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BREAKING: Jesse Cornett Not Running for Mayor

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

 

Jesse Cornett

Jesse Cornett, a Lents neighborhood activist and a rumored candidate for Mayor of Portland, told GoLocalPDX on Wednesday that he would not be running for Mayor against State Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

Cornett had been tapped as a potential candidate by Mayor Charlie Hales after Hales announced he would not seek re-election. Cornett told GoLocal last week that he was considering running for the office.

“I’ve enjoyed thinking aloud in recent weeks about the notion of being the Mayor of Portland,” Cornett told GoLocal in a statement. “The bottom line is that unseating an incumbent in this city is darn near impossible. A political outsider unseating someone with all the power of incumbency without the trappings of a voting record would be absolutely so.  That would be my challenge if I were to take on State Treasurer Ted Wheeler.”

Cornett cited reports that Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey would enter the Mayor’s race, and said he was glad that Portland would get a “strong Mayor’s race.”

READ CORNETT’S FULL STATEMENT BELOW

I’ve enjoyed thinking aloud in recent weeks about the notion of being the Mayor of Portland.  The bottom line is that unseating an incumbent in this city is darn near impossible. A political outsider unseating someone with all the power of incumbency without the trappings of a voting record would be absolutely so.  That would be my challenge if I were to take on State Treasurer Ted Wheeler.
 
Portland deserves a strong Mayor’s race. It appears we will get one.  I am excited to see that County Commissioner Jules Bailey is seriously considering the race. Additionally, his apparent decision to limit campaign contributions would send a powerful message to the voters in Portland: this election cannot be bought and the people’s voice is as important as special interests and of state corporations.
 
Two things this exploration has taught me: I have a job that I love and even this process has taken from that and the volunteer work I do in the community. I look forward to continuing to do both and with the focus that has eluded me during this process.
 
No matter who prevails in this race, I hope they ensure the city develops a laser-like focus on resolving homelessness, ensures the city keeps its promises to East
Portland, and prioritizes transparency in City Hall. That’s the least our neighbors deserve.
 
Happy Thanksgiving.

Editor's Note: Jesse Cornett is a former contributor to GoLocalPDX.com

 

Related Slideshow: SLIDESHOW: Ted Wheeler Announces Portland Mayoral Candidacy on Rooftop of Revolution Hall

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler was joined by the press and many close friends, family members, and supporters on the rooftop of Revolution Hall off of SE Stark so that he could officially make his candidacy announcement for Portland mayor in the 2016 mayoral race.

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Wheeler's podium before his arrival.

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A string of Wheeler supporters stood behind him during his announcement. 

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Wheeler supporters wait for his arrival.

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Representative Lew Frederick (D) from District 43 is a Wheeler supporter.

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A Wheeler staffer readies reporters for Wheeler's entrance.

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Media and Wheeler staffers at the announcement speech.

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A reporter at the announcement speech. 

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Ted Wheeler arrived on the rooftop to heavy applause. 

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Representative Lew Frederick (D) from District 43 gave the opening speech at the Wheeler mayoral announcement.

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The Portland business community turned out to speak on Wheelers' behalf. 

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The owner of Mother's Bistro, Lisa Schroeder, gave a speech in honor of Ted Wheeler's candidacy announcement.

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Lisa Schroeder and Ted Wheeler shake hands. 

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Ted Wheeler gave his speech with supporters surrounding him. 

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Mayoral Candidate Ted Wheeler spoke of repaving roads, helping the homeless, issues of racial equity, and resurrecting the "Portland weird" of former Portland mayor Sam Adams. 

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Supporters and media watched as Wheeler spoke. 

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Wheeler greeted supporters after his speech. 

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Wheeler shook hands with supporters after his speech. 

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Ted Wheeler's wife, Katrinka Wheeler, whispers something into her husband's ear as he thanks friends and supporters after his announcement speech.

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Ted Wheeler hugged one of his supporters. 

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Ted Wheeler's mother pets a visiting dog after her son's announcement. 

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"He's an ally to the LGBT community, he cares about making the situation better for the homeless -- and he has a long history of showing that he cares," said owner of Mother's Bistro Lisa Schroeder. 

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Katrina Wheeler speaks with her husband's mother as well as friends after her husband's announcement speech. 

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Media and Wheeler supporters stuck around after Wheeler's speech. 

 
 

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