In addition to identifying which races will be key to HBA, we are tracking races all over the region as new candidates announce. There have been some exciting recent announcements, including Westside Economic Alliance Executive Director Pam Treece announcing she will challenge Commissioner Greg Malinowksi in Washington County District 2, and multiple candidates have announced to run for Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s seat after he announced he would be retiring from Portland City Council.
The PAC subcommittee meets regularly to share race updates and discuss which candidates will be most supportive of our industry. We have set a timeline for our endorsement process, and plan to hold interviews with candidates in January or February. We will determine the majority of our contribution amounts then, with the possibility of late round endorsements and contributions as it gets closer to May. There is a possibility that some of the races, such as Washington County Chair, are not determined in May – in which case we might make additional decisions ahead of the November election.
To be able to make investments in the campaigns of the candidates we support, it’s important that all of our members are contributing to our PAC, Oregonians for Affordable Housing. There are a variety of ways to contribute – one of the easiest is by checking the box to contribute $50 to the PAC when you pay your HBA dues. Attending PAC events, of which we’ve had three this year, is another great way to support the PAC. You can also easily make a donation online, at www.oregonhba.com/oregonians-affordable-housing.
Any level of support for the PAC helps, but the biggest way our members contribute to the PAC is through the building of a PAC House. This is a house that a builder member builds, and all of the proceeds, after hard costs, go directly to the PAC. Jeff Fish and Justin Wood at Fish Construction NW have been extremely generous over the years and built multiple PAC Houses – and now we’re very thankful that Gordon Root with Stafford Land Company has volunteered to take that project on ahead of the 2018 elections. Thank you Jeff, Justin, Gordon, and all of the subcontractors on the PAC Houses, for your strong support of our political efforts! If you are interested in building a PAC House, or would like to learn more about the process, contact James Adkins at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information.
In addition to these already existing fundraising tools, the PAC subcommittee recently discussed new possibilities, including integrating a redirect of PAC proceeds from already existing HBA events and recruiting members to host smaller more house party style events. This will be an ongoing discussion ahead of 2018, and we will be formulating a fundraising plan to use going forward. We’re excited about the opportunities to get candidates who support our industry elected and will continue to update you on our efforts as the election cycle unfolds.