New Directory of Elected Officials – Your Voice Counts

Want to ask or comment about what’s happening in your community? Concerned about state and national issues? Download your copy of the July 1 edition of the LWVPDX Multnomah County Directory of Elected Officials here.

The Directory of Elected Officials has phone numbers, email addresses and websites for government officials serving the people of Multnomah County. We just updated it by adding the new school board members who took office on July 1.

You can find how to contact President Trump, your U.S. Senators and Representatives, as well as state legislators, county, and city officials. You have a right to speak out on issues that concern you. Let your government know your questions and thoughts.

More Info

You can also find information in this directory about registering to vote. And there’s more contact info on this website under Advocate, Contact Elected Officials and also lots of voting info under Vote.

Make your voice heard and your vote count with information from the League of Women Voters!

 

The LWV Way: Study First!

Early LWV History

(Excerpts from More Power than We Knew, A History of the League of Women Voters of Oregon: 1920-2012)

“In 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted, Oregon women already had the right to vote…In 1912, Oregon became the ninth state to grant full suffrage to women.”

When the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NASWA) held its 50th anniversary convention in March 1919, “The call to the convention included an invitation to ‘the women voters of the fifteen full suffrage states*…to join their forces in a League of Women Voters, one of whose objects shall be to speed the suffrage campaign in our own and other countries.’”… “(T)he governing council of the new League decided to recommend as its first activity a study of state laws having to do with education and the legal status of women. That recommendation set the pattern the League was to follow all its life—study first, then action.

Today –

 “Study first, then action.” This is the process the League of Women Voters has followed since its beginning. Our activities are based upon thorough, balanced studies of public policy issues.

  • We offer nonpartisan and unbiased information to voters through our voter service activities, such as election forums, debates and carefully researched voting guides.
  • We conduct multiyear studies of governmental, environmental and social issues. Our study committees read relevant research and interview experts and advocates representing many different viewpoints. The committees publish reports about what they have learned. LWV members and the public can read these reports online or in print.
  • When LWV members discuss a study, they may come to an agreement about how to address the issues. Their discussions lead to our advocacy positions

The League of Women Voters of Portland is now finishing a restudy of Portland’s City Government. The League of Women Voters of Oregon recently completed a study of Hard Rock Mining in Oregon. Also, LWVOR members just voted to study Cyber Security and Privacy and Pesticides and other Biocides in Oregon. You can read about all these studies here. Then you can view our advocacy positions, based on previous studies, here.

 

*States granting women the right to vote prior to the 19th Amendment: Wyoming 1890, Colorado 1893, Utah 1896, Idaho 1896, Washington 1910, California 1911, Arizona 1912, Kansas 1912, Oregon 1912, Montana 1914, Nevada 1914, New York 1917, Michigan 1918, Oklahoma 1918, South Dakota 1918

Source: National Constitution Center

Prepare to Vote – 2018 Election Info!

Are you ready to Vote?  Find unbiased information on candidates & issues on Vote411.org.

VOTE411.org is an online Voters’ Guide that shows you the candidates and issues on your ballot. It includes everything in our Voters’ Guide and more. There are links to videos of our forums and of talks with the candidates.

Enter your address to find out about the candidates and ballot measures that you will be voting on.

Printed nonpartisan Oregon & Multnomah County Voters’ Guides

Look for copies of the LWV voters’ guides in English and Spanish at all branches of the Multnomah County Library; the Multnomah County Elections Office; New Seasons and other stores; college, university and community college campuses; Gresham City Hall, churches, markets and many other locations.

Click on the links below to view a pdf of the English General Election guides. (Links to the Spanish guides are in the Informacion Electoral post above.)

Nov. 2018 Oregon Voters’ Guide – English

Nov. 2018 Multnomah Voters’ Guide – English

Video Voters’ Guide – recordings of candidate interviews

Click here to watch Video Voters’ Guide recordings of interviews with candidates running for office in Multnomah County. The Video Voters’ Guide recordings also are linked to each candidate on Vote411.org.

The Video Voters’ Guide includes interviews of candidates for U.S. Congress, Governor, the Oregon State Legislature, Circuit Court, and Metro, County and City offices. There are even interviews with the two candidates in the  election for Judge of the Circuit Court, 4th District.

Election Forums

Watch the videos of our 2018 General Election forums. (Scroll down and click on the title of each debate in the lists below.) See the schedules for the playbacks on Comcast and Frontier channels by clicking here for the October 2 forum and here for the October 9 forum.

Candidate forums

Portland Commissioner Position 3, Candidate Debate – JoAnn Hardesty vs. Loretta Smith

Multnomah County Auditor Candidate Debate – Scott Learn vs. Jennifer McGuirk  (Presented with City Club of Portland)

Ballot measure Forums

Debate on Metro Measure 26-199, Metro affordable housing bonds, plus explanation of Oregon Measure 102, which allows local bonds for financing affordable housing with nongovernmental entities.

Explanation of Oregon Measure 105 – Repeals law limiting state/local enforcement of federal immigration laws

Debate on Oregon Measure 103 – Prohibits taxes/fees for groceries

Debate on Measure 26-201 – Portland’s retailer surcharge for clean energy projects

Short on time? Watch key parts of the forums.

Portland Commissioner Position 3: Candidate Answers to 3 Questions + Closing Remarks

Multnomah County Auditor: Opening, Closing and Answers to 2 Questions

Metro Measure 26-199: Opening, Closing, Answers to 3 Questions

Portland Measure 26-201: Opening and Closing

Oregon Measure 103: Opening and Closing

Oregon Measure 102: Explanation

Sponsors for one or more of the Voter Services listed above are: Carol & Velma Saling Foundation, The Wyss Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, Multnomah Bar Foundation, MetroEast Community Media, Vernier Software and Technology, Neil Kelly Company, Paloma Clothing, the Sara Frewing Fund, and LWV of Portland Education Fund.

please be informed and Vote!

Just Updated: Multnomah Co. Directory of Elected Officials!

Let your Representatives know what you think

2017-19 LWVPDX DEO Update-7-1-18Here is the complete up-to-date list you can use to contact the elected government officials who represent you: from President Trump to your state senator to a director of your Soil and Water Conservation District. These officials were elected to serve you and your fellow citizens.  You have a right to tell them how you think they can make government more responsive to your or society’s needs.

How to use this directory

You can download a copy of this Directory and save it on your computer. Or print it for your reference. Use it to look up the email or mailing addresses and phone numbers of your elected officials.  Then you can write or call them with your concerns.

 

Reducing Portland’s Carbon Footprint – Highlights

Highlights Videos

This short video on Reducing Our Carbon Footprint is one of a series of videos that are excerpts from longer recordings of forums. We take the most interesting statements from the panel discussions.

What you can learn about reducing your carbon footprint

Find out what you, your city and your business can do to protect our planet. How can we cut  carbon emissions and limit the harm to our environment, climate and health? Three speakers talk about what the City of Portland, Oregon businesses and individuals are doing now. Then they discuss their visions for the future. There are many exciting ideas about how our lives will change in the next few decades, if we want to reduce the harm caused by carbon emissions.

Watch the best 20 minutes of this discussion by clicking the arrow below.