RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism

Filling the spaces between races with compassion, conversation, and education


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Presented By: RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism

May 2022 Primary - Portland City Commissioner Positions 2 & 3 and City Auditor

Candidate Forum

April 21, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Cost: Free


Confirmed Candidates

Alanna (AJ) McCreary – Portland City Commissioner Position 2


Simone Rede, Portland City Auditor


Brian Setzler, Portland City Auditor


Ed Baker, Portland City Commissioner Position 3


Meet Our Moderator 

Mariam Ukbazghi, Equity Programs Manager, Flora Health

Mariam Ukbazghi is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategist that has a passion for developing data-driven equitable practices using creative, radical approaches that center people within organizational systems. She is an Eritrean American immigrant who grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and discovered her desire to restructure healthcare systems while pursuing a degree in Biology and Black studies at North Park University. 

In December 2020, Mariam moved to a new role for Fora as Equity Programs Manager. In this capacity, she is responsible for advancing DEI organizational strategic goals, promoting community engagement, implementing culturally specific patient programming, chairing the DEI committee, and engaging internal and external stakeholders on initiatives that address health disparities in behavioral healthcare.

Outside of Fora Health, Mariam provides pro bono consulting to various culturally specific organizations and non-profits in Portland, helping advance their health equity initiatives. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking unique meals inspired by Chopped, listening to pop culture podcasts, and binge-watching true crime anything. 


Date: April 21, 2022

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Join us for our RACE TALKS 2022 May Primary Candidates Forum. We invited candidates from the Portland City Commissioner, Positions 2 & 3 races, as well as Portland City Auditor. We will select candidates on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is reserved for incumbents running for re-election. 

We are a non-partisan organization, so we will not discuss specific matters regarding an individual’s platform or priority areas that go beyond matters of race, equity, and inclusion. This forum is an opportunity to allow voters to hear the candidates’ race-focused values that, if elected, will influence their decision-making around policy and the rule of law. 


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