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National Association of Minority Contractors - Oregon
Published: 05 April 2016

City policies have a direct impact on the economic and social well-being of Portlanders -- and on communities of color in particular. As Portland grapples with population growth, increased construction activity, and challenges in our transportation system, our next mayor must be prepared with strategies to address the disparities in jobs, housing, and transportation that exist for Portland’s communities of color.

At this town hall-style debate, NAMC-Oregon, along with a panel of minority-owned business representatives and advocates, will ask candidates to speak to how they would address the challenges and others, if elected.


WHAT: Mayoral Debate Hosted by the National Association of Minority Contractors—Oregon

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 5:30 - 8:00pm

WHERE: New Song Community Church, [2511 NE MLK Blvd.  Portland, Oregon  97212]

WHO:  Candidates for Mayor: Ted Wheeler, Jules Bailey, David Schor, Sarah Iannarone, and Deborah Harris

  • Moderated by Ken Boddie, KOIN News
  • Special Panel of Business & Advocacy Organizations who will be asking specific questions of the candidates:
    • Andrew Colas – NAMC-Oregon / Colas Construction / New Avenues for Youth
    • Alando Simpson – NAMC-Oregon / City of Roses / Oregon Transportation Commission
    • Oscar Arana – Hispanic Metropolitan Chambers
    • Tony Jones – MCIP / Coalition of Black Men
    • Tony DeFalco – Living Cully Coalition / Small Business Owner
    • Maxine Fitzpatrick – PCRI, Inc. / Portland Housing Advisory Commission

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