Official Positions on 2014 Ballot Measures

The Multnomah County Democratic Party has officially taken the following positions on particular measures that will be on the General Election Statewide Ballot on November 4, 2014:

We SUPPORT Measure 86 -- the Oregon Opportunity Initiative, which will provide a dedicated revenue stream for financial aid to Oregon higher education students.

We SUPPORT Measure 88 -- Drivers' Cards, which upholds Senate Bill 833, a safe roads bill that provides a drivers certification process for all Oregon residents.

We SUPPORT Measure 89 -- Equal Rights Amendment, which amends the State Constitution to ban discrimination based on gender.

We OPPOSE Measure 90 -- the Top Two Primary, which would change Oregon's elections system so that only the top two vote-getting candidates in the Primary Election would appear on General Election ballots, and eliminate the opportunity for voters to write in candidates on the General Election ballot. This would eliminate minor parties from General Election ballots and eventually remove legal status from most small parties.

We SUPPORT Measure 91 -- Legalization of Marijuana, also known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014.

We SUPPORT Measure 92 -- GMO Labeling, which requires suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers to label foods with genetically modified organisms with a GMO designation.

We SUPPORT Portland city measure 26-159 -- Bonds to fix playgrounds, trails; improve park facilities, safety, accessibility, also known as the Parks Bond.

More information is here.

2014 Ballot Measure Endorsements

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.

Replacement Process for the Remainder of Representative Jules Bailey's Term

Democrats representing precincts within House District 42 will convene Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. to nominate three to five Democrats to replace state Representative Jules Bailey for the remainder of the term. The convention will take place at the AFL-CIO Headquarters at 3645 SE 32nd Ave, just south of Powell Blvd.

Multnomah County Commissioners will choose the new state representative from among the nominees later in the month.

Rep. Bailey has resigned to take his position on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, having won election on May 20th.

For more information on the convention process and on how Democrats are nominated, please check the link below. Questions may also be e-mailed to


Democrats who wish to be considered for state representative for the remainder of the current term must file form SEL145, a Statement of Nominee's Willingness to Serve, with the Democratic Party of Oregon. The filing deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10th, 2014. Forms may be sent by mail (232 NE 9th, Portland 97232), or by fax (503 224-5335). If the form does not reach the DPO office in time, that person's candidacy cannot be considered.

Prospective candidates must meet the minimum requirements to hold the office. Those include living in the district for at least one year, being a registered Democrat for at least 180 days before the effective date of the resignation, and not being under the supervision of the Department of Corrections.

Please review the DPO Press Release and the memos linked there for more information about the process.

Other questions regarding the process to become a candidate may be submitted to