Fritz: ‘I have decided not to run for re-election’

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz said she will not run for reelection in 2020. 

In a statement posted to her website on Friday, Fritz explained that she has “already accomplished many significant changes in ten years of service to the people of Portland.” 

The commissioner said those accomplishments include such highlights as paving the way for the Paid Sick Time initiative, championing fiscal responsibility, setting up Portland’s recreational cannabis program and passing a bond for urgent repairs to local parks. 

Fritz went on to say that by the time 2020 rolls around, she will “have been in nurses training or working in public service for over 40 years.” 

She said she had planned to leave City Hall at the end of 2016 but her plans changed after her husband was killed in a crash in 2014. Fritz has held the position of commissioner since 2008. 

“When Steve was killed, I found myself in the company of many older Americans, especially women: I needed a job to maintain health insurance. And I needed motivation to get up in the morning,” Fritz said. “Bereft of the love of my life, continuing to serve the people of Portland answered both needs. I greatly appreciate the support of Portlanders, in that nobody filed to run against me until a week before the deadline in 2016 and I was re-elected with 69% of the vote. I have worked hard to make sure your faith in me was rewarded.”

Fritz said she plans to work “flat out for the next 21 months” to complete many current goals but she ultimately wants to “open the door for someone else to be the voice of Portlanders.” 

Read Commissioner Fritz’s full statement here.

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