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Elections Watchdog Seth Woolley Will Run for Portland City Council

Woolley, a Green Party activist and software engineer, will challenge Commissioner Chloe Eudaly next year.

Elections watchdog and Pacific Green Party activist Seth Woolley will run for Portland City Council in 2020.

Over the past several years, Woolley, 38, a who works as a software engineer for Uber, has watch-dogged Portland's elections and filed election-laws complaints with city and state agencies, while pushing for better government. This is reflected in his platform of progressive election reform, government accountability and environmental protection.

"That's where I come from: a good government, sustainability, grassroots democracy and things of that nature," said Woolley, 38, a software engineer at Uber.

He also wants more emphasis on environmental issues in City Hall, citing his work founding Portland Clear Air, a political action committee working to address industrial pollution in Multnomah and Washington counties.

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Woolley filed to form a campaign committee Wednesday. He plans to challenge incumbent City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in the 2020 primary election, as first reported by the Portland Mercury. Kevin McKay, a Portland banker has also filed to run against Eudaly.

Wolley has advocated  for various government transparency and environmental issues. A few include: advocating for better access to public records, banning genetically modified organisms in Jackson County and overturning a measure that would have required fluoridating Portland's drinking water supply.

He's interested in removing Portland's commission form of government in favor of another model, such as a model with a city manager. Portand's commissioners have legislative, administrative and quasi-judicial powers, unlike most city governments, and Woolley says that mixing executive and legislative roles is "a terrible idea."

"If you have positions on policies, you shouldn't necessarily have to be the one that is the executive," Wooley says. "You can have people who are experts in executing, and then you can get people who are experts at the policy side."

He also is a member of the Pacific Green Party in Oregon. In 2012, Woolley filed three complaints with a handful of county and state officials, alleging violations of Oregon elections law. He was a member of an Oregon legislative task force on campaign finance reform in 2016.

Woolley also ran as the Green Party nominee for Oregon Secretary of State in 2008 and 2012, respectively losing to Bill Bradbury and Kate Brown in those races. He got about 3% of the vote both times.