Tom Potter

Mayoral Candidate

You talk about changing police culture to focus more on community involvement. How do you plan to do that?

We want the police to act as partners with the community, so instead of waiting for a crime to occur and a police call to dispatch them, we want them to go out and hold meetings with neighbors.

Do you feel the Citizen Review Committee should have more power?

Rather than looking at the back end of things, let's look at the front--who are we hiring, how do we train them, how do we discipline them? It seems like we're putting our money at the wrong end of the problem. My goal is to make government more accountable.

Why only $25 campaign donations?

I really feel that money has messed up the democratic process. I really appreciate hardworking folks. I don't think they participate in the campaign process of donating because they don't think their money counts. So what I wanted to do was establish a low enough amount of money that most anybody could donate. Everybody gets an equal voice that way.

Jason Newell

City Council Candidate

How do you feel about campaign contribution limits?

I'm asking for $50 for a single person and $100 from a couple, because in Oregon you get it back as a tax credit. Essentially, I've run a free campaign.

How would you make city council more accessible to the community?

Within the first year of being elected, I'll have my staff make regular visits to neighborhood associations to ask what we need to do. It's about going back to the city, to the people and saying, "What do you need?"

How would you solve the job shortage problem?

In Oregon, 72 percent of businesses have nine or less employees. If they could add that 10th employee it could wipe out unemployment. Plus, because they all pay income tax, you've just boosted the state economy, just by adding one new job to each business.