Portland mayoral candidates spell out their visions for city

Portland mayoral candidates spell out their visions for city

PORTLAND, Ore. – Three candidates for Portland mayor say they have big plans if they're elected, some of which could help you with your daily commute.

With less than a year before the election, candidates Eileen Brady, Jefferson Smith and Charlie Hales talked about what they would do if elected Wednesday at a candidates' forum.

But first Brady wanted to make sure of one thing: "Here's my first question to Mr. Charlie Hales. Jefferson and I agree to a clean campaign, can you?"

Hales agreed.

Brady said she would like to see the roads, especially ones with large potholes on the eastside, fixed.

"It's not popular to say it's going to take 15 years to pave the streets, but you know what, it may take a while," she said. "And we have to do a little bit at a time. And I have said that we cannot, I will not, overpromise and under-deliver."

After years of planning about what to do with the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River, all agreed it's time to go back to the drawing board. 

"We've got to be making our decisions based on math," Smith said. I will give you four words that I might repeat, in fact I know I will repeat past today – it will help you predict, hopefully, nearly every decision that I make: prosperity, equity, sustainability and democracy."

One thing Hales talked about if elected was cutting his staff down by half.

"Start with the mayor's office – 24 positions in Mayor (Sam) Adams' office, Mayor (Vera) Katz had 12. I'll have 12 or less," he said.