Portland will open Clean Elections funding in June

Portland's City Hall in March 2023. (Portland Phoenix/Colin Ellis)

Candidates considering running for mayor, city council and school board in Portland this fall can declare as soon as June 1 whether they intend to run as a publicly financed candidate.

At that date, candidates can begin the process of running via clean elections, a newly adopted program approved by voters. ...

Candidates running for municipal seats via a clean elections program sign a declaration of intent anytime between June 1 and September 11, and sign an affidavit with the city clerk’s office pledging to refund the city if they drop out or fail to qualify for the ballot. Those wishing to be clean elections candidates can start collecting $5 qualifying contributions on June 1, which help them secure the full funding amounts (more on that later). 

This is according to Anna Trevorrow, a city councilor who helped draft language for the program adopted in April by the City Council.  ...

“It’s been challenging,” Trevorrow said. “We have a responsibility to make a program that will be attractive to candidates. The goal was to reduce private interests and allow for candidates who don’t have access to big donors.” She added that even if it was “imperfect” in its first year, it still allowed for candidates to participate.