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Fritz to kick off reelection campaign Thursday


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will formally kick off her 2016 reelection campaign on Thursday with a public event at the Pacific Pie Company.

The event will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at 1520 SE 7th Avenue.

Fritz announced in January 2015 that she had reversed her previous intent to retire at the end of her second term. Following the sudden September 2014 death of her husband, Dr. Steve Fritz, she said she wanted to remain on the council.

“My top three priorities for my next term will be prioritizing funding for basic services in all areas of Portland; continuing work on the Department of Justice Settlement Agreement requiring reforms in police interactions with people experiencing mental health crises; and promoting collaborative, coordinated partnerships between Council members, City bureaus, and community members” Fritz said in a Tuesday press release.

As in all her previous campaigns, Fritz plans to file by collecting at least 100 signatures from valid Portland voters. Participants at the kick-off event will be invited to sign her petition.

Fritz was first elected to the council in 2008, using funds from the city's public campaign financing, which has since been repealed by the voters. She has always set a cap on the level of campaign contributions she accepts. For the 2016 campaign, she is limiting donations to $500 per person.

For more information on Fritz's campaign, visit her website at amanda2016.com.