Keith Wilson

Portland City Councilor, Position 4

Hello Portland, my name is Keith Wilson. I’m running for City Council because I want to get things done.

I want to tackle sky-high housing costs, our growing homelessness, our inability to keep our city clean and maintained and deteriorating public safety. In addition, I would like to see a complete shift away from combustion engines for cleaner air. These are huge issues and not the time for half measures. I have a plan. I know how to implement and execute and, most importantly, I have the experience and record of success to meet and exceed these challenges. It is time to reTHINK PORTLAND for the decade ahead.

I am a second-generation Portlander. Born and raised in North Portland. The son of a truck driver and a lifelong Avon Lady. My parents raised five children, one with special needs, in a two-bedroom home. They worked as hard as humanly possible to make sure that we were all taken care of. How they treated and guided me, our family, their friends and associates shaped my core values and my commitment to hard work, dignity, equity and inclusiveness. These unbending principles are what I will bring to City Hall with me every day.

I am the first in my family to pursue the dream of higher education. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, Portland Community College proved to be the perfect school to help me build the confidence and grades I needed before my jump to Oregon State University. I worked throughout college and with the help of student loans paid for nearly all my college education. I graduated with a degree in Business.

I spent the first five years after college working in New York, London and New Zealand, which provided me an opportunity to travel to four continents and 30 countries. Comparing the great cities of the world to Portland convinced me of our complete uniqueness here with our spectacular beauty and strong feeling of community, and so I returned home. My father, by then, a small trucking business owner, asked me to join his company. I love my dad and it was my pleasure to join the family business and work alongside him for 10 years.

After gaining a Master of Business Administration at University of Portland, I assumed the leadership role of the business. Since taking over, our revenue has grown six-fold and the company operates throughout the Northwest and supports over 400 accounts with daily deliveries. With the support of my entire team, we have transformed TITAN into one of the most modern, safe and technologically advanced carriers in the nation. I expect to do the same for Portland. Some of our most exceptional accomplishments:

Equity & Inclusion
– Over 50% of management and supervisory team throughout entire organization are staffed by women and people of color
– All wages transparent and each position and grade is clearly defined
– Zero employee EEOC unfair practice violations
– Above industry average wages, health care and retirement benefits

– Zero fatalities
– Five years without a traffic collision hospitalization

Greenest Fleet
– Renewable Diesel – Up to 60% less carbon emissions
– Electric HD Trucks – 2021 expecting first delivery with EPA Grant assistance

I have found the more you invest in your people the stronger your community becomes. Becoming a City Councilperson and Commissioner would be an enormous honor and challenge. With my professional management experience, I believe I have the proven skills to deliver on the most complicated policy or challenge. Often, the most important part of success is simply executing the details and doing it well, which is my strength.

I sweat the small stuff. If I see a pothole in your neighborhood, I want it filled. If I see trash on the side of the road, I want it picked it up. If I see an abandoned car on your street, I want it removed. I am a proud Portlander. I met my wonderful wife, Katherine, here. My two beautiful children who are my everything, Lilianna and Noah, were born here. For them and every Portlander, I will work as hard as humanly possible to make sure this city is the most livable in the world.

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Education: Universal Preschool Now!

Quality education should be a right, not a privilege based on income or zip code. Providing young children with quality care and education is the best way to raise high school graduation rates, lower incarceration rates, and reduce unemployment. But many families are burdened with monthly childcare costs as high as their rent or mortgage payment. Parents are working just to survive. Low income parents cannot afford to send their children to preschool and these children start Kindergarten already behind. The upcoming Multnomah County ballot measure Universal Preschool NOW! will provide play-based, culturally-responsive preschool in the parents’ choice of setting. This preschool will be free to all Multnomah County families, regardless of family income and guarantees to pay preschool caregivers and teachers a living wage. UP NOW! will be funded through a new tax on very high incomes and will not increase taxes for at least 95% of households. The UP NOW! funding structure will allow sustainability and growth for the future. Please join me in supporting our children’s future.

Natural Resources Protection and Recovery: Renewable (Green) Diesel – Clean Fuels – Today’s Bridge to Electric.

Imagine 60% less carbon from diesel engines TODAY! That is exactly what we will have immediately upon my election. Our city and county don’t have to wait for electric trucks to have some of the cleanest air in the country. This April, my company began the use of Renewable Diesel. With our first 10,000 gallon delivery, we reduced the carbon (CO2), particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) our trucks emit by up to 60%. This extraordinary technology meets the same molecular specs as standard Petroleum Diesel so it can be used in the same equipment without any conversion costs. The production cost of Renewable Diesel is much higher but with credits from Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program the sell price closely matches standard Petroleum Diesel. With my experience and as the commissioner of our transportation department, this will be one of the first moves I ask my new team to consider and implement.

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.
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.
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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.

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.

We support a ban for any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Agree
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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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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.
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.
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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
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
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
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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.
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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XI. Labor and Workers’ Rights
We call for the decriminalization of paid sexual acts between consenting adults and legislation allowing sex workers to organize. Disagree
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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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
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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
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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
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