Chris for Metro

Chris Smith for Metro Council, District 5

Decades of Housing and Climate Leadership

Meet Chris

Chris Smith (he/his) has been fighting for climate justice and affordable housing through land-use and transportation advocacy since before it was cool. Read more about Chris’s background, how he become one of Portland’s most well-respected community advocates, and his favorite bus line.

Nine things Chris has done to make Portland a better place

Metro is a unique government agency (literally, the only one of its kind in the nation) and has enormous potential to lead our region on initiatives for housing affordability and climate justice. Chris has a long track record of fighting for transit-connected, walkable neighborhoods. Learn more about Chris’ accomplishments and how they prepare him to be a successful climate advocate at Metro.


“…Chris is uniquely qualified as a leader on the planning and environmental issues that are at the heart of [Metro’s] mission”

– David Bragdon, former Metro Council President

See what Portland’s housing, transportation, and climate justice community leaders are saying about Chris Smith, and why they support him for Metro Council in the upcoming May primary election.

Help us get Chris Elected!

Twenty years ago, doing ballot measure research for City Club, Chris became thoroughly convinced that big money was distorting our politics in very unhealthy ways. Since then, he’s supported a variety of campaign finance reforms, including public financing for campaigns.

In 2008, as a candidate for Portland City Council, Chris earned public financing by convincing more than 1100 individuals to contribute $5 each to his campaign. There’s no similar system to rely on while running for Metro, but we do have clear indications of the will of voters. Most of the district is in Portland and Multnomah County (we still love you, Cedar Mill!). The voters of the City and County have separately adopted ballot measures with $500 contribution limits. While the courts have declared these contrary to the Oregon Constitution and unenforceable, Chris intends to abide by them.

Chris will not accept a contribution of more than $500 from any entity in his campaign for Metro District 5. And Chris calls on his fellow candidates to join him in respecting the will of the voters by adopting the $500 limit.

Photos of Chris by Maddie Maschger

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