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Election open thread: Chloe Eudaly or Mingus Mapps for City Council?

Posted by on October 15th, 2020 at 10:20 am

(Source: Multnomah County Voter’s Guide)

Thanks to all of you who shared your opinions about the Metro District 5 race. We received enough productive input both on here and on our Facebook page that I think it makes sense to do a few more of these.

So here we go…

Who do you plan to vote for (or have already voted for!) in the race for Portland City Council Position 4? Chloe Eudaly (VoteChloe.com) or Mingus Mapps (MingusMapps.com)? And why?

Please share your decision in the comments. Keep in mind I will moderate this thread even more closely than usual and will only tolerate productive and respectful comments.

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citylover
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citylover

I’m voting for Mingus Mapps. I know him as a dad raising two black boys in Portland. I know him as a neighbor. I like that he takes an analytical view of problems, to gather information and decide on a solution. Eudaly is more of a social media politician. I don’t think people need to have all the answers right away. Those often don’t work out very well. Many of Eudaly’s housing policies were great for developers! Oh yeah and the security lighting bonuses have flooded my street with night time light. I also hate the idea of losing the Neighborhood Associations. I think place and geography are important to our bonds with the places we live and people and business have a special connection to their place and the vision for it.

I also don’t think we need Eudaly for bike and ped advocacy. I think she has looked down at many bike improvements in favor of SOVs saying that they are bourgeois. Portland is a bike town, we don’t need Eudaly for that in my opinion.

I am enthusiastically voting for Mapps.

one
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100% Team Chloe- keep not taking monies from the police and the PBA, Chloe!

“City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has endorsed incumbent Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, who faces a stiff challenge from academic Mingus Mapps in November.” “After consulting my Rise Together team and deep consideration of the issues Portland is facing, I am proud to endorse Commissioner Eudaly for a second term. Chloe has been a passionate and effective advocate for renters and affordable housing,” Hardesty continued. “She passed a first-of-its-kind tenant relocation ordinance and sped up our public transit through the creation of the Rose Lanes. As we look to the future, Portland will need more advocates for those on the margins. For these reasons, I am looking forward to continuing to work together.”

Timur Ender
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Timur Ender

Im excited to vote for Chloe! Rose lanes and renter protections, she has consistently been on the side of those with less power. I see Mingus as someone who has the financial backing of ppl and institutions that already wield disproportionate power in this city

SD
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SD

Chloe. She has grown in her capacity as commissioner and has a clear position on transportation that supports sustainable, active transport. I don’t think Mingus will follow through on bus and bike infrastructure.

Jon
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Jon

Chloe is too thin skinned and divisive. Mapps is willing to listen and is the calm voice we need.

Bikeninja
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Bikeninja

Mingus has quite a set of intellectual chops. On paper he seems like a home town version of Obama, except he (Mingus) went to a better university for his graduate degree. That is the kind of brainpower we need to solve our pandemic and post-pandemic problems.

maxD
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maxD

I listened to their debate on KBOO the other night. I was concerned about Chloe’s strident position on talking to the Police Union. Mingus espoused a position that he would listen to and work with the Police Union. Chloe seemed to reject the possibility of any communication. Personally, I believe the Police Bureau is in obvious and urgent need of reform, and I see the Police Union as significant obstacle to meaningful change. Whomever is elected will need to represent the police and the activists, and be able to listen to both and craft reforms to protect black Portlanders and develop anti-racist policies. The Police Union is not anti-racist, but I also don’t think it wants to be racist. They are focused on protecting their members and the jobs of their members. We need a leader who can bring them along, to show them how the police can be a part of becoming an anti-racist City, how defunding the Police can be a benefit to officers serving us. Chloe talks about the Police with such disdain, but we need the police. And we need the police to not be racist.

KYouell
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KYouell

I’m thankful to see so many people commenting who are voting for Chloe this time after the roasting I got last election for supporting her. As I said then, I’m voting for her because she gets me and in some ways is me. She’s been thoughtful and willing to consider my car-free position despite her needing to have a personal vehicle to move her son around. I’m all-in for anyone I can disagree with on personal vehicles, have an online discussion with, and come to a place where we *do* agree.

The “thin-skinned and divisive” comment doesn’t ring true to me. She was a bridge builder and connector of people and supports long before she ran for office; I’ve seen no evidence that her personality has changed.

JV
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JV

I’m voting for Mapps. I admire Eudaly’s enthusiasm, passion, and dedication to disadvantaged populations. However, I feel that her approaches are simplistic and alienating to wide swaths of our community. Though my politics are pretty progressive, I favor elected reps who have a more nuanced approach to complex problems. ALSO, and this is my particular bias, I think that public service in the political realm should not be a career. Serve your constituents for a time, then go back to being a productive member of society. The longer one is in politics, it seems that the more they are beholden to powerful interest groups to sustain their careers (with a few exceptions I’m sure).
Thanks for your service, Chloe – now get back to work! Mingus, show us what you’ve got!

tenant rights, are human rights
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tenant rights, are human rights

As a low-income tenant, I’m voting for Eudaly due to her powerful and effective efforts to reduce rental price-gouging, protect tenants from dehumanizing eviction and harassment, and develop new non-market housing alternatives. If you want to stop greedy real-estate speculators, predatory slumlords, and pro-market sycophants from evaporating the last few remaining working class tenants in this city, please vote for Comm Eudaly.

Chloe Eudaly received a strong endorsement from Portland Tenants United:

Chloe will always be close in our hearts as the first PTU member to join city council. Her dedication to tenants rights is apparent and both our endorsement team and tenant voters recognized that with an A- and endorsement

https://www.pdxtu.org/chloe_eudaly_2020

Matt
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Matt

Chloe initially resisted the slow streets plan to create more accessible space during covid. What was implemented were a bunch of temporary drive-around barriers on greenways saying “local traffic only” on streets that basically always have local traffic only. It was lackluster for a city like Portland. Taking over street parking by restaurants was initiated primarily by the restaurants and later tacitly supported. But what changes has she implemented in the last 6 months that are truly ground breaking that make others look to Portland as a leader in bike infrastructure and transit?

PS
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PS

Mingus because he wants to reform the very organization he is running to be a part of and doesn’t think it is a cute moniker on his platform that Portland is known as “little Beirut”.

Amanda
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Amanda

Landlord/homeowner/wealthier individual – Mapps

Renter/Lower income – Eudaly

Mapps will fight to make sure that the status quo remains and everyone who is doing well stays that way despite our unjust and bias systems. This is what it always comes down to. “Liberal” people love the idea of basic human rights and treating other humans with respect (i.e. housing as a human right) until it comes out of their pockets. Why nothing will ever really change (or why change is SO slow) …

seportland
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seportland

Apart from Eudaly’s important work on behalf of renters during her tenure, I just can’t imagine voting for someone who takes money from (and wants to “build bridges with”) a police union that has spent the last four months defending their right to teargas and brutalize the people of this city. Mapps has a fancy degree but exactly zero policy ideas beyond cozying up with cops and wealthy homeowners.

Steve B
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Steve B

I’ll be casting a vote for Chloe Eudaly in 2020, as I did in 2016. Her support of transit priority lanes, tenant protections, open/slow streets, Biketown for All accessibility, Better Naito and defunding the PPB are among the many reasons we need a commissioner like Chloe Eudaly in City Hall.

Iona River
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Iona River

Chloe hands down.

Adam
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Adam

I voted for Mapps in the primary because I wanted to give him a shot in the general. I was hoping he would more fully flesh out his policy ideas if given more time, but I feel he never laid a really bold vision on anything nor how he bring any specific progress about. My wife and I just cast our ballots for Eudaly because she has accomplished the biggest policy item she promised in the last election advocating for renters and those seeking more affordable housing. She has proven to be an effective transportation commissioner too. I wish she had not bungled her efforts too reform the neighborhood association system, because it is in need of reform. However I don’t think that it was a major setback and it could be revisited later.

Jon
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Jon

As someone that used to be an officer in my neighborhood association in Portland I found it to be a great way to participate in “grass roots” level government. Most of our work was about organizing graffiti removal, large item garbage collection days, meeting with the local police officer regarding crime in the area, publishing a newsletter, and in rare cases input on land use cases like when businesses are applying for liquor licenses or developers asking for minor variances to the code for a project. It was the only way for local residents to have a voice in what was happening in the place they lived when dealing with bigger money interests.

Rivelo
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CHLOE! It’s always easier to be the new guy when you’re running against an incumbent, especially — it would seem — in Portland.

From the Portland Mercury’s endorsement of Chloe:

What does it mean to be a “divisive” politician in 2020? In the eyes of candidate Mingus Mapps and his supporters, it’s the textbook definition of City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. Mapps has gained momentum in his run to replace Eudaly by underscoring her so-called divisive approach to city politics—whether it’s her interest in repairing the city’s inequitable community engagement process without prioritizing input from neighborhood groups, or her work to place Portland’s tenants on an equal footing with the city’s monied landlords and developers. Mapps has also called her decision to rein in the unparalleled power of the Portland Police Bureau’s (PPB) “gut-based” (over “evidence based”).”

“Women politicians have been called “divisive” and “emotional” (synonym for “gut-based”) far too long to not see the casual sexism embedded in these accusations. But this race isn’t just about dog whistle sexism. We believe the reasons Eudaly has been stuck with these labels are exactly why we need her in city government.”

Beth
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Beth

I voted for Chloe today! She gets things done…Rose lanes, tenants’ rights and protections, car free greenways during the pandemic, trying to bring equity to neighborhood input besides neighborhood associations. Portland is a growing and changing city. Chloe responds to change with innovative ideas for all, not just the landowners.

Evelyn Amara
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I continue to support Chloe Eudaly in her role as Commissioner. Here’s why:

Eudaly serves as the Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Office of Community & Civic Life, the Office of Community Technology, and oversees the City’s Arts Portfolio. During her time as Commissioner, she’s made significant and much-needed progress on transportation and renter’s rights issues. Some significant projects include: transit priority lanes (Rose Lanes), tenant protections, open/slow streets, Biketown for All accessibility, Better Naito and no-nonsense defunding of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

Mingus Mapps, while cool and level-headed, has very few policies regarding transportation (the very bureau he is tasked with overseeing). It seems that he is building his platform primarily around housing and housing reform. While undoubtedly very important issues, those are not ones that are directly under his oversight. The Housing Bureau is directly managed by the Mayor. Additionally, he has accepted donations from the Police Bureau which has led to significant criticism. Not a good start, IMO. Although Mapps’ values seems to be in the right place gauging by his website, his platform highlights a negotiations-based approach which he has stated will lead him to seek negotiation on topics that (IMO) require stronger boundaries rather than negotiations (i.e. police bureau reform and public safety). I am also concerned that his environmental stances are not strong or clear enough and that he does not seem to have any comments on transportation and transportation improvements other than affordable public transit -and that is the largest bureau he will be responsible for. While he may have skills, this is not the role for him. Mapps is unprepared for the biggest job he will be tasked with: overseeing the City’s Bureau of Transportation.

Under new Mayoral leadership, it is HER responsibility to coordinate efforts across bureaus to move the needle on housing and policing improvements -not Mapps’. Iannarone is an urbanism expert and will take initiative and guide on these issues, certainly, but Mingus’ expertise does not seem to lie in the areas he is responsible for overseeing. Due to his lack of expertise in transportation and minimal mention of transit issues, I fear that he will be unable to continue the progress Chloe Eudaly has made on transportation projects and more responsibility will fall unto the mayor to manage this bureau due to Mapps’ lack of experience, expertise, and proclivity for negotiations when they are not necessarily needed, specifically on transit related issues. Our local and regional transit goals are clear, best urban planning practices and environmental science are also clear on what the future of mobility must look like and how we get there.

Chloe Eudaly, while bold, outspoken and, perhaps, not the most graceful, has demonstrated a strong willingness to support progressive action that translates to quick and visible change to the built environment. She also has shown that she has strong boundaries and is not afraid to state and act on these when necessary, as she has demonstrated in her exemplary teamwork with Jo Ann Hardesty taking clear anti-racist stances and swiftly working to reduce the PPB budget during recent months.

During times like these when the PPB is in need of serious reform, there shouldn’t be much room for negotiation on the table. All commissioners and the mayor will need to work together to stand their ground with the PPB, the most contentious, corrupt, and deeply racist bureau in need of no-nonsense reform. Mingus has demonstrated he is not willing to set those boundaries and will, in fact, negotiate and accept the PPB’s endorsement and funding ($15,000 worth from the police bureau).

After reading several articles and following Chloe’s work and actions for the last couple of years, I’d say she’s done a solid job stepping into the role during such a turbulent time and under challenging leadership. Chloe has gotten a lot done within the bureaus she is tasked with overseeing, meaning she has done her job and has done it well. I support Chloe Eudaly continuing her role as City Commissioner for her specific bureaus, and I look forward to more transportation and mobility-related upgrades city-wide.

Kittens
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Kittens

Eudaly because she showed bold leadership on Rose Lane Project. Now that traffic is down it may not seem it, but this was a big move and it’s continued expansion will serve us well when the pandemic ends.

Jamie Myers
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Jamie Myers

Eudaly hurt everythign she touched. Traffic/deaths are more, she wasted a ton of money on her publicity campaigns with no results, caused rents to go higher with her spiteful legislation.

Sure, if you want to be like a trump voter who only cares about hurting the other side, Eudaly is great. But these things come back to hurt us, and because of her, ton of people got rent increases. She is an incredibly spiteful and divisive and incompetent person, and she wants to consolidate power. She gave no bid contracts to her friends, she has zero respect for people who do not agree with her, fired people which caused a ton of severence pay, to replace them with her cronies that ended up getting much inflated salaries.

Under her watch, traffic sucked, more people died in traffic, less people are riding bicycles, and she created a very divisive environment.

No, thanks. We have enough incompetent, divisive and spiteful people in politics. We need people who can bridge both sides and take in to the overall picture, not just her base.

Mingus all the way.

ReallyTho
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ReallyTho

“***Portion of comment deleted by moderator***”
The “moderator” of this forum is going around and editing out portions of people’s comments.

Take what you read here with caution and tread lightly, know that comments and their contents are being altered by the moderator. As always, be careful with what you read and trust on the internet. We are watching the breakdown of dialogue in our democracy as we speak.

Jeffrey Yasskin
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Jeffrey Yasskin

Eudaly: She’s pushed through several important policy changes over the loud objections of the minority that can afford to go to city meetings. The failure of the changes to the neighborhood system showed a problem with her process, but she was trying to do the right thing, and she’s learned from that sort of mistake in the past.

Mapps agrees with Eudaly and me about many things, but he seems more willing to give into NIMBY groups on housing and more likely to give into the police union at a time we need to be reducing its power.