Here's the latest in the campaigns for Mayor and the two seats on the Portland City Council.
On Monday, Charlie Hales released his first two TV spots - one on parks and schools and the other on potholes.
Meanwhile, Eileen Brady released a TV spot that was produced as an in-kind donation by members of Portland's burgeoning film and television industry. The ad pokes fun at the Portlandia image of Portland and makes a serious point about the real Portland that we all live in. Beyond that, I won't try to describe it - you just have to see it.
Of Novick, the O writes:
But with the right mayor and mix of commissioners, Novick could be a powerful vote and effective voice on the council. He is creative, dogged and famously smart. He cares more about finding good public policy than protecting political turf.
Of Fritz, the O writes:
Fritz is principled, smart, thoughtful and conscientious. She is willing to challenge conventional wisdom, even when that means questioning a colleague's pet project. She thinks more like a citizen than a politician, and she hasn't lost her regular-person appeal after nearly four years in power.
Meanwhile, in her race to unseat Fritz, State Rep. Mary Nolan has won the endorsement of former Mayor Vera Katz - who also made the leap from legislative leader to City Hall.