Elect Joe Rowe - Portland Oregon House Dist 44 - We deserve universal healh care. End generous gifts to corporations making billions. Put people above profit - Do not vote for Tina Kotek

About Joe Rowe

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Our Campaign Goals:
Healthcare as a human right
Rent Control Now
End Oregon no cause evictions
Fund Schools not prisons
Faster and more public transit
More classroom funding
Make polluters pay to cleanup and test 24/7
Pro Taxing the rich, not the poor
Endorsed by Greens, The Pacific Green Party

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- Green Party Candidate
- Public School Teacher
- Public School Parent
- Active in the community
- Accepts money from Humans only
- No group or corporate Money!

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Transportation for people

Here is a transit plan for moving Oregon into the future.

  • New transporation committee in the Oregon House, add 2 members who use transit daily and live in urban settings
  • New transporation plan that gives local agencies more control of the roads and budget
  • Increase bus lines in North Portland so that there is equity with parts of SE, NE, NW and SW based on density. 
  • Add 20 cents to the gas tax per gallon
  • High Speed rail to/from Eugene/Portland/Seattle
  • Update the Columbia river Interstate exchanges by doing immediate emergency fixes such as  a) Allign the BNSF rail bridge to reduce 90% of bridge lifts b) close the Jantzen Beach North Bound on-ramps from 3-6pm and let that traffic have a short detour south before heading North.   
  • Transfer ODOT control and funding of roads in Portland to be under the control of Portland. Same for any city that can propose safey and accountablity improvments.
  • Extend light rail on all Portland lines and create a line to SW Portland
  • Remove non commercial vehicles off a few key arteries in major cities. This would create high speed bus and transit corridors for people and small business. 
  • Put and end to subsidized parking in Oregon.  Currently it's cheaper to drive when compared to the cost of public transit, this is unfair funding.  People want to drive less, but our system is rigged to promote cars.
  • We must have a complete change of leadership at all levels of ODOT.  Until we change leadership any goal will fail.  Goals will fail even if they are set in wrting after a long and public process with consensus or any means of negotiation.  The Oregon Department of Transportation can't be trusted. They lied to me and lawmakers frequently in meetings about the CRC freeway in Salem.   We would never move Oregon forward even if everyone in the public shared my priority of putting safety and vision zero first.  We would be united in opposition to the actions of ODOT.  Our united vision for vision zero would be blocked by the old guard at ODOT.    
  • Complete the plan for the Salmonberry trail from Portland to the Coast.  This trail would be one of the biggest yet most affordable cycling attractions outside of Europe.  It could make Oregon the organic Disneland of outdoor travelers and nature seekers.
  • Fund cities who can slow traffic to 20mph on most streets, as this would bring us to near zero deaths on our urban roads.


  My opponent (Speaker Tina Kotek) has designed a committee of transporation to Fail people and promote cars.   The Oregon Transportation committee in Salem is disfunctional and lacks members who use transit. They all drive and live in rural or suburban sprawl.   They have failed to pass an Oregon Transporation plan. The plan they proposed is seen by experts as outdated efforts to "widen roads" at the end of town.  Most members of the committee in the house have limited experience with the topic. All members were appointed by Speaker Tina Kotek. Oregon must fix transit by electing new leadership.   See the picture below. Watch City Club speaker David Bragdon better describe the ODOT committee plans and failure. He compares this to modern states moving forward with accountable and transparent reforms using all modes of transit. Quoting Kotek's work.... It "was old school, no performance measures"  -- "Big road widening at the edge of town" -- "key projects for key legislators if they vote the right way"  

Click here for the video -->  https://youtu.be/Pk1rW5S-S5A?t=34m5s