Sho Dozono is still a Portland mayoral candidate. A candidate with much less money, but a candidate still.
Dozono made his decision about whether to stay in the race over the weekend, after a judge last Thursday stripped him of $161,000 he was due from the city in public campaign financing. (See here
for WW's coverage of why Dozono was disqualified.)
Dozono has not yet decided whether to appeal that ruling, but says he's staying in the race regardless.
"I don't think that quitting is an option,'' Dozono said in announcing his decision this morning at his campaign HQ on Southwest Stark Street. He says he will raise private money but will likely limit donations to $500 apiece.
Dozono already had a tough race against Commissioner Sam Adams, the only other viable mayoral candidate (barring a miracle) in a field
of 14. But now that he's lost the benefit of public financing, Dozono will have to work double-time to raise money and make his case to voters.
trivia: Dozono was torchbearer in the 2002 Winter Olympics