A Blow to Inevitablitiy

The inevitability of Sam Adams as the next mayor of Portland just took a major blow, with Sho Dozono entering the race. Dozono has been hinting around for a while, and gathered lots of support before officially declaring this morning.

I’m waiting to hear policy position specifics (especially regarding development and public schools) before throwing my support his way, but it’s undeniably great for democracy in Portland to have another serious contender in the race. City hall is in for a major shake up, no matter what happens, and it’s always nice when somebody’s presuppositions about his own inevitability are challenged.

“Coronation of a candidate is not something the citizens of Portland want to happen,” said Dozono in the Oregonian. Hear hear!

13 Comments so far

  1. melissa lion (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 11:58 am

    I don’t want to seem like the kind of girl who judges a book by its cover, picks a racehorse by its colors, or sleeps with a man for his car, but Dozono’s slogan has got to go. “It’s Sho time.” Ugh.

  2. Steve (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 1:01 pm

    Oh come on, it could be worse… how about “Sho ‘Nuff!”

    Anyway, it’s not his official slogan… yet. And at least he has a sense of humor and some personal warmth, unlike that other guy… what was his name again?

    Go Sho, go!

  3. Michael (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

    While I’m glad that there’s another challenger, I just can’t see myself voting for anybody but Sam.

  4. Steve (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

    Michael, that’s the sense of inevitability I’m talking about. I’m glad you’ve had a candidate all along, and now there’s actually going to be a choice on the ballot. Worst case, from my perspective, it’ll be a lesser of two evils choice. But that’s certainly better than what we were looking at as of yesterday.

  5. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

    Right now the jury is still out on who I will vote for, but right now if it was just Sam or Sho I am leaning to Sho for a few reasons one Sho is a private business “man” he could be a lady as far as I care, that has to make payroll and work with in a budget IE good with numbers and make things work with in those numbers as for Sam a friend of mine was killed by his bad judgement by a train over by se 17th last year “Chris King bty” and Sam said that he would look in to what he could do to get the railroad to repair or replace the foot bridge and as far as I know HE Sam has done nothing but he can spend what is it $60,000,000.00 on a ski lift to the top of pill hill that gets shut down every time the wind blows faster than 40mph cause people can get sick on it and “they” don’t even want patients to ride it cause “some thing” could happen and they would be stuck in it.

  6. Wacky Mommy (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

    Dodge Ram, I am sorry about your friend. Peace.

  7. chris (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

    I’m glad there will be another person in the pool.
    Certain parts of the bike community are so in love with Sam it’s a bit disturbing. Hopefully people will vote on accomplishments and not popularity.

  8. Steve (unregistered) on January 7th, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

    Sam’s no fool. He’s playing the bike community like a cheap kazoo.

  9. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 8th, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

    Wacky Mommy thank you for the good thoughts.

    But from my little corner of the city I have not seen any thing that Sam has tried to fix over here in the SE side of town lets talk about one road SE Foster Rd. right now every time it rains good and hard it floods around 112th and is shut down for three days and the last neighborhood meeting I went to “they” want to take out two lanes of traffic so bikers can be safer if they do that foster will be turned in to a parking lot from Powell-50th to 82nd and more bikes and max trains won’t fix that. Sorry my bad.

  10. Smashing. (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 9:50 am

    Sam does not have my vote.
    He never did. I really like the last post by Dodge Ram… more bikes and max trains won’t fix a thing. Sam does not grasp that.
    Go Sho!!

  11. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

    Thank you SMASHING but for my self I don’t know what “part” of the city gov. he is in charge of BUT from my point of view if he sees a constant problem with “picking of foster rd. again” with the flooding on foster what is stopping him from talking with Stin on fixing the problem or at least putting it neer the top of the list of things that need to be fixed.

  12. Steve (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

    The Portland Office of Transportation is in Sam Adams’ portfolio.

  13. Dodge Ram (unregistered) on January 9th, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

    Thank you Steve for the info & correction.

    I thought that it was Stin that was in charge of the road maintenance from a few reports a few weeks ago that “I thought” Stin had a back log of road repairs.

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