The first time Ted Wheeler ran for mayor, he and former state Rep, Jules Bailey each claimed to be the most progressive candidate in the race. This time around, Wheeler is not likely to do the same thing with urban policy consultant Sarah Iannarone, who has released an 11-page list of "public safety priorities" far to the left of anything he will endorse.
Among other things, Iannarone wants to abolish the Portland Police Bureau's Gun Violence Reduction Team, remove the bureau's School Resource Officers from public schools, end all cooperation with the FBI Portland Joint Terrorism Task Force, create homeless shelters in every neighborhood, support the creation of supervised drug injection sites, end the city's role in homeless camp sweeps, legalize prostitution, prevent the police from arresting or citing a homeless person for "engaging in actions that a houseless person might reasonably need to do outside."
"It is imperative that we come together as a community for a critical rethinking of what public safety means, and for whom," read the document, titled "Rethinking public safety."
Broussard: Wapato an issue in mayor's race
The 2020 race for Portland mayor is beginning to get crowded. Seven candidates have now filed with the City Auditor's Office, including incumbent Ted Wheeler.
Among the most recent candidates is Bruce Broussard, an African-American veteran and business owner who has run for numerous offices in the past, including Multnomah County Commissioner District 2. His filing says he is employed by No Veterans Left Behind Oregon, a nonprofit corporation he and his wife started in 2017 to vet other veterans organizations.
Broussard tells Sources that he intended to make opening the former county-owned Wapato Jail for the homeless a priority. Owner Jordan Schnitzer has delayed demolishing it in hopes of finding an operator who will run its as a residential drug and alcohol treatment center.
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