PORTLAND, Ore. — Ted Wheeler has announced he will run for re-election as the mayor of Portland, trying to become the first person elected to a second term running Oregon's largest city in 16 years.
The 57-year-old Wheeler kicked off his re-election campaign Monday evening. He said finding solutions to the homeless crisis will once again be his No. 1 priority. He said he's proud of what the city has done so far under his leadership.
"We are completely changing the service delivery system with the Street Response pilot, which will connect people on the street who are in crisis with mental health professionals and other service providers," he said.
"We're making a bigger play around addiction services. We're working to go into the community for people who aren't in shelters and connect them to whatever services they need to get off and stay off the streets.
"So I feel like we're making very positive inroads, but the reality is we still have an emerging crisis, we have a growing crisis, and we need to do a lot more. I'm committed to staying with the program and continuing to do the hard work we need to do to see results," Wheeler said.
So far, only one candidate has officially filed with the city to run against Wheeler. Community advocate and educator Sarah Iannarone announced her run for mayor in July.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.