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Plus, environmentalists are split in on Commissioner Nick Fish's re-eletion and council candidate Emmons clarifies two positions.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Dennis RichardsonOur Oregon, the political action committee primarily funded by public employee unions, is trying to tie Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson to Facebookgate.

In a March 31 email to supporters, Our Oregon Executive Director Ben Unger seized on news reports that Richardson had used Cambridge Analytica in his 2014 campaign for Oregon governor. The firm is alleged to have inappropriately received the private data of over 50 million Facebook users to target voters for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

"Clearly, this feels like trouble. Our chief elections officer has done business with the very same firm now under federal investigation for illegally mining Facebook user data," writes Unger, urging email recipients to ask Richardson if he "illegally" received Facebook data.

Our Oregon has repeatedly sparred with Richardson over election issues since he defeated Democrat Brad Avakian, the state labor commissioner, in the November 2016 election for secretary of state.

Environmentalists split in City Council race

Although Julia DeGraw is a professional environmentalist, she's not outdoing competitor Nick Fish when it comes to earning environmental endorsements in the race for Fish's seat on the Portland City Council.

In her campaign news releases and website postings, DeGraw lists endorsements from 350.org founder Bill McKibben, Energy & Economy Network Director Daphne Wysham, and Wenonah Hauter, founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch, where DeGraw works as an organizer.

In his news releases and website postings, Fish lists endorsements from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, and Audubon Society of Portland conservation director Bob Sallinger. Fish is leading in all other categories, including total endorsements and endorsements from current and former elected officials.

Emmons clarifies two positions

Stuart Emmons is the only major candidate in the City Council Position 3 race opposed to a policy to allow duplexes to be built on single-family lots, according to a survey in last week's Willamette Week.

But that doesn't mean Emmons is opposed to increasing density in single-family neighborhoods. As an architect, he doesn't think new duplexes would be affordable to most people because of high land and construction costs. Emmons tells Sources he'd be willing to consider larger multifamily units, such as triplexes and fourplexes, if the rents or sales prices are low enough.

Emmons also said he supports the proposed sales tax on large businesses in Portland to address climate change, even though he told the Portland Business Alliance otherwise. Emmons says he misunderstood the PBA's question and thought the organization was asking if he would support a tax in addition to the Portland Climate Action Community Benefits Initiative aimed at the November 2018 ballot.

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