election 2020

5 questions for Metro Council candidate Mary Peveto

Avatar by on March 18th, 2020 at 2:20 pm

Mary Peveto.
(Photo: Peveto for Metro)

It’s hard to know what the future holds, but we’re operating under the assumption that we’ll still have local elections on May 19th.

One of the hottest races in town is for a seat on Metro Council. District 5 is up for grabs because Councilor Sam Chase (who’s held the seat since 2013) is running for Portland City Council. In the past month or so we’ve shared posts from two other candidates in this race: Portland Planning Commissioner and transportation reform activist Chris Smith, and civic and nonprofit leader Cameron Whitten.

Today we’ll hear from Mary Peveto. She answered five of my questions.

First, some background. Peveto is known for her work in air quality activism. She founded and still leads Neighbors for Clean Air, a nonprofit that forced a big steel company in northwest Portland to install air cleaning equipment at their plant. Her group has also successfully lobbied the legislature to reduce diesel pollution. Peveto told me she has experience not only in going after big corporations, “But also ineffective and sometimes intransigent government agencies to hold them accountable for doing their jobs of protecting people.”[Read more…]

20 candidates vie for votes at transportation forum

Avatar by on March 11th, 2020 at 4:39 pm

Council candidates on stage at Clinton Street Theater last night.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Mayoral candidates spar over I-5 expansion at climate debate

Avatar by on March 9th, 2020 at 1:56 pm

Candidates and moderators on-stage.
(Photos captured from livestream provided by XRAY-FM)

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Portland bike shop will host event in support of mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone

Avatar by on February 26th, 2020 at 9:47 am

“If we offend a few folks along the way, I guess that’s the cost of activism.”
— Eva Frazier, Clever Cycles

Sarah Iannarone is a serious challenger to incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler. After coming out of nowhere to nab 12% of the vote in her first try at the mayor’s office in 2016, her campaign has stepped way up this time around. One of the places she enjoys considerable support is among Portland’s legion of transportation reformers, where many know her not just as a politician, but as a fellow activist who often walks, rides, and rallies alongside them.

That might explain why one of Portland’s most well-known and established bike shops, Clever Cycles, has decided to host a house party for her. On March 3rd, Clever Cycles is inviting interested folks to join them at the shop for snacks, drinks and a discussion of Iannarone’s many plans.

I asked shop co-owner Eva Frazier to share why she supports Iannarone and why she’d risk getting directly involved in politics. Here’s what she said:


Iannarone at a BikePortland Wonk Night event in 2016.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

“I was having a conversation with another woman in the Portland bike scene. She said that we have this platform as business owners and would be wasteful to not leverage that to make Portland a better place. Portland has seen a lot of change, but also a lot of stagnation on fronts that we care about. We’re looking to the future politicians of Portland to make policy that brings us forward into a brighter future. I voted for Sarah four years ago, and I guess Portland wasn’t quite ready for her then. We need some serious change to make Portland into the city we all want to live in. Electing a mayor that walks the walk will get us there a little faster. One of the appealing aspects of owning a small business is not having to toe the corporate line. If we offend a few folks along the way, I guess that’s the cost of activism. If we don’t offend anyone, then we’re probably not doing our job.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Iannarone’s platform, consider showing up on next Tuesday. Here are the event details on Facebook. Frazier points out that the shop is family-friendly and there’s a play area for children away form the partying and politicking.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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Mark your calendars for candidate forums on climate and transportation

Avatar by on February 24th, 2020 at 3:16 pm

“We want to give voters with a strong interest in transportation an opportunity to learn more about the top candidates and reach their own conclusions.”
— Jillian Detweiler, The Street Trust

Portland’s political season is shaping up to be one of the most consequential and competitive in history. Two events coming next month will help you figure out who’s worth voting for.

With four of five seats up for grabs (including mayor), there are at least 40 candidates vying for seats on Portland City Council alone.

On March 8th, Sunrise Movement PDX, 350 PDX, and Harriet Tubman Middle School Environmental Club are hosting a mayoral debate centered on climate change and environmental justice. “Many of the youth organizers that brought 20,000 people out into the streets of Portland to strike for climate justice are at it again,” reads the event description.[Read more…]

Cameron Whitten: Why I’m running for Metro District 5

Avatar by on February 18th, 2020 at 9:40 am

Cameron Whitten.
(Photo: Whitten For Oregon)

This post was written by Cameron Whitten. You might also be interested in a similar post from another candidate in this race, Chris Smith.
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Chris Smith: Why I’m running for Metro District 5

Avatar by on February 6th, 2020 at 12:53 pm

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