Endorsement for Portland Mayor: Ted Wheeler

Serving as mayor of Portland may be an impossible job, but Ted Wheeler still has the right skillset and experience for the role.

Coming into 2020, people expected a monumental election year. What they didn't anticipate were the truly historic developments of the past eight months: a deadly global pandemic, a devastating recession and a national racial-justice reckoning that resulted in 100-plus days of protest in Portland.

These events shuffled voters' views of the world. At the start of 2020, no one talked about how our communities could climb out of a deep economic hole, or how they should respond to a virus that has infected millions of people. And the centuries-old issue of systemic racism was certainly present, but frankly not at the very forefront of discussion.