PORTLAND -- Portland Mayor Sam Adams will not run for re-election, he announced Friday.
I am under no illusion of how challenging the race for re-election would be, Adams announced on his blog. I believe for me to win re-election as mayor, I would need to fundraise and campaign full-time, starting now.
Adams said he would rather spend the rest of his time creating jobs, increasing the high school graduation rate, and making Portland the most sustainable city. He added, This work is well underway, and I m committed to making every day of the next 17 months count.
Adams served as chief of staff for Portland Mayor Vera Katz, then as city commissioner before becoming mayor.
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He was plagued by scandal early in his tenure as Portland mayor. He faced allegations of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a legislative intern. In the wake of the scandal, two separate efforts were mounted to recall Adams as mayor and replace him.
Adams has also supported such controversial topics as a plastic bag ban, an increase in funding for bicycle projects and the decision to renovate PGEPark as a Major League Soccer stadium.
Adams said he has been honored by the opportunity to serve his fellow Portlanders and help shape the future of our city.
In reponse to the news, Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales called the decision a good move for Sam and a fresh start for Portland.
In addition to Hales, five candidates had already announced they would run for mayor of Portland: Samuel Belisle, Eileen Brady, James Brumm, Mark Callahan and John McArdle.