2020 Candidate Endorsements
Washington County Democratic Party Endorsements
November 3, 2020 Election
The Washington County Democrats only issue official endorsements in non-partisan races.
Below you will find our list of the candidates we have endorsed from the May 2020 election that will be in a run-off for November. As well, you will see the local candidates endorsed for the November 3rd election. These candidates went through a rigorous interview process to be considered. The votes for official endorsement took place at the Central Committee meetings of the Washington County Democrats Central Committee, held on February 26th and August 26th. Read more below on these candidates as you prepare to vote in the November election!
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Read about the candidates we have endorsed for the Beaverton local races.
Lacey Beaty: Mayor of Beaverton
“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
Lacey’s website | Lacey’s Facebook page
Read about the candidates we have endorsed for the Washington County local races.
Nafisa Fai: County Commissioner District 1
“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
Nafisa’s website | Nafisa’s Facebook page
Read about the candidates we have endorsed for the Metro local races.
Gerritt Rosenthal: Metro Councilor Dist. 3
“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.
Gerritt’s website | Gerritt’s Facebook page
Mary Nolan: Metro Councilor Dist. 5
As Portland’s Environmental Services Director, she led the design of landmark improvements to clean up the Willamette River and Columbia Slough and created the framework to launch curbside recycling. As Co-Founder of Oregon NARAL and Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, Nolan ignited the coalition that created the nation’s most expansive protections for reproductive health for women, men and trans people. As State Representative and House Majority Leader, Nolan protected farmland and open space, extended Project Independence to help seniors hold on to their homes, funded expansions of climate-protective programs, spurred expansions in college scholarships, steered state investment into climate-friendly transportation improvements, and expanded funding for affordable housing services.
Nolan’s skills, passion, experience and ability to bring people together have improved Portland’s landscape and livability in tangible ways. She is exactly the leader we need to help guide Metro in making Portland a place where everyone thrives.
Mary’s website | Mary’s Facebook page
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