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Surprise filing by former Portland mayor shakes up City Council race heading into 2020 election

PMG FILE PHOTO - Former Mayor Sam adams at a recent event.Former Mayor Sam Adams filed paperwork to run for the City Council seat currently held by Chloe Eudaly on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Adams was rumored to be considering running for the seat left vacant when Commissioner Nick Fish died Jan. 2.

When Fish died, Adams posted on Facebook: "Rest In Peace my friend. You did good, you did very good. Portland and much more is better for your work. Big hug and support to your family in the face of this terrible loss. I feel lucky to have known you."

His move to run against Eudaly is a surprise. Eudaly won her seat in 2016, defeating incumbent Steve Novick.

Four of the five City Council seats will be on the May 2020 ballot in Portland. Mayor Ted Wheeler is running for re-election, Amanda Fritz is retiring from the council and Eudaly is expected to run again, although she hasn't officially filed.

Others who are in the race for Eudaly's seat are Jack Kerfoot, Alyssa Vinsonhaler, Robert MacKay Keith Wilson, and Mingus Mapps, who has qualified for the city's new public campaign finance program.

KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can find their story here.


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