2020 State of Oregon Primary Candidate Recommendations

Each election, the AFT-Oregon’s Political and Legislative Action Committee (PLAC) reviews the candidates running for Oregon offices. If a candidate demonstrates the values and goals of our members, then they may earn our recommendation.

Below you will find our current list of endorsed candidates. These decisions came about over countless hours of examining questionnaires and conducting dozens of interviews. There were no easy decisions, as all candidates came to us with good ideas, skills, and experiences.

AFT-Oregon elects Jaime Rodriguez as President

On July 1, 2019, Jamie Rodriguez began his term as the new AFT-Oregon President. Jaime has been a long time active member of Local 2277, Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals, in addition to serving as AFT-Oregon's VP of Political Action since 2014. AFT-Oregon members and staff welcome Jaime and are looking forward to his leadership, inspiration, and passion for labor advocacy.

AFT members dive into candidate endorsement process

As the presidential elections inch closer and the field of candidates gets more and more competitive, AFT members are engaging, parsing campaign platforms, asking questions of the candidates, and voicing their priorities as educators, healthcare practitioners and public employees. Thus far, the AFT has hosted eight AFT Votes town halls in eight different locations across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet candidates in person and hear about their stands on education, working families, healthcare and other top-line issues. Also part of the AFT’s robust endorsement process: surveys, debate parties and lots of information on AFTVotes.org.