One City Union, No Longer Holding Back On Mayoral Endorsement, Says It Supports Eileen Brady

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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48, which represents about 100 city of Portland workers, was one of four union locals that last month made a show of not endorsing any candidate for mayor.At the time, IBEW 48 business agent Joe Esmonde cited the Columbia River Crossing as a top issue for his union and others that would work on the controversial construction project. Today, ...   More
Thursday, January 19, 2012 COREY PEIN

Smith Files Mayoral Candidacy; Tran Wants His House Seat


There has been growing speculation about the intentions of State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), who is an announced candidate for mayor and who also holds a safe legislative seat. But according to state and city filings, Smith is not currently registered to run for either position. Yesterday, an optometrist named Dr. Thuy Tran, a political newcomer, filed to run in the Democratic primary ...   More
Thursday, January 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Four City Labor Unions Say They Won't Endorse Any Candidate for Mayor (Updated)


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 ...   More
Thursday, December 15, 2011 COREY PEIN

Police Chief Mike Reese Is Looking At a Run For Mayor of Portland


Portland Police Chief Mike Reese is strongly considering running for mayor in 2012, and he's telling associates he could announce his candidacy as soon as this week, WW has learned.Three sources who have spoken directly with Reese about his plans tell WW that Reese has decided to seek to replace Mayor Sam Adams, the man who elevated him to the top police job last year. Adams has said he won't run for ...   More
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Running Out the Meter

Who among the city hall hopefuls has best avoided the parking patrol?

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Public records offer clues about what politicians are really like. Do they pay their bills, vote or license their dogs? And what about parking tickets? All the major City Hall candidates have them an   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Jefferson Smith

The state rep. and Bus Project founder tells why he wants to be mayor.

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Jefferson Smith wants to loom large in the mayor’s race, and not just because he’s the tallest candidate so far (6 feet 4 inches), but because he sees himself as an alternative to former City C   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

State Bar Suspended Jefferson Smith Three Times for Failure to Pay Dues


Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) has had a tough time since entering the mayoral race Sept. 13. The Oregonian reported that Smith's driving record is a mess and he rarely voted before co-founding the Oregon Bus Project. More recently, blogger Jack Bogdanski has attempted to sort out the Bus Project's finances.A check of Oregon State Bar records also shows that Smith, a lawyer, has been suspended ...   More
Friday, September 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Campaign Filler From Jefferson Smith

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Wednesday's WW described Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith as "famously scattered and frenetic."Today, we got the following email—filled with gibberish—from Smith's campaign. It might seem to provide  evidence to support the above description. Then again, it was evidently not Smith who clicked the "send" button, as the email came from the account of Democratic Party of Oregon marketing ...   More
Thursday, September 22, 2011 COREY PEIN


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