City, County candidates speak at Lents forum

Discover which candidates in the upcoming May election showed up to meet neighbors at this, the only live Candidate Forum held in outer East Portland …

Folks check in at the April 14 Lents Neighborhood Livability Association meeting, ready for the announced Candidates Forum.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Several community and special interest groups held online meetings with candidates for the upcoming May 17 Primary elections. However, it was the Lents Neighborhood Livability Association (LNLA) that invited candidates to come in person to tell why they believe they should be elected.

Out of all those invited, only a few responded. Those who were there on the evening of April 14 – some arrived early, others came in after the meeting had started – did present themselves to the 28 attendees.

The room fills, as the Candidates Forum begins.

The first to speak was (at far left) Sharia Mayfield, running for Multnomah County Chair – Deborah Kafoury’s current seat. Next (left to right)  is Commissioner Position #3 are on-time arrival candidates Rene Gonzalez, Vadim Mozyrsky and Peggy Sue Owens.

Also, these candidates are running for Portland City Council Commissioner Position #3; (the current incumbent is Jo Ann Hardesty) – not listed in presentation order – were:

  • Rene Gonzalez,
  • Vadim Mozyrsky,
  • Chad M. Leisey,
  • Peggy Sue Owens, and
  • Dale Hardt.

Because the LNLA recorded video of the live meeting, you’ll be able to see and hear how each candidate presented themselves at this meeting:

Vote, in the May 17, 2022 Primary Election

“Elections have consequences”
                 President Barack Obama

Ballot packets for the May 17, 2022, Primary Election were mailed on April 27 and should be in your hands, now.

Pay attention! If all residents of outer East Portland voted, we’d be the ones who elected the next Multnomah County Chair; and, as important, we’d be determining the people who will become the new “Portland City Commissioner Position #2”, currently held by Dan Ryan, and “Position #3”, held by Jo Ann Hardesty.

Sadly, too many people in our neighborhoods have “given up” on politics. But remember, even if you yourself aren’t paying attention to “politics”, politicians continue to pay attention to the residents of precincts (voting districts) who do vote.

If you and your neighbors don’t vote, you’re telling elected officials they don’t have to worry about public safety, and how they spend your tax dollars in your area.

  • To see City of Portland Candidate Filings: CLICK HERE.
  • To see Multnomah County Candidate Filings: CLICK HERE.

Please, pay attention! Please vote!

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