There are a record four open seats on city council this year, including for mayor, and we interviewed almost every candidate running to fill them. This is one in a series.
Michael O’Callaghan, running for Mayor of Portland
“The city needs to create access through bottom-up decision-making.”
What’s the most pressing problem facing Portland and what are you going to do about it?
Housing. We have four potential solutions:
- Garage occupancy
- Villages 25 or smaller
- Buy or build temporary storage building
- Tax unoccupied dwellings
How would you define a successful term in office?
Finding where the community agrees through call-in phone surveys. The city needs to create an access through bottom-up decision-making.
What’s something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I was made a national hero by starting a free food program with a bike and trailer where we gave away over 15 million pounds of food on a $0.00 budget with 84 volunteers. Also gave away 2.5 million pounds of salmon in Alaska with 120,000 pounds in Portland.