Piper Crowell today suspended her campaign for Portland Mayor. Crowell’s campaign staff and media channels will remain active and be repurposed to lift-up her peers and small business.
Her team will help small businesses retool and provide services, such as the manufacture of personal protective equipment, to healthcare providers in the Portland area. According to her campaign, she will also engage, educate, and provide support to her peers as they adapt to navigate these increasingly uncertain times.
“I entered this race because I have always believed in putting people over politics. While I am still called to serve, with Portland facing a pandemic, I have decided to suspend my campaign and focus on COVID-19 response efforts," Crowell said in a statement.
“Our small business owners are facing unprecedented economic hardship, but are still called to support their community. I will be helping connect them with the resources they need to manufacture or source personal protective equipment for healthcare professionals.
“If the outbreak has taught us anything, it’s that Portland is full of innovative, creative, hard-working, and passionate people who love their city and their neighbors. I believe that we must harness this spirit once Portland begins to recover and refocus it on the issues that have gone unaddressed too long in this city: homelessness, affordable housing, and public safety."