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Mayor tells Portland Tribune he is right person for the job



TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Portland Mayor Charlie Hales said Friday he will seek re-election to another term in City Hall.Saying that he believes Portland has turned a corner and is heading into a period of unprecedented change, Mayor Charlie Hales has decided to run for reelection in 2016.

"I'm enjoying the job and believe I am the right person for it," Hales said during a Portland Tribune editorial board interview Friday afternoon.

Hales said he was not certain he would run for reelection when he first campaigned for mayor in 2012. But he said he finds the job invigorating and still has a lot to offer Portlanders.

"This is a time of great change for our city, and I believe my skills are right for the challenges," said Hales.

Hales explained he has spent much of the first two years in office fixing problems from previous administrations. They included strained relations between the police and the community, and the widely held perception that the water and sewer bureaus were wasting ratepayer dollars.

Hales believes he has made progress on such problems, including implementing the U.S. Department of Justice settlement agreement with the city concerning the Portland Police Bureau and reforms that created more public oversight of water and sewer spending.

Hales also believes the improving economy is increasing city revenues enough to launch new initiative, including more funding for affordable housing and tax breaks for businesses that benefit society by doing such things as hiring people released from prison. Both ideas were included in the State of the City speech Hales delivered before the Portland City Club at the end of January.

"Going forward, I'm going to be rolling out proposals to implement the talking points in the State of the City speech," Hales said.

Hales has not yet decided how much money he needs to raise for his reelection campaign, but noted that he has begun contacting donors. He would not comment on other potential candidates who are being mentioned within political circles, including State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, saying he will wait to see who actually files for office.

In addition to Hales, commissioners Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick are up for reelection in 2016. Fritz has already announced for reelection and Novick has not made any public statements.

The Portland Tribune will have more information from the interview in the Tuesday, March 10, issue.

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