PORTLAND, Ore. – The race for Portland mayor is heating up and 15 candidates have filed to run so far.
The nonpartisan primary election is on May 17. If no candidate gets a majority vote, the top two candidates will continue onto the runoff election in November.
Current Mayor Charlie Hales has decided not to run for reelection.
Watch: Portland mayoral debate
Update: On April 25, David "The Ack" Ackerman dropped out of the race and endorsed Jessie Sponberg.
David Ackerman – Ackerman, nicknamed ‘The Ack,” is a dishwasher and a band photographer. His website lists hobbies including “occasionally running for mayor of Portland.”
Jules Bailey – Currently a Multnomah County Commissioner, Bailey pledged to cut homelessness in half by the end of his first term. He is widely seen as the biggest threat to Ted Wheeler.
Bruce Broussard – Broussard is a military veteran who served in the Vietnam War and on the U.S. Marine Corps before working at U.S. Bank and IBM. He runs a public access show called "Oregon Voter Digest with Bruce Broussard." His wife owns Norma’s Kitchen in Jantzen Beach.
Patty Burkett – Burkett lists her current occupation as a “consummate self-indulgent student of multiple disciplines.” Burkett does not list any specific platforms on her campaign website, which is a Google Plus page, but said teachers are “bullied” and public schools “should NOT be a warehouse to dump your children.”
Eric Calhoun – Calhoun, a home care worker for the state, attended Portland State University for Molecular Biology. He does not have a campaign website.
Sean Davis – Davis is an author, writing teacher and wildland firefighter. He also lists other former occupations including bartender, police officer and Iraq war veteran.
Bim Ditson - Ditson is a drummer who's a staple in the Portland music scene. He is running on an affordable housing platform to protect the city's creative class. He said he is not accepting any donations for his campaign.
Steven J. Entwisle Sr. – Entwisle calls himself a “kayaktivist” who participated in the recent anti-Shell Oil protest in Portland.
Deborah Harris - Harris entered the race Feb. 3. She works as a business employment specialist and was previously a diversity consultant, according to her candidacy filing form.
Lew Humble – Humble is a retired mechanic who has run for Portland mayor four times before. He has never won.
Sarah Iannarone – The first female candidate to join the race filed for candidacy Jan. 21. Iannarone owns the Arleta Library Bakery Café and is the assistant program director at First Stop Portland. Her boss at First Stop is current Mayor Charlie Hales’ wife, Nancy.
Trevor Manning – Manning lists his occupation as Equity and Advocacy Network Intern at Concordia University.
David Schor – The self-proclaimed democratic socialist is currently an Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice.
Jessie Sponberg – Sponberg is an activist and Portland native who is running on environmental stewardship and social justice platforms.
Ted Wheeler – The current frontrunner is Oregon’s State Treasurer. Wheeler has garnered support from multiple former Portland mayors and has raised the most money of any candidate so far.