With a week left until ballots are cast, there's lots happening in the race for Mayor of Portland.
Earlier this week, Eileen Brady's campaign released its fourth ad of the campaign - this one on health care.
Green Party activist Seth Woolley filed an election complaint trying to boot Charlie Hales off the ballot. The idea is that he wasn't eligible to vote when he registered to vote, so his registration wasn't and isn't valid - which would exclude him as a candidate for Mayor.
Multnomah County and Portland elections officials rejected the complaint almost immediately. Seems clear to me that he's a voter now, so I don't buy the complaint. I still don't get how you can be a resident in one state for tax purposes and a resident of another for voting purposes - but hey, I never went to law school.
The Portland Tribune endorsed Eileen Brady yesterday in glowing terms, saying she had "risen to the top" of the field, that "she can bring the right mix of skills to the job", and that she had built "a coalition that includes business, community activists, environmentalists and many others":
Her business credentials extend beyond natural food stores to include a successful stint in the high-tech sector. She also has significant volunteer experience in the areas of the environment and health care that ought to reassure any voters who believe she would be solely the candidate of business.
In other news:
The O's Beth Slovic has a fascinating piece about the challenges that women face in running for office. No matter how far along we've come, it seems that women candidates' hair style and wardrobe seem to matter to voters in a way that just doesn't for men.
Willamette Week has started posting excerpts of their taped endorsements interviews. As always, they manage to get the candidates sniping at each other. First three topic - fundraising, sustainability center, independence.
Tuesday night, the Bus Project Candidates Gone Wild event was a raucous thing as always. Here's coverage from WW's Aaron Mesh.
Wednesday night, the environmental debate was sponsored by OLCV, Sierra Club, and OEC. Here's coverage from the Mercury's Alex Zielinski.
That's the scoop. What's your take on the race, one week out?