Both of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race opened campaign headquarters in Northeast Portland this month.
The Bernie Sanders campaign opened their Portland office in the Grant Park neighborhood along Northeast Broadway on April 5 and the Hillary Clinton team opened their Oregon headquarters in Hollywood on April 19.
The Sanders office is located at 2717 N.E. Broadway, in what used to be a Remax real-estate office.
Anticipating some additional demand, due to his proximity to the headquarters, Hillis ordered an extra batch of Hillary Clinton action figures and has gifted one to his new neighbors.
The Sanders office features a wall-sized mural of a cartoon bluebird, superimposed with the candidate’s face, painted by local artist Adrian Liwanag.
Clinton’s Oregon team is headed by Rose City Park neighbor Jillian Schoene. Schoene runs a Portland-based program that trains Democratic women to run for office.
“We’ve rented the space just for the May primary,” said Schoene. “I live in the neighborhood and the space was being turned over when it caught my eye. I contacted the owner to see if he’d be willing to lease it short-term.”
“It’s great for us because it’s big and open – perfect for campaign gatherings, like our kick off last night which attracted nearly 400 people,” said Schoene. “Being on one of Portland’s ‘main streets’ means good foot traffic – and great small business neighbors, like the Portland Pastimes toy store and the Nectar Cafe, which serves great coffee – an important benefit for us when working on a campaign.”
Both campaign offices will close soon after the Oregon primary on May 17 and one will be shopping for new space after the Democratic convention in July, possibly returning to Northeast Portland.