In a big boost for Jefferson Smith's campaign for Mayor, he was endorsed today by City Commissioner Randy Leonard.
That's the only endorsement from a sitting member of the Portland City Council, and will likely be meaningful for Portland voters. (Of course, Leonard is on his way out - and won't have to serve with the next Mayor. The others may feel a bit more cautious, since they'll have to serve with whomever wins. Then again, Leonard's never been a guy who pulls his punches.)
Leonard, who was also a contributor to BlueOregon for our first four years (come back, Randy!), is the first member of the Council from east of 82nd Avenue - and Smith would be the first Mayor from east of 82nd.
Notably, Leonard succeeded Charlie Hales on the Council when Hales resigned mid-term in 2002.
From his statement (posted in full at WW):
As the first Mayor to live east of 82nd Avenue, Jefferson knows firsthand that the city has to work for the whole city - or it won’t work at all. ...
Jefferson has brought together diverse stakeholders, listening, and crafting agreements where others would have given up. He’s the only candidate who has a track record of identifying, recruiting, and empowering great people. He was a successful chief executive and civic entrepreneur whose leadership I don’t have to guess about - I can see it.
In other news, all three major candidates told the Portland Mercury that they support the city's appeal of the arbitrator's ruling that Officer Ron Frashour should be reinstated with back pay - after he shot and killed Aaron Campbell, who was unarmed.
Eileen Brady was the first candidate to proactively make a statement supporting the arbitration appeal - followed quickly by Hales and Smith.