Portland mayor, challenger offer visions for city in debate

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland’s mayoral contenders delivered competing visions for the city during their first televised debate Thursday night. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Mayor Ted Wheeler defended his record, saying he is prioritizing helping downtown Portland businesses and insisted he can end violence during demonstrations, while challenger Sarah Iannarone said she will bring new voices to the table and views police violence, not that of protesters, as the most serious problem. Protests, the coronavirus pandemic and a struggling local economy were at the forefront and the incumbent and Iannarone tried to respond often in less than a minute.