The race to be Portland's mayor didn't break a record for the number of candidates, but it came close.

The city's 23 mayoral candidates tie 2004's record.

At Tuesday afternoon's filing deadline, 22 people had filed for the mayor's job. City elections officials say there was one last-minute candidate - David Ackerman, who also ran for mayor in 2008 - whose information is being verified.

Other candidates vying to replace Mayor Sam Adams include Tre Arrow, Max Bauske, Samuel Belisle, Eileen Brady, Loren Charles Brown, Max Brumm, Dave Campbell, Robert James Carron, Bill Dant, Scott Fernandez, Charlie Hales, Lew Humble, Shonda Kelley, Michael Langley, Blake Nieman-Davis, Josh Nuttall, Christopher Rich, Scott Rose, Howie Rubin, Jefferson Smith, Steve Sung and Cameron Whitten.

Hales, Brady and Smith continue to be the front-runners, having appeared at dozens of forums, knocked on doors across the city and collected vast amounts of fundraising cash from hundreds of donors big and small. They were the only candidates to enter the race with prior name recognition from politics and business.

With such a crowded ballot, history indicates that no clear winner will emerge in May and a November primary election is a near certainty.

The last time a Portland mayoral race drew so much interest was the 2004 primary election, when Mayor Vera Katz retired from office and former Portland Police Chief Tom Potter beat former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi in the general election.

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