New Approach Oregon, the political action committee responsible for the Measure 91 legalization law, endorsed four candidates this May primary, and three of the four had great election results! I was pleased to send out the email below to New Approach’s email list today. (Follow New Approach on Facebook and Twitter)
The May 15th election results are in and the cannabis community was a big winner! A sincere thanks to everyone that voted and helped spread the word.
New Approach Oregon endorsed four candidates, and while outsider Max Wall didn’t win an extremely tough Washington County District Attorney race, the results were overall fantastic for the Oregon cannabis community. We will have another allied Labor Commissioner after Val Hoyle won her statewide race and we replaced anti-cannabis Rod Monroe with Shemia Fagan, who received an A+ from Oregon NORML for her progressive cannabis positions, in the Oregon Senate!
Jo Ann Hardesty led Portland City Council Position 3 candidates with just over 42% of the primary vote. Jo Ann will now face a run-off election against Loretta Smith, who received nearly 23% of the vote, this November. Also, receiving an A+ from Oregon NORML, Ms. Hardesty is a champion of smart criminal justice reforms. We look forward to helping get out the vote for Jo Ann in this important election.
We can celebrate our political victories and rest up for a bit, but we’ll need to work hard to make sure that criminal justice reformers are victorious again this November. As Jo Ann stated at her victory party, we need to work together to make our voices heard.
“Governance doesn’t not happen with one person. Governance is about the community being involved and engaged,” Hardesty said. “Tonight we party. Then we sleep for two weeks. And then we go take this seat.”
Jo Ann is a great candidate, but she needs help against a formidable, well-financed opponent. Please sign up to volunteer for Ms. Hardesty and make a $5, $25, $50, or $100 contribution to her important campaign.
Photo credit: Oregon Department of Transportation via Flickr
I spoke about the importance of four Oregon May 15th elections at the beginning of the Let’s Hash It Out podcast recorded last Saturday: