Business organization endorses Wheeler, gas tax, other candidates
The Portland Business Alliance endorsed Ted Wheeler for mayor on Wednesday.
The PBA, which represents businesses throughout the city, also made endorsements in the three Multnomah County Commission seats for up for election: Brian Wilson for Postion 1; Jessica Vega Pederson for Position 2; and Lori Stegmann for Position 3.
And the PBA endorsed Martha Schrader for Clackamas County Commission Position 3 and Bill King for Position 4.
In addition, the PBA endorsed the proposed temporary 10-cent-a-gallon Portland gas tax measure that will appear on the May 17 primary election ballot.
In announcing Wheeler's endorsement, PBA Chair Mitch Hornecker said both he and Jules Bailey are "very strong candidates."
But Hornecker said Wheeler won the endorsements because he has more leadership experience as State Treasurer and former Multnomah County Chair. Bailey is a Multnomah County commissioner who has also served in the Oregon House of Representatives.
"In our endorsement process, the Alliance considered many issues, but for the mayoral race our decision came down to one critical attribute: experience. On that basis, we are choosing to endorse Ted Wheeler, whose years at the head of two key government entities, Multnomah County and the Oregon Treasury, makes him best prepared to lead our city and deal with such issues as homelessness and housing affordability. We believe he will unite disparate voices under one vision for what Portland can be," Hornecker said, adding, "We continue to be impressed with Jules Bailey and sincerely hope to see him in a major leadership position at some point in the future.
PBA endorsements are based on a process that includes candidate interviews conducted by its endorsement committee of the board of directors, followed by a vote by the full board. Two-thirds of the board members present must agree before an endorsement is made.
Wheeler's other endorsements can be found on his website at www.tedwheeler.com.
Bailey has received many endorsements, too. They can be found on his website at www.julesbailey.com.