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MAY 2016 PRIMARY

2016 Primary Election Endorsements are In!

Oregon artPAC is pleased to announce its endorsements in the 2016 Primary. artPAC chose to endorse those candidates who it felt could best work towards preserving and advancing arts and culture and enhancing the vibrancy of the region. While we cannot endorse all candidates, we appreciate the productive and informative conversations we had with each.

With an exceptionally highly qualified group of candidates, we were faced with some very tough and close decisions. We thank all the candidates who participated and wish them success in their endeavors. Learn about the candidates, regional contests, and candidate responses in the Candidates section of our web site.

The endorsements are as follows:

Portland Commissioner #4
Stuart Emmons

Portland Mayor
Jules Bailey

Multnomah County Commissioner #1
Brian Wilson

Multnomah County Commissioner #4
Lori Stegman

Washington County Commissioner #1
Dick Schouten

Clackamas County Chair
Jim Bernard

Clackamas County Position #4
Ken Humbertson

The endorsed candidates are committed to arts and culture being an essential component of our communities and that it is vital to our children's growth, to our economy and to the overall vitality of our region. artPAC will continue to work towards educating our leaders about arts and culture issues and supporting those candidates who best understand and commit to its future well being. We encourage all voters who value the role of arts and culture in our communities to support these candidates.

Forty candidates in various contests throughout the Portland metropolitan region were invited to answer eight questions via a written questionnaire. We evaluated the 22 responses and held selective follow up interviews at the Gerding Theater in Portland www.pcs.org.

We again wish to thank all the participating candidates and our evaluators and supporters from the City of Portland and Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties.

We appreciate your support of arts and culture and would be honored to have you join us in this important effort, and to assist us by making a donation.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have at oregonartpac@yahoo.com.

Check back here as we release the candidate questionaires and on Facebook.com/OregonArtPAC.



CANDIDATES CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Clackamas and Multnomah County Candidates came together on April 27, 2014 at the Ainsworth House to discuss the importance of the arts in our schools and community, and how to share their perspective on arts funding as critically important to our community.


Julianne R. Johnson-Weiss from the cast of Ain't Misbehavin' performed for attendees.
(Stumptown Stages)
The candidates (left to right): Paul Savas for Clackamas County, Position #2 (Commissioner at Large); Jim Bernard for Clackamas County, Position #5 (Commissioner at Large); Jules Bailey for Multnomah County, District 1.


MAY 2014 PRIMARY

2014 Primary Election Endorsements are In!

Oregon artPAC is pleased to announce its endorsements in the 2014 Primary. This year presented an exceptionally highly qualified group of candidates running for political office, making for some extremely difficult decisions. In the final analysis, artPAC chose to endorse those candidates who it felt could best work towards preserving and advancing arts and culture and enhancing the vibrancy of the region. While we cannot endorse all candidates, we appreciate the productive conversations we had with each.

We thank all the candidates who participated and wish them success in their endeavors.


2014 artPAC Interviews: Commissioner Saltzman
Commissioner Saltzman being interviewed by (left to right) Ruth Wikler-Luker,
Stephen Kafoury, Howard Shapiro, Deborah Edwards, Arlene Matusow and Kirk Mouser

The endorsements are as follows:

Portland Commissioner #2
Nick Fish

Portland Commissioner #3
Dan Saltzman

Multnomah County Chair
Deborah Kafoury
Jim Francesconi

Multnomah Commissioner #1
Jules Bailey

Washington County Chair
Allen Amabisca

Washington County Commissioner #2
Greg Malinowski

Washington County Commissioner #4
Elizabeth Furse

Clackamas County Commissioner #5
Jim Bernard

Clackamas County Commissioner #2
Paul Savas

The endorsed candidates understand that arts and culture is a vital component of the infrastructure which is vital to our children’s growth, to our economy and to the overall vitality of our region. artPAC will continue to work towards educating our leaders about arts and culture issues and supporting those candidates who best understand and commit to its future well being. We encourage all voters who value the role of arts and culture in our communities to support these candidates with both their votes and dollars.

Candidates in various contests throughout the Portland metropolitan region were invited to answer five questions via a written questionnaire. We evaluated the responses of the candidates and held follow up face to face interviews on separate days at the Gerding Theater in Portland www.pcs.org. We invite you to read the questions and responses on our website www.oregonartpac.com. We again wish to thank all the participating candidates and our team of evaluators and supporters from Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah Counties.

We appreciate your support of arts and culture and would be honored to have you join us in this important effort, and to assist us by making a donation.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have at oregonartpac@yahoo.com

Press Release: Oregon artPAC Press Release on 2014 Primary Election campaign endorsements, download PDF.

PRIOR artPAC NEWS....

NOVEMBER 2012 GENERAL ELECTION

Oregon artPAC has endorsed the following candidates in the upcoming general election on November 6, 2012:

These candidates have exhibited their support of the arts and an understanding of how vital arts and culture is to the spirit and soul of our communities and to its economic vitality. Each candidate has committed to support public funding of the arts which is critical to the health of a vibrant economy.

Oregon artPAC urges you to support these candidates with your vote and with your dollars.

YOUR VOTE COUNTS AND WILL HELP TO SUPPORT THE ARTS!

About the Mayor's Race

Oregon artPAC recognizes that the funding of arts and culture is crucial to preserving and advancing the vibrancy of the region and all of Oregon. artPAC has made the following endorsement of Charlie Hales as Portland Mayor, encouraging all voters who value the role of arts and culture in our communities to offer him your support.

The Portland Mayoral race presents two candidates whose favorable arts stance makes it very challenging to choose one over the other. Jefferson Smith’s experience in the Oregon Legislature and running the Bus Project provide him with a unique perspective about regional needs and community organizing. As a strong arts advocate, Jefferson Smith supports the CAN initiative but is concerned about the funding mechanism. Jefferson suggests the potential of an arts/education collaborative in what he calls “Portland Summers,” blending education and youth serving non-profits under the umbrella of the Parks Department.

Charlie Hales prior experience as a City Commissioner and deep understanding of the importance arts and culture play in the life and economy of our region, garners him a slight edge over his opponent. Charlie has voiced continued support for RACC and CAN initiative and has recognized the importance arts as an economic generator and job creator. Oregon artPAC feels that while both candidates possess the skills and passion to advance a healthy arts platform, artPAC considers Charlie Hales to be in a stronger position to immediately implement Portland’s public investments in arts and cultural activities while helping to leverage the necessary private support that is capital in the sustainable future of the region’s creative vitality.

About Amanda Fritz

City Council candidate Amanda Fritz has informed artPAC that her campaign will not accept PAC or corporate contributions, and instead asked that we donate to a community organization related to the arts. We fully respect that request and will happily donate to Colored Pencils, a group that does so much wonderful work in the community.


CANDIDATE ARTS FORUM FILLS THE HOUSE

A nearly full house filled the Gerding Theater on March 5th to hear a lively and energetic conversation about the importance of the arts and arts education in Portland. Moderated by Randy Gragg, Editor in Chief of Portland Monthly, mayoral candidates Charlie Hales and Eileen Brady along with city council candidates Steve Novick, Amanda Fritz and Brian Parrott engaged in a back and forth conversation covering many arts related topics. The forum was co sponsored by Creative Advocacy Network (CAN), Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), Business for Culture and the Arts (BCA), Portland Art Dealers Association (PADA), Portland Arts Alliance (PAA) and OregonartPAC.

Check the links below for coverage of the event.


NOVEMBER 2010 GENERAL ELECTION

Oregon artPAC invited twelve candidates to respond to its questionnaire. Oregon artPAC evaluated the responses and held follow up interviews at the new Brad Rogers Gallery at 120 NW Ninth Ave.

Ann Lininger and Tom Hughes at artPAC Interviews
Ann Lininger and Tom Hughes at artPAC Interviews

Oregon artPAC made the following endorsements encouraging all voters who value the role of arts and culture in our communities to support these candidates with both their votes and dollars:

  • Multnomah County Commissioner #2 - Karol Collymore
  • Clackamas County Commissioner #2 - Robert J. Austin
  • Clackamas County Commissioner #3 - Ann Lininger
  • Washington County Commissioner # 2 - Greg Malinowski
  • Washington County Commissioner # 4 - Greg Mecklem
  • Metro Council President - Tom Hughes

While the first five contests above had clear cut winners, the Metro Council President race presented two very highly energetic, capable and committed candidates and a most difficult decision. Oregon artPAC ultimately gave a slight edge to Tom Hughes with his arts related experience as former Mayor of Hillsboro, but feels that either candidate would serve Metro Council well.


DUDLEY AND KITZHABER TURN DOWN INVITATIONS

Oregon artPAC invited the two gubernatorial candidates, Chris Dudley and John Kitzhaber, to respond to a state related arts questionnaire to be followed up by interviews. Both candidates declined the invitations as they had also turned down earlier invitations to participate in a forum sponsored by the statewide Cultural Advocacy Coalition.

Both organizations are disappointed in the candidate’s failure to engage in a conversation about the arts and encourages the eventual winner to value the importance of arts and culture in enhancing the spirit and soul of communities throughout the state and to recognize it as the economic driver that it is.


A BIG YES TO CAN!

The Creative Advocacy Network (aka theArtsCAN) is a 501(c)3 organization - a non-profit that is leading the charge for a new dedicated stream of public funding for the arts in our metropolitan region. The mission is simple - increase our region's investment by $15-20 million every year to bring arts and cultural experiences to life for the children and communities that we love. Learn more about the work of this incredible group at www.theartscan.org.


JOIN US FOR A FUN TIME AT THE OCTOBER 11 artPAC RECEPTION

The Honorable Commissioner Jeff Cogen Chair, Multnomah County

The Honorable Commissioner Lynn Peterson Chair, Clackamas County

The Honorable Commissioner Dick Schouten Washington County

Mark Edlen

Gwyneth Gamble Booth

Mary Boyle

invite you to join them at a reception to celebrate the arts and to honor the 2010 candidates endorsed by Oregon artPAC.

Superb wine provided by DePonte Cellars

Delicious hors d'oeuvres by Silk

Jazzy, Bluesy, Folk & Roll by Gil Reynolds & Deep Blue


DATE: October 11, 2010 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Butters Gallery, 520 NW Davis Street, Portland


Suggested donation $100 per person at the door

Please RSVP to oregonartpac@yahoo.com

If not attending, we welcome your donation at www.oregonartpac.com

Oregon Arts and Culture Political Action Committee
2236 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97214
Stanley Penkin, Co-founder & Treasurer
www.oregonartpac.com

Oregon artPAC Endorsement Advisory Council
Gwyneth Gamble Booth
Mark Edlen
Diana Gerding
Judie Hammerstad
Vera Katz
Thomas Lauderdale
Josie Mendoza
Dan Wieden

Oregon artPAC Board of Directors
Chuck Clemans
Mary Ann Deffenbaugh
Fred Ross, Co-founder
Stanley Penkin, Treasurer


DIRECTORS ANNOUNCEMENT

artPAC is pleased to announce that the following have agreed to serve as Directors: Chuck Clemans, Mary Anne Deffenbaugh, Fred Ross and Stanley Penkin, who will also continue to serve as Treasurer.

artPAC is further pleased to announce the creation of its Endorsement Advisory Council and welcomes the following people to this esteemed group:

  • Gwyneth Gamble Booth
  • Mark Edlen
  • Diana Gerding
  • Judie Hammerstad
  • Vera Katz
  • Thomas Lauderdale
  • Dan Wieden

We are grateful for their support and continued dedication to the arts.

To read past updates, check out our 2008 news page and 2010 Primary news page.

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