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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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