Iannarone announces second race for Portland mayor
Community activist Sarah Iannarone announced she is running for Portland mayor on Tuesday, June 9.
"I'm very excited to announce my candidacy for Mayor," said Iannarone in a prepared statement. "Portlanders have seen the inability of our establishment politicians to move the needle on our housing crisis, to lead in averting climate catastrophe, or to restore trust between the community and law enforcement. I'm looking forward to spending the next ten months speaking with Portlanders across the city about their priorities and how a people-powered campaign to elect a policy wonk turned community organizer will help us stick up for all of the people in our Portland."
Mayor Ted Wheeler has told the Portland Tribune he will run for reelection.
Iannarone is a former small business owner who previously managed the First Stop Portland program at Portland State University. She currently teaches at the Wayfinding Academy in St. Johns.
In her announcement, Iannarone said she intends to take advantage of the city's newly established Open and Accountable Elections public campaign financing program. In exchange for limiting contributions to $250, her campaign will receive a 6-to-1 match for the first $50 of each contribution. To qualify, Iannarone must raise at least $5,000 from 500 Portlanders.
"I want to be accountable to every community member from Portsmouth to Powellhurst-Gilbert, Montavilla to Multnomah Village," said Iannarone. "Instead of letting our agenda be set by wealthy, entrenched corporate interests, we'll be participating in the city's innovative new campaign finance program to ensure we hear from everyday Portlanders across the city, not just those who can buy access to City Hall with big checks."
Iannarone ran for mayor in 2016 and finished in third place with 22,831 votes.
The announcement included a two-minute video that includes her criticisms of Mayor Ted Wheeler's adminstration so far. You can view it at https://youtu.be/oEykgGxe_tY.