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Our Opinion: Put Nolan on council

Mary NolanThe campaign for Portland mayor — with all its twists, turns and mini-scandals — has likely distracted voters from the other contested city race on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who was elected four years ago to Council Position 1, faces a vigorous challenge from state Rep. Mary Nolan. The two candidates don’t differ much when it comes to political philosophy, but we believe Nolan has the potential to be the more effective commissioner.

Fritz and Nolan ran against three lesser-known candidates in the May primary, and Nolan was able to keep Fritz below the 50 percent level needed to win outright in May. Now that the two top candidates are facing each other in a runoff, we hope voters will take a second look at Nolan, who is among the most qualified people to run for city commissioner in recent years.

Early in her career, Nolan managed two city bureaus, including the Bureau of Environmental Services. She also has been a successful small-business owner and a leader in the Legislature.

We have taken issue with some of Nolan’s choices in Salem, but her legislative colleagues describe her as someone who can be moved by logic and facts.

Fritz, on the other hand, always has had strong grassroots support in Portland, but we don’t believe she has been the City Hall watchdog that her constituents might have expected. The City Council could use a problem solver like Mary Nolan. Voters should give her their support.