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Sources: Wheeler nabs early, unscientific lead in mayor's race

An early unscientific poll in the Portland mayor’s race shows Ted Wheeler far ahead of Charlie Hales.

It was conducted shortly after Wheeler announced for mayor in Southeast neighborhoods with the Nextdoor app that more and more residents are using to keep in touch on local issues.

The survey asked, “Who would you like to see for our next mayor?” It offered a choice between Wheeler, Hales and “Someone else.” Of the 131 early responses, 65 percent chose Wheeler, 29 percent chose Hales, and 6 percent chose Someone else.

A number of scientific polls reportedly have been conducted, and they supposedly show the race between Hales and Wheeler close, but none have been released.

And they’re off

As expected, the 2016 campaign season picked up after Labor Day, with a number of candidates announcing when the filing period for the primary election began on Sept. 10. So far, only a handful of races look interesting, however.

On the state level, the Democratic race for Oregon secretary of state is getting crowded. Declared candidates include Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, Tualatin state Sen. Richard Devlin, and Eugene state Rep. Val Hoyle. Former Bend state Sen. Chris Telfer has declared as an Independent Party of Oregon candidate for state treasurer, where Democratic Beaverton state Rep. Tobias Read previously had declared.

A number of unknowns who cannot win also have announced for U.S. Senate, Oregon governor, and a number of congressional districts.

The buffet table is open

The Oregon Ethics Commission has created a huge loophole to the requirement that public officials only can accept up to $50 in gifts.

According to the Capital Insider, in response to an inquiry from state Sen. Arnie Roblan (D-

Coos Bay), the commission said officials can accept an unlimited amount of free food and drinks at events where officials and their family or staff represent the government.

Roblan had asked about food and drink provided by the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde during an economic summit last month at Spirit Mountain Casino. Gov. Kate Brown also spoke at the summit. The inquiry and reply did not reveal how much free food and drink Roblan, Brown or any other Oregon official may have consumed at the event.

The Capital Insider is a subscription newsletter published by the Pamplin and EO (East Oregonian) media groups.

Clarification

Sources reported Commissioner Nick Fish met with Uber lobbyists last October. That’s what Uber’s lobbying disclosure seemed to say, but Fish said the meeting was with a staff member, and he said hello to them before it started. The reported meeting with other council members that day occurred separately.

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