The Portland City Council voted yesterday to pass Open & Accountable Elections! If you’ve been following this closely, you know what a profoundly important victory this is.
Open & Accountable Elections will open up Portland city elections for broader and more accountable representation in city government. The program empowers candidates to run for office without taking big campaign contributions, instead fueling their campaigns with small-dollar contributions from local city residents, matched 6-to-1 with designated public funds. In a city where only 7 women, 2 people of color, and 2 people from the outer east side have ever been elected to city office, and at a time when big special interest money is strangling our democracy – this is groundbreaking reform!