Five new candidates joined the council race in May

District 2, 3 and 4 all got a fresh candidate infusion last month.

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Bob Simril, a long-time sales executive with experience at major companies like Coca-Cola and Microsoft, has joined the race for District 2. Simril is joined by Sameer Kanal, who manages community engagement for the City of Portland’s community safety division. Both candidates emphasize the need for involving Portlanders in policymaking decisions about public safety and livability issues.

District 3 also welcomed two candidates this month. First out was sustainability advocate Ahlam Osman, the president of the environmental and social justice nonprofit Somali Empowerment Circle. While Osman does not yet have a website, the Oregonian wrote about her advocacy in an article last year. Melodie Beirwagen has also filed an intent to run in this district, but does not yet have a camaign website.

In District 4, property manager John Toran announced his candidacy, although he has not yet filed paperwork with the City. Toran formerly owned the cannabis dispensary RJ’s Leaf. With a background in union and political organizing, Toran unsuccessfully ran for State Legislature in 2002. He currently serves as a Precinct Committee Person for the Multnomah County Democrats.

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