There's another candidate in the race for the Portland City Council seat that's currently held by Sam Adams.
Consumer advocate and community activist Jeff Bissonnette has jumped in with both feet, and is running as a Voter-Owned Elections candidate.
He has spent the last nine years as a consumer advocate with the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon, making sure that utilities don’t gouge ratepayers, and developing progressive energy policy for the state of Oregon.
Jeff also spent nearly a decade working as a social service advocate to set up school breakfast programs and summer feeding programs for children in local communities. He also recognized that families must have the ability to help themselves and he worked to support the start-up of community gardens and plant-and-seed distributions so families could grow their own food. ...
He has worked with electoral efforts as part of the Multnomah County Chapter Steering Committee of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, electing pro-environment candidates and holding them accountable once in office. He has also worked to ensure a diversity of voices by serving on the board of Portland Community Media, providing a means for community-based communications.
From his campaign announcement:
Better Employment - Portlanders need economic security for themselves and their families. Small businesses are the economic foundation of our city and we need to ensure that Portlanders have the resources to start, grow and sustain locally-owned businesses that provide a solid underpinning for our community. I will work with small business owners throughout the city to create those needed resources.
Better Education - Portlanders need opportunities to ensure they have the education and technical training to work and live in a diverse and rapidly changing society. Investing in post-high school education and life-long training is the key to maintaining local businesses and creating family-wage jobs in our city. I will fight for the resources to make those investments.
Better Environment - Portland has the potential to become a national leader in creating a “clean” economy with “green collar” jobs. For instance, making investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies as well as in reducing the city’s carbon footprint must be continued and pursued even more aggressively. I will work with Portland residents, organizations and businesses to demonstrate that environmental responsibility and economic vitality are not trade-offs but can and must go hand in hand.
Better Accountability - Portlanders expect a lot from their city. It is essential that they understand how and why decisions are made and trust that public resources are being used to achieve the greatest good. I will make sure that Portland works for Portlanders by having field offices throughout the city and appointing a bureau staff member as a citizen representative in each of the bureaus I will oversee to ensure that Portlanders get the good service they expect from their city.
Learn more at Portlanders for Jeff Bissonnette.