Portland official Hardesty attracts two reelection opponents
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has attracted two opponents so far in next year's primary election — both are criticizing the cuts to the Portland Police Bureau that Hardesty advocated last year.
The first was Vadim Mozyrsky, a Social Security benefits judge, who announced on Sept. 8.
"Too many have seen their family members and neighbors die because of senseless gun violence. Their resilience in the face of insurmountable loss is heartbreaking, and we need to act. We have elected leaders who have let dysfunction, distraction and divisive narratives permeate the institutions meant to help the people — and this is not serving the people. I am ready to stop the flurry of bad policy decisions that are impacting our most underserved communities and work across the halls of City Hall and Portland to ensure we can all see a safer and healthier Portland future," said in the announcement.
Mozyrsky also serves on the Portland Charter Review Commission, the Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing, the Citizen Review Committee under the Auditor's Independent Police Review division, and the boards of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, and the Public Safety Action Coalition.
The second challenger, Rene Gonzalez, is a business lawyer and consultant who announced he is considering the race on Sept. 21.
"[Hardesty] has demonized and attempted to defund public safety officers at a time when we badly need them," Gonzalez told Willamette Week. "This has most certainly contributed to the sense of lawlessness in Portland."
Gonzalez also founded Reopen Portland Schools, a group of parents who demanded a return to in-person instruction, last fall.
Mozyrsky and Gonzalez have not yet filed their candidacies with city elections officials. Both have filed political action committees with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. Mozyrsky reports raising $2,675 to date. Gonzalez reports raising $1,750 and has qualified to participate in the city's Open and Accountable Elections public campaign financing program.
Hardesty has not yet announced her candidacy for reelection but has $2,047 in her political action committee.
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