In the election last night, voters made their voice heard in record numbers. Voter turnout was higher than in 2014 and almost as high as the 2012 presidential primary. And voters said it was time for Oregon's elected officials to reflect the full range of talent and lived experience that our state has to offer—women of color in particular.
- The next Portland City Council member will be the first black woman (and woman of color) to ever serve in Portland's history, as Joann Hardesty & Loretta Smith head to the November election.
- Susheela Jayapal will be our next Multnomah County Commissioner, the first South Asian elected official in Oregon.
- Jackie Leung is leading in her race to join the Salem City Council.
- Taylor Tupper won her party’s nomination for HD 56 in Klamath Falls, the first Native American woman to do so.
- And Juan Carlos Gonzalez will join the Metro Council, as the first elected Latino, and youngest councilor in Metro's history.
We are so excited to see these leaders contribute their time and talent in the many ways local government shapes opportunity for all Oregonians.
There were also some hard-fought losses.
- Kayse Jama ran to represent one of our most diverse senate districts in the state.
- Betty Dominguez ran to continue her appointment to Metro Council.
Win or lose, all of these candidates have powerfully disrupted the idea of who is best positioned to lead, and how leadership is defined. We will continue our mission to support people who are deeply committed to community, who understand root causes and offer progressive solutions.