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Oral history interview with Connie McCready
- 1994-03-21 - 1994-07-05 (Creation)
.1 cubic feet; 25 audiocassettes (24 hr., 21 min., 10 sec.), index (96 pages), 1 photograph (color, 4 x 6 in.)
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Constance "Connie" McCready, nee Averill (1921-2000) was born in Pendleton, Oregon. She was a journalist and politician. She represented Portland in the Oregon House of Representatives, 1967-1969, was Portland City Council Commissioner, 1970-1979, and Portland Mayor, 1979-1980.
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This oral history interview with Connie McCready was conducted by Clark Hansen at McCready's home in Portland, Oregon, from March 21 to July 5, 1994. In this interview, McCready discusses her family background and early life in Portland. She also discusses her early career in journalism working for the Coos Bay Times and the Oregonian; and starting a family with her husband, Oregonian reporter Albert L. McCready. She discusses her involvement with the Republican Party, campaigning, her liberal politics, and her experience as a woman in the Oregon Legislature during the 1967 and 1969 sessions. McCready also discusses legislation she worked on, including taxes, fair employment, public transportation and TriMet, and her work on behalf of sternwheelers. McCready talks about some of the legislators she worked with, including Tom Mahoney, Bob Packwood, Stafford Hansell, and Jason Boe. She then discusses her time in the Portland City Council from 1970 to 1979, including the Mount Hood Freeway vote; the bureaus she ran, including fire, cable, and public works; her support for gay rights; and receiving death threats. She discusses the city commissioners and mayors she worked with, including Frank Ivancie, Neil Goldschmidt, Terry Schrunk, and Mildred Schwab. She also discusses her campaign against John Lorenz in 1976, and Portland's sister-city relationship with Sapporo, Japan.
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Collection is open for research.
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Copyright held by the Oregon Historical Society. Licensed under Creative Commons, BY-NC-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Connie McCready, by Clark Hansen, SR 1148, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Forms part of the Oregon Legislature Oral History Series.
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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.
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- Oregon. Legislative Assembly (Subject)
- Portland (Or.). City Council (Subject)
- Republican Party (Or.) (Subject)
- Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (Subject)
- Goldschmidt, Neil E., 1940- (Subject)
- Lorenz, John D., II (John d'Arc) (Subject)
- McCready, Albert L. (Subject)
- Schwab, Mildred A., 1917-1999 (Subject)
- Hansen, Clark (Subject)