It’s early in the morning on a recent day at the Ted Wheeler campaign and the office is a zoo. A pack of toddlers tumbles across the floor. "Wheeeee!" one them exclaims.
Wheeler is meeting with a group of housing activists, and he invited people to bring their kids. The grown-ups are with Portland Tenants United. They sit in a circle, and one by one, they introduce themselves.
“I’m a school lunch lady,” says Jenny Stein, from Northeast Portland. “If the rents keep going up, we’re not going to have people like us in town any more.”