Four years ago, Eileen Brady considered at launching her
political career by challenging a two-term U.S. senator, Gordon Smith.
At the time, some—including this newspaper—suggested she run for mayor
of Portland (see
). Brady, a
co-founder of the New Seasons grocery store chain, did neither. But this
election cycle, Brady was first out of the gate to challenge Mayor Sam
Adams in next year’s City Hall elections. She got in before former City
Commissioner Charlie Hales entered the race, and before Adams surprised
the city by saying that he wouldn’t seek a second mayoral term.