Labor Council hosts first mayoral debate


From left, Portland mayoral candidates Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith respond to questions from union members.
Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and challenger, State Rep. Mary Nolan.

The Northwest Oregon Labor Council, AFL-CIO, hosted the first joint appearance of the 2012 campaign for Portland mayor on Nov. 16, 2011. More a forum than a debate, candidates Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith talked up their agenda for working people, and answered questions from unionists, which were read by Oregon AFL-CIO communications director Elana Guiney.

The mayoral forum was preceded by a three-way forum for Portland City Council candidates — Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan, and Steve Novick.

City Council and mayor are non-partisan offices. The election will take place May 2012. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent, voters would choose between the top two vote-getters in November 2012.

Steve Novick, candidate for Portland City Council

The complete event is online here.  The video quality isn’t great. But it’s an informative discussion, and the public’s first side-by-side look at the candidates. The mayoral portion of the forum begins just over an hour into the video, at 1:01:00.



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