The Portland Business Alliance's board has endorsed Eileen Brady in the Portland mayor's race.

Alliance Chairman J. Isaac said Tuesday's endorsement reflected Brady's plan to 'bring a fresh perspective as well as a business perspective to City Hall.'

'Throughout this process, we asked candidates about their views on private-sector job retention and creation, and Eileen has demonstrated to us that she supports our jobs agenda and is committed to improving our economy,' Isaac said.

Brady thanked the group for its endorsement and said she 'was thrilled' to work with business leaders 'to support our local entrepreneurs and business community and create thousands of new family-wage jobs.'

'It is truly gratifying to know that the Portland Business Alliance shares this vision,' Brady said.

The business alliance, Portland's Chamber of Commerce, represents nearly 1,200 businesses. Alliance endorsements are based on candidate interviews conducted by its endorsement committee, followed by a vote by the board. Two-thirds of the board members present must support an endorsement.

Brady is one of three major candidates running for the city's top job. State Rep. Jefferson Smith and former City Commissioner Charlie Hales are also seeking the position.

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