Although candidates for the 2020 City Council elections could not officially file until Thursday, Sept. 12, it already looks like all three seats that are up will be hotly contested.
Even before candidates could file with the City Auditor's Office, 13 registered political action committees with the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.
The best known are: Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, both of whom have said they will run for reelection; Wayfinding Academy faculty member Sarah Iannarone and activist Teressa Raiford, who are both running for mayor; election reform activist Seth Woolley, who is running against Eudaly; and Latino Network Executive Director Carmen Rubio, who is running for the seat being vacated by Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
And by press deadline, five candidates also had indicated they will attempt to qualify for the city's new public campaign finance system. They include Iannarone, Rubio and Woolley.
That's already a lot of activity, and the filing deadline isn't until March 10, 2020.
Are Blumenauer and Wheeler feuding?
Portland-area U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer did not invite Mayor Ted Wheeler when he held a news conference to call for more federal housing funds on Thursday, Sept. 5.
As first noted by Willamette Week, the Democratic Oregon congressman invited Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, even though Wheeler is in charge of the Portland Housing Bureau, which probably would receive most of the additional money Blumenauer is proposing for a range of new projects and programs.
Blumenauer's office said Wheeler's absence "was not an intentional move in any way." But Blumenauer was quick to side with Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty when Wheeler accused her of being too hard on an invited witness who questionned a rental ordinance proposed by Eudaly during an April hearing.
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