Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler won’t run for reelection, but does this free him up to accomplish more in his last 15 months? On the latest episode of “OPB Politics Now,” reporters Alex Zielinski, Dirk VanderHart and Lauren Dake discuss Wheeler’s decision, his legacy and whether he can do anything notable. Plus, they discuss the candidates entering races for state treasurer and secretary of state.
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In deciding not to run for a third term in office, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler opened the door to a new opportunity: a chance to lead the city without the political pressure of a reelection campaign steering his decision-making and dominating his calendar.
For his final 15 months as mayor, Ted Wheeler said, he will focus on homelessness, public safety and downtown economic recovery.
Ted Wheeler has been Portland's mayor since he was elected in 2016, then reelected in 2020. He announced Wednesday that he will not seek another term in 2024.