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Plus, Police Chief Mike Marshman is being tested more than any other potential candidate to replace him

CITY OF PORTLAND - Commissioner Dan SaltzmanPortland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman confirms to Sources that he is running for re-election in 2018, even though he hasn't issued a public announcement. The confirmation comes after we reported last Thursday that Saltzman has raised $28,000 in campaign funds this year, with much of it coming in since the beginning of May.

"I expect it will be a highly contested race," says Saltzman, the longest-serving member of the City Council. He was first elected in November 1998 after serving on the Multnomah County Commission since 1993.

Meanwhile, the other council member up for re-election next year, Commissioner Nick Fish, still has not begun raising campaign funds. Fish does, however, owe the Hilltop Public Services consulting firm $2,500 for management services.

Put same questions to all police chief candidates

By defending the actions of the Portland police at the competing June 4 political demonstrations, is Chief Mike Marshman helping or hurting his chances of keeping his job?

It's unclear if Marshman has applied for the job as part of the national search being conducted by Mayor Ted Wheeler. But if so, he's the only applicant, so far, who has answered a letter from Wheeler questioning some of the tactical decisions made by police to keep pro-Trump and anti-Trump protests under control on June 4.

Although Wheeler is pleased no one was hurt at the protests, he sent Marshman a letter on June 13 asking why police wore riot gear and detained protesters (and reporters) on Southwest Fourth Avenue, among other things. Marshman responded on June 21 with lengthy explanations defending the decisions.

If Marshman has applied for the job, it only would be fair for Wheeler to ask all the finalists if they agree or disagree with the answers.

More tests for Marshman coming

And Marshman likely will have other opportunities to defend the police before Wheeler makes his final decision, possibly in late July.

Right-wing protesters are once again planning to come downtown for a so-called Freedom March on Friday afternoon, June 30. Like the June 4 pro-Trump rally, it probably will provoke a counterprotest by their opponents. This time the police also may have to deal with a larger number of bystanders — the Waterfront Blues Festival will be underway in Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Then, two days later, the latest in the ongoing series of marches calling for Trump to be impeached is scheduled to start at the park. It is one of many such protests scheduled across the country that day.

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