Timeline: Mayor Sam Adams' political career

Timeline: Mayor Sam Adams' political career

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on July 29, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 29 at 7:37 PM

PORTLAND – Sam Adams has decided not to run for a second term as mayor of Portland, after 25 years in politics.

His career began in 1986 as a staffer on Peter DeFazio's congressional campaign.

In 1992 he served on Vera Katz's mayoral campaign staff, and got his foot in the door of city hall.

Adams began his 11-year tenure as Katz' Chief of Staff in 1995.

In 2004, Adams was elected to Portland City Council.

The next year Adams met young legislative intern Beau Breedlove, with whom Adams denied--then later admitted to--having a sexual relationship. He maintained that it did not become sexual until Breedlove turned 18.

The news did not break until shortly after Adams was elected mayor in 2008.

He beat out 12 other candidates, winning 58-percent of the vote. The Breedlove scandal led some constituents to question whether Adams was fit for the job.

Critics launched two recall campaigns—in 2009 and 2010—both of which failed.

Friday Adams announced he will not run for re-election, with 17 months left to serve out his first term.

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