Chloe Eudaly

Portland City Council, Position 4

Chloe Eudaly is a Portlander, a writer, a renter, a former bookseller and publisher, and a lifelong activist. Chloe is also the eighth woman elected to Portland City Council in its over 100-year history, and she’s running for a second term.

Chloe’s story of activism and political involvement stems from her lived experience—she came of age as an activist during the first Gulf War and has been proudly involved in a variety of social, economic, and environmental justice causes ever since. Chloe was the owner and operator of the independent press bookshop, Reading Frenzy (est. 1994), the founder of Show & Tell Press, and the co-founder of the Independent Publishing Resource Center-a maker space for self-publishers. As a young low-wage worker, she first gave testimony to the Oregon State Legislature advocating on behalf of a living wage for childcare providers. Chloe is the parent of a child with a disability-her experience raising her son increased her involvement with school advocacy and honed her focus on improved access and outcomes for students with disabilities.

Chloe was inspired to run for office by Portland’s affordable housing crisis. In 2015, Chloe created and moderated an online community named “The Shed.” The Shed explored gentrification, displacement, affordable housing, tenants’ rights, and quickly drew thousands of members-it became a hub for information, housing resources, and a springboard for local activism. The Shed encouraged Chloe to run for elected office-her candidacy was propelled by a grassroots movement of Portlanders who recognized how vital it was to elect a progressive renter to Portland City Council.

Since she took office in 2017, Commissioner Eudaly developed and passed two historic tenant protection policies that serve to stabilize renters and decrease barriers to housing: the Mandatory Rental Relocation Ordinance (Relo) and the Fair Access In Renting (FAIR) Ordinance. Commissioner Eudaly currently serves as the Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Office of Community & Civic Life, and manages the Arts Portfolio. In her role, she has advanced notable initiatives addressing climate change, air pollution, immigration removal defense, transportation justice, and racial equity. And Commissioner Eudaly continues to be a strong advocate on City Council for disability rights, the arts community, and small businesses.

Commissioner Eudaly has made historic progress in her time on Council. However, the fact remains that too many Portlanders still struggle to pay their rent. Too many Portlanders live paycheck to paycheck. Too many Portlanders lack safe and sustainable transportation options. Too many Portlanders remain underrepresented and underserved by systems and structures that were not designed to include them. And we are all facing a looming climate catastrophe with no time to waste.

There is more work to do for underserved communities in Portland. Work to give all individuals and all coalitions a voice. Work to ensure that our children inherit a habitable planet. Work to deliver justice in transportation. Work to protect human rights. Work to make sure that Portland isn’t just the “city that works”— but work to guarantee that Portland is the city that works for everyone.

That’s why Chloe is running for reelection. We’re not done.

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NATURAL RESOURCES

Climate change and environmental protection is one of my top priorities. In a city that’s considered one of the greenest in the country it’s unacceptable that we have the worst air pollution in the state and that carbon emissions from transportation on are on the rise. It’s also unsustainable. I’ve been involved in a variety of efforts to fight climate change and improve air quality in our city.

✓ In 2018, I was the only member of the Council that endorsed and supported the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF).
✓ In 2018, I supported the City of Portland Clean and Efficient Fleet Practices, which requires the use of biodiesel and set higher standards for fleet replacement.
✓ In 2019, I stood with the rest of my colleagues in opposition to Zenith Energy.
✓ Over the past 18 months, I have stood with environmental advocates, Albina Vision, the school district, and other local elected representatives on the Rose Quarter I-5 project. I successfully negotiated for a community forum with ODOT, an extended comment period, I’ve repeatedly called for a full Environmental Impact Statement, and am still pushing for the establishment of both executive and community advisory bodies

But we’re not done! We need a real climate emergency declaration that focuses on equity, transportation, housing, and jobs and is bold enough to address irreversible disruption to our environment. We must reduce carbon emissions by dramatically improving our public transit system and supporting and incentivizing alternative modes of transportation. And, of course, continue to fight against all new fossil fuel infrastructure.

[+] votechloe.com/climate

IMMIGRATION

Immigrants and refugees have faced consistent attacks by the Trump administration, both through a concerted effort to end our immigration system as we know it and the detainment and deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. I am committed to continuing to limit collaboration with ICE, increasing access to universal representation, and promoting criminal justice reform to keep people out of the deportation pipeline. I also support the DREAM Act, and defunding the federal targeting and deportation of immigrants.

My office established and led the Sanctuary City Task Force to determine the community’s next priorities after Portland’s Sanctuary City Resolution, and I successfully fought for funding for the Universal Representation Project to provide immigrants facing deportation with legal representation. This seed funding from the City of Portland helped establish the Equity Corps of Oregon, who were able to leverage that initial investment from the city to secure additional resources to build one of the most effective responses to deportation proceedings in the country.

And I’m working for economic relief for undocumented workers during the COVID-19 crisis. These workers pay into our system but cannot access supports like unemployment. It’s unconscionable that we would leave these workers, who perform vital work and greatly contribute to our economy, without support.

[+] votechloe.com/immigrantdefense

INFRASTRUCTURE

I’ve been the Commissioner of the Portland Bureau of Transportation since September 2018. Solving our transportation challenges is deeply entwined with solving our housing challenges. It’s critical to safety, equity, and sustainability. As PBOT considers every major project or policy development, we ask ourselves two questions: How will this advance our climate change goals, and how will this advance our racial equity goals?

After decades of neglect and underinvestment, PBOT has a daunting $1B backlog in deferred maintenance. We’ve made real headway in the past three years since the passage of the Fix Our Streets Gas Tax. (Vote YES on Measure 26-209 to renew this funding!)

I’ve also:
✓ Developed the Rose Lanes Project which aims to increase the reliability and efficiency of public transit by re-allocating right-of-way to buses and streetcars with transit priority treatments.
✓ Started the Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility Task Force to dig into how transportation causes inequitable outcomes and make pricing recommendations that reflect more progressive and innovative models.
✓ Fought against the I-5 Rose Quarter Project without real reparations attached that will allow the Albina Vision to be realized and deliver real benefit.

But we’re not done! Some upcoming plans:
✓ The Greenways Project is the next transportation project that will focus on improving pedestrian and cycling opportunities within neighborhoods while decreasing car traffic volumes and speeds on residential streets
✓ Continue working toward Vision Zero safety goals through improved and safer infrastructure
✓ Aligning our transportation equity goals with our housing goals so that we’re not displacing vulnerable populations from the central city into areas with inadequate public transit and active transportation infrastructure.

[+] votechloe.com/transportation

I. Basic Rights
We call on our state legislators to pursue universal publicly funded health care for the state of Oregon.
We call for all members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation to co-sponsor and actively work for the passage of expanded and improved Medicare.
We support the continuation and expansion of Medicaid.
Agree
We recognize that there is a housing crisis in our local communities and across the state. We direct Multnomah County and the City of Portland to develop affordable housing for individuals and families with zero to moderate incomes. Agree
We strongly support women’s rights to reproductive freedom of choice including unfettered access to reproductive health care services regardless of their ability to pay.
We oppose any legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood.
Agree
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A little over three years ago, I took my seat on City Council. Since then, I’ve tackled tough challenges from strengthening tenants’ rights and fighting displacement to defending our immigrant communities to expanding our civic engagement network to addressing climate change through improving our transit system. And I’ve ruffled some feathers–change is hard–but every decision I’ve made has been in service to building a more just, equitable, and inclusive city.

II: Natural Resources Protection and Recovery
We support passage of state legislation to change our goals for economy-wide reduction of Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and at least 50% reduction by 2035. Agree
We support the development and passage of legislation to provide mandates and incentives to:

• Expand public transportation systems; Advance an early transition to electric and zero-emission vehicles;
• Advance weatherization and structural improvements in existing buildings; Support implementation of solar energy production;
• Advance new net-zero-energy buildings and methane-free new construction; Incentivize energy efficiency in Oregon’s industries;
• Improve tree canopy and rooftop plantings where possible in all urban areas to reduce heat island effect;
• Require that electricity be produced entirely by renewable sources by 2040 and require net zero carbon building codes by 2030.

Agree
We support the development and passage of a Forest Protection and Restoration Act that will:

• Eliminate clear-cut forestry on all publicly held and managed lands and maximize climate resilient management;
• Eliminate all tax incentives to industrial forests not employing climate resilient management practices that re-establish multi-species and multi-aged forests, including protecting riparian areas that will lower stream temperature for fish habitat, restore intact functioning watershed areas, reduce landslides, protect municipal water supplies, and restore floodplain functioning to Oregon’s rivers and streams;
• Maintain incentives and subsidize independent landholders who engage in these practices;
• Reduce roads in forests; Develop and implement treatments to restore healthy forest soils;
• Accelerate programs to reduce and eventually eliminate forest stream passage barriers in Oregon;
• And re-evaluate the property tax structure for Oregon’s commercial forests.

Agree
We support a ban for any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Agree
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In 2019, I stood with the rest of my colleagues in opposition to Zenith Energy. We have denied permit applications for adding underground pipes at its oil terminal and explored multiple avenues for legally defensible approaches to fighting it.

III: Education
We call for legislation compelling large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes toward full funding to ensure the future of Oregon education Agree
We support public funding of a full-day, full-year, universal public preschool program for children age 3 to 4 in Multnomah County that is high quality, playbased, culturally responsive, and developmentally appropriate for young children. Agree
We recognize that poverty is a systemic problem embedded in society at large and believe that schools can be responsive in addressing poverty-related traumas, including the effects on highly mobile students. Therefore, we recommend that funding be invested in PreK-12 wrap-around services including mentoring, after-school programs, counselors, culturally relevant curriculum and instruction, and critical race theory initiatives, and other programs that have been proven effective in assuring student success. Agree
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IV: Equity
We call for proactive educational programs for all law enforcement personnel and for all local, city, county, and state government personnel to safeguard black and brown lives and protect them from race-based law enforcement actions that far too often end in death. Agree
We demand equal pay for equal work for women from all employers in Multnomah County. Agree
Black Lives Matter. We call for legislation that provides meaningful protection for African Americans at all levels of the justice system Agree
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My office established and led the Sanctuary City Task Force, and I successfully fought for funding for the Universal Representation Project to provide immigrants facing deportation proceedings with legal representation. This seed funding from the City of Portland helped establish the Equity Corps of Oregon, who were able to leverage that initial investment from the city to secure resources from other jurisdictions, law firms, software engineers and others to build one of the most effective responses to deportation proceedings in the country. I also joined with Commissioner Hardesty to withdraw from the Joint Terrorism Task Force. I’m currently fighting for economic relief for undocumented workers during the COVID-19 crisis. These workers pay into our system but cannot access supports like unemployment. It’s unconscionable that we would leave these workers, who perform vital work and greatly contribute to our economy, without support.

V: Tribal Sovereignty
We call for universal, publicly funded health care to close health disparities exacerbated by Congress chronically under-funding Indian Health Service. Agree
We demand compliance with treaties between the United States and Tribal nations and hold the federal government to their trust responsibility. Agree
We support legislation that fully funds teams of investigators to work in consultation with Tribal authorities to respond to each murder and disappearance of Native American persons anywhere in Oregon. Agree
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VI. Historical and Ongoing Anti-Blackness in Oregon
We call on the Oregon State Legislature to immediately assess the Black correctional populations at the county, city, and state levels.
We also demand that there be review of punishments (bail amounts, sentence lengths, amount of time served before parole) being levied at unfairly high levels on Black Oregonians. This is particularly important for disparities based on gender and race for similar crimes to other racial/ethnic groups.
We demand there be significant Criminal Justice reform in the form of investment into counseling, alternative sentencing, job training, and rehabilitation for Oregon’s over-incarcerated Black population.
Agree
We call on the Oregon State Legislature to authorize bank audits to expose patterns of racial discrimination in lending and require these banks to extend loans to Black businesses and Black institutions. Wells Fargo and Umpqua received bailout from taxpayers and owe a debt to all taxpayers regardless of race. Additionally, Wells Fargo has a long and storied history of using predatory schemes to extract wealth from Black communities. Increasing SBA loans to Black businesses would be an excellent way for banks to begin to redress the past harms they have inflicted on Black communities. Agree
The Oregon State Legislature must create a law that mandates public schools in the state teach students about America’s original sin of slavery and the Jim Crow era that followed, with an emphasis on the state of Oregon.
The legislation should also incentivize the training, hiring, and retention of Black American teachers to teach the aforementioned subject matters. This will help address the Black teacher shortage in Oregon.
Agree
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VII. Justice
We call for the repeal of all mandatory minimum sentencing in Oregon, substituting Guidelines in its place, and allowing a judge to have discretion in all cases. Agree
We call on the State Legislature to pass pay equity legislation for Public Defenders and Prosecutors and their staffs. Agree
The Oregon Legislature should do away with cash bail, which discriminates against poor people, who are disproportionally people of color. Agree
We believe that the voters of Oregon should abolish the Death Penalty and life without parole sentencing. Agree
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VIII. Election Integrity and Legislative Alignment
We demand campaign finance reform.
We demand that the state Attorney General challenge corporate personhood, and that state and federal legislators pass laws and a constitutional amendment clarifying that corporations are not people and money is not speech
Agree
We encourage voters to pass an Oregon constitutional amendment to allow the state to regulate political contributions and expenditures.
We call for Oregon state legislation to set limits on contributions by individuals, PACS, corporations, and unions to candidates, candidate committees, political party committees and any other political committee
Agree
We support legislation that requires voter-verifiable paper ballots in all elections, and tabulation software that is open source, non-proprietary, and available for public scrutiny and analysis with source code that is verified using a public method by qualified third parties independent of any political party or vendor, and that guarantees secure chains of custody so there can be no modifications after certification. Agree
Comments (optional)

I am proudly participating in Portland’s Open and Accountable Elections program, and do not take corporate contributions or contributions over $250. (If you’d like to make a small contribution, you can do so here: www.votechloe.com/contribute)

I am proudly participating in Portland’s Open and Accountable Elections program, and do not take corporate contributions or contributions over $250. (If you’d like to make a small contribution, you can do so here: www.votechloe.com/contribute)
IX. Media
We support a comprehensive net neutral public utility to provide state of the art internet access to serve all end users. Agree
We support the full funding of Public Broadcasting stations and networks, possibly supplemented by small donations from the public, to eliminate the inhibition of investigative reporting of sponsoring entities.
We support the development of ways to assure stable funding well-protected from political interference.
Agree
We support corporate responsibility with the management of our personal data. We demand internet media companies pay individuals for use of their personal data, and if there is a data breach to pay for all damages. Agree
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X. Economy
We support breaking up monopolies, starting with barring Internet common carriers (i.e. Google, Facebook) from competing with businesses that use them. Agree
We support the creation of a public bank in Portland/Oregon Agree
We support the creation of either a cap-and-trade program or a carbon tax with dividend to recognize the need to eliminate fossil fuel use as one means to fight global warming. Agree
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I am committed to advancing a vision of equitable development that ensures opportunity for those left out of our city’s prosperity.

XI. Labor and Workers’ Rights
We call for the decriminalization of paid sexual acts between consenting adults and legislation allowing sex workers to organize. Agree
We oppose all legislation that diminishes workers’ rights to organize. Agree
We support legislation requiring retraining of displaced workers. We call for state and federal legislation to provide transition plans as technology and innovation change the workplace Agree
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Organized labor and community advocates have led successful campaigns in Oregon to raise the minimum wage, guarantee paid sick days, and provide predictable scheduling to workers. These efforts have collectively improved the lives of millions of Oregonians. I’m working to continue this progress on the local level, by supporting worker organizing, raising standards across industries, and strengthening union power. I’m proud to have the support of the Portland Association of Teachers and the PROTEC17 union.

XII. Immigration
We call on the Federal Government to never take immigrant children away from their detained parents and to reunite families that have already been separated. Agree
We call on every member of the Oregon Congressional delegation to cosponsor and actively work for the passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act). Agree
We call on the State and local governments of Oregon to adopt policies that protect immigrants from unlawful enforcement of immigration laws. In addition, we call on the institutions to not participate in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws Agree
Comments (optional)

Immigrants and refugees have faced consistent attacks by the Trump administration, both through a concerted effort to end our immigration system as we know it and the detainment and deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. I am committed to continuing to limit collaboration with ICE, increasing access to universal representation, and promoting criminal justice reform to keep people out of the deportation pipeline. I also support the DREAM Act, and defunding the federal targeting and deportation of immigrants.

My office established and led the Sanctuary City Task Force to determine the community’s next priorities after Portland’s Sanctuary City Resolution, and I successfully fought for funding for the Universal Representation Project to provide immigrants facing deportation with legal representation. This seed funding from the City of Portland helped establish the Equity Corps of Oregon, who were able to leverage that initial investment from the city to secure additional resources to build one of the most effective responses to deportation proceedings in the country.

And I’m working for economic relief for undocumented workers during the COVID-19 crisis. These workers pay into our system but cannot access supports like unemployment. It’s unconscionable that we would leave these workers, who perform vital work and greatly contribute to our economy, without support.

More on this is at: votechloe.com/immigrantdefense

XIII. Infrastructure
We support legislation to promote and implement high-speed rail or other high-speed technology, including monorail, within Oregon and along the West Coast. Agree
We support construction of renewable energy facilities or facilities that include carbon sequestration technology. Agree
We support public funding for electric vehicle infrastructure throughout Oregon. Agree
Comments (optional)

I’ve been the Commissioner of the Portland Bureau of Transportation since September 2018. Solving our transportation challenges is deeply entwined with solving our housing challenges. It’s critical to safety, equity, and sustainability. As PBOT considers every major project or policy development, we ask ourselves two questions: How will this advance our climate change goals, and how will this advance our racial equity goals?

After decades of neglect and underinvestment, PBOT has a daunting $1B backlog in deferred maintenance. We’ve made real headway in the past three years since the passage of the Fix Our Streets Gas Tax. (Vote YES on Measure 26-209 to renew this funding!)

More on this at: votechloe.com/transportation

XIV. Abuse of Power
We support efforts to stipulate that corporations are not people, and money is not speech. Agree
We call for responding to drug addiction with treatment not imprisonment. Agree
We support legislation holding law enforcement personnel liable for inflicting harm through the use of excessive force. Agree
Comments (optional)