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Portland City Council's dean faces three rivals in bid for re-election

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman will face off against three lesser-known challengers in his re-election campaign for the Portland City Council on May 20. Two of them say they don’t plan to spend much money on the race.

Saltzman was first elected to the Portland City Council in 1998, and is the longest serving member. Before that he was a Multnomah County commissioner.

Saltzman will face Nicholas Caleb, Joe Meyer and Leah Marie Dumas.

Caleb, a professor at Concordia University in Portland, has a law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. He previously worked on the state Senate campaign of Chuck Riley, a Democrat from Hillsboro, and for the Oregon Department of Justice.

Caleb has formed a candidate committee, signaling he hopes to raise and spend more than $750.

Meyer, who has a Ph.D in physics from Brown University, is a volunteer news reporter for KBOO Radio. He previously worked as a research physicist, computer programmer and in police forensics.

In his candidacy filing, he listed his undergraduate course of study as “soccer” at DePaul University. Meyer indicated he doesn’t expect to spend or raise more than $750 on his campaign.

Dumas has worked as an employment specialist for Portland Community College the past 17 years. She also is a foster parent to at-risk girls.

She holds a master in public administration from Portland State University.

Dumas filed that she does not expect to raise or spend more than $750 in the race.

Filing deadline for the race was Tuesday, March 11.

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