Conservation – Sustainability – Income equality – Affordable Housing

Urgency – Transparency – Accountability

Is that too much to ask from our Portland City Council?


My name is Michael W. Durrow.

I am running a progressive political campaign for a seat on the Portland City Council (Position #4). This may be seen as a Herculean effort because it’s historically been difficult to unseat an existing council member, but political stagnation now stands in the way of Portland’s progress! Something needs to be done!

And that is what I'm here to do.


I am proud of our city’s reputation for our land-use planning and investment in public transportation. I am proud of our museums, our performing arts venues, our restaurants and our recreational opportunities. I am also proud that we are seen as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world because of Portland’s high walkability, large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, expansive network of public transportation options, and 10,000+ acres of public parks.


But I am NOT proud of our income inequality and our lack of affordable housing. I am not proud that City Hall continues to implement policies that force fixed-income and working-class residents out of Portland. The core of my platform is to simply improve the lives of ordinary working people so that they can stay in our city!


Oregon's wealthiest are not only earning more, but the rate at which their incomes are growing far outstrips the middle class and the poor. Higher-paying jobs that were lost in the Great Recession have been replaced with lower-paying jobs. The middle class is declining in size while the cost of living continues to rise, and optimism about the future is falling as well. Rents in the Portland metropolitan area rose 20.45% over the last five years, the sixth-fastest rise in the nation. And according to the best estimate available, Portland has a shortage of about 20,000 affordable units. This has made it increasingly difficult for middle-income workers to find affordable housing near their jobs. I simply do not want Portland to become a city without hope for the working class citizen!

The residents of the City of Portland deserve leadership that will make the very best use of their taxes!

I believe that solutions for the lack of affordable housing must include strategies like:

  • Emergency Rent Control

  • Acquisition Loans      

  • Business loans

  • A Downpayment assistance fund            

  • Homeless shelters                                            

  • Infrastructure Development                                    

  • Public/Private Co-Ops Housing                                                                                      

  • Loan guarantees                                                                                                               

  • Preservation of affordable housing                                                                                    

  • Property donation


I believe in a progressive government that cares about its citizens and doing what is right for society. I understand the responsibility of public service, the fact that public officials serve the people, not the other way around, and the necessity of transparency and accountability in government.


In terms of our city’s policies, I believe in an political system that will serve the needs of all citizens, especially those who otherwise might fall through the cracks in the way public education currently operates. Environmentally, there is no question that we must continue to focus on long-term solutions for sustainability and conservation.


Some of the measures that I advocate in terms of jobs, income and revenue:

  • a Vehicle Mileage Tax OR other use based road taxes

  • Bicycle Registration

  • $15 Minimum Wages (we can get the legslature to help us here)

  • Cease No Cause Evictions

  • Hazard Reduction - Sell and Tax Pot

  • Prevailing Wage Laws

  • Return The Right to Strike back to all City Workers

Some of the measures that I advocate in terms of campaign finance reform:                                                        

  • Movement to Amend Campaign Citizens United

  • Ban Private Prisons

I also favor climate change legislation, universal healthcare, progressive tax reform, racial justice/social equity, collective bargaining, and reforming institutional racism.


  • Portland, Oregon's will hold elections for mayor and city council on May 17, 2016.

A City Council member hasn't lost a re-election bid in Portland in 23 years, the second-longest stretch among America's 28 most populous cities. Only San Diego has gone longer, at 24 years. If you are dissatisfied with political stagnation – there is no better time to vote for me, Michael Durrow!!

I Represent Progressive Democratic Values:

  • Transparency in Government  
  • Sustainability
  • Accountability in Government
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of Conscience
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Freedom from Government Surveillance
  • Freedom of Association
  • Ladders out of Homelessness and Poverty


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