The 2014 Endorsement Task Force examined ballot measures expected on the November ballot, and presented its recommendations at the August 14th Central Committee meeting. ETF members presented each measure, arguments for and against, and the Task Force's recommendation. Representatives from the campaigns, for and against, were invited unless we could find no organized campaign, and some also presented arguments to the group. The attached spreadsheet summarizes what the Task Force considered and its recommendations. A 2/3 majority vote of the PCPs present and voting is required for the Party to take a position on a ballot measure. Those positions supported by 2/3 of the members present will appear on our slate cards, to be distributed when the ballots are mailed.
Recommendations were made by the ETF for Measures 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91 and 92. The ETF will consider the Portland Parks measure at a later date because it has not yet been filed as a local measure with Multnomah County; that deadline is September 4th.
When arguments were made and debated and votes taken on August 14th, the Central Committee agreed with the Task Force recommendations on six of the seven measures, by well over the 2/3 majority required. That means that our campaign materials and slate cards will note our support of Ballot Measures 86, 88, 89, 91 and 92, and our opposition to Ballot Measure 90. The Multnomah County Democratic Party will take no position on Ballot Measure 87. You can download an excellent summary of the task force's findings below.