Our mayor is not seeking reelection. Twenty-three people have tossed their hats in the ring to fill the vacancy. It is a rather interesting group vying for the position. Among the candidates are two individuals with criminal records: Tre Arrow, an environmentalist activist, who pled guilty in 2008 to two charges of arson and just recently was arrested on charges of domestic violence, and Cameron Whitten, age 20, a leader in the theoretically leaderless Occupy Portland movement who has been arrested numerous times for his activities in connection with the movement. Portland city code allows residents with criminal records to run for the office of Mayor.
Other candidates include two community college students, a manager of a Red Robin restaurant, several candidates linked to cashiering, management, or ownership of convenience stores, a “single, disabled homemaker,” and a taxi driver, among others. There appears to be a few candidates in the mix with at least some political background or relevant experience. We can hope that Portland does not show its “weird” side on election day.