January 28th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall

Who Will Get Public Financing? (UPDATED)

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The race to get 1,000 signatures and $5 contributions from registered Portland voters to qualify for public campaign financing ends tomorrow.

Now there are more signs not all of the candidates running against Commissioner Dan Saltzman are going to make it.

This morning, for example, Mary Volm withdrew her name from the list of people seeking public campaign financing. Fellow candidate Ed Garren withdrew his declaration for the same purpose on Monday. Spencer Burton did, too, on Tuesday.

That leaves Jesse Cornett, Jason Renaud and Rudy Soto in the running. A seventh person, perennial candidate Martha Perez, announced today her intention to run against Saltzman. The City Auditor's office has 10 business days after tomorrow to verify candidates' signatures.

UPDATE: Cornett says he has 1,050 signatures. Those signatures of course must be verified, and Cornett hopes to collect 100 more to give him enough margin to clear the 1,000-signature hurdle.

Photo of Cornett, Burton, Volm and Renaud.
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