Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman is retiring. After 20 years on the city council, Saltzman's seat is up for grabs. Five people are running on a variety of platforms for a chance to take that seat. This month, voters take the first step for choosing Saltzman's eventual replacement with the primary election.
To get a better sense of who these five candidates are, why they're running and what they stand for, OPB's Amelia Templeton sat down for one-on-one interviews with each of them. Below are the links to the interview highlights and audio recordings:
Felicia Williams, 40, is a business manager for Aronora, a Portland biotech company. Williams is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and downtown neighborhood association president.
about budget reform, evictions and her management experience.
Andrea Valderrama, 29, is a senior policy advisor to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and a member of the David Douglas school board. She's also worked under former City Commissioner Steve Novick.
about speed limits, housing policy and more.
Jo Ann Hardesty, 60, is a consultant and activist. She served in Oregon’s House of Representatives from 1995 until 2001, worked as a policy analyst for Multnomah County and has chaired the Portland chapter of the NAACP. She also carries a copy of the latest audit of the Portland Police Bureau in her purse.
about a proposed ban on luxury housing, who she voted for in 2017 and how she would like Portland's growth to benefit communities of color.
Loretta Smith, 53, has been a Multnomah County commissioner for the past seven years. She’s backed by a big name in Democratic politics in Oregon, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. She worked in his office for more than 20 years.
about housing, equity and allegations that she bullied women on her staff.
Stuart Emmons, 64, is an architect and urban designer. This is his second run for a Portland City Council seat.
about homelessness, inclusionary zoning and his decision to run.