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Portland City Council to consider amendments to Code Chapter 2.08 (Election of Candidates) next week
Code changes will ensure implementation of voter-approved charter amendments; public is invited to comment.
- Eliminates the primary election for candidates.
- Eliminates special elections to fill vacancies.
- Elects City officials using ranked-choice voting.
The Charter Commission included these key amendments to the charter to encourage a more participatory and growing democracy.
Portland's new district criteria defined on April 10
Independent District Committee Co-Chair Neisha Saxena discusses her experience on the committee and the district criteria commissioners must consider to create districts.
When Portlanders approved changes to the City of Portland’s charter in November 2022, they also approved the creation of three advisory bodies that will guide the City in this historic process. The Independent District Commission (IDC) started meeting in February 2023. In March, the commission considered the district criteria in the charter amendments and took public comment on potentially adding more criteria.
Read the full article to learn more about the voter-approved district criteria, the IDC co-chairs, and the commission's work.
Salary commission launches workplan with new members and community voices
Commissioners were appointed by Mayor Ted Wheeler and approved by Portland City Council on March 8.
Portland City Council recently approved five commissioners and two alternates with human resources expertise to the City of Portland’s first Salary Commission. The new independent commission will focus on setting pay for Portland’s elected officials that will play a key role in implementing voter-approved changes to Portland’s election system and form of government.
Read the full article to learn more about the commission and their work to recruit interest of people who have not traditionally been elected to city council or to the mayor's office in the electoral process.
Portland City Council approves appointees to Government Transition Advisory Committee
The new Government Transition Advisory Committee will advise the city council, the chief administrative officer and the City of Portland’s transition team on issues related to the development and implementation of the City’s transition plan.
On March 22, Portland City Council approved the 15-member Government Transition Advisory Committee. As the main public engagement body for the transition, the committee members will focus on community education and engagement related to the charter amendments approved by the voters in the November 2022 election.
Read the full article to learn more about the commission and their workplan on community education and engagement.
Upcoming Transition Events
About the City of Portland Transition Project
The City’s core values include equity, anti-racism, collaboration, communication, transparency, and fiscal responsibility. A priority for implementing the voter-approved changes to the charter is centering racial equity and anti-racism and not replicating systems of white supremacy.
Over the next three years, the implementation of the new charter will restructure local government in three ways:
- Ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to rank candidates in order of their preference.
Four new geographic districts with three members elected to represent each district, expanding the city council to a total of 12 members.
- A city council that focuses on setting policy and a mayor elected citywide to run the city’s day-to-day operations, with the help of a professional city administrator.
The voter-approved charter amendments require district-based elections using ranked-choice voting for all City of Portland elected offices in November 2024. A mayor, new city council and city auditor will enter office on Jan. 1, 2025, ready to lead Portland with new roles, responsibilities, and structure.
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