PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — City Commissioner Nick Fish became the first member of Portland’s city council to endorse a candidate to replace Mayor Charlie Hales — and he endorsed Ted Wheeler.
In a statement, Fish said Wheeler “is the best prepared candidate to address (the city’s challenges), combining progressive values, executive experience, and a record of strong, collaborative leadership.”
Wheeler, currently the Oregon State Treasurer, previously worked with Fish when Wheeler was the Multnomah County chairperson.
Fish’s endorsement adds to his list of high-profile supporters, including former Portland mayors Vera Kata, Tom Potter and Sam Adams. He also has the support of current Multnomah County commissioners Diane McKeel and Judy Shiprack, among many others.
Wheeler and 8 other people are vying to replace Hales as Portland’s mayor. The primary is May 17. If one of the candidates gets more than 50% of the vote, that person wins the election outright.
Otherwise, a runoff election will be held in November.