That Nick Fish would prove to become a strong and vocal leader on issues related to affordable housing and homelessness was never a surprise. Those issues are etched into his heart and soul, and define him as a true public servant. It's what makes Nick more than just an able legislator or an administrator with the steadiest of hands.
He has dedicated his life to making government better, more accountable and more transparent. And it is impossible to quantify just how better off Portland is because of his contributions.
It has been painful to watch my friend fight a deadly disease, but the way in which he continued his public service - with grace and determination - has been nothing short of astonishing. Nick is a hero to many people, me included. I am so sad to see him leave City Council, and I wish him comfort as he spends his time with his family.