PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- In Portland's Irvington neighborhood, the opposition to fluoridating the city water is easy to find.
Ruth Mitchell has lived in the area since 1957 and likes Portland's water just the way it is. "I just don't like too many chemicals in my food or water or anything," she said.
But her neighbors, Kat Black and Jessie Porter, see it differently.
"I'll be voting for it," Black said. "I think it's a public health issue, just something we can do to improve public health, and I'm willing to pay a little extra in my water bill to make it happen."
Porter said, "I think it's going to help the tooth decay and everything with kids having problems with their teeth. I think it's going to be helpful, myself."
Despite overwhelming support from the medical and dental community, the pro-fluoride coalition recognizes there's a lot of desire to leave the water the way it is. That could come with giving fluoride supplements to citizens that want it.
Ruth Mitchell said even if the fluoride supporters win, she's not drinking the water.
"I already buy water. Always have. I do that already."
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