Sarah Iannarone

Portland Mayor

Sarah Iannarone (eye-ANNE-uh-rhone) is a mother, civic leader, small business founder. She graduated from Portland State University and is an educator and international expert in sustainable urban development policies and best practices.”

Sarah Iannarone grew up in a union family in upstate New York. Rather than going to college out of high school, Sarah pursued a trade and worked as a chef in great food cities around the U.S.. Not long after moving from New Orleans to Portland in 1998, Sarah opened a small restaurant to connect the people in her working-class neighborhood with high quality food from local farmers at a fair price. It was even featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Sadly, it is now shuttered due to the COVID crisis.

After working without pay as a stay-at-home mom for several years, Sarah decided to enroll at Portland State University where she pursued a Ph.D. in Urban Studies & Planning with a focus on designing sustainable cities. That’s how she ended up spending the last decade helping leaders from around the world improve their places via the First Stop Portland program and other educational endeavors, including lecturing to students here at home and to audiences around the world including in South Korea, China, Brazil and Canada.

She’s running for Mayor of Portland because she brings the right values, vision, and experience to lead our city as we come together to tackle our greatest challenges such as economic injustice, racial inequality, housing affordability, and the climate emergency. She resides in Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood, where 82nd Avenue meets Foster road, and can be spotted scooting around town on her e-bike or running around Portland’s parks with her dog, Bacon.

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First, I want to recognize that there is substantial overlap in the values and priorities expressed in the policy proposals of the Multnomah County Democrats’ Platform and the policies and proposals I have laid out on how I intend to govern if elected. I’m cognizant of the extensive collaboration and thoughtfulness that such a deliberate, articulate document represents, and I hope that voters considering casting their ballot for me check out my campaign website, in which all of my plans are listed in full. My Green New Deal policy proposal, released the week of the Youth Climate Strike, shares a lot in common with the Infrastructure and Natural Resources articles; my “Rethinking Public Safety” document is a holistic reframing of how our municipal budgets could be reallocated to protect vulnerable Portlanders most at risk that touches values and policy ideas expressed in the Platform’s Articles of Immigration, Historical and Ongoing Anti-Blackness, and Equity.

I’ll use this space to specifically call your attention to my Housing For All plan, which similarly overlaps with many Articles but is directly related to the numerous housing-related legislative ideas for the Basic Rights Article. For too long, we have allowed the whims of the market and the drive for corporate profits to outweigh the public’s interest in promoting diversity, equity, and opportunity in our city. We’ve had our heads in the sand about what housing is “affordable” to whom. This has left us with a shortage of the housing that our people actually need. The taxpayer costs of this laissez-faire approach are staggering: the City of Portland is spending record amounts responding to homelessness without making a dent in the problem. This status quo is unsustainable and Portlanders deserve better: our crisis demands a more collaborative, community-based approach to housing all Portlanders. My full, 3700 word “Housing for All” plan provides substantial detail of how Portland can come together at this critical time to combat the gentrification, exclusionary zoning, segregation, disinvestment, and speculation that harms our communities. To see more information on how I intend to strengthen tenant protections, support community land trusts, and establish a Five Year Action Plan to address this housing emergency, please check out my website:

The second Article I’ll use this space to discuss is the commitment to Election Integrity. We all watched in horror as massive corporate money was able to stop crucial climate action in Salem over the past two legislative sessions. We’ve read the reporting by Rob Davis in the Oregonian about how big money has polluted our politics and made it harder for community members, everyday Oregonians to make a difference in their community. The folks who show up every day as PCPs, as volunteers for nonprofits and neighborhood associations – their actions to make the state a little more just as a little less corrupt are simply overwhelmed with big checks. In 2018, 87.4% of Portlanders voted to approve a $500 cap on campaign contributions. Unfortunately, the incumbent in this race has ignored this law; over 90% of his campaign donations have come from just 93 donors, with dozens of donations well above the voter-approved limits. Meanwhile, I’m participating in the city’s Open and Accountable Elections program; my campaign is on track to have more individual donors than any in Portland’s history, with an average donation size of around $30, and I have capped my donations at $250. My grassroots, people-powered campaign allows me to stick up for everyday Portlanders and push back against the wealthy, entrenched interests that have been able to successfully stymie progress on climate action, inequality, and housing affordability; this is how I’ve ran my campaign, as this is how I will govern as Mayor. I have a litany of other election and governance-related reforms proposed in my Good Government plan (; I look forward to further engaging with County Democrats on how to enact our shared progressive, bold vision for the city of Portland during my mayoral tenure.

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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For decades, Portland has called itself a leader in climate action, touting our “legacy of leadership” to the world. Sadly, we have failed in this undertaking: not only are we falling short of our carbon reduction targets, but Portland’s carbon emissions are rising. Acting with urgency and partnering with our frontline communities is the only ethical and practical response to the climate crisis unfolding around us.

As Portlanders, we have a responsibility to do better. We must stop putting out empty plans and proclamations while our children’s futures hang in the balance. We must shift our priorities away from economic growth and expansion to maximizing human and environmental health and justice. We cannot accept tepid leadership and centrist incrementalism if we hope to stave off ecological collapse.

We cannot think of investments in our sustainable future in terms of “How much will it cost?” but should ask instead, “How much will it cost if we don’t act now?” At this critical time, Portland cannot afford to elect anyone but a climate champion who understands the connections between urban density, greenhouse gas emissions, and access to economic opportunity. We need a leader who knows the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk; a leader with the know-how to harness our resources and empower our communities into a formidable force for change. We need a mayor with the tactical optimism to believe a better future is possible and the tenacity to get us there.

Please check out my Green New Deal plan to learn more:

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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As a single mother who has worked as a teacher at the Wayfinding Academy, I’m deeply grateful for Portland’s teachers, and the importance of investing in universal childcare. I’ve signed on as a supporter of the Universal Preschool Now campaign.

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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Even in Portland, our policing and criminal justice systems unfairly target and disproportionately impact Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, and other historically and currently oppressed community members. Our elected officials must commit to ending the disparate treatment of marginalized Portlanders and instead direct our precious resources towards addressing violent and abusive crimes in a trauma-informed manner. We must end “broken windows policing,” increase transparency, and ensure that Black Lives Matter is a public policy, not just a slogan.

I encourage you to check out my “Rethinking Public Policy” document, which has specific policy proposals to address racial disparities in our law enforcement.

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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My plan for a Green New Deal calls for the establishment of a municipal bank, and my “Good Government” plan was calling for municipal broadband even before the coronavirus outbreak revealed it’s importance to easing the digital divide. (

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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We must end the criminalization of consensual adult sex and focus instead on sex traffickers and abusers, not workers and associated acts. Specifically, Portland should issue a directive to end the enforcement of ORS 167.007. While this is not a long term solution, it will provide immediate relief and free up resources to focus on crimes of victimhood.

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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While Portland as a city cannot abolish ICE, we can abolish all of Portland’s ties to ICE. Any action taken by The City of Portland should be weighed by potential impacts to our historically oppressed undocumented neighbors. Sanctuary must be more meaningful than simply ending communication with ICE. True sanctuary means actively working against the harms that ICE perpetrates in our community. Portland should use all legal avenues to cancel the lease for ICE’s facility in South Portland, commit to supporting our undocumented families, and work to ensure our neighbors are kept out of any federal database that ICE might use to target our communities. The racist and xenophobic villainizing of immigrants and refugees has no place in our city. Sarah believes in leading with compassion and creating a city where all newcomers are welcomed. Our limited resources should not be used to enact the unjust and immoral policies of Donald Trump. Under Sarah’s administration, Portland will not partner with ICE, will not contract our services or facilities to ICE, and will leverage the power of our municipal government wherever possible to actively dismantle the harassment and profiling of undocumented Portlanders and other targets of the federal administration.

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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We must invest robustly in public transit, and infrastructure for biking and walking. 40% of Oregon’s carbon emissions come from transportation, and as Mayor, I will fight freeway expansions and instead use my bully pulpit to demand more from TriMet, ODOT, and the Oregon Transportation Commission to invest in green transportation options for all Oregonians.

We also need to take a stronger stance on eliminating traffic fatalities. My Rethinking Public Safety document reaffirms Portland’s commitment to Vision Zero by redirecting transportation investments toward reducing speeds and rethinking the design of streets to prioritize pedestrians, transit riders, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users. I am a transportation expert and enthusiast who has spent years of her life navigating Portland by foot, by bike, and by bus. I understand firsthand the difficulty of trying to cross a busy street on foot with one’s child or grandparent. Despite Portland’s pledge in 2015 to eliminate traffic fatalities within ten years using good faith investments in traffic safety improvements, Portland’s streets are more dangerous than ever before. We have an unacceptable public health epidemic that disproportionately harms the most marginalized members of our community. The majority of our city’s most dangerous roads and intersections are located in low-income neighborhoods in East Portland. Youth, seniors, Portlanders with disabilities, unhoused Portlanders, and transit-dependent Portlanders living in low-income zip codes are among those statistically most susceptible to this unacceptable traffic violence. Alcohol, speeding, and poor lighting represent three of the most significant contributors to traffic violence; curbing drunk driving and investments in safer street design represent two important tactics to curb fatalities. Portland must respond with action and investments commensurate with the threat that our streets currently pose to the health and well-being of our community.

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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