One of the great things about having a personal blog is that I get to talk about what is important to me and to throw my support behind people, organizations and causes that I care about and that I think are worthy of support. As I noted previously, I'm really excited to see that Amanda Fritz is running for Portland City Commissioner. She is running for Sam Adams' seat, as he is running for Mayor. I've also mentioned before the goldmine that is Fritz' blog for getting to know her, and where she stands on many issues.In addition, she now has her official campaign site up and running. Candidates holding townhalls, and campaign trail appearances is nothing new, however I like the approach that Fritz has taken on this. She has begun a series of coffeehouse appearances around the city to meet folks and fundraise. Fritz is running under Portland's voter-owned elections system, which means she needs to receive 1000 $5 donations (from registered Portland voters)to qualify for Public Campaign Finance Fund financing. She is very issue-oriented and wants to get the fundraising out of the way so that she can get down to the important things, like listening to citizens. She is also very adament about keeping to the $5 figure. Here is a list of where she will be, and when. I would highly suggest stopping in to meet Fritz and let her know what matters to you.
Friday, October 19, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Monte Rossa Espresso, 327 NW 4th
Friday, October 19, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Bipartisan Cafe, 7901 SE Stark
Saturday, October 20, 1 - 3 p.m.
Espresso Classico, 11136 SW Capitol Highway
(at SW Pomona, near PCC Sylvania)
Sunday, October 21, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Little Red Bike Cafe
4823 N Lombard Street
Sunday, October 21, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Concordia Coffee House 2909 NE Alberta