I’m writing to endorse a candidate for an at-large seat on the Portland City Council – a candidate who selflessly worked to save a cherished health care provider to the area’s HIV community when the Portland City Council voted to endorse the recommendation of the city manager to close the HIV clinic at the India Street Public Health Center.

Unfortunately, the care provided by that clinic cannot be found anywhere else in the state.

Not only did Joey Brunelle fight to save the clinic, he also worked with the transition committee after the closing to ensure patients had a successful move to other health care providers.

Our pal Joey also campaigned for the bond to repair four district elementary schools, not just some of them. His passion for those needing representation in city government will now include Portland’s significant LGBTQ population. The gay community has no representation now, and this to me is a travesty for a city as progressive as Portland professes to be.

I wholeheartedly endorse Joey Brunelle as an at-large candidate for the Portland City Council this November.

Jenson Steel

Portland