The Race for Mayor 2012

Welcome to BikePortland’s coverage of the 2012 mayoral election. Start with our in-depth interviews with the leading candidates: Jefferson Smith, Charlie Hales, and Eileen Brady. Then browse the stories below for more coverage.

CRC labeled as “The Mt. Hood Freeway of this year’s mayoral race”

Avatar by on May 31st, 2012 at 12:35 pm

“With the Columbia River Crossing increasingly looking like the Mount Hood Freeway of this year’s mayoral race…”
Jack Roberts in The Oregonian

The recent spate of bad news for the Columbia River Crossing Project — which was documented in detail on the Blue Oregon blog last week — reached new heights today.

In a guest column in The Oregonian, former Oregon Labor Commissioner and respected businessman Jack Roberts reflected on the current Portland mayoral race. In assessing how candidates Jefferson Smith and Charlie Hales compare to former Portland mayor Neil Goldschmidt, Roberts wrote:[Read more…]

Eileen Brady and Charlie Hales clarify stance on PBOT Director Tom Miller’s future

Avatar by on April 27th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Two candidates for Portland mayor — Eileen Brady (L) and Charlie Hales (R) — have commented about the future of PBOT Director Tom Miller (center) (Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Mayoral hopefuls asked: ‘Will building more bikeways be a priority for you?’

Avatar by on April 26th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Active Transportation Debate at PSU-2

The candidates at a debate in February.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Three local media outlets — KPAM radio, KOIN TV, and the Portland Tribune newspaper — hosted a mayoral debate today. Among the questions asked by KOIN’s Mike Gianola was, “Will building more bikeways be a priority for you?”

Amazingly, for the city most often referred to as the best bicycling city in America, not one of the leading candidates for mayor grabbed the question by the horns and answered with a strong, “Yes!”. If you weren’t convinced yet that bicycling is a liability when it comes to swaying undecideds (who all the candidates are trying to sway right now) this exchange should seal the deal.

Instead of confidently answering that Portland needs to do more to build our lagging bike network and make bicycling a larger priority because it makes sense and we’ve already made huge strides for relative peanuts in investment — each candidate stuck to their now familiar responses they’ve pulled out whenever a bike-related question comes up. [Read more…]

KATU asks ‘Bike lanes or…’ question: See how mayoral candidates respond

Avatar by on April 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

KATU-TV (Portland’s ABC affiliate) and Willamette Week hosted a televised mayoral debate on Sunday night. It was a very good debate with questions taken from live audience members, online fans, and seasoned political reporters from both outlets. Then this happened…

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An interview with mayoral candidate Eileen Brady

Avatar by on April 4th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Eileen Brady, photographed in BikePortland’s downtown office.

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Election roundup: The Oregonian picks Hales, Brady in a car, candidate events, and more

Avatar by on April 2nd, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Active Transportation Debate at PSU-5

A big endorsement for Mr. Hales.

Local elections are heading into the home stretch here in Portland (primaries are May 15th). Candidates are going to the full-court press, media coverage is picking up, and non-profit groups are hosting events to introduce you to your future leaders. Here’s an update on things from a bike/transportation perspective…

The big news is that former City Commissioner turned streetcar/light-rail consultant Charlie Hales has won the big endorsement of The Oregonian. In an editorial explaining the decision, The Oregonian cited Hales’ experience on City Council and his “record of accomplishment” on many local issues. [Read more…]

Mayoral candidates say they’d fire PBOT Director: Tom Miller responds – UPDATED

Avatar by on March 16th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Tom Miller in May 2011.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

According to The Oregonian’s City Hall reporter Beth Slovic, PBOT Director Tom Miller is not likely to keep his job if Charlie Hales or Eileen Brady win the mayoral election.

Both candidates made their intention to make the change in separate interviews with The Oregonian this week:

“I believe we need to change the leadership at the Transportation Bureau, and we need to do it on day one,” Brady said in an interview with The Oregonian on Wednesday about her priorities should she win.

“This isn’t personal,” he [Hales] said on Friday. “There are major issues in the bureau, and it needs a fresh and fully qualified leader.”

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Bike Walk Vote endorses Jefferson Smith for Portland mayor

Avatar by on February 17th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

He’s pumped!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

After a thorough evaluation process that included in-person interviews, a questionnaire and ride-along with all three major candidates, political action committee Bike Walk Vote has announced their endorsement of Jefferson Smith for Portland mayor.

Bike Walk Vote co-chair Evan Manvel said today in a phone interview that Smith’s “Commitment, record, and leadership on equity as well as his focus on not spending all of our money on new infrastructure and highways,” are key things that stood out for them. Manvel also cited Smith’s work to “engage the whole city and work with non-traditional power brokers” as traits that were important to their choice.[Read more…]

Mayoral hopefuls debate active transportation to sold-out crowd

Avatar by on February 7th, 2012 at 11:10 am

Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith on stage at Lincoln Hall.

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An interview with mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith

Avatar by on February 6th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Jefferson Smith making a point during an interview in our downtown office.

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