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Architect Emmons to challenge Commissioner Novick

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COURTESY PHOTO - Stuart EmmonsAlthough he has not officially announced yet, local architect and preservationist Stuart Emmons tells the Portland Tribune he is planning to run against Commissioner Steve Novick in the 2016 Primary Election.

Emmons, who started the Emmons Design architecture and planning firm, is also known as co-founder of Friends of the Memorial Coliseum, which is seeking to preserve the iconic Portland spectator facility.

Novick has proposed replacing the Coliseum with affordable housing, but Emmons says that is not the only reason he is running, citing a long record of community involvement, including volunteering with Portland schools.

His first joint appearance with Novick is expected to be the Jan. 26 Candidates Forum for Arts & Culture hosted by the Regional Arts & Culture Council at the Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 11th Ave.

Novick, who is serving his first term on the council, is also opposed by Michael Durrow, Shannon Eastbrook, and Joseph Puckett. The election could be won in the primary if any candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote.