Candidate forum welcomes Reese

Police chief allowed to appear, even though he is not yet running for mayor

Police Chief Mike Reese will apparently take part in a forum for the major candidates in the Portland mayor's race next week, even though he has not formally announced his candidacy.

'He's definitely interested and we have decided to include him,' says Jim Forquer, president of the Portland Firefighters Association, which is co-sponsoring the forum with a number of labor organizations, including the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Building Trades Council.

The Portland Tribune was not able to reach Reese for comment. But Forquer says forum organizers recently asked him how his members would feel if Reese was included in the forum, which is scheduled to include New Season co-founder Eileen Brady, former Commissioner Charlie Hales and State Rep. Jefferson Smith.

'Even though it was late, we felt it was important to include him, and so did the other groups,' says Forquer.

Rumors have been circulating about Reese entering the race for weeks. Reese says he was recently approached by a number of people he respects about running for mayor and said he would consider it. The filing deadline is May 2012 primary election is not until March.

By law, Reese would not have to file a campaign committee until he begins raising money. Each of the three major candidates have already collected more than $100,000. Brady leads the pack with nearly $266,000 in cash and in-kind contributions.

The candidate forum is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Labor Council office, at Southeast 32nd Street and Powell Boulevard. It open to members of all the labor groups and the press.

The candidate forum will be held at the Labor Council office at Southeast 32nd Street and Powell Boulevard . on Nov. 15 from 6:30 pm to 8:30. The event is open to members of all the labor groups and the press and will be streamed live online.