Charlie Hales first major candidate to run for mayor

Former city commissioner says city has challenges that 'require new leadership'

Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales said Monday that he will run for mayor of Portland.

Hales is the first major candidate to announce. Community college student Max Brumm, 19, filed for the office earlier.

"I love Portland and I've very proud of our city. But Portland has challenges now that require new leadership," Hales said.

Mayor Sam Adams has not yet said whether he will run for re-election in 2012. Others thought to be considering the race include New Seasons co-founder Eileen Brady, City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and political consultant Steve Novick.

Hales resigned from the council in 2002 to work for HDR Engineering, an employee-owned company that works on streetcar and other transit projects. He manages planning for new light-rail and streetcar projects across the country and Canada.

In his statement, Hales said he would run on his "problem-solving" abilities.