I live in Portland with my husband. We rent and work full time, but we’re steadily being priced out of the inflated rental and housing market.

To stay in the city we call home, we need strong representation. That, among many reasons, is why I’m voting Marpheen Chann for one of four at-large Charter Commission seats.

I’ve known Marpheen since he was 18 – from college freshman, to law student, to advocate for others. Most importantly, I’ve been blessed with his trust, as he has done the difficult work of coming out and addressing systemic issues of privilege.

Marpheen will represent us well on the Charter Commission. His gentle candor in the face of resistance is a testament to his ability to speak truth to power, while welcoming differing viewpoints to the table. Instead of being quick to label, Marpheen teaches all of us how to absorb information and respond with dignity, clarity and advocacy.

Mike Blanchard-Nario

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