Betty Dominguez earns endorsement of Metro employee union
This story has been updated
Oak Grove resident Betty Dominguez has earned the endorsement of the union representing Metro employees for election to the District 2 Metro Council seat opened by the retirement of Carlotta Collette.
In a statement released Feb. 17, AFSCME Local 3580 President Elizabeth Goetzinger said the union was excited to offer Dominguez the endorsement. The union represents nearly 500 Metro workers, including scientists, planners, researchers, hazardous waste technicians, custodians and administrative professionals.
"Betty is a longtime community activist and leader who best understands her district and the challenges to come at Metro in the coming years," Goetzinger said. "Her experience working on affordable housing and issues of poverty and equity will serve our region well. Her time serving on Metro's Policy Advisory Committee as well as other numerous committees and planning groups has exposed her to a full variety of issues and the complexity of problem-solving ahead. Our members were really blown away by the depth of her experience and passion for her community."
Dominguez is director of East County relations for Home Forward, the housing authority serving Multnomah County, where she also served as the assistant director in the agency's real-estate development department. In addition to running for the election, she will seek appointment by the six remaining Metro councilors to fill the rest of Collette's current term.
Dominguez joins three other candidates for the position so far: Lake Oswego City Councilor Joe Buck, former Oregon City Commissioner Carol Pauli and Christine Lewis of West Linn. The filing deadline for the election is March 6.
Applications for appointment to the seat are due by March 1. A public hearing on the vacancy is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 8, at the Willamette View Terrace Auditorium, 12705 S.E. River Road, Oak Grove.
Dominguez has been Clackamas County's citizen representative to the Metro Policy Advisory Committee since September 2015. As previously reported, she hopes to bring her deep background in affordable housing to bear as Metro considers its first-ever affordable housing funding measure.
Currently, Dominguez serves on Clackamas County's Housing Advisory Board, a position she has held since last year. She has served on Portland Housing Bureau's Advisory Committee since 2015. She serves on the East Metro Economic Alliance Board.
She was on Metro's Equitable Housing Task Force through early 2016. She is a past board president of Greater Portland Habitat for Humanity.
This story has been updated from its original version online to reflect the fact that Dominguez has a new title at Home Forward, director of East County relations.