Paul: Sam Adams for mayor…

…the gaycondo endorsement.

I can imagine the way many women and African Americans feel that now, for the first time ever, there are viable presidential candidates that look like them. Here in Portland we also have a pretty historic mayoral race going on. The frontrunner is Sam Adams, a City Commissioner who is also a gay man. His main competition, Sho Dozono, is a Japanese American whose family was sent to an internment camp during World War II. In general Portland is a town where overt homophobia is rare, for the most part I can go about my life without fearing rataliation or violence for being who I am. Still, the prospect of a gay mayor is exciting and has an enormous symbolic value.

I hope Adams wins not only because he’s gay (or because he’s a total silver fox), but because he recognizes all the things that make me love Portland. I have heard him speak twice and am amazed by his drive and willingness to take on tough positions when he thinks something is really important. Dozono is endorsed by the current mayor, who is a good guy but has done practically zilch during his 4 years in office. Dozono promises to govern in a similar way. Adams, on the other hand, will work relentlessly to make this city an even better place to live, and I am excited about the changes that will take place under his direction.

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3 Responses to “Paul: Sam Adams for mayor…”

  1. 1 The Bearded Traveler
    May 12, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I’ve heard of Alisdair Gray!! (I’ve heard of a LOT of totally unknown Scot writers.
    SERIOUSLY. Gordon Legge is my favorite. Duncan McLean. James Kelman.
    Alan Warner’s ehhhh okay.)

    Total -burn- on Topeka there.

    I’ll vote for him if he starts drivin an H3 to work.
    With flames on the side.
    That would rock.

  2. 2 TB
    May 13, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I guess you haven’t really been paying much attention then, if you are voting for Sam.
    Sam is in this only for self satisfaction and has no clue what effects the small businesses in this city. POTTER backing Dozono has no significance whatsoever on the plan that Dozono has for this city.
    I know this man and he has no idea what self-gain is as Adams does… If you would go on http://www.shoformayor.com you would see that he has a plan in place( Adams doesn’t, he just wants the title of being mayor) and he is the one that is wanting a rainy day fund and also the one that desperately fought to STOP the millions of dollars Sam wanted to spend on a bridge that we DON’T NEED! Funny how Sam finally got it and geez just in time to appear the good guy in the race.
    If the community would take this opportunity to finally have a chance at a good future for our kids and the next generation, stop the self-righteous politicians from running this city and put Dozono in there that knows what it’s really like to have self-serving politicians running this city we would then be able to say we have a prosporous future. The fact that Dozono is not necessarily the same type of speaker that Adams is only proves that Sho is a business man that has the future of this city at heart. He works everyday at making things good for this city. Sam practices being a politician. I’d like to see Sam Adams try to run a business. What a loser that would be.

  3. 3 gaycondo
    May 13, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    The bridge that TB is talking about is a beautiful old steel bridge from Sauvie Island that has been replaced. Rather than allow the older, historic structure to be dismantled for scrap Adams’ plan would move the bridge into the central city to provide a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the freeway. The cost is estimated at 5 million dollars, most of which would come from a federal grant. The cost from the city’s transportation funds would be minimal, and an opportunity like this rare. I want a city government that will take advantage of things like this when they come along, and there are a serious lack of safe bike and pedestrian routes crossing the freeway in that area. I respect the commenter’s opinion but disagree. Adams has worked very hard in city government for a number of years, but I don’t think that should count against him – his record shows that he is very committed. Saying that he is only out for personal gain is unfair, he wants to be mayor badly but only because he actually cares. The mayor’s salary is something like 120,000 a year, if he were out for personal gain I am sure he could make more money doing other things. There are a lot of people in this town that despise growth and change, but the reality is that you can’t stop Portland from changing and that’s what makes it an exciting place to live. I want a mayor who has a proven track record of getting things done who will have innovative ideas for dealing with the changes that will take place. On planning, jobs, and economic development Adams has much more detailed platforms than Dozono. Running a small business as Dozono has done (an unprofitable one at that) doesn’t necessarily qualify him to run a city with half a million people.

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