2020 Candidate Endorsements
Washington County Democratic Party Endorsements
May 19, 2020 Election
The Washington County Democrats only issue official endorsements in non-partisan races.
Below you will find our full list of the eight candidates we have endorsed. These candidates went through a rigorous interview process to be considered. The vote for official endorsement took place at the Central Committee meeting of the Washington County Democrats Central Committee, held on February 26th. Read more below on these candidates as you prepare to vote in the May election!
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That means that we will update our information to keep you up-to-date as we learn more.
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Read about the candidates we have endorced for the Beaverton local races.
“I believe Beaverton’s next mayor needs to be driving regional and local discussions about the next 20 years – our future – is why I’m running for mayor. When I look around, I can see this city is not working for everyone. I wholeheartedly believe that if you work in this city you should be able to afford to live in this city. After five years on city council, I believe the city needs a new leader that looks twenty years down the road and not simply focused on the immediate project at hand. I am raising my daughter here and decisions we are making today will impact her as she grows up.
Beaverton’s mayor can and should be a regional leader. Leadership is influence – and Beaverton is surrounded by so many cities experiencing growth and change. What happens within a half mile of our city limits impacts our neighborhoods, our roads and our businesses. And it’s only intensifying. Housing and transportation – the two issues I hear most about on the doorsteps – can’t be our problem alone. That’s why I worked so hard for the regional housing bond measure and also led the largest investment in sidewalks in our city in 20 years.”
My top priorities include:
- Housing that low-income, working families and seniors can afford
- Supportive housing for those who also need mental healthcare or addiction treatment
- Working regionally, while investing locally, to solve our transportation issues
- Continuing to push the city to improve community input and engagement
“I am running for City Council because I have EVP! Experience to lead, a Vision for our city and a Plan to get it done (we call it our “”Hometown Beaverton”” Plan). I have served our community in several different capacities, including serving on the Budget Committee and Planning Commission (as alternate), and co-founded both Pride Beaverton and Highland Helpers. This work has connected me with neighbors all over the city and exposed to me many of our cities unaddressed needs and voices that are currently missing from the conversation.
My mission: To reconnect this city’s leadership with our neighborhoods and lift up voice that aren’t often heard.
I intend to get to work quickly solving big issues that face our city, including housing costs, houseless people and our ever-worsening congestion.”
Mother of three children and organizer of Pride events. An advocate for homeless youths, she is making second run for council.
“I am qualified because I care. Our government was designed to be of the people and by the people, that includes me.”
Read about the candidates we have endorced for the Metro local races.
“I am running because I care about our region – it’s housing, it’s economy, it’s transportation, it’s natural environment, and it’s quality of life. I have lived in rural Tualatin for over 28 years and am deeply committed to solving our common regional problems fairly and wisely.
My background in environmental and solid waste assessments, land use planning and my experiences working for both a regional government and for municipal and county governments provides me with a broad regional perspective that all Metro councilors need to serve the entire region. “
- Improve Metro planning: Protect natural communities; connect habitats; plan for growth, disasters and climate change.
- Put district residents first: Focus on fixing the worst traffic bottlenecks impacting daily life & commerce.
- Replace the Columbia River Crossing: Build a bridge that improves commerce, will withstand earthquakes, and serves as a landmark.
- Improve bike routes and safety: Safe streets & safe school routes; connect regional paths.
- Support the Portland Zoo: Put animal welfare first; make the Zoo a world leader in species conservation.
- Increase reuse and recycling: Reuse, repurpose, recycle options in all communities.
Read about the candidates we have endorced for the Washington County local races.
“As a Washington County Commissioner, I will work to ensure everyone in our county can thrive. I am a small business owner (a minority, women and emerging Small Business (MWESB) based in Beaverton), and have a background in public health and community building. I am the founder of the Pan African Cultural Foundation (formerly known as Pan African Festival). I am a former AFSCME Local 88 member, a graduate of Emerge Oregon, and I currently serve on the Clean Water Services Advisory Commission and Oregon’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee.
Government can be an important force for good, standing up for regular people and ensuring that prosperity is shared across our community. I believe we have a lot of work to do for Washington County to be a place where everyone can thrive, and that is what I will prioritize as a Commissioner.”
As a Commissioner, I will prioritize:
- Improving the health and safety of our communities
- Tackling our affordable housing crisis and addressing the root causes of poverty so all working families can succeed
- Alleviating congestion so people can spend less time in traffic and more time with their families
- Supporting our small businesses and empowering people to create them
“I moved to Washington County in the summer of 1999. That fall, I became involved in the neighborhood’s Community Participation Organization, CPO3, a program operated by the county to encourage and empower public involvement. In 2005, I started to represent CPO3 at the Committee for Community Involvement (CCI), a county-wide advisory body of CPO representatives.
Over the past 20 years of public involvement, I have learned about the many issues and challenges that our county’s government regularly contends with, including those related to having a population of over 200,000 residents living in our urban unincorporated areas.
I have followed the numerous efforts of fellow volunteers to make sure the voices of average county residents are a part of our decision making processes, and I want to honor those efforts by making sure our county continues to strive to be open, honest and transparent.”
“I am a lifetime Oregonian and working-class candidate who has personally experienced the instabilities and inequities that crop up on most people’s lives. I know first-hand how our systems did not help, instead making things more difficult to resolve.
In my 18 years working in public safety for Washington County, I’ve been a leading voice for change on matters of jail safety, criminal justice reform. I will focus on community presence. Our districts have seen a 49% increase in violent crime since 2016. I will restructure staff reducing overtime spending while keeping uniformed deputies on patrols in our community, rather than administrative positions.
Today we have only 4 mental health deputies, and 4 hours monthly scheduled for homelessness outreach. I will increase both services. Finally, I commit to provide honest and complete information, even when faced with improving in an area of service.”
- discontinue use of facial recognition until the technology is reliable.
- engage community collaboration on issues of privacy.
- have all our patrol deputies equipped with body cameras.
- continue to be a passionate advocate for mental health, addiction treatment, and affordable housing.
Steven Charles Burke:
Judge of the Circuit Court, 20th District, Position 5 (Washington County Circuit Court)
“I am the candidate with the most experience in broad areas of law running for this position. I want to help the Washington County court continue building its resources to help the public.
I have practiced law in more fields, and for longer than any other candidate. I bring experience in litigation in areas of civil law, family law, and probate. I have experience in criminal law, including being a former Reserve Police Officer with the City of Hillsboro. My trial experience is far and beyond that of my opponents, and that is exactly what the public needs on the bench: the candidate that brings the most.”
“Steve really fought hard for me on my case. He takes his clients’ interest to heart and doesn’t roll over to pressure or bully tactics. He proved to me he has integrity and compassion in his work, and cares about clients. He came through for me when I thought all hope was lost.” – Former client