October 8th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Multnomah County

Amanda Fritz Chooses Sides in the Multnomah County Commission Race

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:

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