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Portland mayoral candidate posts apology on Facebook

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Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith posted a public apology on Facebook regarding his conduct that led to a 1993 misdemeanor assault charge involving a woman.

His post Friday in part said:

"When I got into the race, I knew that more people would know me as a flawed person. I hoped to be candid and graceful in acknowledging those flaws. I write to apologize both for my flaws and for my lack of grace.

I am sorry to the woman and all involved. I remain at least as sorry as I was 20 years ago. I accept whatever anyone calls it: a hit, knock, rap, bop, tag, or another word - I did it, it hurt her and it was wrong. I did not intend to, and I still feel terrible about it. I ask for no one to defend my actions that night. I have spoken out against violence against women and I will continue to; I need to speak out against my own conduct. Violence against women is never OK. Nor do I want any recounting of memories to trump my effort to accept responsibility. No matter what anybody else was doing, what I did was wrong."

Going forward, Smith wrote, he is hoping the campaign for mayor can focus on conversations about the city of Portland and its future.

The Portland Police Association and Portland Firefighters Association pulled their endorsements of Smith after details emerged about the case in 1993.

Smith called a press conference last week to address the situation and said he pushed the woman away to protect himself while at a party.

A Eugene police report from that night said he struck her with a closed fist and caused her to get five or six stitches. Smith and the woman settled out of court and the charges were dropped.

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