State Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) says he will run for County Commission seat one if the incumbent in that seat, Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, runs for county chair.
Bailey says his conversation with Kafoury today led him to believe she will seek to replace Jeff Cogen, who resigned last Friday.
"I have enormous respect for Deborah and would be delighted to see her be chair," says Bailey, a three-termer who represents inner east Portland. "If she decides to do that, it would be my honor to run for her position."
There are both complications and potential ramifications from Bailey's likely run for county commission.
He has also been considering
challenging Metro Council President Tom Hughes,
who has not yet drawn a serious opponent. Several potential legislative candidates are also eying Bailey's legislative seat.
Kafoury is in a tricky position
: she's the odds-on front-runner to replace Cogen but the county charter says she must resign her seat to run for chair. That would cut off her paycheck but the longer she waits to declare, the more oxygen she gives to other potential candidates.
Kafoury was not immediately available for comment.