Let the speculation commence for Portlandâs 2012 City Hall elections. Eileen Brady, who co-founded New Seasons Market with husband Brian Rohter, is considering a run against Mayor Sam Adams. Brady, who in 2007 briefly flirted with the idea of challenging then-U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), says many Portlanders have encouraged her to run. In other elections news, also considering a run for a seat on City Council is Shelli Romeroâa former chief of staff for then-Multnomah County Commissioner Maria Rojo de Steffey and now a public policy and community affairs manager at the Oregon Department of Transportation. City Commissioners Randy Leonard and Amanda Fritz face re-election in 2012, but neither has announced their re-election plans, creating the possibility of at least one open seat on the Council.
City Hall is on board with bar ownersâ efforts on Southwest Ankeny Street to improve nightlife in downtownâs so-called âBarmuda Triangleâ (see âDouchebags Not Allowed,â WW, March 23, 2011). The same day WWâs story hit the streets, Portland Bureau of Transportation head Tom Miller met with Central bar owner Dustin Knox to discuss Knoxâs plan to close Ankeny to cars between Southwest 2nd and 3rd avenues. Knox said Miller supports making the block car-free if thereâs no cost to the city, and if cops and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission agree. âIt sounded like he just wanted to be an advocate for what he felt would be a revitalization of the downtown situation,â Knox says. Miller could not be reached for comment.
Karol Collymore, who ran an unsuccessful campaign to join the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners last year, is stepping down from her job as an aide to Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen. Her last day in her $67,000-a-year job is Thursday, March 31. As previously reported at wweek.com, Collymore earlier in March shut down some followersâ access to her Twitter account after Collymore tweeted at work, in a possible violation of county policy. âShe has decided to pursue interests outside county government,â Cogen said in a prepared statement. âKarol will be missed, but weâre excited about her future endeavors.â Collymore did not return a phone call seeking comment.
ABDUL RAUFThe imam whose plans last summer to build an Islamic community center two blocks from ground zero in New York City set off big debate will be in Portland next month. Feisal Abdul Rauf will be one of the speakers at the Q Gathering, a national conference about the churchâs role in society that this year will be at the Crystal Ballroom from April 27-29. Conference organizers say the imam will likely be part of a panel on the relationship between Islam and Christianity in the West.