Wheeler gets endorsements, Madrigal opts out

Marissa Madrigal said 'not right moment' to run for mayor

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler gives a speech announcing his decision to run for mayor of Portland. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper, File)
Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler gives a speech announcing his decision to run for mayor of Portland. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Ted Wheeler picked up more endorsements in his run to become Portland’s next mayor, but it was the action of a potential rival that may have boosted his campaign the most.

Marissa Madrigal, the Chief Operating Officer of Multnomah County, said via Facebook she has decided not to run for mayor.

Marissa Madrigal, Sept. 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Marissa Madrigal, Sept. 10, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

“Our city is changing. Portland needs a mayor who understands what it means – from a practical perspective – when you can’t afford your rent, you can’t get your kids safely to school, or you feel like you don’t belong.

“I’ve dedicated my career in public service to these issues because I’ve lived it – and I have no plans to stop! But I won’t be running for mayor just yet.”

She said it was “just not the right moment.”

Wheeler announced his candidacy and picked up the endorsement of 3 former Portland mayors. Then current Mayor Charlie Hales announced his intention not to seek re-election.

On Monday, Wheeler’s campaign announced he picked up the endorsement of a variety of civic leaders, including Central City Concern Executive Director Ed Blackburn, SE Uplift President Robert McCullough, and Bradley Angle Executive Director Deborah Steinkopf.

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