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Can public campaign finance be revived in Portland?

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Four months after Portland voters killed public financing of political campaigns for city office, a small cadre of supporters is organizing to bring the issue back. They got the OK last month from   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 HENRY STERN

Ex-Candidate's New Year Resolution=Bring Back Public Campaign Financing to Portland

Former Portland City Council candidate Spencer Burton struck us during his unsuccessful 2010 campaign as an intriguing candidate. Burton failed to qualify for public financing as one of the hopefuls challenging the re-election of Commissioner Dan Saltzman. But we wrote before the May primary that Burton "surprised us with his knowledge of Portland affairs, his common-sense approach and his of-the-people ...   More
Friday, January 7, 2011 HANK STERN

Portland City Council #3

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 HANK STERN

Ed Garren Files for Saltzman's Seat

Ed Garren, a family therapist who in 2008 ran unsuccessfully for former Commisioner Erik Sten's seat, is gearing up for the May 2010 primary election. This time the Hayden Island activist is running for the seat of Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who has said he will wait until January to make an official announcement about his candidacy. Garren filed his paperwork today, his mother's 97th birthday. ...   More
Thursday, November 5, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Dan Saltzman's Challengers Have A Novel Plan

With the Jan. 29 public financing deadline looming in the race for Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's seat, his challengers met last Sunday to brainstorm strategies to secure public financing. And what did they come up with? A series of Candidates' Collective events in which candidates will each speak for five minutes and spend the rest of the evening collecting 1,000 signatures and the ...   More
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Ari Phillips

Who Will Get Public Financing? (UPDATED)

The race to get 1,000 signatures and $5 contributions from registered Portland voters to qualify for public campaign financing ends tomorrow. Now there are more signs not all of the candidates running against Commissioner Dan Saltzman are going to make it. This morning, for example, Mary Volm withdrew her name from the list of people seeking public campaign financing. Fellow candidate Ed Garren ...   More
Thursday, January 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Spencer Burton Promises "To Be The Loving Vibration That You Long To Know"

Stonemason Spencer Burton didn't qualify for public financing in his race for City Commissioner Dan Saltzman's seat. But that's not stopping Burton from spreading his of-the-people message across Portland. I ran into Burton yesterday at Kenny & Zuke's in Northwest Portland as Burton was distributing the first of 10,000 newspapers he printed for $1,000 to communicate his platform to Portland ...   More
Thursday, April 15, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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