, one of 11 candidates
in the Portland mayoral race, said last night that he will run instead for the seat being vacated by Commissioner Erik Sten, who is resigning
, is a policy analyst with ECONorthwest
. He will have a tough race. Two-time council candidate, lawyer and local TV host Nick Fish; and Brendan Finn, Commissioner Dan Saltzman's chief of staff, also plan on running for Sten's seat.
Popenuk had declared his intent to seek public financing for the mayor's race. Yesterday, the City Council put off a decision whether candidates who, like Popenuk, want to switch over to the newly open Council seat would be able to take their public financing signatures with them.
City Auditor Gary Blackmer says the Council will wait to make up its mind until after the Citizen's Campaign Commission, which oversees the public financing program, considers the issue on Monday at City Hall.