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Meet and mingle with City Council candidates tonight

Posted by on April 11th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Fritz (L) and Nolan (R)
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Local non-profit Upstream Public Health is hosting an “informal conversation” with Portland City Council Candidates tonight and the topic on the table will be active transportation. Upstream and other orgs that are sponsoring this event (including 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Coalition for a Livable Future, OPAL, Ride Connection, and the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition) are the same folks that brought you the excellent mayoral debate back in February.

Tonight’s event will be a bit more low-key than the mayoral debate; but the City Council races — especially given Portland’s “weak mayor” form of government where all five commissioners have an equal vote — are just as important.

The tightest race will be between Mary Nolan and incumbent Amanda Fritz. I look forward to sharing more coverage on both of them in the coming days and weeks. The other race (for outgoing commissioner Randy Leonard’s seat) is thought to be a shoe-in for Steve Novick; but there are some interesting candidates in that race. Both Jeri Williams and Mark White have important perspectives to add to the conversation.
(Novick isn’t expected to attend tonight, but the other four will be there.)

To prep for the event tonight, check out how each candidate responded to questions about active transportation issues written up by Upstream, the BTA and other groups.

The event begins at 7:00 pm at Someday Lounge (125 NW 5th). More details on the Facebook page.

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  • CaptainKarma April 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Someone please ask Amanda if bicyclists are behaving well enough now to get $$ for lifesaving infrastructure.

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  • Christianne April 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Well she should have seen so for herself. She was filming something on the Springwater trail on Monday morning, impeding bike traffic while she was doing it.

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  • redhippie April 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I called Fritz for help in resolving the traffic conditions that have lead to the numerous accidents around my home on Willamette Blvd. got some interest, but little else. Maybe Mary will be more effective. My experience.

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  • Perry Hunter April 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Anybody but Amanda Fritz…

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  • Gerik April 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Quick clarification, these are the exact same questions we wrote as a coalition for the mayoral debate.

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  • oskarbaanks April 12, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Bye, Bye Amanda.

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  • Harry Mathew April 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Interesting “opinion piece in The O. If the list of endorsements for Nolan is correct there are plenty of obvious questions to ask her.

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    • JRB April 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Your source is Dave Lister. All the more reason to support Nolan.

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