Candidates 'gone wild' face off Portland-style

Candidates 'gone wild' face off Portland-style

PORTLAND, Ore. - Cold beer, hot food, a crowd, and political candidates. Yep, it was Candidates Gone Wild in Portland Tuesday night at the Bagdad Theater.

The event has become a don’t-miss political tradition in Portland. The candidates and the audience were warned to expect a lot of laughs, maybe a few tears and perhaps some regret.

It was no means a nonpartisan event. People wore attire supporting one candidate or the other. But it may have been the most level playing field Portland mayoral candidates will be on.

On the stage everybody was fair game, whether it was Jefferson Smith, Charlie Hales and Eileen Brady teaming up to build a toy Columbia River Crossing for a dog or the candidates battling it out in a game of "Metro-Jeopardy."

But not everybody got to play. Some, like 20-year-old mayoral candidate Max Brumm had to settle for a small walk-on part. Brumm, who has been kept from participating at debates and forums, appeared onstage with his hands tied and his mouth duct-taped shut.

At this point in his political career, though, he said he'll take what he can get.

"I wish I could have played a bigger part," he said. "I think it would have been more interesting if they had the 20-year-old up there."

The event has been sponsored by Willamette Week for 10 years. It was also co-organized by The Bus Project, which was founded by Smith.

The candidates probably won't be as animated during KATU and Willamette Week's Mayoral Debate Club this Sunday, April 22, though. The live televised debate takes place at David Douglas Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.

It's free to the public, but you must have a ticket. You can pick up your free tickets at Willamette Week at Northwest 22nd and Quimby or at KATU studios at Northeast 21st and Sandy.