PDX Mayor Wheeler gets challenge from Commissioner Mapps

By Oregon Campaign watch,

Fellow Portland City Commissioner Mingus Mapps has announced his run to unseat Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.   Mingus Mapps website.

Excerpt from Mingus Mapps opening statement:

Dear Portlanders, We all know that Portland is going through a traumatic crisis unlike any we have faced in our 171-year history.  

Our current policies around houselessness are creating chaos as we  witness the tragic impacts of exploding drug addiction and mental illness. Rock bottom should never be a tent or RV on the streets.  We can and must do better. 

Portland’s problems are solvable.  We must have the courage to admit when policies have failed and be willing to try new approaches with responsible, data-driven leadership.

That’s why I’m running for Mayor of Portland in the 2024 election. 

I have the values, vision, experience, and judgment to lead Portland to a safer, more equitable, and more prosperous future.  

I have a strong record of accomplishments for the two short years I’ve been a Portland City Commissioner and am proud of what we have done – while also recognizing that it’s not nearly enough. 

I’m a dad of 12- and 14-year-old Black sons. I want my sons to live in a place where they can be free to be their authentic selves, love who they want, and live in a safe environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

For me, this isn’t a pursuit of political power, it’s about fixing the broken city I love, the city that has made me who I am. ”