Portland mayor candidate Michael Burleson suspends campaign
Michael Burleson appears to be out of the race for mayor of Portland.
"I am announcing today the suspension of my campaign for mayor," the 26-year-old candidate wrote on Monday, Jan. 6 "I appreciate everyone's support. More details to come."
Burleson's platform included support for the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, a new public bank and taxes based on "ability to pay," according to campaign website. That likely would have placed Burleson to incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler's left during the run-up to the primary election in May.
The Burleson for the People campaign has of shortfall of $166.07 due to outstanding personal expenditures, records report. He is not currently employed, according to a statement of organization filed with the Secretary of State's office, but wrote on LinkedIn that he studied environmental law at Lewis & Clark.
I am announcing today the suspension of my campaign for mayor. I appreciate everyone's support. More details to come.— Michael Burleson for Portland Mayor (@burleson2020) January 6, 2020
He told KATU in an interview last year that he is a native of Garland, Texas.
Other candidates challening Mayor Wheeler include Teressa Raiford, Ozzie González, Sarah Iannarone, Michael O'Callaghan, Herbert Bruce Broussard and Cash Carter.
The Tribune has reached out to Burleson to learn more.
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