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Nolan says shes running for council to make things happen

Six-term legislator challenging Commission Amanda Fritz

State Rep. Mary Nolan said Tuesday that she is running for the Portland City Council post held by Amanda Fritz.

'City Hall has a critically important role to play in the economic and cultural life of the city, and Portland is also key to the health of the state,' Nolan says. 'I have a long track record taking on complex challenges, bringing people together and making things happen.'

Nolan has represented portions of Northwest and Southwest Portland in the Legislature since 2000. She is running for Position 1, which is held by Fritz.

'Voters will have a choice to contrast my track record with that of the incumbent,' Nolan says.

Fritz has announced for re-election. She was elected to the council in 2008 using public campaign funds. Portland voters have since repealed the public campaign fund program and Fritz has loaned her campaign $25,000.

Nolan has raised nearly $7,000 since the 2011 session ended and has more than $14,000 in the bank. She does not plan to limit the size of her donations.

'I plan to raise enough to win the election in May. Voters supported the public campaign financing program but the voters repealed it and I will play by the rules,' Nolan says.

Before being elected to the Legislature, Nolan was head of the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services. She is president of Caudaloso LLC, a business development company.


Here is Nolan's statement:

Dear Friends:

Today I announced my candidacy for Portland City Council. This campaign will be about delivering results that consistently make Portland a better place to live, work, and thrive.

That means actually getting important things done, not just talking about getting things done. Whether it's controlling the cost of city services or insuring every neighborhood shares in Portland's success, I will bring a sense of urgency to decisions at City Hall.

This will be a grassroots campaign: built on your ideas and your advice. Ask me tough questions and make bold suggestions. Invite me to learn about your business, visit your neighborhood or understand your group's concerns.

I believe a vibrant Portland needs a city government that delivers services dependably and frugally, promotes a robust private sector economy and - very important to me - protects the values and natural legacy that define us as Portlanders and Oregonians.

That's the kind of leadership I've delivered as a business owner, environmental innovator, legislator, and community leader:

• At the city of Portland I organized coalitions and helped lead landmark improvements in protecting our clean water and environment, launching curbside recycling, repairing our roads and managing public resources to save millions of dollars while bringing projects in on-time and on-budget.

• In the private sector I helped build a successful aviation business and managed complex financial operations. I established a successful track record of real world experience, just the thing we need on the City Council to promote a strong local economy and help locally-based small businesses succeed.

• As a legislator and a community leader I am very proud to have earned a reputation as a champion of our Portland values: environmental stewardship, women's rights (especially the right to choose), LGBT rights and economic fairness.

As the campaign progresses, we will continue to keep you posted on the issues that matter to you and other Portlanders, about my plans for city government and ways for you to get involved in shaping this campaign and Portland's future. As we get started, I would love to hear from you! Please send me your questions and ideas.

It's about results. It's about Portland. It's about time.

Let's make this place we call home even better, together!

Mary Nolan