NE Portland real estate broker challenging Novick

Fred Stewart aims for a seat on the City Council.

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Fred Stewart is aiming for a seat on the Portland City Council.

Specifically, he’s angling for Commissioner Steve Novick’s spot.

“I don’t understand why he’s so mean to the people he’s been elected to serve,” Stewart said.

Stewart said Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales’ push to create a street fee for transportation projects was “the final straw.”


The real estate broker based in Northeast Portland filed registration papers with the state Elections Division a day after Nick Caleb dropped out of the race.

Stewart says he has a poll in the field and doesn’t yet have results back. But he believes voters are unhappy with Novick.

“I thought Steve would be our best city commissioner ever—that turned out to be really wrong,” Stewart says. “I’m bitterly disappointed in him. I feel our city needs a positive choice.” 

(SOURCE: Willamette Week)

Novick’s controversial ideas and pugnacious personality have made him a target in the upcoming election. Willamette Week profiled the commissioner weeks ago, writing that he started his term with broad support, which has waned over time — due mostly to the bungled street fee plan. Novick heads the Transportation Department, overseeing Uber and Lyft’s launch in Portland.

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