Race for rare open seat on the City Council is expected to get even more crowded in coming weeks

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Stuart EmmonsThe race for Commissioner Dan Saltzman's seat on the City Council is likely to get even more crowded, with Portland architect Stuart Emmons now joining those interested in the race.

"I am seriously considering running for the seat. No final decision," Emmons tells the Portland Tribune.

Emmons finished in third place with 14 percent of the vote in the May 2016 Primary Election race for Commissioner Steve Novick's seat. Small business owner Chloe Eudaly came in just ahead of Emmons with 15 percent, and went on to defeat Novick in the November General Election.

Saltzman unexpectedly announced he will not seek reslection two weeks ago.

Those formally announcing for the seat so far include include NAACP of Portland President Jo Ann Hardesty, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, and Downtown Neighborhood Association President Felicia Williams. Also expressing interest is Metro Councilor Sam Chase, who represents portions of Portland.

Other potential candidates are expected to surface in coming weeks because council seats don't open up very often. Fifteen people ended up filing for mayor in 2016 after incumbant Charlie Hales pulled out of the race.

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