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Portland Mayoral Candidate: Eileen Brady

OPB | Jan. 18, 2012 9:30 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 11:05 p.m.

courtesy of the Eileen Brady campaign

This month, we’re talking with the front-runners in the Portland mayor’s race ahead of the May 15 primary. This time, we’ll hear from Eileen Brady. She’s best known as the co-founder of New Seasons Market, a local supermarket chain she started with her husband and a group of their friends. The Chicago native got into the race in June of last year and has since raised more money than any other candidate.

Before she got involved with starting New Seasons, Brady was vice president of food and farms at the conservation organization EcoTrust. She also served as vice chair for the state’s Health Fund Board. The board recommended legislation on a wide range of issues, much of which passed in the 2009 session. Her campaign has largely focused on her business credentials, garnering her a prominent endorsement from the Portland Business Alliance (PBA). 

Brady has also taken some flak for the fact that New Seasons workers are not unionized like other area grocery store employees. There was also an odd incident reported by Willamette Week in which she spoke harshly to a police officer who cited her for riding her bike where she should have walked it through a crowd during the Rose Parade in 2003. According to the police report WW requested, she warned the officer that she has friends at City Hall. Brady denies she said this and claims the police report is inaccurate. Either way, the squabble lead to her exclusion from Waterfront Park for a 30 day period. 

Brady will go up against more than a dozen people in the mayoral primary election. Jefferson Smith and Charlie Hales are the two other front-runners. We spoke with Smith and Hales earlier this month.

Will you vote in the Portland mayoral primary? What would you like to ask Eileen Brady?

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