Phil Keisling is director of the Center for Public Service at Portland State University's Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. He served from 1991 to 1999 as Oregon's secretary of state, following a two-year term in the Oregon House of Representatives.
Keisling also is a former journalist who worked for Portland’s Willamette Week and Washington Monthly magazine.
From 2000 to 2009, he was an executive vice president of CorSource Technology Group, a Beaverton, Ore.-based software services company. He is among the founders of several nonprofit organizaions, including the Oregon Progress Forum, the Oregon Public Affairs Network and Smart Grid Oregon.
Holding partisan mayoral elections ensures low voter turnout and disenfranchises vast numbers of voters. So does voting in odd-numbered years. We need to re-think how we approach these important elections.