Steve Novick announced this week he was a candidate for Portland City Council. There couldn't be a better candidate. I supported Steve's oh-so-close U.S. Senate campaign in 2008 because of his commitment to urban issues. Already, Steve has come out with a platform for 2012 that focuses on jobs, sustainability, and equity. Steve Novick won't be a downtown politician. He'll fight for the eastside of our great city - a region too many politicians ignore - and all our neighborhoods.
Steve Novick has made fighting for our Oregon his life's work. When criminals (and I use that word literally) like Bill Sizemore put forth ballot measures to take money from middle class families and give it the wealthiest - robbing money from schools, public safety and health care - it was Steve Novick who led the fight to defeat the Sizemore initiatives.
Steve's my friend. He's smart (he skipped high school and went to the Honors College at the University of Oregon before attending Harvard Law) and has unshakable values (he worked as the lead counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in forcing the clean-up of the Love Canal). Steve cares about people who often get forgotten or left behind. As a member of the Portland City Council, he'll help get the Rose City back on the right track.
I have faith in Steve Novick.
As a minister in the United Church of Christ, I trust deeply in the Constitutional principle of separation of church and state and my endorsement is therefore a personal one and does not reflect on my denomination. But as a citizen I believe that all Americans must engage in the political process as individuals for democracy to thrive. So I choose to participate in the political process as an individual when appropriate.