Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz Will Seek Third Term

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz says she will seek a third term on the City Council in 2016.

She hadn’t planned to run again but changed her mind after her husband, Dr. Steven Fritz, died in a September car crash on Interstate 5 near Salem.

“I was hoping to be able to retire and spend time with my husband,” Fritz tells WW. “I have lots of goals for the city, and I’m trying to make something good come out of this horrible thing that’s happened.”

Fritz won re-election in 2012 after a tough challenge from former state Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland).

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith and former County Chairwoman Marissa Madrigal were both rumored to be interested in the City Council seat if Fritz retired.

Fritz—who has rejected large donations and PAC money—says she will fund her re-election campaign with the payout from her husband’s life insurance.