You've talked about making Portland "a city of excellence." Can you define that?
Portland has so much potential. We're caught between the way we've done things in the past and the new progressive way the world is now. Portland seems to be holding on to the horse and buggy. We need to move into an area where we're maximizing every possible resource.
How did you think the city handled the Kendra James shooting?
Often times, this city is not willing to put itself in front of the mirror. The police have the power of life and death. We are talking about an awesome responsibility. We need to find folk who have a compassion for human life.
How would you give the community access to the mayor's office?
We have systems that maintain mediocrity and maintain the stale, close-minded thinking. You need to take the majority of the people's views into consideration and make decisions on who you're serving.
Why are you a Green Party rep?
You have to have someone nipping at their heels or otherwise everyone acts like it's hunky dory. I'm the guy to nip at their heels.
Jada Mea Langloss
You've been running since 1976. What keeps you motivated?
That's when I started running for president, as a write-in candidate in honor of Sitting Bull, my actual grandfather. The poor man of the village is always the chief, not the one that accumulates the most--the one that makes sure everyone gets what they need before he takes for himself.
You're a resident of Dignity Village?
Poverty was the thing that saved my life. I've never felt homeless; houseless, maybe. This place is a strong community. I've protected Dignity from City Hall. My fantasy is a teepee on top of the building.
Do you think campaigns should be allowed to take money from corporations?
I'm not into passing a bunch of laws against everything. But I will say that corporations are one of the things we never should have brought over from England.