Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on May 5th, 2008 at 5:38 pm
Ballots are out and some Portlanders are already casting their votes in a landmark election that will remake Portland City Hall.
I’ve been lacking a bit in political coverage but I hope to rectify that in the next few days (hold on to those ballots!).
In the past days/weeks/months I’ve met with several candidates — including Council hopefuls Amanda Fritz, Jeff Bissonnette, and Nick Fish, and Multnomah County Commission hopeful Rob Milesnick — and I’ve kept my eye on some of the state races. I’ve also run into Chris Smith several times and my meeting with Mayoral hopeful Sho Dozono is still in the works.
I’ll share some of my thoughts about all of them (and let you add yours) in the next day or so — but for now I wanted to give everyone a heads up on the Portland Mercury’s candidate event happening tomorrow night.
I’m one of the “handful of community leaders” that will “grill the candidates” in a quick Q & A session that should be a fun way to (hopefully) learn more about the folks who will be making the tough decisions about the big issues in years to come.
===[Note: I’m under the weather and will not be at the event tonight.]
There are some great candidates in running this time around, and most of them are pretty smart about bike and transportation issues. We’ll have some tough decisions to make, and I hope I can present some information in the next day or so that will help you decide.
Contrary to what several folks have asked and emailed me about, I will not make any endorsements. I will simply share what I know and let you take it from there.
Stay tuned for more election coverage and in the meantime, check out my past coverage here.