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Mayoral candidates tout endorsements, fundraising

Smith pledges to avoid negative campaigning

November has arrived, and the battle of endorsements and campaign cash is going full-speed ahead.

A day after mayoral candidate Eileen Brady announced an endorsement from former Mayor Tom Potter, whom many consider to be a grassroots champion, challenger Jefferson Smith met his fundraising goal of bringing in 500 donors to reach his first $100,000 in checks less than $1,000.

'As of midnight, 619 donors have contributed $102,779 to the campaign since September 12th, over 130 people donated $12,887 just on Monday,' Smith told his supporters by e-mail Tuesday morning. 'But this is more of a starting line than a finish line.'

Smith also released a new campaign video on his website, in which he pledges to make no negative attacks. And he revealed that he's endorsed by state Rep. Lew Frederick - no surprise since they served together in the House.

Frederick has also been a volunteer for Smith's campaign and opened for him during his Sept. 12 campaign kickoff.

Charlie Hales, the third major candidate, hasn't announced any major endorsements yet, but he is hosting a North Portland pub crawl next Monday, Nov. 7. Participants will be traveling by streetcar, of course.