A Record Number of Indigenous Women Are Running for Office This Year. Here’s What an Incumbent Has to Say to a Challenger.

Deb Haaland: It is a huge responsibility to be one of the firsts, and at the same time, it’s an honor. I realize that young girls look up to me, so I have a responsibility to be a role model. Children now will never know what it’s like to not have a Native American woman in Congress. My advice to Tricia is to persevere. In 2018, when I first ran for Congress, a lot of people said, “She’ll never be able to raise the money, she’ll never win.” I didn’t listen to any of them. I knew I could win. I’d also tell Tricia that she can win!

Tricia Zunker: Seeing Deb and Sharice [Davids] make history as the first two Indigenous women elected to Congress was beyond inspiring. It was immensely powerful watching them be sworn in. Something hit me—I let out a deep exhale and thought, “There we are.” You don’t fully realize how much you weren’t represented until you finally see that you are. Not only did they make history, but their support has been incredible, generous, and genuine. They achieved this historic position and immediately turned around and held their hands back for others coming up behind them, including me.

 It’s been a record-breaking year for the number of Native women running in the election. How does this bring you both hope for the future?

D.H.: It’s amazing to see so many Native American women stepping up and running to make a difference in their communities. My 2018 campaign slogan was “Congress has never heard a voice like mine.” In the two years since Sharice Davids and I have been in office, we’ve worked to encourage and support Native women candidates. Part of being the first means leaving the ladder down for those who come after us. That’s why this election I’ve committed to supporting Native Americans running for office, especially women. Representation matters, and it gives me a lot of hope for the future of our Indigenous communities.

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“I live in my house with my fiancé and four dogs. I’m in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at my kitchen table. So much happens here. I’m joining Zoom calls from across the country. I do it because it’s what I can do during this election. Yesterday, I met with a very active, Democratic, get-out-the-vote group on the Navajo Nation. They all had their Biden-Harris signs set up behind them.”—Deb Haaland

T.Z.: Native women are leaders. We are leaders in our governments, in our communities, and in our households. When there is a Native voice at the table, the conversation changes. We are running for positions that our relatives weren’t allowed to occupy, and with that opportunity comes a duty to give back and help make things better for everyone. Increased Native candidates mean an increase in the Native vote. The Native vote is a powerful vote that can make all

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, challenger Mingus Mapps differ on style of getting things done, affiliation of backers

In 2016, political newcomer Chloe Eudaly upset then one-term Portland Commissioner Steve Novick in a runoff to win her first elected office. Four years later, Eudaly is in the opposite position. Now-Commissioner Eudaly hopes to fend off challenger Mingus Mapps, who seeks his first city elected seat.

Chloe Eudaly and woman posing for a photo: Incumbent Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and former political science professor Mingus Mapps have advanced to a November 2020 runoff for a seat on the Portland City Council.

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Incumbent Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and former political science professor Mingus Mapps have advanced to a November 2020 runoff for a seat on the Portland City Council.

The parallels end right about there.

Eudaly has painted her opponent — her former employee — as a conservative candidate without a clear platform for change in a progressive city. She contrasts that with her first-term successes changing city housing and transportation policies.

“I am really passionate about the issues that I tackle,” Eudaly said. “I bring a sense of urgency to them.”

Mapps, who oversaw crime prevention and neighborhood associations for about a year while working in the Office of Community and Civic Life, which is overseen by Eudaly, described himself as a “bridge builder” and his former boss as a “bridge burner.” Among his most vocal backers are neighborhood associations, who became upset when Eudaly attempted to change their current structure and dilute their influence. He said his management experience will allow him to repair relationships with Portlanders who feel they have not been heard.

“There’s a real hunger to fundamentally change the way City Hall is organized, and I think that’s going to be an exciting change that will happen as a consequence of this election,” Mapps said.

Eudaly’s agenda for her second term includes increasing funding for the city’s rental services office, improving transportation and electric vehicle infrastructure, ensuring the city is making accommodations for people with disabilities and changing the city’s arts tax to require more higher-income earners to pay more.

Mapps, a former political science professor, has said he wants to offer more incentives to builders of affordable housing such as a streamlined building permit process and fee reductions. He also called for the city to build more high-density housing particularly along heavy traffic areas near public transit. He said he wants to end long-term homelessness and said he thinks that’s something he can achieve in four years.

Mapps said he has set his agenda based on what he believes is realistic.

“Do I expect to have a 100% success rate? No,” Mapps said. “Do I expect to have a significant success rate? Yes.”

Eudaly has been endorsed by the editorial boards of Willamette Week and Portland Mercury. The editorial boards of The Oregonian, Portland Tribune and The Skanner have urged voters to support Mapps.

A DHM Research poll of voters last month on behalf of Oregon Public Broadcasting found 35% of voters said they would vote for Mapps, 26% for Eudaly and 40% were either undecided or considering writing in someone else. There are no notable write-in campaigns in the race.

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Go Out In Style In A Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Hearse

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Who wants this to be their final ride?

A lot of people take their final ride in a Cadillac or Lincoln hearse, but if you’re of the persuasion that it’s Mopar or no car, then you might be intrigued by this Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye hearse. Sadly, this is a rendering and not existent in real life… yet. We bet a mortuary could offer the Ride or Die package for those who want to go out of this existence with a bang. We’re not joking, this might be one of the best ideas we’ve seen in some time.

You don’t necessarily have to be a Mopar fan to like this rendering. Really, this is a great way to go out if you’re a fan of American muscle or performance in general. Having 717-horsepower transporting you to your grave is just epic. This sure beats riding in a hearse that’s a luxury land barge.

Like any harbinger of death, this Hellcat Redeye hearse is wearing dour colors. It keeps things looking dignified as possible. Also, the color scheme just makes this hearse look sinister and that makes us chuckle in an evil sort of way. We’re obviously smack in the middle of the target market for just such a hearse.

One note of constructive criticism on this rendering in case someone hopefully makes one of these in real life: the rear should have more glass. It would help the mourners to see the deceased push open the lid of the coffin and give a thumb’s up when the driver lets that supercharger whine like a banshee.

So, if there’s anyone at Dodge or Fiat Chrysler reading this, please make this a reality. You’d probably be surprise by how many people would line up to use this thing as a way to celebrate the life of a car enthusiast. Also, it would make for a great project car and seeing what builders at SEMA could do with it would be amazing.

Check out the rendering by rainprisk on Instagram.

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