New Seasons co-founder exploring 2012 race

The 2012 Portland mayors' race may be underway.

New Season co-founder Eileen Brady filed a campaign committee on April 29. The office listed in the filing is "Mayor, City of Portland."

Brady's family has loaned $5,000 to the committee, Friends of Eileen Brady. The committee has so far spent $436.83 on a website, computer and miscellaneous personal reimbursements.

Brady has said she has not yet decided whether to run for mayor, but has been encouraged to enter the race by numerous people.

Mayor Sam Adams has not yet said whether be will run for re-election. Others known to be interested in the race include former City Commissioner Charlie Hales and political consultant Steve Novick. Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen have not discouraged speculation about the race.

In addition to co-founding the popular local grocery chain, Brady 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 chair of the Oregon Health Policy Board, is a founding member of the board of the Portland Sustainability Institute, and is board chair 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.

Brady studied organization design and behavior at Evergreen State College.

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