Portland mayoral frontrunner approaches $200K in fundraising

Ted Wheeler has secured cash, endorsements from prominent Portlanders.

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Ted Wheeler has secured cash and endorsements from prominent Portlanders, including John DiLorenzo who could hurt the candidate’s bona fides with liberal voters.

The frontrunner in the race for Portland mayor has raised about $200,000 so far.

DiLorenzo also carried in boxes of voters’ signatures for the 2014 failed ballot measure to strip utility oversight from the City Council, which environmentalists blasted as a plan to benefit corporate polluters.

For the record, DiLorenzo is a non-affiliated voter who thought about running for governor in 2010 as an independent. DiLorenzo said he doesn’t think his support will hurt Wheeler with liberal Portlanders.

Over the years, he and his wife, Leanne, have contributed $1,000 or more to several candidates, including former Gov. John Kitzhaber, Gov. Kate Brown and 2012 Portland mayoral candidate Eileen Brady, all Democrats.

(READ MORE: OregonLive.com)

Wheeler has aimed to appeal to Portland’s far left voters since announcing his run in September.

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