Dana Carstensen

For Oregon Metro Council District 4

Welcome!

Dana Carstensen’s passionate goal is to advance quality of life for residents and workers as an elected public servant for Oregon Metro Council District 4. Through smart investments in sustainable technology, internal reform, and new approaches to affordable housing, Dana believes we can improve Metro’s fiscal responsibility and the health and long-term economic vitality of our region.
Dana is a dedicated unionist and shop steward with a B.S. in Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon. The son of a small business owner from Alaska, Dana moved to the Portland area in 1999 as a young teen. In 2013 he became an employee of Metro, where he won sick days for food workers, access to the just cause standard, and an unfair labor practice decision against Metro for anti-union activities. He also spent a year in New Zealand working in farming, logging, and animal husbandry.

Dana’s Agenda for Oregon Metro

Make all new TriMet bus purchases electric, using the long-term cost savings to expand public transit in Washington County while improving air quality

Develop and build a waste-to-energy plant, which would generate between 5-15% of our region’s energy needs while creating jobs and sequestering carbon.

Fund the creation of community land trusts, which would make home ownership affordable and give democratic control of the land to community members
Improve labor standards for Metro employees, raising the bar for workers across our region
Make all new TriMet bus purchases electric, using the long-term cost savings to expand public transit in Washington County while improving air quality
Develop and build a waste-to-energy plant, which would generate upwards of 20% of the region’s energy needs while creating jobs and sequestering carbon
Fund the creation of community land trusts, which would make home ownership affordable and give democratic control of the land to community members
Improve labor standards for Metro employees, raising the bar for workers across our region