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Cogen decides against run for Portland mayor

Eileen Brady snares national endorsement

Two major developments took place in the Portland mayor's race Monday morning.

First, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen announced he would not run for the seat in 2012. And second, Emily's List, a well-known national organization that supports Democratic women, endorsed Eileen Brady for mayor.

Although Mayor Sam Adams is expected to run for re-election, he has yet to announce or begin raising campaign funds. As a result, Adams trails the two major candidates in fundraising. Brady has banked more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind contributions, including a $10,000 loan from her family. Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales reports $14,000 in contributions.

A third potential major candidate, City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, has not made a decision on whether to run for mayor. Saltzman says he wants to see a serious race for mayor in 2012 and believes both Brady and Hales are viable candidates. However, Saltzman would consider getting into the race if either or both of them fade by this fall.

'The filing date in not until March and a lot can happen between now and then,' Saltzman says.

Cogen's decision was complicated by a Multnomah County Charter requirement that would have forced him to resign as chair once he announced for mayor.

Brady co-founded the New Seasons grocery chain and has served on numerous civic and environmental advisory board. In the Emily's List press release announcing its endorsement, political director Jonathan Parker said, 'Eileen Brady's race is being billed as one of the most hotly contested in recent memory - and she's up for the fight. Her success in business and track record of building regional partnerships to advance her community has made her a recognized leader in the private and public sector for more than two decades. Eileen has the experience necessary to bring strong leadership and a renewed focus on the right priorities to the Mayor's Office to help Portland in these difficult economic times.'

A third candidate, community college student Max Brumm, has reported raising $870 for his campaign.