About Chris

Chris Flanary (they/them) is running to represent District 3 on the City Council to ensure that the everyday people of Portland are centered in city decisions. If elected, Chris would be the first nonbinary person to serve on Portland City Council.

Chris's campaign focuses on putting people before profits. Their priorities include pushing for living wages, ensuring a strong social safety net, and nurturing thriving communities. Chris brings a grounding in the day-to-day work of civil service, research and evaluation, and the power of organized action. Their experience working in housing makes them uniquely qualified to take on the complex issue of the housing crisis in Portland, from preventing more people from falling into houselessness to creating paths for currently unhoused Portlanders, to addressing the root causes of related issues of mental health and addiction. 

A longtime Oregon resident, Chris moved to Portland in 2013 to work for the Portland Housing Bureau after serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Salem with the Salem-Keizer Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit supporting affordable housing, education, and community organizing. In Portland, they found their community, both in labor union work and in exploring Portland’s weird and wonderful culture. They live in the Montavilla neighborhood with their wife Melina Larkin.

Commitments

I pledge not to take contributions from police unions or associations, not to seek their endorsement and to publicly reject their independent expenditures. I will instead prioritize the wellbeing and safety of every member of our community.

I pledge not to take contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, or PACs and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.

I commit that if elected I will prioritize, introduce budget amendments, and vote in favor of full funding for expanded 24/7 citywide Portland Street Response coverage in every budget cycle.