Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz
has thrown her weight behind Loretta Smith
in the race to represent North and Northeast Portland
on the Multnomah County
Board of Commissioners.
On her personal blog
, Fritz (photo by Darryl James) says it was a tough choice between Smith and her opponent in the race, Karol Collymore
"It is truly exciting and satisfying that there are two dynamic, well-qualified women vying for the District 2 seat," Fritz writes. "I am impressed with both, and I know Multnomah County will be well-served whoever wins."
Fritz says she considered not making an endorsement. But she cites Canadian art-rock group Rush
's 1980 hit "Freewill"—"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
Fritz is the second city commissioner to back Smith, who works as an aide to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
(D-Ore.). City Commissioner Nick Fish
has also endorsed Smith.
Collymore—an aide to Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen
—was endorsed by City Commissioner Dan Saltzman
in the primary. Cogen is a former chief of staff to Saltzman. But Saltzman withdrew his exclusive endorsement after the primary and has given money to both candidates in the general election.
To find out who WW
is endorsing in this and every other local race, check out next week's issue. Meanwhile, here's Rush: