://bit.ly/OAEbios

Open and Accountable Elections is a small donor public campaign finance program, providing a six-to-one match for up to the first $50 donated to a qualified candidate by a Portland resident when all program rules are met.  The program supports the campaigns of candidates who connect with a broad base of voters, rather than relying on fundraising in large donations from a few wealthy individuals and businesses. Candidates may opt into the program, once qualifying standards and specified limitations and restrictions are met.  The program will be available for candidates for Mayor and for Commissioner seats 1 and 4 in 2020.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz has championed the Open and Accountable Elections program, along with over 30 community organizations including representatives from A Voice for All Portlanders Coalition and Commissioners Chloe Eudaly and Jo Ann Hardesty.  “I am thrilled with the commitment and expertise each Commissioner brings to the program,” she said.  “This oversight body is a crucial component of the successful implementation of the new program, and I am grateful to our wonderful community volunteers for their service.”     

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