Valdez is Headed Back to PCC!

I am beyond humbled and honored to have been elected as the next PCC Director representing Zone 5.

Thank you to the thousands of voters who felt I was the right person for this job, and who share my vision of an affordable, accessible college education where all are welcome, all can thrive, where staff and faculty are supported, and where PCC is at the forefront of meeting the community's needs.

PCC changed my life, and I will ensure that PCC is there for everyone who has not yet had the opportunity to walk through its doors.

I would like to express my most sincere respect to my opponents for stepping up to serve our community and for their well run, issues-oriented races. Our three-way race has not only raised the visibility of PCC but also elevated the conversation on the important role that community college plays in our lives.

Thank you to all my friends, volunteers, supporters, and everyone who contributed their time, money, art, and ideas to making this campaign as strong as it was. And thank you to the allies, mentors, endorsers, and unions who had my back. This was a people-powered effort and I couldn't have done it without all of you. 

Thank you so much to my amazing wife Marie Lo and daughter Alani who helped me every step of the way, who were so patient, who have been so supportive, and who went with me to so many campaign events and even knocking doors and visiting farmer's markets.

Thank you to my phenomenal campaign manager, Robyn Gottlieb, who helped me run a smart, strategic, well run race.

And lastly, thank you to Bernie Sanders for inspiring me to run. "Real change happens from the bottom up" and he was right – "when we stand together, there is NOTHING we cannot accomplish."

Now the work begins.

In solidarity, 

Valdez

Here's my Election Night speech in case you missed it!
And
 here are photos from the event!

SWEARING-IN CEREMONY IN JULY

The swearing-in ceremony for the PCC Board is in July! I'll send out an email with details when I get them! You can sign-up for campaign emails on the home page. 

Valdez, his wife Marie, daughter Alani, and campaign manager Robyn Gottlieb on Election Night

Valdez, his wife Marie, daughter Alani, and campaign manager Robyn Gottlieb on Election Night

Have you voted yet?

Less than 15% of voters have turned in their ballots 😱! Don't forget to sign your ballot envelope & turn it in by 8:00pm TUESDAY, May 16! Please remind your friends and family!
 
Click here to find your nearest ballot dropbox. It's too late to mail it.
 
Below is the campaign graphic we made to Get Out The Vote on social media, feel free to share!

ELECTION PARTY!

Running for the PCC Board has been one of the best, busiest, and most wonderful experiences. Please join me on Election Night to celebrate all our hard work! I can't think of anyone else I'd rather be with when the results roll in than the incredible people who've supported this campaign and made it possible. We'll have food, drinks, live music, and great company!

What: Valdez Bravo Election Night Party
When: Tuesday, May 16, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: O'Connors in Multnomah Village, 7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland
RSVP on Facebook. 

New Video, Our Revolution Endorsement, Letter to the Editor, & More!

Tick Tick Tick...That's the sound of the clock winding down until the May 16th Special Election! We’ve been really busy, and I’m excited to share what we’ve been up to!

NEW CAMPAIGN VIDEO

Have you seen our new campaign video yet? It features some of my incredible endorsers and volunteers, and shows people why I'm the best fit for PCC in these challenging times. Please check it out and make sure to share it with your friends!

OUR REVOLUTION NATIONAL ENDORSEMENT

I’m thrilled to announce that Our Revolution has endorsed my campaign! Our Revolution is the organization Bernie Sanders founded after the election. I am honored to be included in their school board endorsements! 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR PUBLISHED

A HUGE thank you to PCC faculty member Michele Marden for writing a letter to the editor of the Beaverton Valley Times about why I’m the best choice to support PCC faculty and students! Click here to read it

CANVASSING EVERY DAY

If cheeks look a little rosier than usual, it's because I've been out canvassing every day. It's been so beautiful and sunny, and I had the chance to meet with many folks who were mowing their lawns, planting flowers, and walking their dogs. We've been having a great time, and you couldn't ask for cuter canvass helpers!

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The Yard Signs Are Up!

Wow!  This weekend was our big weekend for yard sign canvassing. And it was a success!  Thank you so much to all of you who volunteered or donated to help me buy these signs. I hope some of you will get to see them on your drive to work or while running errands!

Awesome volunteers meeting up at the AFT-Oregon office to kick off yard sign canvassing!

Awesome volunteers meeting up at the AFT-Oregon office to kick off yard sign canvassing!

It was a pleasure getting to meet so many people in my community. Many had a PCC story or connection of their own. Once they heard my PCC story, and why I was running, most were happy to let us put a sign in their yard!

My awesome little volunteer helped me pick just the right spots for the signs!

My awesome little volunteer helped me pick just the right spots for the signs!

Every time we got the green light to put up a sign we got very excited! 

Every time we got the green light to put up a sign we got very excited! 

Yard sign canvassing was a fun daddy-daughter event!  I'm a lucky dad.

Yard sign canvassing was a fun daddy-daughter event!  I'm a lucky dad.

Day 2 was sunnier - and we headed farther west in to Beaverton. Zone 5 encompasses parts of SW Portland and Beaverton, all the way up north of downtown Beaverton!

Day 2 was sunnier - and we headed farther west in to Beaverton. Zone 5 encompasses parts of SW Portland and Beaverton, all the way up north of downtown Beaverton!

Elidia finds a key spot with high visibility in Beaverton.

Elidia finds a key spot with high visibility in Beaverton.

Sal in action!

Sal in action!

Thank you so much to Dat, Diane, Elidia, Janet, Lisa, Michelle, and Sal for spending a part of your weekend to help get yard signs out!  Missing from the photos is Dat, who braved the cold and rain on Saturday to come out and help - and who took the pictures of my daughter and I hamming it up in front of the signs!

It was fun meeting up at Walter Mitty's afterwards for some chow, some beverages, and to share our fun adventures with yard sign canvassing.  

It was fun meeting up at Walter Mitty's afterwards for some chow, some beverages, and to share our fun adventures with yard sign canvassing.  

In local elections like this, yard signs are an effective way get the word out, and I couldn't have done this without you. Thank you all for donating and for volunteering your time to this campaign! 

Yard Sign Canvass for Valdez Bravo for PCC! 1st volunteer event!

Join Valdez Bravo for PCC for our first official volunteer events: Yard sign canvassing around Zone 5! 

Afterward, we'll head to a restaurant for snacks and debrief! 

As a first-time candidate, the biggest obstacle is getting my message and my name out there. Yard signs are a great way to do this -- but we can't get them in front of voters without your help! 

**Details:
DATE: Saturday 4/1 & Sunday 4/2 (come one or both days!)
TIME: 11:00am-3:00pm
LOCATION: Meet at AFT Oregon, 10228 SW Capitol Hwy. 
DEBRIEF: 3:15pm, Walter Mitty's Restaurant & Bar -  Mountain Park Plaza, 11830 Kerr Pkwy, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
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ABOUT VALDEZ:

On the Portland Community College board, I will:
- Work to keep PCC affordable for students
- Support fair pay & job security for faculty & staff
- Preserve PCC’s sanctuary status

As a veteran, a Latino, and a first-generation college student, I will be a strong advocate for underrepresented communities on the board. As a former PCC student, instructor, and advisory board member, I believe I have the perspective and skills to be an effective advocate for the diverse members of the PCC community.

It's been a busy week!

It's been a busy week on the campaign trail, and I am humbled by your incredible support!

Alani handing out campaign buttons and flyers at the Washington County Democrats Central Committee Meeting.

Alani handing out campaign buttons and flyers at the Washington County Democrats Central Committee Meeting.

On Saturday I spoke about the importance of accessible and affordable education alongside some incredible school board candidates at the Young Democrats of Multnomah County’s Candidate Forum. On Monday I submitted my official voters pamphlet statement! And last night, I had the opportunity to speak to the governing body of the Washington County Democrats. I am especially appreciative of the Washington County Democrats for what happened next. Let me explain.  

As a lifelong public servant with over 22 years of federal service, I am barred by the Hatch Act from running for a partisan elected office or receiving the endorsement of political parties. Fortunately for me, the position I'm passionate about -- the PCC Board of Directors -- is a non-partisan position.

I was invited to seek endorsement by the Washington County Democrats, but since I am barred from leveraging the collective power of the Democratic Party, I had to politely decline. However, I had the opportunity to introduce myself and why I'm running at the Washington County Democrats Central Committee meeting last night.

At first, the endorsement committee recommended co-endorsing my two opponents (both fellow Democrats). Then, a former PCC student passionately spoke up from the floor, arguing that we need people with new, diverse perspectives representing PCC students like him. Other Democrats spoke out, too and argued that co-endorsing my opponents would be unfair, since I am legally prohibited from seeking endorsement.  

I'm excited to report that the Washington County Democrats voted overwhelmingly not to endorse my opponents, thus leveling the playing field for my campaign, and sending the message that we will not penalize federal servants who step up to run for office!

Thank you, WashCo Dems for your sense of fairness in this election!

My wife and daughter attended the event with me and my 8-yr-old "campaign manager" received lots of compliments on her enthusiasm in handing out buttons and flyers. What would I do without her!?

Stay tuned for more updates from the campaign trail!

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I’m excited to announce that State Senator Michael Dembrow and State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer have endorsed my campaign!

I am beyond thrilled to have the support of these two devoted public servants who are intimately aware of the realities and challenges facing our community in terms of education, economic development, and workforce needs.

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Senator Michael Dembrow (District 23) is no stranger to PCC. Dembrow is an English instructor at PCC’s Cascade campus in North Portland and has taught at PCC since 1981. He also served as President of the PCC faculty union for 16 years! In the legislature, Dembrow is the Chair of the Senate Workforce Committee and serves on the Oregon Workforce Investment Board and the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps Advisory Committee, among others.

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Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer (HD 46) has served in the Oregon Legislature since 2011. Keny-Guyer is a staunch advocate for investing in our youth, and for quality public education from early childhood programs through college. Her other issues include public health, protecting the environment, and reducing economic disparities. Keny-Guyer is the Chair of the House Committee on Human Services and Housing and is a member of the House Committee on Early Childhood and Family Supports, as well as the House Committee on Health Care.

Thank you Sen. Dembrow and Rep. Keny-Guyer!!