SALEM - Former Governor Ted Kulongoski endorsed candidate Charlie Hales for Portland mayor.

The mayor of Portland must have the leadership skill of good judgment, to act wisely when the unforeseen issues arise. I know that Charlie Hales has that good judgment to make decisions that are right for Portland and Oregon, he said.

Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith will face off in the November election for Mayor of Portland.

I will work hard to make him - and the voters of Portland - proud as I pursue my vision of a safe, green and prosperous neighborhood in every part, and for everyone, in the city, Kulongoski said. The endorsement was first reported by The Oregonian.

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