Andrew Zarro

Small Business Owner, Community Organizer, Husband
Andrew Zarro lives in Back Cove with his Partner TJ Zarro and their two dogs Gene and Albus. He owns Little Woodfords, a coffee shop that successfully operated in Woodfords Corner for almost three years, gaining lots of love and recognition locally and nationally. He recently moved the shop to Downtown Portland after the rent was increased beyond what a small business could afford during the COVID19 global pandemic.
Portland is an amazing city and Andrew is proud to call it home. Like you, he has watched Portland ebb and flow over the years. We have made great strides in the last decade, but there is an old guard stagnation that is holding on with everything it’s got. Simultaneously, our generation is facing the enormous challenges of climate change, the moral awakening of racial and social injustices embedded in our countries DNA, and the socio-economic burdens of being less upwardly mobile than the generations before us.

Andrew believes is our duty to take care of those in most need in our community, and day after day we see those people go un-helped and often ignored as our City develops rapidly. As a small business owner who has operated shops in Woodfords Corner and now in Downtown Portland, Andrew has worked diligently to meet the needs of his community and lead by example. As the former President of the Back Cove Neighborhood Association, he helped push forward the effort to make Portland free of pesticides, promote Aging in Place for our older neighbors, and collaborate with other Associations to create an interconnected Neighborhood Association Committee bringing the organizations closer together.

As a small business owner, Andrew has felt the devastating impacts of COVID19 on his business. He has seen it begin to tear away at the locally-owned businesses that make Portland such a desirable destination. We need a voice on our City Council that understands what it means to own and operate a small business in this City. We need someone who can advocate for the needs of the economic engine that Portland prides itself on. Small businesses employ people that need a reliable livable wage, health insurance, and who should be able to live in the community where they work without fear that they will be priced out.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, he believes queer spaces matter in all facets of our community, public and private. Andrew is running for City Council District 4 in hopes to bring LGBT+ voices to the table in our local government. We have not had an openly Queer person on the Portland City Council in over a decade.

Andrew believes if you love something, you need to take care of it. That is the reason why he is running for City Council. It is time for our generation to take the lead and help govern into a new era, and Andrew believes that starts with local government.