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The next Mayor of Portland?
(PORTLAND, OR) - The newest face in Portland activism is breaking traditions and making waves. Cameron Whitten has placed himself at the forefront of a new generation of leaders dedicated to a sustainable and equitable future for all of Portland.
He may be reminiscent of a young Martin Luther King Jr., but trust us, it's just a coincidence that he's thrown himself into the center of what appears to be the next Civil Rights Movement- Occupy Wall Street.
Along with his admirable energy, Cameron has expressed a vision of Portland's future, where the People have true authority over their government. His brilliance has garnered praise and positive reception from groups throughout the Portland community. He has even earned the endorsement of the Portland Green Party, and is making good impressions for the Oregon Progressive Party's endorsement.
Cameron has every intent on winning the instant run-off during the May Primary. Although he has been barred from a number candidate forums due to a lack of wealthy campaign donors, he compensates by hitting the streets daily in a true grassroots fashion and embracing the people of Portland like a real human being.
Feedback from his supporters confirm that the three most advertised candidates (Hales, Jefferson, and Brady) have more similarities than differences when it comes to maintaining the status quo in Portland. Real change is going to require a dramatic shift in our culture of governance.
Along with officially entering his name on the mayoral ticket, Cameron launches his debut of 'The Progressive Portland Plan', which provides innovative solutions to the systemic potholes left in our outdated city charter. Cameron is already soliciting community leaders and organizations for their endorsement of the PPP, and seeking public input for its constant evolution.
But the road to Mayor does come with its shortfalls. Cameron has to combat a number of political stigmas in the local environment, where he often feels the discrimination of being a young, low-income, African American male. Cameron continues to be an advocate for the neglected neighborhoods of immigrant and minority communities, which have suffered from budgetary neglect and police hostility.
A daring attitude and an award winning smile has proven to be a successful asset in the campaign, and Cameron is a beacon of Hope for the underdog. Portland has the promise of breaking glass ceilings and setting a new precedent in history. As Bud Clark and Tom Potter have shown, the City that Works doesn't always favor the most likely candidates. We can only find out in May.
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