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Timur Ender, Candidate for Portland City Council District 1, Exceeds Fundraising Milestone, Qualifies for Small Donor Elections Match

Portland, Oregon - Timur Ender, Portland City Council Candidate for District 1 (East Portland) has raised $28,000 to date. The campaign garnered substantial support in January, recording a total of 120 contributions, out of which 77 of which were from first time Portland donors. This robust show of financial backing not only underscores the broad appeal of Timur Ender’s candidacy but also positions the campaign as a formidable force in the upcoming November election. Importantly, the campaign has surpassed the crucial 250 contributor threshold, thereby qualifying for the small donor elections Tier 1 match. Timur is the second highest fundraiser in district 1 according to the website

Timur is running to improve community health, public safety, and expand housing options for Portlanders of every income level. Timur is committed to a future where every Portlander has the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.

Timur is committed to public service and uplifting East Portland.  For over 4 years he has served on the board of Oregon Walks, an advocacy organization working to reduce pedestrian traffic fatalities and improve walkability. Moreover, for 2 years he served on the Multnomah County Public Health Advisory Board.  Additionally, as a public servant, Timur managed multi-million dollar budgets of voter-approved infrastructure funding to deliver sidewalk, paving, and curb ramp projects funded by the Fixing Our Streets program.

Timur Ender’s campaign continues to gain momentum as it builds a diverse coalition of community members, elected officials, and advocates. The funds raised will be instrumental in fueling outreach efforts such as voter contact, community engagement initiatives, and ensuring a strong presence in the upcoming election. 

“I am thrilled to receive so much community support this early in the election cycle” said Timur Ender. “I’ve always said though, this campaign is about us, not any one person, and this milestone of achieving 250 Portland donors is evidence that many Portlanders are excited about our campaign for an inclusive, clean, and healthy city.”

Timur Ender’s official campaign kick off will be held Saturday, March 16th between 5-7 PM. We invite Portlanders to RSVP at this link:

About Timur Ender

Timur (pronounced ti-MOR, like Baltimore) is the son of Turkish immigrants who arrived in the U.S. in search of opportunity. Timur’s parents were able to land on their feet because of programs that provided them with pathways for upward economic mobility. This included immigration legal aid services, financial aid, and access to great public transit.

His parents taught him the importance of being involved in one’s community, servant leadership, and working collaboratively to solve problems. Timur grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended N.C. State University, majoring in criminology.  Drawn to the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty, he moved to Portland to attend Lewis and Clark law school. 


Timur’s decision to attend law school was grounded in addressing disparities in health, zoning, and transportation. After graduation, he chose to serve in city government because of its ability to have a meaningful impact on life outcomes for residents. There, he had the privilege of working with business owners, advocacy organizations, and neighbors to ensure city policies, planning efforts, and infrastructure projects met the needs of community members.

These experiences of listening, solving problems, and strengthening connections between people and their government are what drive Timur to serve.He and his spouse are raising two kids in the Hazelwood neighborhood, just blocks from 122nd Avenue. He can often be found taking his kids to swimming lessons, playing soccer, or at community events.Listen to Progress Portland’s most recent podcast, episode 11 Timur Ender District 1 candidate to learn more about Timur. Listen HERE

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