At least two
candidates in the mayor's race have reason to hope for Kitzhaber's endorsement.
was active in Kitzahaber's 2010 gubernatorial campaign. And one of her
opponents, State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), began cultivating a
relationship with Kitzhaber more than a decade ago.
Kitzhaber spokesman Tim Raphael says Hayes' endorsement should not be construed as support from the governor.
"The governor will not make an endorsement in that race," Raphael says,
adding that Hayes speaks only for herself in the mayor's race.
"Cylvia is her own person," Raphael says. "She is well-known in the sustainability community and has a longtime relationship with Eileen Brady."