Sam Adams to Return to Work tomorrow

So Sam has decided to stay and fight . Here's his statement:

1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 340 ¨ Portland, Oregon 97204-1995

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Office of Mayor Sam Adams

City of Portland

January 25, 2009


CONTACT: Wade Nkrumah 503-823-4799

Mayor Sam Adams: “I will work harder than I ever have in my life to

meet the challenges facing our great city”

PORTLAND, OR — Today Mayor Sam Adams released the following statement:

Tomorrow, I go back work as your mayor. I know I have let you down and made

mistakes. I ask your forgiveness. I believe I have a lot to offer the city I love during this

time of important challenges.

Beginning tomorrow morning, I will be back in my office doing the work that the last 20

years of public service have prepared me for. And my pledge to you is this: I will work

harder than I ever have in my life to meet the challenges facing our great city. Tough

economic times are creating record unemployment, strained city services, and the worst

financial landscape for businesses since the Great Depression.

In the coming weeks and months, Portlanders will rightfully judge me not by my words,

but by my ability to deliver results for them:

· To prioritize city spending to protect vital services such as public


· To deliver on the 500 million dollar economic stimulus strategy to

put Portlanders back to work;

· To improve our schools; and

· To continue to position Portland as the hub of this nation’s green


As we push ahead together on these issues, each and every day – with lessons learned in

hand – I will strive to regain your trust and faith in my ability to serve this city.

Thank you.

A video message to Portlanders will be available shortly.

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