May 21st, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Multnomah County

MultCo Sheriff Endorses Loretta Smith for County Commission (Updated with Kafoury for Collymore)

Loretta Smith

Three days into what's now the general-election race for Multnomah County commissioner, candidate Loretta Smith today picked up an interesting endorsement in her contest against Karol Collymore.

Smith today announced she's been endorsed by county Sheriff Dan Staton, who easily beat out corrections Sgt. Mohammad Ra'oof in Tuesday's primary. Staton won the election to finish the rest of former Sheriff Bernie Giusto's term, plus a new four-year term starting in 2011.

We have a call out to Staton on why he chose to weigh in on the commissioner race to represent North and Northeast Portland.

UPDATE: Not to be outdone, Collymore says she's also picked up a new endorsement from Gretchen Kafoury, a former commissioner for both the county and the city. Kafoury had backed Rev. Chuck Currie in the primary.

Tuesday's primary among eight candidates on the ballot ended with Collymore and Smith advancing to the November election as the top two finishers. Collymore won 36 percent of the vote to Smith's 18 percent. Although Smith raised more money during the primary season, Collymore enters the general-election race with $4,905 in hand to Smith's $3,183.
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