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Mayor confirms he and his wife have separated as re-election campaign heats up.

OREGON PUBLIC BRODCASTING - Mayor Ted Wheeler and his wife Katrina at his election victory party.Mayor Ted Wheeler and his wife Katrina have confirmed they are getting divorced.

The announcement was first reported by Willamette Week on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The newspaper said Wheeler confirmed that they have separated and are getting divorced.

"As our family and close friends have been aware for some time, with mutual respect, we have made the difficult decision to divorce," Wheeler said in a prepared statement. "We ask everyone to please respect our privacy as we navigate our next steps and do our best to maintain a sense of normalcy for our young daughter."

Wheeler is running for re-election. In 2019, he told the Portland Tribune he would not run for re-election without his family's approval.

Wheeler's family has endured numerous disruptions during his first term, including homeless protesters camped outside their property that prompted police responses.

Wheeler and his wife married in 2005. They have a daughter.


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