Progressive activist T.A. Barnhart writes on Blue Oregon:
"One one side is a traditional liberal Democrat with backing from labor, environmentalists and the trial lawyers. On the other, a Democrat who is taking money from resource extractors, banks, businesses that oppose a progressive minimum wage, and the biggest name in the education “reform” movement. At least HD34 voters have this going from them: the choice between Tosky and Helm is pretty clear — if you follow the money."
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The Oregonian profiled the three candidates in the race, focusing on the base of support for front runners Ken Helm and Brian Tosky:
"Helm and Tosky have also mostly split major endorsements and subsequent contributions from important backers. Helm has been endorsed by the Oregon Education Association, Beaverton Education Association and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, among others. Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington have also backed him.
"Tosky lists endorsements from the Oregon Business Association, Oregon Stand for Children and the Portland Business Alliance, among others."
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Why this Matters
First, it has been a great week for the campaign.
The Willamette Week endorsed me, emphasizing that Helm is “calm, balanced and brings a particular skill (his expertise in land-use law) the Legislature needs.”
I’m also honored to see the education community rallying behind me.
Adding to the teachers at the Beaverton Education Association and Oregon Education Association, this week I was endorsed by the Oregon School Employees Association and Beaverton School Board members Mary VanderWeele and Anne Bryan.
I’m receiving this support because they know I care as deeply as they do about the funding and quality of our schools. In Salem, I’ll be a tireless champion for reducing class sizes and restoring lost school days.
But all of that is only possible if we win this election. That is why I’m out every day talking to voters in the community.
We could use your help in this home stretch. Ballots just went in the mail and the election is just a few days away.
We have a big door-knocking canvass this Sunday and many other opportunities to phone bank or go door to door.
It would mean a lot to me if you can volunteer a few hours in the coming weeks. To do so, email Miles on my campaign at Miles @ kenhelm.com.
Thank you to everyone for your support – together we will do this!
"Land use will continue to be one of highest-stakes and most divisive issues with which Oregonians grapple. Helm has represented developers, worked as a staff lawyer for Metro for six years and now serves as a land-use hearings officer all over the state. He’s calm, balanced and brings a particular skill (his expertise in land-use law) the Legislature needs."
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