Bud Clark

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Bud Clark
Bud Clark.jpg
48th Mayor of Portland, Oregon
In office
1985–1992
Preceded by Frank Ivancie
Succeeded by Vera Katz
Personal details
Born (1931-12-19) December 19, 1931 (age 83)
Nampa, Idaho
Profession Restaurateur

John Elwood "Bud" Clark, Jr. (born December 19, 1931)[1] is an Oregon businessman who served as Mayor of Portland, Oregon from 1985 to 1992. A left-leaning populist with little political experience before his mayoral bid, he was one of Portland's most colorful political figures.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Nampa, Idaho, Clark's family moved to La Grande, Oregon and then to Portland when he was 6 years old.[2] He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1949, then enlisted in the Marines and attended college at Vanport College (now Portland State University), Oregon State University, and Reed College where he dropped out in his junior year.[2][3] In 1967, he opened the Goose Hollow Inn tavern in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland. At that time, the neighborhood name was falling into disuse and Clark is now credited with keeping the Goose Hollow neighborhood identity alive.[4]

Children and Later Years[edit]

Bud Clark had three children, Jason, Rachel, and Nicholas Clark. He now has seven grandchildren (Mac, Sophia, Luke, Noah, Antonia, Oliver, and Orion Clark), and will be having the three youngest (Antonia, Oliver, and Orion) along with him in the grand marshal of the Starlight Parade's car.

Mayor of Portland[edit]

In 1984, Clark ran for mayor when no other candidate would come forward to challenge Frank Ivancie.[5] Clark won in the primary with 54.6% of the vote. He was re-elected in 1988 after defeating 11 candidates in the primary and beating former Chief of Police Ron Still in the general.

Upon taking office in 1985, Clark found that the previous mayor had reduced the city's reserves of $27 million down to a few thousand dollars. Firefighters and police had just received a 10% wage increase, which meant the budget had to be redone in his first months in office.

As mayor, Clark created the nationally recognized 12-Point Homeless Plan, supported the growth of mass transit, including the MAX Light Rail line to Gresham, Oregon, aided downtown development, and initiated and led the campaign to build the Oregon Convention Center.

Bud Clark also sanctioned The Mayor's Ball, an annual charity event featuring independent musicians from all over the Pacific Northwest. The Mayor's Ball ended after the election of Vera Katz. A spokesperson for Tom Potter (Portland Mayor 2005–2009), said that the event cost Bud Clark's office $45,000. Potter later admitted that it also pulled in nearly $80,000.[6]

Due to $71,650 in campaign debt (mostly to U.S. Bank with a $52,000 lien against his personal home) from his 1988 campaign, Clark needed to raise money in 1991.[7][8][9] A $100-per-plate fundraising event ended up significantly undersold, and the "Oregon Political Party" fundraiser in the South Park Blocks actually lost money; as The Oregonian quipped, "Now that takes some doing."[7][8][9][10]

Managing the city resources with the Portland City Council, Portland had $20 million in reserves at the end of his second term and earned an award from the AMBAC Corporation as the best managed city of its size in the United States. Clark retired from public life and resumed his career as a tavern owner.[2] In 2011, he wrote the foreword to Portland's Goose Hollow, a book about the neighborhood's history.[4]

Trivia[edit]

  • Clark is the namesake for Bud Clark Commons, a building providing permanent housing for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness, located in Old Town[11] and completed in 2011.[12]
  • Clark is known for his eccentricities. He commuted to work by bicycle, and was known for his distinctive cry of "Whoop, Whoop!"[2] Outside of Portland, Clark is perhaps best known as the raincoat-wearing model for a 1978[13] poster titled "Expose Yourself to Art",[14] in which he appeared to expose himself to a nude female public statue, Kvinneakt, in downtown Portland.[14][15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heinz, Spencer (December 29, 1983). (subscription required) "Owner of tavern first to enter mayoral race". The Oregonian. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Redden, Jim (August 21, 2007). "Still mayor to many". Portland Tribune. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Cody, Robin (November 11, 1984). (subscription required) "Mayor Bud". The Oregonian. 
  4. ^ a b Prince, Tracy J. (2011). Portland's Goose Hollow. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-7385-7472-1. 
  5. ^ Dietrich, Bill (May 20, 1984). "'Whoop, whoop!' Portland's new mayor was no flasher in the pan". The Seattle Times, p. 1.
  6. ^ Busse, Phil (May 10, 2007). "Mayor Potter Drops the Ball". The Portland Mercury. Retrieved April 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Ellis, Barnes C. (September 22, 1991). "Clark Toasted, Roasted At Dinner". The Oregonian. p. C5. 
  8. ^ a b Stanford, Phil (September 27, 1991). "Send Your $$$ To Bucks For Bud". The Oregonian. p. D1. 
  9. ^ a b Stanford, Phil (September 25, 1991). "And Don't Forget The Magic Words". The Oregonian. p. B1. 
  10. ^ Stanford, Phil (August 23, 1991). "Get Ready To Party Down, Dude". The Oregonian. p. C1. 
  11. ^ "Bud Clark Commons Creates Homes, Opportunities for Homeless". Portland Housing Bureau. May 31, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ Redden, Jim (May 20, 2012). "Bud Clark Common wins award: Social service building honored for innovative design". Portland Tribune. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ Budnick, Nick; Buffaloe, John (March 9, 2005). "1978". Willamette Week. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Expose Yourself to Art", The Story. Michael Ryerson, Photographic Image Group. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  15. ^ Schrag, John (March 9, 2005). "This Bud's for you". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 

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Preceded by
Frank Ivancie
Mayor of Portland, Oregon
1985–1993
Succeeded by
Vera Katz