Local 189 Endorses two Council Positions and Mayor

During the March 10th, 2020 General Membership Meeting , the Executive Board and Members had the opportunity to meet with most of the Candidates for the four  positions on Portland's City Council.  After meeting with the Candidates, members at the meeting decided on which positions Local 189 would endorse.

Below is the list of Endorsements for Portland City Council:

AFSCME Local 189 Endorses Carmen Rubio for Portland City Commissioner (Position 1). Carmen was Born and raised in Hillsboro and is the granddaughter of migrant workers. Carmen worked for Mayor Tom Potter and City Commissioner Nick Fish. She served as a policy advisor and worked to engaged Portlanders on issues, along with the executive director for the Latino Network.  She will be the first Latina on the Portland City Council.

 AFSCME Local 189 Endorses Julia DeGraw for Portland City Commissioner (Position 2). Julia has years of experience winning real protections for our environment and building coalitions for good, clean jobs to better all Portlanders. Julia also fought for Oregonians against Nestle and Monsanto’s toxic agricultural practices. With these skills and experiences, Julia will use them to become successful as a Portland City Commissioner.

 AFSCME Local 189 Endorses Ted Wheeler for Portland City Mayor. Ted has been an ally for Labor Unions during his first term and will continue through his second. Ted has also More than doubled Portland’s shelter capacity and focused on creating a robust system of transitional housing as well as helped thousands of Portlanders from becoming homeless. Ted has also built over 800 new affordable homes. Increased funding for the Portland Police Bureau’s Behavioral Health Unit and Service Coordination Team to better address the needs of those in crisis on our street as well as many other issues that face our city today. Ted has also invested in technology advancements that could help solve city issues and improve the environment for Portlanders.