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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Run For Re-Election

PORTLAND, Ore.– The Mayor wants to run for a second term.  He will formally announce this evening at 6PM at Uncorked in SE Portland.  On his Friends of Ted Wheeler Website he lists his accomplishments

  • More than doubled Portland’s shelter capacity and focused on creating a robust system of transitional housing;
  • Prevented over 7,000 high risk households from experiencing homelessness;
  • Helped more than 6,000 people off the streets and into transitional housing services;
  • Built over 800 units of affordable housing;
  • Worked to pass both local and regional investments in affordable housing and shelter;
  • Helped 35,000 people stay in housing, return to housing, find shelter, get access to services and find jobs in the most recent fiscal year;
  • Resolved to transition our city to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050;
  • Limited Portland’s reliance on single-use plastics;
  • Joined the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge to tackle transportation and energy-related emissions;
  • Partnered with our city bureaus and helped to build coalitions around the implementation of the Portland Clean Energy Fund, a voter-approved measure that will invest in cleaner energy technologies for frontline communities;
  • Tackled livability issues alongside our business and nonprofit partners and created programs like Keep It Pretty, Rose City, aimed at bringing Portlanders together to keep our city clean;
  • Put strong, capable women in senior leadership positions, like Chief of Police Danielle Outlaw and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Andrea Durbin;
  • Addressed some of the biggest issues within the Portland Police Bureau, like de-escalation and bias training;
  • Increased funding for the Portland Police Bureau’s Behavioral Health Unit and Service Coordination Team to better address the needs of those in crisis on our streets;
  • Made crime reports for victims free;
  • Established a Homeless Community Liaison position within PPB;
  • Created the PS3 (Public Safety Support Specialist) program, freeing up armed officers from responding to non-emergency calls;
  • Created PCCEP (Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing) to increase the accountability factor for the Police Bureau and the decisions we make in City Hall;
  • Established programs like Portland Means Progress, that will enable local companies to create job and internship opportunities for underrepresented youth, increase purchasing from diverse businesses, and change their cultures to be more inclusive;
  • Invested in the exploration of 5G technology for our city, which will enable advanced internet connections and will allow government to better serve the public.

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