Accountability in City Government and
as residents in the City of Portland suffered
through the latest economic recession, the city kept
spending money and mismanaging budgets as though
there was no recession.
As someone who has
served 5 years on the City of Portland’s Water
Quality Advisory Committee and nearly a decade on
the Portland Utility Review Board, Scott has
observed firsthand the massive waste and
mismanagement of public funds.
He has witnessed
unnecessary projects evolve because someone knew
someone else, and it benefited them both to make
sure the project remained funded in the budget for
elected officials’ mismanagement of high profile
bureaus illustrates the problems throughout City
Other departments almost certainly have areas of
waste and mismanagement where cronyism runs rampant
at the expense, both literally and figuratively, of
hard-working ratepayers and taxpayers.
Scott is an outsider. Someone
who isn’t looking to use this position as a stepping
stone to another job in politics; someone who isn’t
on a career path as a politician looking for his or
her next position, and someone who isn’t looking
just to fill a spot on his resume’ at this point in
photo ©Lawrence Hudetz
Under Scott’s leadership,
the City of Portland will work with city bureaus,
businesses and individuals to offer the kind of
“generational jobs” needed to maintain a robust
level of economic stability.
Family-wage jobs with
good benefits and a strong future in our city.
As a native Portlander
Scott wants to see others who were born and grew up
those who came here for a better life
have the opportunity to
stay here and make a good living.
In order for Portland to
remain a vibrant progressive community, it needs to
offer the kinds of jobs, careers, and opportunities
that can support young families, middle-aged
couples, seniors, and everyone else who wants to
stay here and help make Portland great.
As a business owner, Scott
understands how important stability, certainty and
cooperation are to attracting and keeping businesses
His background in
marketing can help shape the message that Portland
is open for business and that the City of Portland
wants to be a partner in those endeavors that enrich
our community and enhance our quality of life.
A Vision for Portland’s Future
a scientist educated in graduate drinking water
chemistry and microbiology, Scott knows how
important it is to be able think critically about
the issues facing Portland, to evaluate the choices
in front of us and prioritize those choices based on
facts and input from others before reaching a
In order for Portland
continue to be successful, we need to
have the right people
doing the right job at the right cost.
Portland has never had a
shortage of dreamers and visionaries.
This city encourages the
kind of dreaming that led to a national food cart
revolution, world-renowned craft brewers and
breweries and innovative export projects.
What is needed in the
future is the kind of person to lead us who can look
critically at all those ideas, those dreams and help
shape the conversation about what is most important,
how much will it cost and who will it benefit.
Scott Fernandez has the life
experiences, skills and the vision to help lead
Portland into the future and beyond.