Current and former members of the City Council are split over the Portland mayor's race.
Mayor Ted Wheeler's campaign recently announced he has been endorsed by current Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who chose not to run for reelection, and former commissioners Mike Lindberg and Dan Saltzman.
All three praised Wheeler but also said they are worried about having too many inexperienced members on the council if he loses. If Wheeler loses, and if Commission Chloe Eudaly also loses to challenger Mingus Mapps in the Nov. 3 general election, the most senior member will be Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who first took office in January 2019.
Meanwhile, mayoral challenger Sarah Iannarone has been endorsed by former Commissioner Steve Novick, who lost to Eudaly in the 2016 general election. Novick said he is endorsing her because of her stronger position on fighting climate change.
Wheeler had been endorsed by Hardesty, but she withdrew her backing because of how protesters have been treated by the Portland Police Bureau, which Wheeler oversees. Both Eudaly and Mapps declined to endorse either Wheeler or Iannarone during their City Club of Portland debate, saying they would have to work with whoever wins. Likewise, newly seated Commissioner Dan Ryan said the same thing during his runoff election against former Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, who has endorsed Iannarone.