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Mayoral candidates to debate environmental issues

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Three candidates for Portland mayor will debate environmental issues in a forum sponsored by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Oregon Environmental Council, Sierra Club and other groups.

Jules Bailey, Sarah Iannarone and Ted Wheeler have agreed to participate.

Organizers dubbed their election forum the PDX Mayoral Debate on the Environment, with a theme of how Portland can regain its “green edge.”

It takes place on Thursday, March 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Benson Polytechnic High School, 546 N.E. 12th Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m.

A panel will ask the candidates questions, followed by a “lightning round” for brief answers.

Wheeler is state treasurer and former Multnomah County chair. Iannarone is assistant director of First Stop Portland, and co-owner of Arleta Library Cafe, in the Mount Scott neighborhood. Bailey is a Multnomah County commissioner and former Oregon House member.

Though other candidates have filed to run for mayor, organizers opted to limit the debate to those who had raised at least $10,000 for their campaigns.

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