Paige Kreisman, who ran unsuccessfully for Corvallis City Councilor in Ward 2 last fall, has announced she will mount a primary challenge to incumbent Representative Rob Nosse (D-Portland) to represent District 42, in east Portland.
Kreisman is a vocal member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and a trans woman who served in the U.S. Army until 2017, when she was forced to leave after the Trump administration’s 2017 ban on trans people in military service.
After attending OSU and her run for city council, Kreisman moved to Portland and is now a legislative advocate for the Portland DSA and on the board of Portland Tenants United.
Her positions in the 2018 council race included the disarmament of the Corvallis Police Department, the barring of ICE officials from the city of Corvallis, and a city-wide rent freeze. In challenging Nosse, her positions are similar but more broad – rent controls for Portland, stronger support for unions whose benefits were recently cut, and implementing aspects of the national Green New Deal in Oregon.
By Ian MacRonald