November 10th, 2004 NIGEL JAQUISS | Special Section Stories
 

THE CANDIDATE

Gail Shibley

     
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Gail Shibley
IMAGE: STEPHEN VOSS
By 1985, state medical examiner Dr. William J. Brady handled more cadavers than anyone in Oregon. No one questioned his integrity--until those headlines about the pituitary glands and the Christmas party.STEPHEN VOSSTHEN: Shoulda, woulda, coulda must have gone through Gail Shibley's mind as she watched the mayoral showdown this fall between Tom Potter and Jim Francesconi.

Once, Shibley was the bright young hope of Portland politics. The first openly gay member of the Oregon House when she began the first of three terms in 1991, Shibley mopped the floor with a young punk named Erik Sten in the 1996 City Council primary but was nosed out that November by an obscure lawyer--Jim Francesconi.

NOW: Shibley never came back for another round. She landed appointments in the Clinton administration, won a fellowship to Harvard and then blasted off to Germany for a year.

Now 46, Shibley runs the Oregon Office of Health Licensing and serves on the Portland Planning Commission. She tries not to consider "what if" she had beaten Francesconi. "I don't really think of questions like that," she says, "but what can I do to be engaged and be involved."


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Intro | Tonya's Mob: Tonya Harding, Jeff Gillooly & Shawn Eckardt | The Crusader: Gordon Shadburne | The Meteor: Billy Ray Bates | Satan's Pilgrim: Rex Diabolos Church | The Firebrand: Ron Herndon | The Bad Boy: Frank Peters | The Broken Halo: Michael Stoops | The Crack Mother: Anita Nichols | The Veejay: Kennedy | The Girl from Electra: Treva Throneberry | The Perfect Victim: Azalea Cooley | The Grappler: Dutch Savage | Wonder Boy: Pat Gillis | The Ex-Files: Marcia & Steve Moskowitz | The Witness: Dave Mazzella | The Prankster: Igor Vamos | The Intern: Monica Lewinsky | The Runaways: Diane Walden & Peter | Top Cop: Mark Kroeker | Sprawl Kitten: Kate Schiele | Authority Figure: Rocky Balada | The Hulk: Dry Dock 4 | The Candidate: Gail Shibley | The Super: Ben Canada | The Organ Grinder: Dr. William J. Brady | Pillars of the Community: The Lovejoy Columns | The Survivor: Giles Thompson | The Contender: Andy Minsker | Space Invader: The Phantom Dialer | The Red Menace: Ma Anand Sheela

 
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