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Mayors race: Eileen Brady files campaign committee

New Seasons co-founder is exploring a possible 2012 Portland campaign

The 2012 Portland mayors' race may be under way.

New Season co-founder Eileen Brady filed a campaign committee on Friday, April 29, setting the stage for a possible run for mayor against incumbent Sam Adams.

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 by several people to enter the race.

Adams has not yet said whether he 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 their plans for the office, even though they have not announced any intention of running for the position.

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 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.

Brady studied organization design and behavior at Evergreen State College in Washington.