Portland mayoral candidates tackle hot topics


Portland’s leading mayoral candidates mostly agreed in their answers to a questionnaire by the Portland Business Alliance.

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Portland’s leading mayoral candidates mostly agreed in their answers to a questionnaire by the Portland Business Alliance.

Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith all focused on job creation.

Among issues: Columbia River Crossing, balancing economic and environmental goals, how urban renewal money should be spent, the city’s sit-lie rules for sidewalks, and whether an independent board should oversee water and sewer rates. 

All say jobs and economic growth would be their top priority. All say they will strive for both economic and environmental gains, or “win wins” in Brady’s words. All express support for spending urban renewal money on economic development. And all three would like to see an independent panel oversee water and sewer rates. 

They diverge in a few areas — only Brady expressed support for the current Columbia River Crossing plan, for example, and only Hales opposed creating a city Office of Small Business — and offer varying visions when asked to share ideas, such as on sidewalk management.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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