May 18th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, City Hall, Multnomah County

Saltzman, Collymore and Cogen Celebrate at Curious Comedy


The photo above shows Karol Collymore checking the preliminary results of the primary vote.

After initial results came in showing Collymore with 34 percent of the vote and in first place in an eight-candidate field in the race for Multnomah County commission, Collymore wasn't quite ready for an interview.

"I'm going to wait for my legs to work again," said Collymore, who now advances to the general election in November. (The candidate currently in second is Loretta Smith, which would make her Collymore's fall opponent if the results hold up.)

Collymore held her election-night party along with county Chair Jeff Cogen and city Commissioner Dan Saltzman and around 200 supporters. Collymore is a staffer for Cogen, and Cogen formerly worked for Saltzman at City Hall as his chief of staff.

The party mood at Northeast Portland's Curious Comedy Theater was exuberant for more reasons than Collymore's success — both Saltzman and Cogen coasted to victory.

The results in Collymore's race to represent North and Northeast Portland was one of the mild surprises of the night, in large part because it was hard to predict who would emerge from a crowded field of candidates.

But Saltzman too had plenty to celebrate. Here he is at the party with his family, including girlfriend Liz Burns — their relationship was the subject of a minor scandal in the weeks leading up to the election.

Saltzman and family

Saltzman survived an election-week surprise courtesy of Mayor Sam Adams, who took the Police Bureau from Saltzman on May 12. But Saltzman dominated the early results, winning 56 percent of the vote and appearing to avoid a run-off against any of his eight challengers — including publicly funded candidate Jesse Cornett.

"With nine people in the race, I had three speeches to give tonight. I'm giving the A-speech," Saltzman said during a brief victory talk on stage.

Saltzman told WW it appeared the drama over the Police Bureau had little effect on the race. He said it appeared his leadership over 12 years in City Hall, his fiscal responsibility and his work on behalf of Portland families carried the day.

"I think that's a skill set they want to keep," Saltzman said of voters.


Meanwhile Collymore (pictured above with supporters) recovered enough to give thanks to her supporters on stage.

"All I ever wanted to do in life is use my skills for good and not evil," Collymore told the crowd. "Now I get to do that."

It was no surprise Cogen dominated his race against two obscure opponents with 77 percent of the votes in early results. Second place went to Mike Darger, a tea-party-type and insurance agent from Gresham.

Cogen (pictured below with a supporter Jeff Dickey, left) gave props to his friends Saltzman and Collymore.

"The belief that we can make this community a better place is really what prevailed tonight," Cogen said in a speech. "That's important both in Multnomah County and the city of Portland."

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