Hales, With a Crushing Vote, Is Portland's Next Mayor


A race for Portland mayor that once looked like it could be a closely fought competition turned out to be a blowout.Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales successfully completed his political comeback Tuesday by winning the job of mayor, crushing his fall opponent, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland).In early returns, Hales leads Smith 62 percent to 30 percent. And 8 percent cast write-in votes.Hales ...   More
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 AARON MESH

At Hales' Victory Party, Well Wishers and A Tool Belt for the Work Ahead


Before the line of well-wishers began giving him hugs, before any results were announced, Portland Mayor-elect Charlie Hales had scheduled a meeting with outgoing Mayor Sam Adams. "I'll be meeting with the mayor tomorrow at 1:30," Hales told WW shortly before 8 pm at his election-night party at Holocene.Minutes later, the first wave of election results showing Hales' decisive victory over Rep. Jefferson ...   More
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 AARON MESH

Precinct Zero

Residents of Madison South, once divided over the mayor’s race, say the candidates haven’t offered them much.

City Hall
Janet Wojcik grew up in the shadow of Rocky Butte, the Northeast Portland bluff once known for its jail but that now features a park with a commanding view of the city. This year...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 LAURA FRAZIER

UPDATED: Two Polls Show Charlie Hales With a Big Lead in Mayor's Race Over Jefferson Smith


Charlie Hales has a commanding lead in the mayor's race, according to new polls released by The Oregonian and Fox 12 and Oregon Public Broadcasting.The Oregonian's poll of 408 likely Portland voters shows 43 percent say they have voted for Hales or intend to do so, compared to 23 percent who say they support Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland).The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.The ...   More
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 AARON MESH

Hales Breaks Campaign Limit Promise, Takes Two Big Union Contributions


Well, that didn't take long. On Oct. 15, former City Commissioner Charlie Hales wrote to Jefferson Smith, his rival in the Nov. 6 mayoral race, to say he wanted to break his pledge not to accept contributions above the $600 limit he'd unilaterally set in June.That was a major flip-flop for the frontrunner, although he's tried to describe the move (including in last night's KGW/Oregonian mayoral debate) ...   More
Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Nigel Jaquiss

Murmurs: Hitting the Spending Limits

Education reformers are absent at school.

Self-imposed campaign spending limits are often little more than a publicity stunt for candidates, but they can turn out to be a headache. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz raised her contribution    More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

One Question: Do You Support the “Arts Tax” to Fund Schools and Cultural Organizations?

Portland voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to impose an annual $35-per-adult tax on city residents (with exemptions for those living in poverty) to help fund more arts teachers in Portland Publi   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Policing the Police

The mayoral candidates talk about community policing—but not how the city can pay for it.

News Stories
Charlie Hales says he’s crossed paths with the Portland police during his campaign for mayor—and he hasn’t always liked what he’s seen. He talks of a recent weapons stop he witnessed a   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Jefferson Smith Campaign Will Stump for School Bond

Smith amends filings with state, gives money to PPS campaign


Mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) took an unusual step on Monday—he amended his campaign committee filings with the Secretary of State's elections division to reflect that his staff will now shift some of their time and energy to helping support the campaign for Portland Public Schools $482 million capital bond measure. Smith is also giving $5,000 of his scarce campaign cash to ...   More
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Full Mayoral Election Results Mapped and Interactive (Updated)


Remember two weeks ago when I said we'd have an interactive map of the full mayoral election results up in "the next day or two?" Here's that map now. If you're interested: Hales' strongest wins were precints 3605 up in the Southewest Hills and 4103 in Eastmoreland. Smith's strongest was precinct 4707 in Hazelwood. Technically, Brady's strongest was precinct 4902 in Wilkes, though only 11 people ...   More
Monday, June 18, 2012 RUTH BROWN


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