Wheeler files for Portland mayor
State Treasurer Ted Wheeler formally filed to run for Portland mayor with city election officials Tuesday.
Although Wheeler announced he was running for mayor in September, the filing makes him an official candidate.
"Its something I wanted to cross off my list before the end of the year," Wheeler said in a press release announcing the filing.
Im a candidate for mayor because I dont believe we can call ourselves a progressive city until we make real progress on the issues that matter: homelessness; housing affordability; an economic recovery thats leaving too many Portlanders behind," the release continued.
Wheeler's strongest opponent will likely be Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey, who is expected to file after the first of the year. By delaying his filing until then, Bailey can complete the final year of his commission term under the county's term limit restrictions.
The filing deadlines not until March and I expect that more people will get into this race. Thats a good thing, because I want to have a robust debate about the issues facing our city," the release continued.
Wheeler has reported raising almost $298,000 in cash and in-kind contributions so far this year. Recent major contibutions include $1,000 each from OHSU President Joe Robertson, Hoffman Construction Manager Eric Hoffman, Portland realtor Joe Flynn and retired Fred Meyer executive Cheryl Perrin.
Bailey has limited contibutions to $250.He has reported raising $1,500 since letting it be known he intends to run for mayor.