Portland’s new mayor, Sam Adams, was elected to the office seven months ago, and he officially became the Rose City’s mayor last night.
Mr. Adams won an easy victory over 12 other candidates in a mayoral primary in May. He won over 50 percent of the vote in that race.
Sam Adams becomes the first out gay chief executive of a top-40 American city.
His rise to leadership comes at what Portland Monthly calls “a pivotal moment, as the city grows in the national consciousness as a leader in ‘green’ issues and a coveted place to live.”
In the midst of a desperate economy, Adams takes over a city that is proud and even – some might say – extravagantly boastful about its uniqueness. Portland Monthly summarizes, “This is, after all, a place known for its quality of life – a city with more miles of bike lanes than any in the country, and with an ordinance limiting building heights so as to protect the distant view of Mount Hood.”
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