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Government & Economic Affairs AM 9-09-20

  • September 09, 2020
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Portland City Council candidates – meet the people who want to serve you

Mayoral candidates


Sarah Iannarone is a community organizer, urban planner, educator, and former restaurateur. She placed third in the 2016 Portland, Oregon mayoral election. She earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning and sustainability from the Portland State University in 2005. Her professional experience includes working as an educator, in urban policy and best practices, and as a small business founder, owner, and operator. She attended but did not graduate from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., where she studied baking and pastry arts. From 2005-2018 she was co-owner of Arleta Bakery and Cafe in Southeast Portland's Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood with then-partner Nick Iannarone. In 2008, Iannarone assisted Nancy Hales launch the PSU program First Stop Portland, where she helped private funders create a destination for visiting delegations that want to learn about Portland's sustainable infrastructure.

Ted Wheeler  is the incumbent Mayor up for re-election. Mayor Wheeler has been in public service for more than a decade. He was first elected Chair of Multnomah County in 2006 and took office in 2007. He was then appointed to the office of Oregon State Treasurer by Governor Ted Kulongoski in 2010 and elected to the position in 2012. He launched the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan (OregonSaves), the first state-sponsored retirement plan for private sector employees and individuals in the country. The Mayor graduated from Portland Public Schools’ Lincoln High School, earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from Stanford University, and later received an MBA from Columbia University’s business school, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

City Commission Position No. 4


Chloe Eudaly is running for re-election to the Portland City Commission to represent Position 4 in Oregon. She assumed office in 2017. Before taking her seat on Council, Commissioner Eudaly was the owner and operator of the independent press bookshop, Reading Frenzy (est. 1994), the founder of Show & Tell Press, and the co-founder of the Independent Publishing Resource Center, a maker space for self-publishers currently located in SE Portland. Born and raised in the Metro region, she attended Tigard High School, Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC), and Portland Community College; she's called Portland proper her home since 1988.

Mingus Mapps is a former college professor and community organizer. After graduating from Reed College, he remained in Portland and had various jobs on political campaigns and as a policy analyst for Multnomah County. Looking for a new challenge, he then headed to Cornell, where he earned a PhD in government. He focused his scholarship on race in American politics, writing his doctoral thesis on electoral redistricting and pursuing postdoctoral work at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He joined the faculties at Bowdoin and then Brandeis—small schools that reminded him of Reed. After his family moved back to Portland in 2015, he switched gears from teaching about social justice to making it happen. He worked as executive director of the nonprofit Historic Parkrose and the Portland Office of Community and Civic Life.

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