Portland to Vote on 13 Questions in November - Doubling Down on Failed Policies and Boss Mayor Politics
Last month, we updated you on four referendum questions that were filed for the November ballot by the Democratic Socialists of America. We now have confirmation that these questions have made the ballot, and will appear alongside one other referendum question and 8 questions from the Portland Charter Commission for a total of 13 questions on Portland's municipal ballot in November:
We know from the last several years that governing by referendum does not work for Portland. The referendums pushed by the Democratic Socialists of America and Ethan Strimling in 2020 invited numerous costly lawsuits, increased the cost of living, decreased housing production, and even led to the inability of our city to provide shelter to our most vulnerable neighbors. We stand ready to work with our City Council, other stakeholders, and the whole community to move workable policies through our public and democratic process at the City Council, but passage of these referendums would make that all but impossible.