It's so disappointing--white liberals are probably split between Christian Gunther and Serena Cruz, labor is backing Randy Leonard, and many African Americans support Cliff Walker. If these groups could unite behind one candidate--or god forbid--an independent political party or platform, some real good stuff might happen at city hall. Instead we get the usual bullshit from former liberals Vera Katz and Eric Sten.
In looking at the voter's pamphlet, Cliff Walker stands out for me. He's the only person talking about police accountability and other important issues, while Christian Gunther only says this about the police: "more community policing". Pretty disappointing from the candidate who Indymedia posters seem all hot and bothered about. His statement in the voter's guide is all about making Portland an important center for the arts. It's not that I hate art or anything, but that is not something I'm too concerned about when we have a police force that is into pepper spraying babies, a city council that's about to renew the FBI-police joint spying disaster, and a mayor who rams through laws criminalizing homelessness. Christian Gunther may be saying different things elsewhere, but back when folks wrote stuff for the voter's guide, Cliff Walker clearly stands out as the only progressive candidate. In addition, he represents and has tons of support from people of color.