Portland mayor gears up for re-election battle with developers’ money

Charlie Hales’ latest contributions report shows donations from area builders.

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Portland mayor Charlie Hales will run for re-election in 2016, and — although he has no opponent at the moment — he has raised thousands in donations from area builders.

Hales reported receiving $17,000 in contributions in the first half of June. Large contributions included $5,000 from developer Bob Ball, $3,000 from developer Daniel Deutsch, $1,500 from architect Michael McCulloch, and $500 from developer Phil Morford.

Hales has raised nearly $95,000 so far this year and currently has about $38,000 in his campaign account. Major expenditures include $20,275 to fundraising consultant Justin Clark and $4,300 to NGP VAN Inc., a Washington, D.C., campaign technology company primarily used by Democrats.

(SOURCE: Portland Tribune)

In other mayoral news: Hales said he would consider industrial protections for the Central Eastside district.

A 20-year plan for growth in the gritty, industrial neighborhood just east of the Willamette River went before the council on Wednesday. It lays out a future that welcomes new types of businesses — like programmers and marketers — into parts of the neighborhood previously set aside for traditional industry. That has worried some businesses that came to the district in part for its restrictive zoning, which provided protection from development pressures resulting from higher land values, residential neighbors and traffic. 

Last month, the city’s planning commission approved revised a draft plan and expanded the so-called Employment Opportunity Subarea across the entire district. On Wednesday, Mayor Charlie Hales signaled his mind isn’t made up on the issue.

Hales said he does not intend “to chase industry away,” and that he would consider altering the zoning code.


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