City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly filed notice of intent to participate in Portland’s Open and Accountable Elections (OAE) program this afternoon, according to the OAE office. It’s the first official sign that Eudaly’s planning on running for re-election in May.
Today is the filing deadline for candidates hoping to use the city’s new public finance program for the May 19 election. Candidates were allowed to start signing up for the program as early as July 1, 2019. Candidates who’ve sent their intent to participate in OAE have until January 29 to qualify, meaning they must collect contributions from 250 Portlanders, each of whom has donated less than $250 to the candidate’s campaign.
While she’s expressed her intention to run for reelection, Eudaly has not formally announced her campaign. The homepage for her campaign website is down. Eudaly has yet to announce her campaign staff, and posted an ad for a campaign manager on her public Facebook page last week.
Eudaly was first elected to City Council in 2016, defeating incumbent Commissioner Steve Novick. Five people have already entered the race for her seat, including former city staffer Mingus Mapps and campaign finance advocate Seth Woolley. Mapps, who strongly opposes Eudaly’s proposed changes to the Office of Community and Civic Life, is the only person running for Eudaly’s seat who’s successfully qualified for the OAE program.