Candidate forum for City Council seat

A dozen Portland City Council candidates vying for the new N/NE Portland District 2 seat debated issues including homeless policy, police funding, Zenith and the CEI Hub before nearly 200 people at a March 6 community forum at St. Johns Church.

District 2 candidate Mariah Hudson of Alameda offers answer to question
District 2 candidate Mariah Hudson of Alameda
offers an answer. Photo by Barbara Quinn.

The North Peninsula Review newspaper sponsored the event that drew candidates: John Armstrong, Reuben Berlin, Mariah Hudson, Debbie Kitchin, Marc Koller, John Middleton, Chris Olson, Jennifer Park, Elana Pirtle-Guiney, Brooklyn Sherman, Laura Streib and Jonathan Tasini.

Crowd at District 2 Candidate Forum on March 6
Crowd at District 2 Candidate Forum March 6.
Photo by Barbara Quinn.

The Zenith and CEI Hub issues sparked the most intense language of the night with several candidates lambasting the current city leaders including Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioners Carmen Rubio and Dan Ryan for approving the last Zenith permit to continue operating its tank complex near the Willamette River across from North Portland. 

There will be an update story on the District 2 race coming in the April issue of the North Peninsula Review.