While the media have mostly been focused on the Portland mayor's race, there's another a fascinating local race, pitting incumbent Amanda Fritz against Rep. Mary Nolan for Portland City Council. Yesterday they debated at the City Club.
Beth Slovic from The Oregonian has the details:
Fritz, who won office for the first time in 2008, talked up her skills as a collaborative leader with an eye trained on the city's bottom line.
Nolan, a six-term legislator who rose to House Majority Leader, told the Governor Hotel crowd she had a record of getting things done -- not just talking about problems.
Portland's Office of Equity and Human Rights, which Fritz championed last year, emerged as a key sticking point -- and as an example for Nolan of Fritz's process-oriented leadership.
"We actually don't have a work plan yet," Fritz said, adding that she just hired the new director for the office after a national search. "I can't tell you exactly what that will look like because it's not done yet."
Nolan seized on that. "I just heard her say that nine months into this (fiscal) year she doesn't have a work plan for a bureau that has a $1 million budget," Nolan said.
OPB had this take on it:
Former Oregon State Rep. Mary Nolan repeatedly lambasted the leadership of incumbent Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz at a city council debate Friday.
Nolan accused Fritz of "mismanagement" of an upgrade of the 9-1-1 emergency system. And Nolan said the incumbent should have a clearer plan for the new Office of Equity she supervises.
You can listen to the whole debate at the City Club's page.
As Kari noted in last week's column, Rep. Nolan has raised significantly more money than Fritz, positioning herself well to introduce herself to voters and win over the large number of undecideds. She's also managed to collect an impressive set of endorsements for someone taking on an incumbent city commissioner - including Barbara Roberts, Planned Parenthood PAC, the Sierra Club, AFSCME, SEIU, and the Portland Firefighters.
Last Friday, Nolan received the Tom McCall Legacy Award from 1000 Friends of Oregon, honoring her leadership protecting land use planning in the legislature.
Expect a barnburner.