For the first time in PGP history the Greens here in Oregon have a contested race. Both Joe Keating (www.KeatingForGovernor.org) and Ed Winslow (www.EdWinslow.com) are seeking the party's ballot spot in the '06 Governor's race. Last night's forum, attended by about 40 people and videotaped for ?? was more cooperative than competitive. Each candidate addressed the audience for 10 minutes before beginning a Q&A session with 3 minute answers.
The questions ranged from Peak Oil, to the so-called spoiler issue, hemp and marijuana, transportion, peace, corporate taxes and the environment, the Fed's interference in Oregon's laws.
At the conclusion of the event, other PGP candidates were invited up to introduce themselves and we heard from Xander Patterson (County Commissioner), Chris Iverson (Porltand City Council) and Matt Reader??? (3rd Congressional District - if he qualifies for residency).
Xander led off with an inspire speech about taking our community back. He talked about raising taxes to pay for important things that will make our community better. His election is coming up in May and he needs to finish in the Top 2 to be in the November runoff.
Chris Iverson introduced himself as a candidate for City Council after having just filed within the past 24 hours. He is a local guy, having graduated from Marshall. He helped lead/found Oregon's first Marijuana dispensary for sick people and got arrested for that after returning from abroad. He is the Director of Voter Power and they just introduced a ballot initiative to make the enforcment of MJ laws the lowest priority here in Portland. Portland has supported past MJ ballot iniatives even when they fail statewide. He expects this issue to prevail. He is seeking the donations of $5 from 1000 people to qualify for the City's Clean Campaign funds. He has about 70 days to collect these funds and you can help him by contacting him via Voter Power at this time.
Finally, Matt Reader (sp?) announced he will take on Earl Blumenhour in the 3rd Congressional District if he satisfies the residency requirement. He was enthusiastic but just getting started so we will have to wait to hear more.