Brady launches campaign with petition rally

Mayoral candidate hosts downtown event to officially file for post

Eileen Brady kicks off her campaign to be Portland's next mayor at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Director Park at Southwest Park and Yamhill Street.

Brady will be joined by friends and business associates Doc and Connie Hatfield, co-founders of the Oregon Country Beef Cooperative. Others who could attend the rally include former state Rep. Nick Kahl, former state Rep. Jo Ann Bowman and Bertha Ferran of the Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Brady, 50, is a founder of New Seasons Markets. She also is active in a number of business and sustainability-related organizations. Among other things, she is a member of the board of the Oregon Business Association, is vice chairwoman of the Oregon Health Policy Board, is a founding member of the board of the Portland Sustainability Institute and is board chairwoman and co-owner of Celilo Group Media.

In the past, Brady has served as a member of the Metro Blue Ribbon Bike Trails Commission; chaired the board of Zenger Farm; served as vice president of the Ecotrust food and farm program; served as a steering committee member of Oregon Solutions; worked as operations manager and executive producer of the e-learning companies Platinum Technologies, Mastering Computers, Eagle River Interactive, Graphic Media; served as a parent volunteer for SMART, Mt. Tabor Soccer League, Portland Parks Swim Team and Mt. Tabor Softball League; and worked as human resources director, marketing consultant and executive team member for Nature's Fresh Northwest.

She announced plans to run for the office in late April. Mayor Sam Adams does not plan to seek a second term in office. Other candidates for the position on the May 2012 primary ballot include former City Commissioner Charlie Hales.

Today is the first day candidates can file for the 2012 mayor's race. During the downtown rally, Brady will ask supporters to sign her petition to officially file for the campaign. City candidates can file by either paying a fee of $50 or collecting 100 signatures from Portland residents.

After the rally, Brady will walk with supporters to City Hall to file her candidacy.