My name is Mingus Mapps and I am running for Portland City Council. I am a long-time Portlander, who has seen our City evolve from a timber town to a tech hub. I embrace change, but also believe change should work for real people.


I received my BA in political science from Reed College and my PhD is in government from Cornell University.  I have split my professional life between being a college professor and a public servant in Portland. I’ve taught urban politics and public policy at Reed College, and I’ve helped manage the City of Portland’s Neighborhood Association system and Portland’s Crime Prevention program.  I have served as Executive Director of an urban renewal zone in east Portland. I worked in the Multnomah County Chair’s Office during the Bev Stein administration. I have also worked in the Portland Public School’s Intergovernmental Relations Office and the United Way.


Living and serving in Portland has made me into the person I am.  I am African American, a dad of 9 and 10-year-old boys in public schools.  I am a Democrat, progressive, and feminist. I am collaborative, constructive, and a good listener.  And I am deeply dedicated to my mission—bringing Portlanders together to build a better City.


If my vision and experience resonate with you, I hope I can count on your support. I’m running against both former Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, so we have a significant challenge facing an incumbent.  The election is on May 19, 2020. I am participating in public financing for this campaign, which means I do not accept donations from corporations or PACs. I only accept donations of $250 or less from everyday people. 



I'd be honored to have your support and look forward to working for and with you. 

Mingus mapps

for portland city council


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