Commissioner Nick Fish tells the Portland Tribune he will run for re-election in 2018. Although Fish has previously announced on KGW-TV's pubic affairs program "Straight Talk," it did not receive any other coverage.
Fish, who is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services, told the Portland Tribune editorial board last week that he is working on a wide range of issues. They including complying with the U.S. EPA requirement that Portland treat the cryptosporidium parasite in the Bull Run watershed and the related affordable housing and homeless problems.
Fish has not reported raising any campaign funds so far this year, but has retained Hilltop Public Solutions to manage the campaign and says he will begin raising money later this summer. Even though he was not on the ballot last year, Fish raised over $20,000 which he donated to other campaigns and advocacy organizations.
A non-practicing lawyer, Fish was elected to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Erik Sten, who resigned mid-term, with 61.4 percent of the vote in 2008. He was re-elected to a full four-year term at the May 2010 primary election with just under 80 percent of the vote. He was reelected at the May 2014 primary election with 73 percent of the vote.
So far, affordable housing advocate Margo Black and environmental advocate Julia DeGraw have announced against Fish. They cannot offically file for another month and a half.