Upcoming Political Events – 2016

The Oregon primary election is May 17, 2016. The Mental Health Association of Portland will host two separate events to inform the public about political candidates and their positions.

The organization does not endorse candidates or initiatives.

The first event is March 10 at 6:30 PM at Maranatha Church in Northeast Portland. It will be a conversation with leading mayoral candidates about social justice. The program will be moderated by Israel Bayer of Street Roots, Jo Ann Hardesty of the NAACP – Portland Branch, and Jason Renaud of the Mental Health Association of Portland.

We expect the Mayoral Candidate Forum on Social Justice to be at capacity so tickets are now available at https://pdx-mayor.eventbrite.com

Event co-sponsors include KBOO Community Radio 90.7, First Unitarian Church, McKenzie River Gathering, Mental Health Association of Portland, NAACP – Portland Chapter, Maranatha Church, Street Roots, Portland Women’s Crisis Line, ACLU of Oregon, The Skanner Newspaper, and In Other Words Feminist Community Center.

Candidates have been invited who meet the following criteria – they have formed a campaign committee and has raised $5000 prior to March 1. Those candidates as of this posting are Ted Wheeler and Jules Bailey. If others meet the criteria they will be invited.

On April 4 we will begin posting candidate responses to our survey on mental illness. The survey will be sent by email to all Oregon filed candidates who will serve the Portland metro area. Each candidate will be asked to answer one of three basic questions of their knowledge and opinion on issues important to people with mental illness and their allies. Their response, a campaign photo, and campaign contact information will be posted to our web site at www.mentalhealthportland.org.

These include –

City of Portland candidates.
Metro candidates.
Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas candidates.
Judicial candidates in the Portland area – positions 4, 5 and 20.
State Supreme Court candidates.
State senate candidates for the Portland area – 17, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24, 21, 23, 22, 25.
State representatives for the Portland area – 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51.
State candidates – Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General.
Federal candidates – President, Senate, House.