Portland, Ore., mayor says he won't run again

July 29, 2011 - 5:59 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Sam Adams has announced he won't run for a second term, saying that he wouldn't be able to work on his agenda if he started campaigning full time.

Adams faced at least two prominent challengers in a re-election bid. He said Friday in a statement that to win re-election he'd have to campaign and fundraise.

Adams, who is gay, was elected in 2008, and his victory made Portland the largest city in the country at the time with an openly gay mayor.

Shortly after taking office, he admitted that he had lied during his last campaign about a sexual relationship with a teenager, who had been a legislative intern.

Adams survived calls for his immediate resignation, but the scandal reverberated through his tenure.