One Portland City Council candidate raised more money than all the others combined

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Two candidates for Portland City Hall have raised remarkable amounts of money this campaign season: At-large City Council candidate Pious Ali raked in more than $20,000, while District 3 incumbent Edward Suslovic’s war chest swelled by a grand total of $0.

Ali is running in a three-way race with current Councilor Jon Hinck and homeless Libertarian Matthew Coffey and has the cash on hand to outspend them both several times over. Coffey raised $195 between July and Oct. 25, with $80 coming from a George Coffey. Hinck raised $450 over the same period, which, combined with earlier fundraising and leftover funds from the last election, brought campaign coffers to just over $4,000.

With a fundraising operation that started early and drew heavily on donors from around the country, Ali raised a total of $22,397.50. The sum is significantly more than any other City Council candidate in the last six elections and much of it was raised through ActBlue, a political action committee that does online fundraising for Democrats across the country.

Suslovic said he had opted not to fundraise this campaign and recycled campaign signs from the last election. His challenger, Maine Medical Center nurse Brian Batson, brought in $1,855.

Suslovic said he would be interested in seeing the city introduce public campaign financing before the next election. — Jake Bleiberg

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From today, his last post:

In the Western Cemetery, there are hundreds of unmarked graves. As sad and decrepit as this place is, with broken and toppled stones, it only hints at the number of people in the ground.

As early as 1853, they were burying the friendless and penniless under the lanes here, with no stones to mark them. It’s the same in Eastern Cemetery, too. At one point they were burying strangers, two to a hole.

Those people had hopes and dreams, too. But it’s hard to know their stories without tombstones or burial records.

But if this really is the time of year when the wall between this world and the next comes down, if we walk these lanes, listening to the wind whisper through the pines, if we touch the earth that they sleep in, if we sit, very still, and wait for them to come to us, we might just hear them.

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The Big Idea

‘What Daily Life Looks Like at Different Income Levels’ — From the Atlantic’s City Lab:

In a 2015 TEDxStockholm talk, Rosling Rönnlund described how photos and snapshots are often used to create “fairytale” images of other countries, capturing stereotypical scenes of poverty and wealth, and ignoring the vast array of incomes and lifestyles in between the two extremes. People in other countries, Rosling Rönnlund says, are often portrayed as exotic or unknowable. “This has to change,” she says. “We want to show how people really live.”

Correction: A previous version of this post misspelled Matthew Coffey and George Coffey’s last name.

 

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