Learn about the Special Election Measures

Event on Monday October 21

Get info on the November 5 Special Election measures re: water issues, bonds, levies and emergency aid.

To help voters understand the issues for the November 5 Election, the League presents an Informational Program on the four measures that will be on Portland ballots.

WHEN: Monday, October 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

WHERE: Multnomah County Boardroom, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland

WHAT: Explanations of Measures 26-203, 26-204, 26-205, and 26-207

  • Metro Speakers: Laura Oppenheimer, Parks and Nature Communications Manager, and Dan Moeller, Conservation Program Director for Metro’s Parks and Nature Department, explaining M 26-203. This measure would allow Metro to issue bonds to purchase land, restore fish and wildlife habitat and complete trails through Metro’s parks and nature system.
  • City of Portland Speakers: Gabriel Solmer, Deputy Director of the Portland Water Bureau, and Michael Stuhr, Bureau Director/Administrator, explaining City of Portland Charter changes – M 26-204 to protect the Bull Run watershed and M 26-205, to authorize city participation in emergency mutual aid agreements.
  • PPS Speakers:Scott Bailey, Board of Education Director, and Claire Hertz, Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations, explaining M 26-207.  This would continue the current tax levy for teaching positions in Portland Public Schools.
This program is free and open to the public.

Recordings of this event will be posted on vote411.org and on this website a few days later. Funding for the recordings is provided by the Multnomah Bar Foundation and the Carol and Velma Saling Foundation.

Find written explanations of All six measures on Vote411.org and on this website!

In addition to reports on the Portland and Metro measures, we have information on a bond measure for Troutdale voters and a levy for Sauvie Island voters. We thoroughly researched the measures and checked our reports with government officials, supporters and opponents. Take a look!

Innovations in Education – Watch the Video!

Click the arrow below to see the video on Innovations in Public Education. The Portland LWV presented this program in September 2019. Four leaders in public education explain what they are doing to improve equity  for students in our schools.

You can also watch this program on your cable channel. See the schedule below.

We thank the Multnomah Bar Foundation and the Carol and Velma Saling Foundation for giving us the funding to pay for this video. The video was recorded by MetroEast Community Media.

School Board Election Forum Video!

Click on the arrow on the picture below to watch the Election Forum for candidates for the PPS School Board. Note that after introductions by the three sponsoring organizations–the League of Women Voters of Portland, the Portland Council PTA, and the Bus Project–the main part of the forum begins at about 7:40.

Voters elect board members from all the zones. All candidates were invited to participate. One of the candidates running for Zone 7, Eilidh Lowery, was unable to attend the forum. She is included in our Voters’ Guide and on Vote411.org.

The candidates are divided into two panels.

Panel 1: Robert Schultz – Zone 7, Wes Soderback – Zone 3, Amy Kohnstamm – Zone 3, Deb Mayer – Zone 3. Listen to these candidates’ statements and answers from 8:47 to 57:40.

Panel 2: Andrew J. Scott – Zone 1, Michelle A. DePass – Zone 2, Shanice Brittany Clarke – Zone 2. Listen to these candidates’ statements and answers from 59:58 to 1:38:07.

Ballots must be received by the Mulnomah County Elections Office no later than 8 PM on Tuesday, May 21. You may also learn about the candidates running in this election and for other Multnomah County school boards by going to Vote411.org and by reading the LWV of Portland Voters’ Guide, available online or in print at your public library or the Multnomah County Elections office.