Four current and former state legislators have endorsed Mayor Ted Wheeler for reelection. Former Sen. Margaret Carter, the first African-American woman elected to the legislature, and former Sen. Avel Gordly, the first African-American elected to the state senate, announced for the first time their pick for mayor.
Sen. Lew Frederick and State Rep. Janelle Bynum announced their general election endorsement of Mayor Wheeler, having also supported him in the May primary election. The endorsements came ahead of the Democratic Party of Oregon Black Caucus mayoral candidate forum.
“Mayor Wheeler is the right person for the job as we traverse what is happening in our country right now. In a time like this, experience is our best teacher,” said Sen. Margaret Carter.
“Ted’s experience working with the city council and other elected officials, the police department, labor unions, and other leaders across the city and state will allow us to stand up and get through what is happening right now.
“Ted has experience in making decisions, and knows how to bring people to the table with honesty and integrity. This is why I support Ted Wheeler for reelection.”
Former Sen. Avel Gordly said:
“Ted Wheeler has earned my support through the quality of leadership he brings forward.
“As mayor, he has led the city through the outbreak of COVID and the ensuing economic crisis, while responsibly managing the city’s departments and finances.
“Ted has brought people together to denounce hatred, recognizes that we are facing a reckoning on racial justice, and has worked effectively with the Office of Equity and Human Rights.
“Like myself, he was born here and loves this city, and I believe that Ted can bring Portland together around our shared values. Ted is not a politician, he’s a ... Read full story
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