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Community Alliance of Tenants Action Fund Endorses Tina Kotek

Advocacy Group Also Sets Record Straight On Drazan’s Failed Voting Record on Housing Issues 

[Portland, OR]  The Community Alliance of Tenants Action Fund, Oregon’s first statewide tenants’ rights political organization, has endorsed Tina Kotek for Governor.

“With evictions spiking across the state, CAT Action recognizes the importance of a leader with a record of prioritizing housing issues,” said Donovan Scribes, CAT Action Board President. “We are confident Tina Kotek will listen to renters and take real action to solve the current housing crisis.” 

Earlier this week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Christine Drazan attempted to rewrite her failed record on homelessness by echoing Tina Kotek’s call for a homelessness state of emergency. Notably, Tina made that call in January 2020, right before Drazan walked off the job and derailed the entire 2020 legislative session, which included bills on homelessness, wildfires, and aid for flood victims.

Community Alliance of Tenants Executive Director Kim McCarty set the record straight in another statement to the press earlier this week, including these key points:

“The former Minority Leader’s announcement that housing policy will be her top priority as Governor did come as a surprise to our organization, since she voted against No Cause Evictions in 2019 (SB 608), against emergency rental assistance in 2020 (HB 4401), and against foreclosure and mortgage assistance in 2021 (HB 2009). She also voted against amending laws that would allow houseless individuals to seek shelter on public property in 2021 (HB 3115), as well as a provision that would allow more time before local governments removed the belongings of houseless individuals camping (HB 3124).

“We see these votes as at odds with an agenda to solve the housing crisis and with the values and views of CAT members.”

“Tina is the only candidate for Governor who will bring forward concrete solutions to address Oregon’s housing and homelessness crisis at the scale needed to solve it,” said Katie Wertheimer, communications director.

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