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Portlanders respond to this question:

What do you think should be the key issue that candidates discuss during the upcoming campaign for Portland mayor?

• Breanna Probasco-Canda, Rose Festival ambassador from Grant High School: 'If they don't talk about adequate funding for public schools, they need to discuss plans for creating extensive after-school programs to compensate for the aftermath of the already weakened system.'

• Richard Ellmyer, a computer technician and neighborhood activist from the Portsmouth district in North Portland: 'Do the results of public-housing practice match the distribution Ñ not neighborhood concentration Ñ goals of public housing policies at the Housing Authority of Portland and the city of Portland? 'No' is the answer. 'Why not?' is the question.'

• Christopher Frankonis, a writer who lives in Southeast Portland: 'Two issues are tied for first place. One is the restoration of Portland's economy. Second is restoration of community trust: Revitalize Portland's neighborhood system and real police reform.'

• Noel Miller, Grant High School senior who is a student representative on the Portland school board: 'Affordable housing, diminished violence (or at least greater protection against it), convenient support services and a strong public educational system are some of the issues that should be dealt with.'

• Leah Lively, an attorney who lives in Southeast Portland: 'Financial accountability. The city needs to prioritize needs for essential items such as enforcement and education. Scarce financial resources should not be spent on New Year's celebrations, bridge lighting or the OHSU tram.'

• Rachel Gerber, a legal secretary who lives in Beaverton: 'I understand a recently announced survey lists Portland as our country's eighth-worst city for business. That speaks for itself. Our next mayor will need to figure out how to recruit, retain and expand our business community.'

• Harvey Fink, a downtown business consultant who lives in Vancouver, Wash.: 'Portland is considered very unfriendly to business. Businesses have been moving to other places. Business is vital to Portland's growth. Every effort must be made to change this perception of unfriendliness.'

• Suzi Helmlinger, a downtown business owner who lives in Southeast Portland: 'The first priority: How do you plan on making Portland friendly to business?'

• Jill Eiland, a government relations executive who lives in Northwest Portland: 'I would like to see the candidates discuss how we are going to change the perception that Portland is not friendly to business, either to existing or prospective large corporate employers.'

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