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A Huge Election Night for AFP-Oregon

May 18, 2011 J

Largely complete, but unofficial returns from Oregon’s special election tonight reveal tremendous victories for AFP’s local Chapters across the state. At 9:00 pm Pacific time, AFP’s position on local Measures were winning in Multnomah, Clackamas, Lane and Jackson Counties, where the bulk of the local Measures were contested.

In Clackamas County, AFP’s local volunteers gathered signatures to refer a new County Vehicle Registration Fee to today’s ballot. The County Commission had approved the fee to pay for repair of a bridge in a different County over AFP objections. Tonight voters were soundly endorsing the AFP position by a 2 – 1 margin.

In Portland, voters surprisingly sided with AFP’s Multnomah County Chapter in rejecting the largest proposed bond measure in Oregon history. Portland Public Schools was seeking $548 million for basic repairs delayed for decades so teacher salary and benefit payments could be increased dramatically.

In Eugene, voters crushed a local personal income tax proposal referred to the ballot by the City Council. AFP volunteers had opposed the proposal in Council meetings, and ran a grassroots campaign to educate voters about the impacts of the new tax. Eugene would have been the only local jurisdiction to impose such a tax.

In the City of Damascus, voters blasted a December effort by a lame-duck City Council to saddle property owners with up to $300,000 each in new taxes and fees to pay for a City “Comprehensive Plan.” AFP’s independent affiliate group – Ask Damascus – led the charge to send the Plan back to the Council for a more open process.

In Jackson County in Southern Oregon, AFP’s local volunteers worked to defeat three Measures referred by the County Commission intended to consolidate power in the hands of the Commissioners. The Measures would have eliminated three positions that are currently elected by the people, and made them patronage positions, appointed by the County Commission. All three Measures were being defeated by at least 4-1 margins.

In addition to these stunning grassroots victories on local Measures, many AFP Members were standing for election to public office across the state. Among the winners were AFP-Oregon Staff Members Jeff Kropf, re-elected to a local Fire District slot, and Richard Burke, re-elected to his position on a local Water Board. As returns continue to be finalized, we will post all the winners here.

AFP’s Oregon Staff congratulates the thousands of local grassroots AFP volunteers who made tonight’s tremendous victories possible. Working together, we have built a successful model that produces the kind of lasting political change our Mission Statement demands.

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