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Transportation activist Joe Rowe looks to unseat Kotek from Oregon House

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 6th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Rowe create and distributed these “Politician
report cards” at an anti-CRC rally in April 2009.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

North Portland resident Joe Rowe has announced his candidacy for Oregon House District 44. Rowe, a teacher and active transportation activist who comments frequently here on BikePortland, will attempt to unseat Democrat and House Leader Tina Kotek.

Rowe is an outspoken critic of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) and he plans to use Kotek’s record of support for the controversial project against her. Kotek was the lead legislative proponent of the CRC when it flew through the legislature last year.

“She’s lost a huge opportunity by going against many of her constituents,” wrote Rowe in a statement about his candidacy. Rowe also accuses Kotek of being too cozy with corporations, not doing enough to stop coal exports, and not supporting the “Health Care for All” bill when it came up last session.[Read more…]