PORTLAND — A candidate for Portland mayor announced today that he is withdrawing from the race.

Jay York, a professional photographer, who lives in the city’s Bayside neighborhood, said he collected over 100 signatures so that he could share his views with other like minded voters.

York contends that the new mayor will have “absolutely no power” and that the Charter Commission designed the office of an elected mayor to keep the existing power structure in the city unthreatened.
York said he told his supporters up front where he was coming from.

“When your campaign platform includes not wanting the office it’s best not to get on the ballot,” York said in an e-mail that he sent out to supporters on Monday.