2022 May Primary Election Endorsements

We are thrilled to officially announce our slate of candidates who have earned Next Up Action Fund’s endorsement for Oregon’s May 17, 2022 primary election.

We want to elect leaders that come from our communities, share our values, and will fight for young people in Oregon. The people elected to local offices make crucial decisions that affect our daily lives, including determining budgets, funding, and plans for transportation, access to healthcare, affordable housing, climate change, policing, immigration, and so much more. Your vote matters to ensure we are electing local leaders who will fight for us in office.

State Legislature

Wlnsvey Campos, Senate District 18
Khanh Pham, House District 46
Ricki Ruiz, House District 50
Jackie Leung, House District 19
Nathan Sosa, House District 30
Neelam Gupta, House District 38
Janelle Bynum, House District 39
Annessa Hartman, House District 40
Kaliko Castille, House District 41
Travis Nelson, House District 44
Andrea Valderrama, House District 47
Hoa Nguyen, House District 48

Municipal Level

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Metro Council District 4
Brian Decker, Washington County District Attorney
Stacey Vieyra-Braendle, Salem City Council – Ward 6

Clackamas County

Catherine McMullen, Clackamas County Clerk
Libra Forde, Clackamas County Commissioner #2


Simone Rede, Portland City Auditor
AJ McCreary, Portland City Council Position 2
Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland City Council Position 3

Update your voter registration

Take some time to update your voter registration to make sure you are ready to vote in this upcoming election! Oregonians (that are 16 years old or older and U.S. citizens) can register to vote online here. The deadline to register or update your registration for the May primary is April 26, 2022. To vote for these state legislative candidates, you will need to be a registered Democrat for the primary election.

About our endorsement process

We announced our endorsement process on January 28th on our website and over social media. In each election, we convene an endorsement committee made up of youth cohort members, staff, and board members – with a focus on Black and brown youth – who have decision-making power. This year, the endorsement committee is a paid, full-year commitment to grant more continuity between our primary endorsements and general election endorsements. It is crucial that the community we serve are the ones that get to make these decisions. After a thoughtful process, the Endorsement Committee made recommendations to Next Up Action Fund’s board, who voted to approve their recommendations.