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City Council election heats up after first opponent qualifies to benefit from Portland public campaign finance progrm

PMG FILE PHOTO - Mingus Mapps has qualified for public campaign funds.Mingus Mapps is the first challenger of to Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's reelection to qualify for tPortland's public campaign financing program.

Mapps, a consultant and former city employee, announced he has qualified for city matching funds by raising over $30,000 from over 450 individual donors, qualifying for the city's Open and Accountable Elections Program. All donations from Portland residents, up to $50, will now be matched 6:1.

"Our campaign is complying with the donation limits passed by Portland voters, and I challenge the other candidates in this race to do the same. I am humbled and honored at the outpouring of grassroots support. This wide support shows that all corners of the City are ready for change," said Mapps.

Mapps received a bachelor's degree in political science from Reed College and a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University. He worked as a program coordinator in the city's Office of Civic Life and Community, which Eudaly oversees, before being dismissed last for unconfirmed reasons. He opposes Eudaly's proposal to change the city's tradtional public involvement process.

The Open & Accountable Elections Program approved by the City Council is a voluntary small donor matching program for citywide elections. Through the program, candidates are limited to accepting $250 per donor per election and may only accept contributions from people, not businesses, unions, or political committees.

You can read a previous Portland Tribune story on the election here.


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