In a big race in the
Portland area, the two Oregon AFSCME local unions that represents Metro
employees have voted to endorse Tom Hughes for Metro President.
Metro is the regional
government that includes large portions of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington
counties. AFSCME Local 3580 represents some 300 Metro employees proper, while
sub-local Local 3580-1 represents another 60 workers at the Portland Expo,
Performing Arts and Convention centers, which fall under the overall Metro
"Tom Hughes has demonstrated the ability to
bring diverse groups together to find solutions that benefit the whole
community," said Local 3580 President Matt Tracy. "He brings the
leadership and experience needed to move Metro and the region in a positive direction."
The AFSCME locals join other
leading labor groups in endorsing Hughes, including IBEW Local 48, the
Northwest Oregon Labor Council of the AFL-CIO, the Columbia Pacific Building
Trades Council and Teamsters Joint Council 37. The AFSCME endorsement comes on the
heels of the recent announcement that Hughes' campaign has also secured several
significant endorsements from business groups as well.
"This is an honor," Hughes
said of the AFSCME endorsement. "It means a great deal to me to be supported by
the people who work at Metro."
For eight years as mayor of
Hillsboro, Oregon's fifth-largest city, Hughes took a pro-active approach to
helping companies invest in new facilities, and he is widely credited with
helping Hillsboro lead the state in job creation during his tenure.
Hughes taught history and
government in the Beaverton school district for 30 years. He served as mayor of
Hillsboro from 2000 to 2008, having previously served on the Hillsboro City
Council and several planning commissions. He has also volunteered with many
civic organizations, and currently serves on the Governor's Green Jobs Council.
Hughes lives in Hillsboro with his wife, Gayle, and they have two adult