Vera KatzVera Katz, Former Mayor of Portland

“Ted Wheeler is the right choice for job. He can bring together the community to take on the challenges we face and make progress on the issues that matter,” said Katz, the last Portland mayor to successfully win reelection. “Portland needs new leadership, Portland needs Ted Wheeler.”

tom potter 1Tom Potter, Former Mayor of Portland
“Portland continues to grow into a diverse, vibrant community. It is critical that city government adapt to better include communities of color and other voices that have historically been pushed to the margins,” said Potter. “I am confident that Ted Wheeler has the commitment and passion to take on these important conversations and forge new relationships that ensure the will of the people is heard at City Hall.”

Sam AdamsSam Adams, Former Mayor of Portland
“Portland needs to reach its fuller potential to tackle issues like racial and economic inequality, public safety and climate change,” said Adams, who served as mayor for 2009 to 2013. “Ted Wheeler has the experience and progressive values to make this happen.”

Nick Fish, Portland City CommissionerNick Fish
“Ted Wheeler is my choice for Portland’s next mayor,” said Commissioner Fish. “Portland faces many challenges. Ted is the best prepared candidate to address them, combining progressive values, executive experience, and a record of strong, collaborative leadership. I am proud to endorse him and look forward to partnering with him to move our city forward.”

Lew FrederickLew Frederick, State Representative
“We need a mayor who will listen to all of the communities that make up this city because of his deep faith in the wisdom they bring. A problem solving mayor to take on our City’s challenges with us,” said Representative Frederick. “Ted has proven his leadership as Multnomah County Chair and as our State Treasurer. I look forward to his next chapter as Portland’s mayor.”

Avel Gordly in March 2011. Photo by Flickr member arthuralex.Avel Gordly, Former State Senator and Former State Representative
“Ted Wheeler has the demonstrated willingness, ability and skill to advance a vision for Portland that highly values equity and inclusion of all voices, all neighborhoods and all communities. He will passionately advance a public policy agenda that meets the test of being right, just, and fair. And, he will call out those existing policies that fall short of this test,” Former State Senator Avel Gordly.

Tobias Read, State RepresentativeTobiasRead_Headshot (1)
“I worked closely with Ted to pass legislation creating an innovative retirement savings program that now serves as a national model. Ted’s leadership, knowledge and vision have made Oregon a national leader on retirement security.”


Current & Former Elected Officials

Vera Katz, Former Mayor of Portland
Tom Potter, Former Mayor of Portland
Sam Adams, Former Mayor of Portland
Diane McKeel, Multnomah County Commissioner
Judy Shiprack, Multnomah County Commissioner
Nick Fish, Portland City Commissioner
Rod Underhill, Multnomah County District Attorney
Lew Frederick, State Representative
Tobias Read, State Representative
Peter Truax, Mayor of Forest Grove
Ron Cease, Former State Senator
Jane Cease, Former State Senator
Avel Gordly, Former State Senator and Former State Representative
Darlene Hooley, Former Congresswoman
Amy Kohnstamm, Portland School Board Vice-Chair
Serena Cruz Walsh, Former Multnomah County Commissioner
Maria Rojo De Steffey, Former Multnomah County Commissioner
Lynn Peterson, Former Clackamas County Chair
Shane Bemis, Gresham Mayor
LaVonne Griffin-Valade, Former Portland Auditor
Dwight Holton, Former U.S. Attorney
Barbara Willer, Former Multnomah County Commissioner
Lonnie Roberts, Former Multnomah County Commissioner


Willamette Week
The Portland Tribune
The Skanner News Group
The Oregonian
Communication Workers of America Local 7901
Carpenters Union Local 271
Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48
Bricklayers Local 1
Basic Rights Oregon (Green light Candidate)
Cement Masons Local 555
Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens
Portland Business Alliance
National Electrical Contractors Association
Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors
Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association
AFSCME Local 189
Portland Firefighters Association Local 43
Roofers Union Local 49
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 5
Heat and Frost Insulators Local 36
Oregon Dog PAC
Professional and Technical Employees 17
Teamsters Joint Council 37
UA 290 Plumbers & Steamfitters

Community Leaders

Randy & Erin Acker
Rukaiyah Adams, Meyer Memorial Trust
Sarah Ames
Kim Bronz & David Spiro
Frank Bird
Ed Blackburn
Clariner Boston, Better People
Duncan Campbell, Friends of the Children
Stephen Cassell, CODA
Nena Cook, Former Member of Oregon Commission on Women
Gerry Frank, Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield
Mary Ellen Glynn
Tim Hartnett
Laura Imeson
Elizabeth Leach, Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Carol Lewis
Kathleen Lewis
Teri Lorenzen, Raphael House
Nichole Maher, Northwest Health Foundation
Juan Martinez
Robert McCullough, SE UPlift
Charles McGee, Black Parent Initiative
Robert McKean, Former Superintendent of Centennial School District
Bruce Murray
Rick Nitti, Neighborhood House
Wajdi Said, Institute for Muslim-Christian Understanding
Rachel Sample
Shannon Scott, Human Rights Campaign
Bob Shiprack, Former Exec. Sec. Oregon State Building & Construction Trades Council
Nina Portwood Shields
Doug Stamm, Meyer Memorial Trust
Deborah Steinkopf, Bradley Angle
Heather Weigler, Former President of Oregon Women Lawyers
Kevin Fitts
Rich Rodgers

Business Leaders

Evelyn Bian
Eileen Brady
Peter Bragdon, Columbia Sportswear
Jim Brunberg, Mississippi Studios/Revolution Hall
Christine Chin Ryan, Synergy Consulting
Hilda Dibe
Bill Dickey, Morel Ink
Elisa Dozono
Krystal Gema
Debbie Kitchin, InterWorks, LLC
Thomas Landye
Pamela and Willie Levenson, Popina Swimwear
David Lorati, School Specialty Company
Bob McKean, Troubled Asset Solutions
Rick Miller, Avamere
Mark New, New & Neville Real Estate
Mary O’Connor & Gabe Schiminovich
Susanne Orton
Nitin Rai, TiE Oregon
Patrick Reiten, PacifiCorp
Paul Rosenbaum, SWR Corp.
Jordan Schnitzer, Harsch Investment Properties
Brian Scott, GXI, Inc.
Kate Sokoloff, Live Wire Radio
Junki Yoshida, The Yoshida Group
Marianne Zarkin, Marianne Zarkin Landscape Architects
Mac Prichard, Prichard Communications

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