Candidates for Portland Mayor, Council squared off at Transportation Forum

Transportation was the focus at the Portland candidates forum March 10, 2020, at the Clinton Street Theater. Twenty candidates, including incumbents Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, qualified to participate. The forum was sponsored by The Street Trust, the WTS Portland, YPT Portland and Bikeloudpdx

Transportation was the focus at the Portland candidates forum March 10, 2020, at the Clinton Street Theater. Twenty candidates, including incumbents Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, qualified to participate. The forum was sponsored by The Street Trust, the WTS Portland, YPT Portland and Bikeloudpdx

In case you missed it, you can view the video on our Facebook page, read the coverage from the Oregonian, see photos, and read the live tweet coverage of the event.

Candidates for three City Council seats and mayor addressed questions about the climate crisis, safety, equity and investments such as those called for the City’s Bicycle Master Plan and the proposed I-5 Rose Quarter project. The candidate forum is part of The Street Trust’s effort to engage, educate and support elected and appointed leaders who are proponents of walking, biking and transit.  

Even before the doors to the Clinton Street Theater opened, we succeeded in getting the leading candidates for office in Portland to give serious thought to their position on transportation issues. The forum revealed candidates who are disposed to align with our priorities and, if elected, should be held accountable for moving the dial on shifting away from single occupancy auto trips.

April 28, 2020, is the last day to register to vote in the primary election in Oregon and May 19 is election day. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in their race, it will go to a runoff between the top two candidates in November.

Last month The Street Trust Board of Directors voted to endorse measure 26-209 which would renew Portland’s ten cent motor vehicle fuel tax for street repair, maintenance and safety.  Projects funded by the tax will include greenways and safe routes to school.

More than 50 people have registered to run for three City Commissioner seats and the mayor’s office in Portland. To qualify for the forum, candidates had to demonstrate they have at least 250 supporters. Candidates who qualified and participated are:

Candidates for Mayor

Ozzie Gonzalez

Sarah Iannarone

Teressa Raiford

Ted Wheeler

Candidates for City Commissioner, Position 1

Candace Avalos 

Timothy DuBois 

Carmen Rubio 

Philip Wolfe 

Candidates for City Commissioner, Position 2

Margot Black

Sam Chase

Julia DeGraw

Rachelle Dixon

Tera Hurst

Dan Ryan

Loretta Smith

Candidates for City Commissioner, Position 4

Sam Adams

Chloe Eudaly

Mingus Mapps

Keith Wilson

Seth Wooley