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Latest mayoral candidate is an urban planning wonk who commutes on a folding e-bike

Posted by on January 19th, 2016 at 3:50 pm

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Sarah Iannarone

Sarah Iannarone, a doctoral candidate in the venerable Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, is running for Portland mayor. The Willamette Week reported the news earlier today and a source tells us Iannarone will make an official announcement this Thursday at 11:00 am in front of City Hall.

According to the Willamette Week, Iannarone was encouraged to run by none other than our current mayor Charlie Hales. The connection? Iannarone works with Nancy Hales at First Stop Portland, an organization housed at Portland State University that shows off Portland’s livability and urban planning successess to delegations from around the globe.

Iannarone, 42, joins Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey in a race that so far has failed to muster excitement from Portland’s large number of urban planning and transportation wonks.

Here’s more from The Willamette Week on what her entry means to the race:

Iannarone’s candidacy would add an element of unpredictability to a race that was shaping up as a head-to-head contest between Wheeler and Bailey.

With her experience advocating bicycle transportation and greater urban density, Iannarone could siphon the votes of Portland’s young liberals away from Bailey. Those votes are crucial in the May primary, where voters are usually older and more conservative.

But her candidacy also increases the likelihood of a runoff in the November general election. In a presidential election year, like this one, November voters are often younger and more liberal. That could be bad news for Wheeler, a Democrat seen as the more conservative candidate in the race.

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An image from the First Stop Portland website.

Iannarone doesn’t just sing the praises of urban cycling at her day job, she has more real-life, everyday cycling experience than either Bailey or Wheeler. A quick scroll through her Twitter timeline shows that Iannarone commutes to work year-round on a folding electric bike.

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Iannarone is also mentioned in a 2009 Portland Mercury story titled, “Protest for Pedestrian Rights.” Iannarone participated in that rally following a collision that killed two women who were walking in the crosswalk at SE 80th and Foster. “This road was designed for automobiles, not for people,” Iannarone told The Mercury. “What we need to do is make it more difficult for cars to go through.”

I also couldn’t help but notice the urban planning books on the shelf in the photo Iannarone chose to use on her Twitter profile:

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That’s some wonktastic stuff right there. This race just got much more interesting.

We plan to attend Iannarone’s official announcement on Thursday. Stay tuned.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

UPDATE, 1/20 at 6:47 am: This article initially stated that Iannarone’s announcement would be made in front of Keller Auditorium. It will be made in front of City Hall. Sorry for any confusion.

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yashardonnay
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yashardonnay

Just going by what was written in this article, she may be the answer to our dreams.

daisy
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daisy

I’m wondering if she might do better if people don’t realize the Hales connection.

EricIvy
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Fork in the small spokes! Looking forward to a BP interview 🙂

Adam
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So far, Iannarone seems like a breath of fresh air compared to the cookie-cutter, media approved duo of Wheeler and Bailey. Looking forward to see how she pans out.

Paul Atkinson
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Paul Atkinson

Okay, I’m definitely listening. 🙂

Todd Hudson
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Todd Hudson

“Sources tell WW that Charlie Hales urged Iannarone to enter the race.”

I could be wrong about this, but having the endorsement of the current mayor is definitely not a positive thing.

Spiffy
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she already has my vote…

steve-o
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steve-o

Her glasses must have the same designer as the Klingon swords. Who else notices the resemblance?

mran1984
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mran1984

It’ s a moped. I love the Klingon bit steve-o. I know why Hales is not running. How about you?

anonymous_middle_aged_white_guy_in_a_box
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anonymous_middle_aged_white_guy_in_a_box

I was all ready to get on her bandwagon, then I read this (from the very end of the WW article): “Because what’s sorely needed in Portland politics is another middle-aged white guy,” wrote Innarone.

I get the sentiment (the political status quo is subpar and it really is), I’m just really uncomfortable how she says it; the language is more divisive than constructive. But who am I to judge? I’ve said some snarky sh*% (just not publicly on the internet)!

Anne Hawley
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Anne Hawley

Well this is promising!

Lenny Anderson
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Lenny Anderson

Ah, someone who walks (or bikes) the talk!! But can she raise money?

Aaron
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I’ve known Sarah a little bit over the years. She’s done a lot of work with City Repair and I would guess that she’s the single most important force involved in creating the landscaped triangle at 72nd & Woodstock. She’s been involved in neighbourhoods for many years. I really appreciate that she’s biking to work, very few even marginal candidates consider that
(I have a couple of neg. thoughts, but I think their minor for now)

wsbob
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wsbob

What does Iannarone have for political experience? Does she have, or will she be able to muster the chops needed to get commissioners, bureau heads, and other sorts of people in power positions, to work together to get things done?

Ted Timmons (Contributor)
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Woot. Looking forward to hearing more from/about her.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Has Bike Walk Vote found a new leader yet? This piece makes me miss and appreciate the work that a group like BWV did for our community. They did such an excellent job of putting on display real, actual differences between candidates and elevating the voices of those who could create real, actual change. I feel like they could come in and do some strong advocacy work for someone like Sarah.

Doug Klotz
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Doug Klotz

My experience is that Sarah has been a voice for appropriate levels of development and for affordable housing on Portland’s Mixed Use Zones rewrite committee for the last two years.

mh
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What active transportation is going to call for a candidates’ debate – and ask the questions?

longgone
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longgone

Wow…. Really ?

Social Engineer
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Social Engineer

Is Amanda Fritz going to waltz to reelection without any challenge? That is who truly needs to be thrown out of office. This city is a joke.

Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

Interesting, but not Bud Clark

Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

However, possibly the long-lost second sister of K’Ehleyr…

..but Klingons do not ride electric bicycles…

…especially the females!

John R
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John R

Thank you for the serious coverage…unlike the Oregonian where we get talk of cake? How can this be our paper of record in 2016?