Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 Primary Election


ENDORSEMENTS

OFFICE
ME
WILLAMETTE
WEEK
PORTLAND
MERCURY
PORTLAND
TRIBUNE
THE OREGONIAN
THE SKANNER
BASIC RIGHTS OREGON PAC
US PRESIDENT (DEM)
SANDERS
US SENATOR OR (DEM)
WYDEN
US REP OR-3RD (DEM)
BLUMENAUER
OR GOVERNOR (DEM)
BROWN
OR SEC OF STATE (DEM)
AVAKIAN
AVAKIAN (ENDORS)
DEVLIN (GL.)
HOYLE (GL.)
OR STATE SEN 21ST (DEM)
TAYLOR
MULTCO COMM
DIST 1
MEIERAN
PORTLAND MAYOR
WHEELER
PORTLAND COMM
POS 1
FRITZ
PORTLAND COMM
POS 4
NOVICK
MULTCO 26-174
HISTORY
YES
PTLD 26-173
STREET
YES
BALLOT

OFFICE
CANDIDATE
ENDORSEMENT
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
US PRESIDENT
WILLAMETTE WEEK
PORTLAND MERCURY
US SENATOR
 Ron Wyden
Incumbent
WILLAMETTE WEEK
Retired locomotive engineer. Voters’ Pamphlet statement was not found.
Medford City Council
US REPRESENTATIVE
OR 3RD DISTRICT
Incumbent
OR GOVERNOR
Incumbent
WILLAMETTE WEEK
Intensive care physician
Voters’ Pamphlet statement was not found. Website expired notice when visited six days before the election.
Voters’ Pamphlet statement was not found. A Facebook page was blank.
Inventor
“Working to secure water resources for Eastern and Southern Oregon. “
Home care worker. Voters’ Pamphlet statement was not found.
OR SECRETARY OF STATE
State Senator; Legal Investigator
OR SENATE MAJORITY LEADER GINNY BURDICK
FMR OR STATE TREASURER RANDALL EDWARDS
FMR US REPRESENTATIVE DARLENE HOOLEY
PLANNED PARENTHOOD PAC
OREGON NURSES ASSOCIATION
OREGON BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL
Oregon Labor and Industries Commissioner
FMR OR SECRETARY OF STATE BILL BRADBURY
FMR. US REPRESENTATIVE ELIZABETH FURSE
THE SKANNER
OREGON LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS
OREGON CHAPTER OF THE SIERRA CLUB
NARAL PRO-CHOICE OREGON PAC
WORKING FAMILIES PARTY
OREGON SCHOOL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
BASIC RIGHTS OREGON EQUALITY PAC
OREGON PROGRESSIVE PARTY
 Val Hoyle
OR State Rep
OR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE TINA KOTEK
WILLAMETTE WEEK
REGISTER GUARD
EUGENE WEEKLY
OR STATE TREASURER
 Tobias Read
OR ATTORNEY GENERAL
 Ellen Rosenblum
OR STATE SENATOR
21ST DISTRICT
 John Sweeney
No campaign website was found. A perennial candidate who filed for State Rep (2014), EMS&W (2012), US Rep (2010)
OR State Rep Dist 41; Auditor - Oregon, Multnomah County, City of Portland; Boly/Welch Account Executive
OR DIST 21 STATE SEN DIANE ROSENBAUM
OR DIST 41 STATE REP ROB NOSSE
FMR GOV BARBARA ROBERTS
WILLAMETTE WEEK
THE SKANNER
NARAL PRO-CHOICE OREGON PAC
OREGON LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS
OREGON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION
OREGON BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL
PORTLAND ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS
OREGON STATE FIRE FIGHTERS COUNCIL
OREGON NURSES ASSOCIATION
SEIU LOCAL 503
OR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
42ND DISTRICT
 Rob Nosse
Incumbent.
NONPARTISAN STATE JUDICIARY OFFICES
OFFICE
CANDIDATE
ENDORSEMENT
OR JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT
POSITION 5
 Jack L Landau
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, POSITION 2
 Rebecca Duncan
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, POSITION 3
 Darleen Ortega
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS, POSITION 7
 Meagan A Flynn
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, 4TH DISTRICT, POSITION 9
 David F Rees
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT,
4TH DISTRICT, POSITION 15
 Bronson D James
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT,
4TH DISTRICT, POSITION 17
 Kelly Skye
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT,
4TH DISTRICT, POSITION 20
 Eric J Bloch
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT,
4TH DISTRICT, POSITION 22
 Angel Lopez
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT,
4TH DISTRICT, POSITION 25
 Kathleen M Dailey
INCUMBENT
OR JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT,
4TH DISTRICT, POSITION 26
 Karin J Immergut
INCUMBENT
NONPARTISAN STATE OFFICES
OR DISTRICT ATTORNEY, MULTNOMAH COUNTY
 Rod Underhill
COUNTY OFFICES
MULTCO COMMISSIONER DIST #1
Multnomah County Dist 4 Commissioner Diane McKeel’s Chief of Staff
MULTNOMAH COUNTY COMMISSIONER DIANE MCKEEL
MULTNOMAH COUNTY COMMISSIONER LORETTA SMITH
MULTNOMAH COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF'S ASSOCIATION
MULTNOMAH COUNTY CORRECTIONS DEPUTY ASSOCIATION
MULTNOMAH COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS ASSOCIATION
BASIC RIGHTS OREGON EQUALITY PAC
PORTLAND TRIBUNE
BYRON BECK
 Mel Rader
Upstream Public Health Executive Director
BASIC RIGHTS OREGON, EQUALITY PAC (GREEN LIGHT)
Financial consultant; family business.
AFSCME LOCAL 88 - EMPLOYEES UNION OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY
PORTLAND COMMISSIONER NICK FISH
FMR PORTLAND MAYOR SAM ADAMS
PORTLAND BUSINESS ALLIANCE
​HARSCH INVESTMENT PROPERTIES
HOMER WILLIAMS
​BASIC RIGHTS OREGON EQUALITY PAC
​BYRON BECK
Attorney
 Ken Stokes
Retired “Green” economist. (No campaign website found).
“Systems Integrator/VAR”
Perennial candidate; previously filed for MultCo Chair (2014, 2010), MultCo Dist 1 Commissioner (2012, 2008),  
Emergency Room Physician
MULTNOMAH COUNTY CHAIR DEBORAH KAFOURY
MULTNOMAH COUNTY DIST 3 COMMISSIONER JUDY SHIPRACK
WILLAMETTE WEEK
PORTLAND MERCURY 
NARAL PRO-CHOICE OREGON PAC
​BASIC RIGHTS OREGON EQUALITY PAC APPROVED
CITY OF PORTLAND OFFICES
CITY OF PORTLAND MAYOR
A business owner; Oregon Republican Lincoln Engagement Chair
 Patty Burkett
A psychic medium. No statement found in voters’ pamphlet. One of seven candidates for Multnomah County Chair in 2014.
Multnomah County Commissioner; former OR State Representative.
PORTLAND POLICE ASSOCIATION
PORTLAND FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION LOCAL 43
BASIC RIGHTS OREGON-- GREEN LIGHT
FMR OR GOV BARBARA ROBERTS
MULTCO CHAIR DEBORAH KAFOURY
MULTCO COMMISSIONER LORETTA SMITH
OR State Treasurer; former Multnomah County Chair
FMR MAYOR VERA KATZ
FMR MAYOR TOM POTTER
FMR MAYOR SAM ADAMS
CITY COMMISSIONER NICK FISH
MULTNOMAH COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY ROD UNDERHILL
FMR PORTLAND AUDITOR LAVONNE GRIFFIN-VALADE
FMR MULTCO COMMISSIONER SERENA CRUZ WALSH
FMR MULTCO COMMISSIONER MARIA ROJO DE STEFFEY
FMR MULTCO COMMISSIONER BARBARA WILLER
FMR MULTCO COMMISSIONER LONNIE ROBERTS
WILLAMETTE WEEK
THE PORTLAND TRIBUNE
THE SKANNER
THE OREGONIAN
PORTLAND FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION LOCAL 43
PORTLAND BUSINESS ALLIANCE
PORTLAND METROPOLITAN ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
BASIC RIGHTS OREGON (GREEN LIGHT CANDIDATE)
JUAN MARTINEZ
JORDAN SCHNITZER, HARSCH INVESTMENT PROPERTIES
JUNKI YOSHIDA, THE YOSHIDA GROUP
KATE SOKOLOFF, LIVE WIRE RADIO
 Eric Alexander Calhoun
No statement found in voters’ pamphlet.
A “musician, craftsman, small businessman”. No statement found in voters’ pamphlet. Website had error.
A community college adjunct English professor; Post Commander of American Legion Post 134.
An OR DOJ Assistant Attorney General.
OREGON PROGRESSIVE PARTY
An activist and wedding officiant(?). No statement found in voters’ pamphlet.
Assistant Program Director PSU First Stop; cafe owner.
 David (The Ack) Ackerman
No statement found in voters’ pamphlet. No campaign website found. Filed for mayor in 2012 and 2008.
 Lew Humble
No statement found in voters’ pamphlet. No campaign website found. Filed for mayor in 2012 and 2008.
 Deborah Harris
No statement found in voters’ pamphlet. No campaign website found.
 Trevor Manning
No statement found in voters’ pamphlet. No campaign website found.
No statement found in voters’ pamphlet. No campaign website found. Filed for mayor in 2008(?).
CITY OF PORTLAND COMMISSIONER, POS 1
A KBOO  “musicologist” and political commentator
The incumbent; registered nurse.
MAYOR CHARLIE HALES
MAYOR CANDIDATE / OR TREASURER TED WHEELER
COMMISSIONER NICK FISH
WILLAMETTE WEEK
FMR MAYOR TOM POTTER
FMR COMMISSIONER MIKE LINDBERG
BASIC RIGHTS OREGON EQUALITY PAC GREEN LIGHT
A hair studio and photography business owner
A 2015 Rose Festival princess
 Sara Long
(NOT FOUND IN VOTERS PAMPHLET)
An anti-wireless activist
CITY OF PORTLAND COMMISSIONER, POS 4
A photographer, software engineer, Realtor. Currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Multnomah Educational Service, Position 5, Zone 1.
 Leah Marie Dumas
(NOT FOUND IN VOTERS PAMPHLET)
Incumbent; attorney
WILLAMETTE WEEK
BASIC RIGHTS OREGON PAC
PORTLAND FIRE FIGHTERS’ ASSOCIATION
US SEN JEFF MERKLEY
MULTCO COMMISSIONER LORETTA SMITH
MULTCO COMMISSIONER / MAYORAL CANDIDATE JULES BAILEY
OR HOUSE SPEAKER TINA KOTEK
OR REP ROB NOSSE
GREG KAFOURY
A health activist
A real estate broker
BYRON BECK
A former PSU Philosophy student.
 James Bernard Lee
A retired physicist. One of 14 candidates for mayor in 2008.
A bookshop & gallery Owner
MESD BOARD MEMBER STEPHEN MARC BEAUDOIN -
 Shannon Estabrook
(NOT FOUND IN VOTERS PAMPHLET)
An architect, urban designer
FMR MAYOR TOM POTTER
METRO OFFICES
METRO COUNCILOR, 6TH DISTRICT
 Bob Stacey
INCUMBENT
COUNTY MEASURE
MULTCO 26-174: Five Year Levy: Oregon Historical Society Library, Museum, educational programs.
 YES
FMR GOV. BARBARA ROBERTS
THOMAS LAUDERDALE
MARGARET CARTER
 NO
CITY OF PORTLAND MEASURE
PTLD 26-173: Temporary Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax for Street Repair, Traffic Safety
 YES
PORTLAND BUSINESS ALLIANCE
CITY CLUB OF PORTLAND
MAYOR CHARLIE HALES
COMMISSIONER NICK FISH
COMMISSIONER AMANDA FRITZ
COMMISSIONER STEVE NOVICK
COMMISSIONER DAN SALTZMAN
 NO

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I thought I put this behind me...

(Hello, blog, long time since I've been here, but some things just don't work on Facebook.)

About a month ago, Basic Rights Oregon solicited testimonies from survivors of conversion therapy. BRO is hoping to make Oregon the third state to ban conversion therapy for minors with HB 2307.

I was a little hesitant about contacting BRO because I'm not comfortable speaking publicly (or privately really); however, I figured I've done enough gossiping online about the demise of the ex-gay industry and this was a worthwhile opportunity to actually have an impact and protect LGBT youth. So, I wrote a one-paragraph description of my ex-gay experience and sent it to BRO.

BRO quickly replied and helped me fine tune the testimony that I read to the legislative committee in Salem. I was more concerned about speaking publicly and keeping the testimony factual, concise, and specific to the bill that I didn't let myself ponder my feelings. After all, I left the ex-gay drama eighteen years ago. I am now out to my friends, family, and coworkers. I have left religious fundamentalism. I now have a loving partner who I will be celebrating our tenth anniversary with this year. And I even aired my complaints to Portland Fellowship's leader back in 2004 in a two-hour talk. I've obviously put all of this ex-gay stuff behind me.

As I spent Monday of last week with other ex-gay survivors, I recalled some of those old feelings that I assumed I had overcome. As I started to read my testimony, I heard my own voice amplified in the hearing room. I realized that the last time I nervously shared my personal story into a microphone to a room full of people was in 1995 when I confessed my 'struggle with sexuality' to a Campus Crusade For Christ revival meeting at Oregon State University. As I listened to my wavering voice, I realized that the story it told was sad.

All of the pain and self-doubt came flooding back. I remembered:
--the 19-year-old young guy with optimistic plans about his future and his religious commitment to fix this little problem;
--the nervous joy of meeting other Christians with "same-sex attractions" and knowing I wasn't alone;
--the many hours sitting in one-on-one counseling sessions throughout the Portland Fellowship house and the therapist's office in Milwaukie discovering that I was "sexually broken", "lacking masculinity", "developmentally stunted", etc.;
--the humiliation of sitting in small group sessions in Portland Fellowship's basement confessing whether I masturbated or lusted that week;
--the constant struggle to reconcile the numerous conflicting messages (e.g. 'the goal is holiness not heterosexuality, but you should remain open to (hetero) marriage'; etc.);
--the empty feeling I had after each Portland Fellowship meeting or therapist session that nothing had really changed;
--the embarrassment of failing my courses as I was too distracted to concentrate on non-sexuality/Christian issues; and
--the devastating realization when I 'graduated' from the ex-gay program and left the Portland Fellowship that I was basically a spiritual, academic, and psychological failure who was no longer in the Christian club and without a sense of direction.

How dramatic. I patted myself on the back for emotionally recovering enough to read my testimony and was encouraged by the many supporters and fellow survivors I met at the capitol. However, in the days that followed, I realize that I am still carrying these feelings and doubts. It was enormously helpful to meet and listen to a couple of other ex-gay survivors who know the experience on Friday and Monday. I'm starting to feel less distracted and nervous, but I'm still surprised that occasionally I feel like I'm on the verge of tears or too agitated to sleep or concentrate. Wow, I had no idea all this stuff was still lurking under the surface.