Four large local unions, representing 2,000 city of Portland employees, say they looked at the candidates for mayor and have decided who they want to endorse: none of the above.
The unions, including those representing police and firefighters, say they're still looking for an acceptable candidate. The unions made a joint announcement on Thursday, endorsing Steve Novick and Mary Nolan for two City Council positions, but deferring an endorsement for mayor.
"We have yet to see real, tangible things" from the mayoral candidates, said Jim Forquer of the city's firefighters' union.
The decision is a blow to Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), who had counted on union support for his candidacy.
And indeed, the union leaders present indicated that they could still be persuaded by one of the mayoral candidatesâor another candidate, if someone more to these local unions' liking enters the race.