Background on the Julia 4 PDX Campaign:
This is Julia DeGraw’s second campaign for Portland City Council, Commissioner Position 2. She originally ran for it in the 2018 Primary, where she garnered 33% of the votes of a citywide election, which translates to nearly 39,000 votes against a well funded incumbent. She took no corporate cash and raised $40,000.
Julia ran on a system change platform, making the case for creating city council districts and dismantling Portland’s outdated and ineffective commission form of government. At large elections in Portland have disproportionately favored white male candidates from the wealthy West side of town. Not only does the at-large election system lead to lack of geographical representation it makes it much harder for women, people of color and un-wealthy individuals to run for office and win––which is why she supports creating city council districts. Since her campaign, system change concepts have become a priority in Portland, making her a leading candidate in this race. Learn more about the broken commission government system with the City Club of Portland Reporton the topic.
Julia is running in the 2020 Special Election that opened up due to the terminal illness and tragic death of Commissioner Nick Fish. The election is on May 19th, 2020, and if no candidate gets greater than 50% at that time, a runoff for the top two candidates will be held on August 11th. Oregon is a vote-by-mail state so GOTV is a three week process of people actively voting.
2020 is the first time public financing has been made available to Portland City Council candidates, and with the matching money from the City, our campaign is expecting to raise a six figure budget—enabling us to reach significantly more voters citywide.
If you are interested in joining this deeply progressive change-oriented team, please check out the job description below. Send a cover letter and resume to
Campaign Manager Job Description:
The Campaign Manager oversees all aspects of the campaign including:
- Day-to-day operations
- Hiring and management of staff
- Coordination and implementation of the fundraising operations
- Ongoing coordination with the candidate
- Creating and managing the campaign budget
Candidate Qualifications and Skills:
- Strong leadership skills
- Excellent organizational skills including a high-degree of comfort with using Google Docs/Sheets/Slides/etc.
- Strong social media competency
- Bonus if fluent in Canva!
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Good interpersonal skills with a level-headed temperament
- Collaborative problem solver
- Confidence with making fundraising asks
- Experience with VAN is preferred
- Previous experience running and/or working on political campaign(s) preferred
- A car and driver’s license required
Compensation:Range from $2,500 to $3,000 per month with a $5,000 bonus at the end of the campaign, budget allowing (whether or not we win). Affordable short-term
housing can be made available by the campaign.