Editor's note: We received this "press release" in response to our Nov. 28 cover story, "Done Deal."
For Release: December 1, 2007
Metro Council President David Bragdon announced that he will not run for Mayor of Wilsonville, Milwaukie, West Linn, Damascus, Portland, Durham or any of the other cities in the metro region in 2008. "For some reason, people keep asking me about Mayors' races," Bragdon said. "Speculation is natural, because Mayor Hammerstad is retiring in Lake Oswego and Mayor Thalhofer has not announced his intentions in Troutdale. To end any suspense, I am announcing I will not run for anything in 2008."
"Besides, there are already three well-qualified candidates for Mayor," he observed, referring of course to Beaverton, where incumbent Mayor Rob Drake will face challenges from Councilor Bruce Dalrymple and Councilor Dennis Doyle in the May primary. "Voters in every city in the region deserve such a competitive choice," Bragdon said.
Bragdon indicated he would stay in his current esoteric post until he figures out what his job is or his term expires, whichever occurs first. While recycling the canola oil in the popcorn popper outside the Oregon Zoo penguinarium as he does each Saturday, Bragdon shrugged, "I've got a decent gig, which has something to do with garbage and trees and the urban growth boundary, stuff like that, I guess." He reminded reporters that the Metro Council also owns the Expo Center, and said one of his unrealized goals in office is to "hang out more at Expo with the fine ladies of the Rose City Rollers' Derby." He cited the Rollers as "the most awesomely kick-ass" of his agency's many kick-ass stakeholders, ranging from environmentalists to real estate developers. "I care about the region's quality of life," he commented, "but this decision is about my own."
Bragdon's lack of qualification for city office was inadvertently revealed earlier this year when he failed to have his surgery televised and then did not champion a non-binding resolution appointing a 79-person task force to re-name S.E. Division Street as Gertrude Stein Boulevard. "Nor am I ready to handle the duct tape issue," he admitted, "so I settle for little job satisfactions instead: like buying 5,000 acres of natural areas and preserving them forever, helping build one light rail line and getting another started, or leading one of the few governments in Oregon with a Double AAA financial rating."
Bragdon's only specific comment about the upcoming Mayoral transition came in a written statement issued from Camp David, the Metro Presidential hilltop weekend retreat near Oxbow Park: "The city is a better place because of Tom's leadership. As Mayor, he focused relentlessly on the city's economic health and downtown revitalization. Tom also converted 'visioning' into specific, practical actions. Indeed, Hillsboro will have big shoes to fill when Mayor Tom Hughes leaves office next year."
Bragdon's term as Metro Council President ends in January 2011, at which time he hopes to get a decent job in a hotel, preferably near the Oregon Convention Center.
In your story about the mayoral race ["Done Deal," Nov. 28], you quoted me as saying that Charlie Hales would make a good candidate because "Charlie is smart, creative, and he cared about transportation long before the city started tearing up every block." I didn't expect that offhand comment to be quoted, but I probably did say that. I need to clarify, however, that I was NOT expressing any personal outrage about recent street repairs in Portland, which, for all I know, have all been completely necessary and as well-managed as possible. I was playfully constructing a hypothetical slogan for a hypothetical candidacy. I do suspect that a candidate could make political hay out of recent downtown traffic conditions, but I have no idea if that would be fair.
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Editor's note: Novick is running in the 2008 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.
CORRECTION: Last week's cover story, "Done Deal," incorrectly reported former City Commissioner Frank Ivancie's party affiliation, and when Julia Brim-Edwards worked on Craig Berkman's gubernatorial campaign. Ivancie was a Democrat, and Brim-Edwards worked for Berkman in 1994. WW regrets the errors.