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Hales Attempts Comeback In Portland Mayor's Race

AP | Nov. 6, 2012 8:48 a.m. | Portland

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Charlie Hales is trying to complete a political comeback in the Portland mayor’s race.

The 56-year-old spent 10 years as city commissioner before quitting in 2002. He launched a comeback when current Mayor Sam Adams decided not to seek a second term.

Polls show Hales with a commanding lead over state legislator Jefferson Smith, whose candidacy has been plagued by his response to reports he hit a woman at a party in 1993. He also was ejected from a sports league for rough play and had his driver’s license suspended seven times.

Hales was criticized for secretly recording an endorsement interview and submitting a letter to the editor that included passages lifted from an article in The Oregonian newspaper. He also broke a pledge not to accept contributions above $600.

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