In a rare move for Portland politics, a sitting U.S. senator has put his weight behind a candidate for local office.
Sen. Ron Wyden
(D-Ore.) has plowed $5,000
from his federal PAC into Loretta Smith
's campaign for Multnomah County commissioner. Smith has been an aide to Wyden for 20 years. Josh Kardon
, Wyden's former chief of staff, has also given $1,000
to Smith's campaign.
Those contributions have pushed Smith into a top fundraiser in the eight-way race to represent North and Northeast Portland. The seat was abandoned last month by Jeff Cogen
, who took over as county chair following former chair Ted Wheeler
's appointment as state treasurer.
According to the Secretary of State's office, Smith's campaign has $18,545 cash in hand. Right ahead of her in the money chase is Rev. Chuck Currie
, with $18,667 in hand. Third place goes to Karol Collymore
, with $11,164.