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Exit Interview: Sam Adams

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Sam Adams won a decisive victory as mayor in 2008 after serving as a city commissioner and, before that, as chief of staff to longtime Portland mayor Vera Katz. Rumors emerged during his campaign about a relationship with a young legislative intern named Beau Breedlove. Shortly after Adams took office, those rumors proved to be true.

Despite the shadow the scandal cast over his early days in office, Adams has stayed true to his reputation as a policy wonk and has made some significant changes to the state’s most populous city. He cut down on residential trash by instituting a citywide composting plan. He put Portland Police officers back on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Adams also helped create an arts tax, passed by voters in November. Each of these — and many more mayoral decisions — have been controversial in their own ways.

Adams opted not to run for reelection this year. His last day in office will be December 31.

What questions do you have for Sam Adams as he prepares to leave office?

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