Keith Wilson, life-long Portlander and local transportation company owner, held a kick-off event to announce his campaign for Portland City Council on Saturday. Keith is running for Position 4.
St. Johns Community Center Auditorium was filled with at least 150 supporters. Keith initially touched on his North Portland roots, reminiscing about basketball pick-up games in the gym across the hall and his high school years at Roosevelt. In his 25-minute speech, he spoke of sky-high housing costs, persistent high levels of homelessness, sluggish progress on critical transportation issues, and other challenges. The crowd greeted his platform with fervent enthusiasm and seemed to hit the issues with which they were most concerned.
Specifically, Keith spoke with passion about the climate emergency needing aggressive, direct action, “Historically Portland has been a city filled with visionary leaders who took bold action. Let’s be that city again! Let’s set a goal of moving our transportation department to 100% electric vehicles in the next 10 years. I have the experience and record of success to take on these challenges. It is time to rethink Portland for the decade ahead.”
His speech was introduced by Campaign Manager Julie Lance, Manufacturing Engineer at Daimler Trucks North America and nephew Erich Christian, and long-time business associate in the global transportation and logistics industry Pat Cooney. Cooney spoke of Keith’s transformative success in the trucking industry, his servant leadership skills and his belief in taking care of his customers and his employees, “I’ve witnessed firsthand the success Keith has achieved through developing short and long range business plans, plans with very aggressive targets and goals, and successfully executing those plans over and over again.”
Born and raised in Portland, Keith is the son of a truck driver. He has worked to make his own trucking business, TITAN, an industry leader with over 50% of the management and supervisory team staffed by women and people of color, and offering transparent above average wages and benefits. Keith knows the challenges and opportunities facing Portland, has plans for real change and is prepared to bring his professional management skills to the city council.