Portland Chooses a New Mayor

Today's the day in the non-partisan Portland mayoral race, which pits City Commissioner Sam Adams against businessman Sho Dozono. Adams, who has the backing of ...
by | May 20, 2008

Today's the day in the non-partisan Portland mayoral race, which pits City Commissioner Sam Adams against businessman Sho Dozono.

Adams, who has the backing of former mayor Vera Katz, is the favorite. The question, though, is whether he'll be able to get to 50% to avoid a November runoff. The most recent poll had him at 49%, with 5% still undecided.

Here's a description of Adams from the Oregonian :

On the City Council, Adams has been a dynamo whose calendar stays packed with neighborhood meetings and nonprofit fundraisers. He came to office with a checklist of some two dozen priorities, and he's delivered on many of them.

For example, he pushed through plans to lower the taxes paid by small-business owners, to require lobbyists to report how often they schmooze with city leaders and to make contractors who do business with the city provide domestic-partner benefits. He has also worked for more bike lanes, more streetcar routes and more money dedicated to arts and cultural programs.

Dozono has the support of current Mayor Tom Potter. From the same Oregonian article:

Dozono, 64, is a former public school teacher who has spent the past three decades building his father-in-law's business, Azumano Travel, from four to 215 employees. Although he's done plenty of civic work --organizing marches for education, raising money for school bond levies --he's never run for elected office.

He says that makes him uniquely qualified to lead the city at a time when the economy is headed into recession and big decisions loom about how to keep Portland affordable.

Josh Goodman
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