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Charter Commission June 2022 Update

Charter Commission June 2022

Charter Commission Advances Change to City Government to Portland Voters

Dear Community Members,

For the past 18 months the Portland Charter Commission has been working hard and making progress on charter review, and we wanted to share some BIG news!

On Tuesday night, the Charter Commission reached its biggest milestone yet - voting to refer a measure to change local government to the November 2022 ballot. The proposal will strengthen our local government and democracy. The measure includes

  • Allowing voters to rank candidates in order of their preference, using ranked choice voting.
  • Four new geographic districts with three members elected to represent each district, expanding the city council to a total of 12 members
  • A city council that focuses on setting policy and a mayor elected citywide to run the city’s day-to-day operations, with the help of a professional city administrator

Be on the lookout – over the next few days we will release our sixth progress report. The report will provide detailed information on the Charter Commission’s analysis and community engagement to date, as well as information about what to expect next. 

The Charter Commission’s work is not done. We will begin phase II in late June. Our next Charter Commission meeting is coming up on June 30th from 6-8pm, if you want to share verbal testimony at our June 30th meeting please sign-up here.

Let us know what questions you have or what potential topics you want the Commission to consider in phase II through our online comment form


Sofía Álvarez-Castro

Engagement & Communications Coordinator