The Friends of Voter-Owned Elections—representing more than 60 organizations and thousands of Portlanders— is obviously disappointed by the loss of Measure 26-108 to retain Voter-Owned Elections. We are disheartened but remain more convinced than ever that the corrosive influence of money in politics must be addressed at all levels of government. Historical data shows that it is always more difficult to get a “yes” vote, especially in the face of organized opposition. Achieving a “yes” vote on 26-108 also faced an uphill climb in the current economic climate. This challenge was increased by inaccurate advertising by opponents about reform program costs, even after being repeatedly told that there was a firm cap on spending.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz,