PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Outspoken Portland City Councilman Steve Novick conceded his race for re-election Tuesday night to newcomer Chloe Eudaly.
Eudaly, a Portland native and small business owner, became involved in civic affairs after her son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 2001. She said she decided to run for office a year ago in response to the lack of affordable housing in the city.
“I’m feeling pretty good, a little bit shell shocked,” Eudaly told KOIN 6 News.
Novick, who was known for his controversial proposals in the city council, admitted he wasn’t perfect during his tenure, but said he also had much to be thankful for.
“As far as my race is concerned, it’s just a classic example of the old saying, ‘you never get a 2nd chance to make a first impression,'” Novick said. “I thank the voters profusely for passing the 10 cent temporary gas tax in May for street repair and traffic safety which is something the city needed for years and years.”
Novick largely advocated for Vision Zero, a project aimed at reducing traffic-related fatalities in the City of Portland. It’s something Eudaly said she also supports.
“I’d like to see better coordination between the city and the courts and the state as far as how we are developing our transportation and infrastructure,” she said.
In addition to long-term projects, Eudaly said she wants to focus on taking action in the short-term to make local streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
While Eudaly wants to make sure affordable housing is available for everyone, she said people should know she is not anti-development or anti-landlord.
“I’m anti-exploitation and I want to make sure that the decision that we are making at city hall puts the interests of our residents before profit,” Eudaly said.
Eudaly said she and Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler will meet on Thursday.