Former Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury will get the promotion she's been asking for.
A few minutes before 8 pm on Tuesday, Francesconi sat with a couple of friends and his campaign manager in a nearly deserted room in the East Bank Saloon. A few minutes later, his campaign manager told him, "It's over. Deborah Kafoury has won."
Francesconi went to a second-floor meeting room where he conceded the race before 40 supporters. He said he was glad that he had made the persistent gap between rich and poor the central theme of his campaign.
Afterward, Francesconi sat sipping a double whiskey and reflected on his loss.
âIâm sad,â Francesconi said. âPeople believed in me and they invested in me for a reason. I ran because I still believe government has the ability to do big things.â
Francesconi said voters had the perception that Multnomah County is on the right track, which made it hard for him to run against Kafoury as the candidate of the status quo.
âI knew I had an uphill climb,â he said. âDeborah Kafoury was a formidable opponent. I tried to elevate the conversation, but it didnât seem to work.â
A decade after his last loss, Francesconi said, he knows what his political career holds next.
âThis time,â he said, âIâm really done.â