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Mapps defeats Eudaly for seat on Portland City Council

Posted by on November 3rd, 2020 at 8:54 pm

Welcome to council, Mingus Mapps.
(Source: Mapps Campaign)

Incumbent Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has lost her seat on City Council. Mingus Mapps, a self-described “daily bike commuter” since the 1980s has won 56% of the vote to Eudaly’s 43% with just over 78% of the votes recorded.

Eudaly, commissioner-in-charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, enjoyed broad support among transportation reform advocates. Her Rose Lane Project, which has already installed some bus-priority lanes around the city, was a signature accomplishment.

Eudaly was poised to do big things for cycling in February, but the pandemic put her plans on pause. Another opportunity for her to put cycling on the front-burner came last month when PBOT was scheduled to present several cycling initiatives at City Council, but that was put on hold because her office felt they needed to demonstrate more progress on racial equity issues before doing so.

Mapps, a 52-year-old father of two young boys is a newcomer to politics but is a former political science professor and graduate of Harvard and Cornell who has worked in City Hall on neighborhood association and violence prevention programs.

When I asked him about cycling during the primary back in May, Mapps said he considers himself an “enthused and confident” rider. “Riding on high-traffic, high-speed arterial streets is scary and dangerous,” he said. “That is why, when I am on City Council, I will focus on improving and completing Portland’s biking infrastructure so that every neighborhood in the city is safely accessible by bike.” Mapps also expressed an eagerness to turn Portland’s bicycling decline around. “Many of the people who have moved to Portland in the last decade are new to biking culture. Currently, a lot of Portland’s public discussion around cycling is inaccessible or off putting to people who are new to biking,” he said.

Eudaly is currently embroiled in a fight to cut the Portland Police Bureau budget by $18 million in support of a proposal from fellow Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty. Her loss at the polls will likely loom over the vote on that proposal which is scheduled to take place this Thursday. Eudaly and Hardesty need one more vote for it to pass and it’s less likely council newcomer and swing vote Dan Ryan will side with Eudaly given tonight’s result.

In a statement issued tonight, Eudaly said, “I may not be your City Commissioner in 2021, but I will keep fighting for you. I’m in this for the long haul… I know the pressure points in City Hall, I know the codes we need to change, I know the bad actors as well as the good, and I am not going to stop fighting for the equity and justice every Portlander deserves.”

Mapps will take his seat alongside Jo Ann Hardesty and Carmen Rubio, creating a majority Black/Latina council for the first time in Portland history.

Read more about this race from the Portland Mercury.

Stay tuned for more election analysis as results are finalized.

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I’m puzzled why BP has portrayed Eudaly as the bike community’s choice. I agree she has recently done some positive things for human-powered streets, but I’ve never seen any reason to think Mapps would do less. He actually rides a bike. Maybe it is sort of a bird in the hand vs a bird in the bush thing.

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Eudaly was a relief from Novick, but for the specific local issues I’m voting on this year I am very much looking forward to Mapps.

I’m not thrilled with more turnover but that’s just the way it is going to be so long as the city hangs on to its broken commissioner system like this country and its electoral college. I can’t wait to see what toxicity undermines which commissioners: will misogyny reign or will it pivot to racism? Love this city, but it’s a huge predictable problem here and it doesn’t stop so long as the positions are entirely at large.

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I’m not crying over this loss. Eudaly never really led PBOT. The Freight committee was a joke, the bike committees gutless and her staffers never returned phone calls. I’m not surprised she didn’t have a lot of campaign volunteers. Additionally having one of her staffers end up on the Albina Vision Trust crew was a bit too chummy for my taste. I’m sure Mapps has some new ideas to share, I’m open to supporting new directions.

Lets never forget who the spoiler queen for bikes: Teresa Raiford. Doesn’t matter how many BLM protesters corkers support, it will never be good enough for dontshoootpdx. I will never support that woman for any other election ever again. Sarah swung hard for black rights and they didn’t’ swing back for her.

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It was super late coming, but eudaly’s last second opposition to the Rose quarter project was a huge, positive step. I hope council will stick by that position, whoever takes on the helm of pbot.

Matt
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Matt

Yes!!! Goodbye Chloe!

Jon
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Jon

I was disappointed in Eudaly’s bitter scorched earth “concession” speech. Mapps took the high road. These statements reinforced my vote for Mapps. https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2020/11/03/newcomer-mingus-mapps-sweeps-commissioner-chloe-eudaly-from-office/

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I still can’t understand why JM and other transpo advocates were so enamored of Chloe. I know it can be great to have the meanest dog in your corner when you’re in a dogfight, but Chloe’s accomplishments were so modest – she really didn’t seem to fight very hard for anything in her transportation portfolio. And she was so handicapped by her poor political skills: imagine getting an email from your colleague who threatens to kneecap you if you don’t support her positions.

How could you be so sure she was pro-bike when she never actually rode a bike?

No, the one thing Chloe fought for most passionately was to destroy Portland’s system of neighborhood associations. But they refused to be destroyed and made sure her political career in Portland was destroyed instead.

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There was a talk between Chloe and Mingus on the opb radio. I thought it was pretty fun to listen to, and even while the election is decided i would urge people to listen to the last debate.