Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales was the most prominent advocate of the Portland streetcar and claims it as one of his biggest success stories.

The eastside streetcar "loop" has recently opened, with sparse ridership and a lack of money to operate it as planned.

What does Hales think about extending more streetcar lines through the city, now that he's running for mayor?

In this endorsement interview video, we asked Hales that question—and his opponent in the mayor's race, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), critiques Hales' response and offers his own views.


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