Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to bring two mayoral candidates together to focus on familiy. Based on feedback here and from many conversations with many families, we focused on just a few issues that were underscored, time and time again.
- 1. How would you as Mayor address displacement of Portland families that has occurred due to increases in housing prices? Specifically, how would you increase the quality and quantity of affordable family housing stock that is convenient to employment and family infrastructure?
- Portland is a leader in environmentalism. How will you capitalize on existing city programs to specifically address environmental health of children? What new innovations or tools of city government will you use as mayor to reduce emissions?
- The economic health of the Portland economy is critical to families and working parents. How will you as mayor increase the number of family wage jobs in Portland, and the number of workers who are qualified to fill them?
Thank you so much for all of you who attended and participated. We even have a stack of questions from the audience, which we are currently compiling to see if we can send to candidates for their thoughts. It was great to see a substantial group of invested parents, who were interested in learning more and asking their burning questions. We may even be able to get film footage from the forum; stay tuned.
Were you at the session last Saturday? What were your impressions of the candidates responses? Did it solidify your inclination to vote for one of the mayoral candidates? Interested in asking follow up questions of the candidates? You never know, we just may have the opportunity!