Saturday morning Alan spoke at a candidate forum in Portland sponsored by the Terwilliger Plaza retirement community. Also speaking were Libertarian candidate Sharon Durbin, Republican candidate Dennis Richardson, and Democratic and Working Families candidate Brad Avakian.
In his speech Alan talked of voter frustration with the election system and how the Secretary of State could most effectively advance election reform by promoting ranked choice voting. During the question and answer period he fielded questions about the history of ranked choice voting, the role of the Secretary of State in state governance, the closed primaries of the dominant political parties, and other topics.
“We’ve been bouncing back and forth between the two major parties for decades, each of them blaming the other for problems we can’t seem to get any traction on,” he summed up in his closing statement. “The world’s been changing around us while the political system is stuck in place. We need fundamental change of our election system to bring in new voices and break through a dysfunctional political system.”