SBO readers pick Smith for mayor
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Christina Williams is the editor of Sustainable Business Oregon.
We're always careful to say that Business Journal polls are not scientific — and we know that they're not — but I enjoyed watching our most recent poll about the race for Portland's mayor play out on Sustainable Business Oregon.
Jefferson Smith voters came on strong and voted early. Earlier this week, the city's youngest mayoral candidate owned 70 percent of the vote among our readers.
Supporters of Eileen Brady and Charlie Hales tightened up the gap some, but the poll closed Wednesday evening showing what's basically a flip-flop of what more general polls report. After 346 votes, Smith led with 44 percent. Eileen Brady captured 30 percent of the vote and Charlie Hales closed with 23 percent.
Most other polls I've seen (case in point) are showing Brady and Hales in the lead with Smith trailing behind.
What do the results tell us? It could be that our online audience skews young and therefore more likely to vote for Smith. It could also be that our online audience skews "green" and therefore more likely to vote for Smith.
There was some healthy debate in the comment section of the poll including some discussion about what we mean when we talk about sustainability — ideas that range from fancy green buildings downtown to environmental justice for all communities to concepts of financial pragmatism and a sustainable budget.
It strikes me that this city is fortunate to have such strong mayoral candidates, all of whom have their own working definitions of what sustainability is and what it means to Portland. But that doesn't mean I've decided who gets my vote.
How about you?
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