City Council candidate transportation forum set for April 5th

Six council candidates confirmed for the panel. Left to right: (top) Felicia Williams, Loretta Smith, Jo Ann Hardesty; (bottom) Stuart Emmons, Andrea Valderrama, Julia DeGraw.

It’s time to educate ourselves about the candidates running for Portland City Council.

And with just two months until the election, we’re happy to announce there’s a candidate forum on the calendar that will focus solely on transportation issues.

Community Cycling Center, OPAL Environmental Justice, Oregon Walks, The Street Trust, and Young Professionals in Transportation have joined forces to host six candidates for a forum on April 5th. So far the candidates who will participate include: Julia DeGraw, Stuart Emmons, Jo Ann Hardesty, Loretta Smith, Andrea Valderrama and Felicia Williams. (UPDATE, 3/13: Candidates Philip J. Wolfe and incumbent Nick Fish will also particiapte.)

DeGraw is vying for the seat currently occupied by Nick Fish. Fish is also running for re-election against Nicholas Sutton and Philip J. Wolfe. The other five candidates above are aiming for Dan Saltzman’s seat. Saltzman has served for 19 years and won’t run again.

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Nick Fish (left) and Philip J Wolfe are also confirmed for this event.

Here are the forum details:

City Council Candidate Forum on Transportation
“Learn how candidates for Portland City Council will address important transportation issues facing our city, such as implementing Vision Zero, investing in East Portland, & sustainable active transportation funding.”
– Thursday April 5th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm (moderated panel at 6:00, questions at 7:00)
– Lucky Labrador Beer Hall (1945 NW Quimby Street)
– All-ages venue
– Event page: Facebook, BP Calendar

We’re looking forward to learning more about all the candidates. Share your thoughts so far in the comments and stay tuned for more coverage.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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hotrodder
hotrodder
4 years ago

Jonathan, is there a good reason that you aren’t running for city council?

SilkySlim
SilkySlim
4 years ago

All that aside, you’d easily get my vote!

joeb
joeb
4 years ago

Two weeks later . . . this is the best answer I could ever hope for.

. . . from any candidate.

bjorn
bjorn
4 years ago

I hope that the candidates have a chance to talk about how to reduce drunk driving in our city.

Random
Random
4 years ago
Reply to  bjorn

Especially the candidate with personal knowledge of drunken driving.

curly
curly
4 years ago

We are in a transportation crisis here in PDX. I want to hear some value & equity positions from these candidates.

Middle of the Road Guy
Middle of the Road Guy
4 years ago
Reply to  curly

Can you elaborate on that a little? Is it that pedestrians are getting killed?

curly
curly
4 years ago

Pedestrians fatalities are up (115th and Division a couple of days ago), automotive fatalities are up, bicycling is stagnant, transit ridership is down and people are driving more. Where are we investing the significant amount of funding we are starting to see roll in, and is it in the most dangerous sections of town. Why aren’t we seeing more private infrastructure investment? Are we spending in smart ways? Want more? See you at the Transportation forum. Or not?

Middle of the Road Guy
Middle of the Road Guy
4 years ago
Reply to  curly

“Why aren’t we seeing more private infrastructure investment?”

Such as what? A business is only going to invest money in something that has a return on the investment.

Middle of the Road Guy
Middle of the Road Guy
4 years ago
Reply to  curly

From Vision Zero:

Although Portland’s traffic fatality rate is among
the lowest of the 50 biggest cities, the number of
pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists killed on our
roadways each year has remained flat over the past
20 years. During that time period, an average of
37 Portlanders died in traffic collisions annually,
including 12 pedestrians, 2 bicyclists, and 24
motorists each year.

Chris I
Chris I
4 years ago

Is Loretta Smith a candidate? I thought she was still working for the county…

Jim Lee
Jim Lee
4 years ago

We do not need JM on Council.

We need him running PBOT.

David Hampsten
David Hampsten
4 years ago

Do you have any sense of Nick Fish on transportation issues? I’ve always seen him as a competent Water and Sewer Bureaus manager (in a city council essentially made up of an elected city manager and 4 elected assistant city managers, few of whom have any competency at all.)

Tony Jordan (Contributor)
Reply to  David Hampsten

In my experience, Commissioner Fish is a thoughtful listener who seeks compromise. I have met with him on parking policy and I was very impressed that he had good questions for me and seemed to really be trying to get a better sense of the issue.

I think his perspective on transportation has evolved a lot since he moved to the central city and walks to work.

Gregg
4 years ago

GO JoAnne Hardesty!

Damien E
Damien E
4 years ago

This is the first event I’ve heard of concerning Fish’s seat, and that’s exciting.

Regarding Saltzman’s seat, I had the pleasure of seeing Williams, Hardesty, and Valderrama speak at a neighborhood association meeting (Brentwood-Darlington, which is not where I live, but I made the trip to hear what they had to say), and afterwards felt I could comfortably vote for any of the three. I’ll be especially interested to hear what they have to say on transportation, but some quick points I learned from them:
* Hardesty and Valderrama live in east Portland (Valderrama at least in the David Douglas district, not sure about Hardesty), so there’s some potentially much-needed representation in that direction
* Williams doesn’t have a car and mostly gets around on Trimet
* All of them support changing up the council to a more district representative/strong mayoral system (with Williams in particular I had the opportunity to follow up with directly on this, asking if she’d basically vote herself out of the job she’d potentially just won, and she still pointedly supported the idea)

I’m excited for the event. I hope it’ll long enough for that many candidates.

David Hampsten
David Hampsten
4 years ago
Reply to  Damien E

I’ve worked with Hardesty & Valderrama as a volunteer in East Portland. Hardesty is solid on economic development and housing issues, while Valderrama is better about transportation stuff.