More vehicular violence this weekend. I’m not voting for any incumbents in May. Those in office are not getting the job done. Time for change in my opinion. Portland police said the deadly hit-and-run on Friday marks the thirteenth traffic fatality and the seventh pedestrian-involved fatal crash of 2022.
There are some reasonable candidates running fortunately
Rene Gonzalez and Vadim Morzysky are both running against Hardesty for City Council
Sharia Mayfield, a Muslim woman of Arab descent is running for Multnomah County chair and is endorsed by Jordan Schnitzer
Michael Simpson is running against Dan Ryan and is pro-environment and is for cleaning up our MUP’s/bike paths and making them safe so they can be used for their intended purpose. If we don’t reduce our car share how can we ever expect to reduce our carbon footprint?
What does Mayfield being “a Muslim woman of Arab descent” tell us about her politics? If it is not relevant, then why did you mention it? If it is relevant, then why is she the only candidate whose ethnicity, gender, and religious background you mention?
Because identity politics are highly valued (excessively by some) in Portland. Plus it is sort of interesting. Not too many Muslim women in politics in these here parts. Her father was falsely accused and imprisoned by the FBI of being the Madrid train bomber even though he had never left the Portland area. So she does have “lived experience” with racial and religious profiling which I think would be considered a positive attribute by many.
FROM NYT’s 2006:
“The United States of America apologizes to Mr. Brandon Mayfield and his family for the suffering caused” by his mistaken arrest, the government’s apology began. It added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which erroneously linked him to the Madrid bombs through a fingerprinting mistake, had taken steps “to ensure that what happened to Mr. Mayfield and the Mayfield family does not happen again.”
At an emotional news conference in Portland announcing the settlement, Mr. Mayfield said he and his wife, an Egyptian immigrant, and their three children still suffered from the scars left by the government’s surveillance of him and his jailing for two weeks in May 2004.
The best thing in my book though is that she FULLY supports having our MUP’s/Bike paths be free of unsanctioned camping, clean and safe for public use! The other candidates for county chair do NOT support this position.
Unfortunately, voting prior bums out just let in the current batch. Candidates tell us what we want to hear to get voted in, and once in, they do their own thing.
I’ve voted for those supposed “rebels of the establishment” before, only to find out once they were in office, they embraced the establishment for every penny they could.
It’d be nice to be able to believe the candidates and what they say. I know, that’s a fantasy.