Who is Eileen Brady? She's the co-founder of New Seasons Markets (with her husband, Brian Rohter) and was once a vice president at Ecotrust. Last year, she hosted a low-dollar fundraiser for legislative candidates under age 36.
Brady, 45, told WW today that she has been seriously considering a challenge to Smith for about six months and has been talking with local, state and national officials about a run.
"It seems obvious we need a strong candidate," says Brady, who lives with her husband, New Seasons co-founder Brian Rohter, in Mount Tabor. "I've always wanted to run for office as soon as our children were grown and out of college."
Brady says she has gotten a lot of encouragement to run but is undergoing "one more gut check" before deciding whether to enter the race.
That final gut check may take the form of a chat with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is recruiting candidates - according to the O:
Brady, who told an Oregonian reporter she's considering a Senate run, is flying out to Washington, D.C., to meet with New York Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday. Schumer heads up the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
This story seems to solve the mystery posed by the Oregonian's Steve Duin last month:
On Saturday, the domain "BradyForOregon.com" was purchased, using a service that shields the owner's identity, and suggesting that one "Brady" or another is about to make a run at statewide office in Oregon.
Could it be Republican Brady Adams, former president of the Oregon Senate and now president and CEO of Evergreen Federal Bank in Grants Pass? Is Brady seeking secretary of state's office or state treasurer?