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Can we count on you to Write-in Teressa Raiford for Portland Mayor on November 3rd?

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Portland, the time is now to write-in Teressa Raiford for mayor. For too long we’ve been fed the narrative that we have to choose between the two candidates that acquire the most money, some of which comes from our tax dollars. We now are being forced to choose between the “lesser of two evils,” something we are far too familiar with. 

Already, people have committed to writing Teressa Raiford on their ballots on November 3rd based on her decade of direct action and demand for accountability from the PPB. Some of these write-in endorsements include The Portland Trailblazers' Damien Lillard, Albert Lee (Congressional Candidate), Kee’s Loaded Kitchen, The Kiki House of Flora, community activists, and foundational Black community members. In the May 2020 primaries, Teressa Raiford garnered 18,310 votes, 8.4%, 3rd place in the race to be elected Portland’s mayor. The results were disappointing because Portland missed a real chance at profound progress. 

Teressa’s mayoral campaign has been a genuine people’s campaign from the beginning. This write-in campaign is a revitalized extension of that. She’s not backed by wealthy elites because she refuses to be indebted to special interest groups. She isn’t enrolled in tax-funded programs because she knows that those dollars should be going to resources for Portland. This campaign is fueled by human necessity and human dignity, the will to thrive, and strengthened by people who have, for too long, been silenced and reduced to statistics. 

We’ve seen an influx of over 123,000 people into Teressa’s networks since May 19th. Not only are we experiencing heightened awareness and explosive social advances against status quo in the past several weeks alone, but we expect a massive social shift that will only continue to develop. It’s potent and exciting and we can all be a part of it.

Portland needs our first ever Black mayor. Who better to uphold the cause of Black Lives, of civic accountability, and of community safety than the Black woman who has already been doing precisely that work so effectively for years? Teressa continues to persist despite enduring constant oppression. It’s time we ALL invest in our community and show up for a 4th-generation Black Portlander that has always shown up for us. Let’s place Teressa Raiford in the mayor’s office. Let's show up for Black lives. Let’s Move Portland forward.

Can we count on you to write-in Teressa Raiford for Mayor November 3rd?

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