Sources: Hardesty, Roberts, Obama endorse candidates
Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has endorsed Commissioner Chloe Eudaly for reelection, after previously criticizing her for "performative allyship" — showing support for people of color when it's convenient — during the budget process.
As first reported Wednesday by Willamette Week, Hardesty has now announced her support for Eudaly over Mingus Mapps, a Black former university professor who once worked at the Office of Community and Civic Life, which Eudaly oversees.
"Commissioner Eudaly and I haven't always agreed on every policy position. However, our values are closely aligned, and we have agreed on much more than we have disagreed on," Hardesty said in a statement. "After consulting my Rise Together team and deep consideration of the issues Portland is facing, I am proud to endorse Commissioner Eudaly for a second term."
Eudaly is facing Mapps at a Nov. 3 runoff election because no candidate in the race received more than 50% of the May primary vote. Eudaly received 31% and Mapps received 29%.
Former Mayor Sam Adams, who received 28% of the vote, has endorsed Mapps.
Roberts endorses Mapp
A short time later, the Mapps campaign issued a press release touting an endorsement by former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts.
"Responsible, hardworking, leadership is needed in City Hall so we can have a
productive Portland team. Mingus will bring this when elected as City Commissioner," Roberts was quoted as saying.
"Having the support of Governor Barbara Roberts is another moment of this campaign that brings me great humility as we move forward in helping build a future that works for all Portlanders. Thank you Governor Roberts," Mapps said.
Obama endorses DeFazio
Former President Barak Obama has endorsed Democratic Fourth District Congressman Peter DeFazio for reelection.
It is Obama's only endorsement in Oregon and suggests that DeFazio, 73, is facing serious competition from Republican challenger Alek Skarlatos, 27, a former National Guardsman from Roseburg who helped stop a terrorist attack on a European train in 2015.
"I'm proud to endorse these outstanding Democratic candidates who will work to get the virus under control, rebuild the economy and the middle class, and protect Americans' health care and preexisting conditions protections from Republican assault," Obama said when announcing the round of endorsements that included DeFazio. "They're dedicated to shoring up and strengthening our democracy, a project that's going to take time and require all of us — but it begins by electing Democrats right now. So, give these candidates your vote — and vote early if you can, either by mail or in person."
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