UPDATED: Latest Poll Confirms Smith's Momentum in Mayor's Race


A new poll in the Portland mayor’s race shows that state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) is surging in the campaign’s final days. The survey suggests city commissioner Charlie Hales and Eileen Brady have gained little ground with voters since last month. The SurveyUSA poll conducted for KATU and released Monday afternoon shows Brady with 28 percent, Smith with 27 and former City Commissioner ...   More
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

It's a Dead Heat in the Portland Mayor's Race

New Poll: Smith Surging, Hales Improving, Brady Stalled


The race for Portland mayor is a dead heat, with a new poll showing that state Rep. Jefferson Smith is gaining late momentum, and that businesswoman Eileen Brady is making no progress with voters despite spending nearly $1 million on her campaign.The poll was conducted by DHM Research for Oregon Public Broadcasting and Fox-12. The survey asked 400 likely Portland voters whom they would ...   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Mayoral Madness

Let’s pick the next mayor the only sane way: with a bracket.

News Stories
The most exciting thing happening in Portland this week is the NCAA Basketball Tournament’s arrival at the Rose Garden. The least exciting, this and every other week: the mayor’s race. We can    More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 AARON MESH

Tre Arrow Shouted Down At Enviro Candidate Forum

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An environmentally themed Portland mayoral debate on Wednesday night saw two foiled gatecrashing attempts by lesser-known candidates on the ballot. The most surprising incident of the night came when moderator April Baer called the candidates onto the Benson High School auditorium stage, where a podium each was set aside for the three leading candidates: Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith. ...   More
Friday, April 20, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Switching On

Mayoral candidates retain enough cash to have an impact as the campaigns hit the airwaves.

There’s a little more than two weeks before May primary ballots go out, and the contest for Portland mayor remains wide open. The most competitive mayoral primary in 20 years comes down to this:   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Road to Hales

Charlie Hales is running for mayor based on his record. It’s full of detours, roundabouts and switchbacks.

Cover Story
Not many people remember the great snout-house debate of 1999.  But Jeff Fish does. His company, Fish Construction NW Inc...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 COREY PEIN

Mayoral Candidates Tax Returns Show Big Differences


All three of the leading mayoral candidates released their income tax returns to WW this week. Their decision to do so was a gesture of  transparency because, unlike property taxes, income tax information is private and candidates in city races have not typically made such information available. (The candidates released their returns to other media only after WW put in its requests.)The returns ...   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bus Boy

Jefferson Smith built a political machine. Now he’s trying to drive it to City Hall.

Cover Story
On a recent Saturday morning, a sleepy-eyed retired auto-parts worker named Gavin Griffin opened the door of his Sabin-neighborhood home to find a blond giant on his doorstep.  The strang   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Campaign Confidential

WW gets city hall candidates to make public questionnaires used to win special-interest-group support.

If a candidate for mayor knocks on your door and asks for your vote, you probably won’t try to pin him or her down...   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 HEIDI GROOVER

Mayoral Madness: Vera Katz Regional


There's no more exciting day than the day you start picking a mayor with March Madness brackets. Today, we kick the voting off with the Vera Katz Regional. It may be the toughest region in the tournament, especially because it involves the Timbers Army, and those people will stand in the rain for books about how they stood in the rain. They could sway this whole thing. Come back to wweek.com every ...   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 AARON MESH


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