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BOMA’s Political Action Committee (BOMAPAC) and Why it Matters

Political Landscape is Changing

Every election cycle is unique. It’s an opportunity to meet new candidates, to continue building relationships with existing and longtime legislators and discuss upcoming and/or ongoing issues affecting BOMA members and allies. 2022 may be one of the most fascinating elections in decades. It is the first time in over 30 years that Oregon will have a competitive gubernatorial race, with the notorious swing vote in the Senate, Senator Betsy Johnson, unprecedentedly running as an independent. Further, the 2021 Legislature went through the decennial redistricting process and several districts have flipped in terms of registration, meaning more opportunity for changes and the addition of a sixth congressional district.

Going a step further, the longest serving Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek, resigned to focus on the Governor’s race and the longest serving Senate President, Peter Courtney, will resign at the end of the year. New leadership will certainly lead to a change in dynamics both in campaigning and during the 2023 Legislative Session. 2022 could be a small turning point in the current steep political divide.

At the local level, three current Multnomah County Commissioners are running for Chair and Portland City Council has two open seats with formidable opponents to the incumbents.

Why does BOMAPAC Matter?

Elections are expensive, which is why it is vital to support candidates that further BOMA issues. Political Action Committees (PACs) are critical to campaign success. In nearly every campaign, the candidate with the most cash proves successful. Further, candidates appreciate contributions donated earlier in the campaign demonstrating support and after the election, those who made the earlier contributions are usually the first ones contacted by the newly elected legislator.  

Who Does BOMAPAC Donate to?

BOMAPAC focuses donations on state, local and sometimes federal candidates as well measures and initiatives that affect BOMA. The Government Affairs Committee interviews candidates and makes recommendations to the Board on who should receive BOMAPAC dollars. In 2022, we can expect recommended donations to include various state candidates, Portland City Council, Multnomah County Commission, Metro and more. As mentioned above, this will be a very competitive election cycle, making PAC money even more influential.

Event Schedule: 09/08/2022
Times: 3:30 PM
Address:
425 NW 9th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209

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