PAT PAC Endorsements for May 2022 Primary

The PAT Political Action Committee is proud to announce our endorsement of the following candidates:

 

CITY COUNCIL POSITION 2: AJ MCCREARY

AJ is an organizer, parent, and PPS graduate. She most recently hails as the director of the Equitable Giving Circle, a reparations organization. She is a community organizer, most notable for coordinating mutual aid during the pandemic. AJ’s core values and priorities are social justice, climate justice, housing justice and economic development with an equity lens.

 

 

CITY COUNCIL POSITION 3: JO ANN HARDESTY

In her first term on Portland City Council, Jo Ann Hardesty has been a fierce advocate for programs that improve the lives of Portland residents, including PAT members and PPS families. She has taken the lead on programs like the Portland Street Response, and on improving transportation with a focus on underserved areas like East Portland.

 

 

METRO PRESIDENT: LYNN PETERSON

Metro President Lynn Peterson is deeply committed to solving big problems in the metro area, and is especially focused on houselessness and waste management. In her first term she proved that she thinks big, and she gets big things done. She has worked collaboratively in the past with PAT and with a wide variety of community organizations, to ensure that as many voices as possible were heard. Lynn is steadfast in her values, which align with ours around equity, public education, and the importance of unions. 


 

MULTNOMAH COUNTY CHAIR: JESSICA VEGA PEDERSON

There are several highly qualified candidates in the race for Multnomah County Chair, including incumbent County Commissioners Sharon Meieran and Lori Stegmann, who have been solid allies to educators. However, Commissioner Jessica Vega Peterson stood out, in large part because of her work on making the Preschool for All program a reality. She is a strong voice for public education, housing, and a just economic recovery from the covid pandemic, and is ready to partner with educators to improve services to all children.

 

 

MULTNOMAH COUNTY POSITION 2: SUSHEELA JAYAPAL

In her first term on the Multnomah County Commission, Susheela Jayapal has helped secure funding to help the homeless population in both the long and short term, and has worked to reduce pollution. Moving forward, she is committed to shoring up the wraparound services that the County provides to Portland Public Schools, ensuring an equitable recovery from the pandemic, and of course continuing to work towards ending homelessness in Multnomah County.

 

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 28: DACIA GRAYBER

Dacia Grayber is a firefighter, union member, and PPS parent. Dacia comes from a family of teachers and union supporters, and has repeatedly demonstrated her impeccable union values. In her first term in the Oregon legislature, she has been a strong advocate for working people, and we look forward to continuing that work with her.

 

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 33: MAXINE DEXTER

Maxine Dexter is a Pulmonary and Critical Care doctor, a first-generation college graduate, and a PPS parent. Having grown up lacking resources, she attributes her own success to her public school teachers, and to a union job which allowed her to fund her own education. In Salem, she is a powerful advocate for public health and affordable health care, revenue reform to fully fund public services, and labor rights. 

 

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 41: KALIKO CASTILLE

Kaliko Castille was born and raised in Milwaukie and is a new dad who wants to make sure he leaves the world a better place for his child. In his business career he has focused on ensuring equity for people of color. With his deep roots in his district and his strong progressive values, he will provide a valuable perspective in Salem.

 

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 43: TAWNA SANCHEZ

Representative Tawna Sanchez is a lifelong advocate for her community, and her commitment to public education makes her an asset in the Oregon House. She is a champion for Indiginous families as a co-founder of Native American Youth and Family Services (NAYA), and has proven her dedication to young people by serving as a foster parent to more than 18 children. She will continue to work tirelessly to make sure our underserved students’ perspectives are heard in Salem.

 

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 44: TRAVIS NELSON

There are two very strong candidates in this race, and North Portland will be lucky to be represented by either of them. That said, Travis Nelson, a leader in the Oregon Nurses Association, stands out for his strong union values. In his first term in office, he has already shown his support for Portland teachers: He was a leader in the effort to push back against the district’s proposed staffing cuts by helping to collect signatures from his fellow members of the BIPOC caucus. We look forward to continuing to work with Rep Nelson on this and other issues.

 

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 45: THUY TRAN

This is another race with two excellent candidates, but optometrist Thuy Tran has earned our endorsement. A former member of the Parkrose School Board, she has an excellent grasp of the current issues in education. We expect her to be an effective advocate in Salem for educators, as well as for the diverse community of Northeast Portland.

 

 

HOUSE DISTRICT 46: KHANH PHAM

As a long-time community advocate, Khanh Pham believes that the best policy work is accomplished with input from our communities. She is a working mom, a PPS parent, and a relentless advocate for the diverse communities of the Jade District. In Salem, she is a leader in Oregon's transition to a renewable economy, and will fight for the revenue reform we need to build a more just society.

 

 

 

SENATE DISTRICT 17: ELIZABETH STEINER HAYWARD

As a practicing family medicine physician, Sen Steiner Hayward has long been committed to improving access to affordable healthcare. She sees how issues like healthcare, education, racial justice, housing, and climate are all interconnected, and works to bridge all gaps so that Oregon can be the healthiest state in the US.

 

The PAT Political Action Committee continues to work hard to identify great candidates in this May’s primary election. The panel considered the following criteria while making their endorsements: support for collective bargaining; commitment to educator voice; knowledge of education issues such as standardized testing and disrupted learning; commitment to racial equity; advocacy for strong, fully-funded public schools; and electability.

The PAT PAC is funded entirely through member contributions, not through dues dollars. Learn more about the PAT PAC here.

Also, please check out OEA PAC’s endorsements for statewide candidates.