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Mayor is joined by labor, business and other supporters at Monday evening campaign event

PMG PHOTO: JIM REDDEN - Mayor Ted Wheeler announcing for reelection Monday evening.Mayor Ted Wheeler officially announce for reelection before a wide range of supporters on Monday, Oct. 14

Wheeler is hoping to become the first mayor elected to more than one term since Vera Katz, whose last term ended in 2005. He previously served as Multnomah County Chair and State Treasurer.

Saying that being mayor is a hard job that includes making tough and sometimes unpopular decisions, Wheeler said he understand why previous mayors since Katz did not run for relection. But he insisted he is will to take the hits that come with the office because he believes in the future of the city.

"I believe that despite the chorus of critics that frquently fills City Hall, we can make the changes we need to make to solve the crises we face," Wheeler said.

Wheeler announced at 6:30 p.m. at Uncorked Studios, a product design firm, in Southwest Portland. Introducing and endorsing hin were Commissioner Nick Fish, East Portland State Representative Janelle Bynum, Metro Council President Lynn Peterson, Portland Business Alliance CEO Andrew Hoan, Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer Willy Myers, Native American Youth and Family Center Executive Director Paul Lumley, and Uncorked Studios founder and CEO Marcelino Alvarez.

Wheeler's campaign emailed a press release about the event to local media on Friday, Oct. 11, and asked that it be embargoed until 6 p.m. Monday. But it also posted a letter about his accomplishments on his campaign website, prompting some media outlets to break the embargo, previewing the announcement over the weekend

During his announcement, Wheeler took credit . making progress on the homeless crisis, providing more affordable housing, fighting climate change, increasing equity and inclusion and creating a community coalition to oppose hate groups. But he admitted many problems still exist — especially the homeless crisis — and vowed to continue working on them if reelected.

Wheeler's campaign committee currently has $60,825 in the bank. It has not reported any substantial contributions since early January.

Only one other candidate has formally filed for mayor with the City Auditor's Office: neighborhood organizer and Wayfinding Academy faculty member Sarah Iannarone. Four other candidates have publicly declared for the office. They include Teressa Raiford, a Don't Shoot PDX organizer, and Ozzie González, a construction company director and and TriMet board member.

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