Today is the last day to vote in Portland’s Special Election to fill the City Council seat vacated by the late Nick Fish. You can drop off your ballot at any official drop site in Multnomah County by 8:00 pm! HBA is proud to endorse former Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith for Portland City Council, Position 2. Her experience managing the federal budget portfolio for Senator Wyden and her time on the Multnomah County Commission, makes her well positioned to grapple with Portland’s impending budget shortfalls. With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing and future federal bailout dollars uncertain, Portlanders need a commissioner who is able to build on the legacy of Nick Fish and make difficult decisions to achieve budget stability. With her wealth of experience working to support Portland’s most vulnerable citizens, Loretta is the right person to respond to the calls for reform and equity and will help the city heal. While other politicians are guided solely by political dogma, Loretta is a capable facilitator, who is able to bring disparate sides together on thorny issues. Our industry is grappling with the pandemic and associated economic downturn, and we need smart pragmatists like Loretta who will work to achieve city governance reform while ensuring enough new homes are built to meet continuing demand. Join us in supporting Loretta Smith for Portland City Council!