Fish campaign unveils website in five languages
Commissioner Nick Fish's reelection campaign unveiled a campaign website that can be read in five languages on Wednesday.
The site can be changed to be read in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian and Spanish. According to the campaign, it is the first Portland campaign website that can be read in more than two languages.
"Accessibility is the foundation of democracy. I'm proud that Portland's many and diverse communities can visit my website and learn more — in their own language — about my work and my vision for Portland's future," Fish said in a press release announcing the site.
The campaign says the site is a response to Portland's changing population. The number of households where English is not the only or primary language is rapidly increasing.
For example, Portland Public Schools reports that approximately 16 percent of K though 12 students are learning English. The district says that an average of 64 different languages are spoken by their families.
The ratio of English learners is even higher in the Reynolds School District at 46 percent. The David Douglas School District has the second highest number of languages spoken in Portland — 42.
Anita Yap, Multicultural Collaborative Founder and a leader of the Jade International District in East Portland, says the mew website is appreciated.
"Nick is deeply committed to welcoming New Portlanders to our community. By translating his campaign website into four languages, he is setting an important standard for other campaigns to follow, " says Yap.
You can see the new website at www.nickfishforportland.com.