Chloe Eudaly – From Bookstore Owner to Portland, OR City Council

February 26, 2018

Chloe Eudaly didn’t finish high school, but she still managed to beat a Harvard Law School graduate to become one of 8 woman ever elected to Portland City Council in 2016. A local book-store owner for decades, she was outraised nearly 5 to 1 and yet still became the first candidate to beat an incumbent since 1992. Hear our conversation about she pulled off such an upset, how being a single-mom impacted her campaign, her thoughts on how legalizing marijuana has affected Oregon, and more.


3:00 – Chloe talks about having to close her bookstore.

3:45 – How do you go from running a bookstore to running for office and beating an incumbent for the first time since 1992?

8:20 – What was the reaction from close friends about you running for office?

8:45 – How much did you raise?

10:00 – Did you think you had a chance after getting 28% of the vote in the run-off?

11:10 – What was the reaction from the Democratic Party when you announced?

12:30 – Did anybody talk to you about dropping out?

13:30 – How has your son having cerebral palsy affected your political view points?

15:10 – What was the darkest time of the campaign?

16:30 – What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since being in office?

20:20 – When did Oregon legalize marijuana and what has the experience been?

23:20 – What lessons learned would you pass on to other legislators about legalizing marijuana?

26:30 – How has the heroin epidemic affected Portland? Any progress with policy? And has legalizing marijuana affected the situation?

31:30 – What would you say to someone who is considering running for office?

35:30 – What can we do as a country to come together again?

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