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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Say, This Kid's Got Spunk!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Max Grumm, mayoral candidate.
  • Max Brumm, mayoral candidate.
In chronicling the emerging field of mayoral candidates on next year's ballot, we've apparently made something of an oversight. Charlie Hales, the former city commissioner, technically isn't the first declared contender, announcing just a few days ahead of New Seasons co-founder Eileen Brady.

No, that honor goes to a young man who was born not long before the current mayor, Sam Adams, began making a name for himself as the brash, go-getting chief of staff for former Mayor Vera Katz.

Meet Max Brumm, age 19.

Is he serious? Hey, he's already opened a campaign account with the state (reporting $105 in contributions). He's got a website and a Facebook page. And he's having a press conference Monday to get somebody/anybody to give him his due.

Brumm bills himself as a fifth-generation Oregonian and says he's a child of politics. He says he's volunteered for Amanda Fritz's 2008 opponent, Charles Lewis, but also for the guy he hopes to unseat, Adams. Brumm is also apparently pretty burned up over quiet plans to remake Memorial Coliseum and the future of the Sellwood Bridge. He promises to bring a fresh perspective to the issues facing Portland, etc.

Sure, he's a longshot. But I won't even point out that his press conference announcement letter gets his own campaign slogan wrong. (Oh, wait. I just did.) Eh, let's hope he shakes it off and sticks with it. Democracy and all that claptrap, right?

Hit the jump for even more:

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