Message from Spencer Raymond Dec 14, 2017:
Unfortunately, this election has been overshadowed by the issue of identity. I am disappointed that I was not able to communicate my ideas for this city in the current media and political environment. I want to make it clear that I did not enter this election to run against specific individuals or groups. I entered in an earnest attempt to make Portland a better place for everyone. I am a small business owner, an outdoor enthusiast, an engaged citizen, and a Portlander who wants to make a difference.
Having consulted my family, friends, as well as advisers across the city, I believe this is not the right time for me to run for office. I can’t thank my supporters enough for their efforts and hard work.
I intend to engage with various civic groups in the coming months and years and hope to become actively involved in shaping the city’s future. I want Portland to prosper and reach its full potential as a city that welcomes all and leaves no one behind.