Novick aims to ‘prove it’s possible’ to be progressive, fiscally responsible

Portland commissioner makes his campaign for re-election official Tuesday.

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Portland Commissioner Steven Novick made his campaign for re-election official Tuesday.

“I’m running again because I want to prove it’s possible to be both progressive and fiscally responsible,” Novick said in a news release. “From supporting low-wage workers to fighting climate disruption to housing affordability, we need solutions that can work in an era of tight budgets.”

He also launched a new website to coincide his announcement.

The new website features a list of Novick’s accomplishments, which include securing $4 million for safety improvements on 122nd Avenue, his repeated denial of an annual pay increase, opposition to Portland’s participation in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and success leading the transportation bureau’s transitioning of thousands of street lights to energy-saving LED lights.

The City Council approved the LED streetlight program prior to Novick’s tenure.

Novick also cited his push for socially responsible investment standards, including listing Walmart as a company the city wouldn’t invest money in, as a top accomplishment.


Novick is making his proposed plan to sell the Veterans Memorial Coliseum central to his campaign.

“While architecturally interesting, Memorial Coliseum, which the city owns, needs at least $35 million in basic repairs just to keep it limping along as a venue for minor league hockey and high school graduations,” Novick said. “We could sell that property to a developer to build housing, requiring 30 percent of the units to be mid-to-low income affordable. Preference would be given to veterans (who we know really need the housing) and African American families who were displaced when Memorial Coliseum was originally built.”

Novick said he was preparing a proposal to ensure that businesses give advance notice to workers of their schedules, because he said too many employees are being given their work schedules at the last minute, making it difficult to plan for things like child care or family issues.

(SOURCE: Portland Tribune)

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