Commissioner Smith joins Hardesty in race for Saltzman's seat

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith. (KATU File Photo)

In the wake of City Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s announcement that he plans to retire, a Multnomah County commissioner says she’s planning to run for his seat.

Loretta Smith announced she’ll seek the open council seat next year.

Smith, who faces term limits for her county seat, can’t officially enter the race until January without losing her spot on the county commission.

Jo Ann Hardesty, a former legislator who runs the NAACP of Portland, is already in the race.

Saltzman, who has served nearly 25 years with the city and Multnomah County, said Tuesday that after he leaves City Council he plans to focus on issues that “truly motivate me outside City Hall.” Those issues include child welfare, foster care, and domestic violence prevention.

His term ends in 2018.

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