Every campaign season, every candidate running for office attempts to position themselves as the one candidate who will succeed in rising above the type of negative campaigning that has become commonplace in our society.

It has become clear over the course of this year’s at-large Portland City Council election that there is only one candidate who has made this promise and kept it. Councilor Jill Duson has run a campaign based on ideas, and in doing so has risen above the fray of attacks and accusations in this election.

She has listened to the voters of Portland, offering common-sense solutions on issues like affordability, where the decisions made over the next council term could mean the difference between having a city where people of all stripes can afford to live, or one where those on the margins of the middle class continue to struggle to survive.

Anthony Jackson