Francesconi Watches Welders, Promises Jobs in First TV Spot

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Jim Francesconi is taking his jobs pitch to television. The former city commissioner, running to for Multnomah County Chair, has made job creation the central issue of his campaign against Deborah Kafoury. (They are competing to replace Marissa Madrigal, who stepped in after her former boss, then-Chair Jeff Cogen, resigned in September.)On Friday, Francesconi released his first television ad. It shows ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 AARON MESH

One Question: Would You Cut Business Taxes?


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It’s a perennial query that politicians running for office face, and we tracked down the answers from the leading candidates for Multnomah County chair, Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.    More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: County Programs to Fund and Functions to Cut


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OK, this week it’s actually two questions for the leading candidates in the May 20 primary election for Multnomah County chair. But the questions to Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury are close   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Great Race

This spring, voters will choose between two seasoned politicos who want to rehab Multnomah County’s scandal-plagued brand.


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Multnomah County government is like plumbing: essential but only noticed when there’s a mess. The most recent pipe break occurred last summer, when the tawdry personal life of then-Multnomah C   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

To Win Union Endorsements, Jim Francesconi Made Big Promises

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Former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi and former county commissioner Deborah Kafoury are competing in the May 20 primary to be the next chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.Both are experienced politicians with strong lists of supporters but Francesconi has claimed an advantage in one key area—support from public employees.Francesconi won key endorsements from two public employee ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: More News About Deputies Than You Can Handle.


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Multnomah County corrections deputies earlier this month voted narrowly not to endorse Sheriff Dan Staton for re-election. The vote, first reported at wweek.com, marks a major shift for the Multnomah    More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Deborah Kafoury Picks Up Endorsements from Nurses, Enviros

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The endorsements keep on coming in the race for Multnomah County chair—this time on the side of former County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury.Kafoury tells WW she's received official backing from the Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. "I"m really excited about the series of endorsements I've received," Kafoury says.  ONA represents 300 nurses in Multnomah ...   More
 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 AARON MESH

AFSCME Local 88 Endorses Jim Francesconi

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Multnomah County's largest employee union, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 88, last night endorsed former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi in the race for county chair. The union membership voted last night, at a forum where Francesconi debated his opponent, recent County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury. Francesconi and Kafoury are vying for Multnomah County's top elected ...   More
 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 AARON MESH

Snow Hasn't Discouraged Jim Francesconi From Holding Debate Without Deborah Kafoury

UPDATE: Library closure delays forum.

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A little snow hasn't deterred Multnomah County chair candidate Jim Francesconi from wanting to hold a debate Saturday on economic inequality. Neither has the refusal of his main opponent, Deborah Kafoury, to show up.Francesconi, a former Portland city commissioner, challenged Kafoury last month to debate him at five forums. A spokeswoman for Kafoury, who recently stepped down from the Multnomah County ...   More
 
Friday, February 7, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

Jim Francesconi Challenges Deborah Kafoury to Five Public Forums

Kafoury campaign: "This is just a stunt"

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The race for Multnomah County Chair just got a little louder.Former Portland City Commissioner Jim Francesconi this morning challenged former Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury to five public forums over two months. "Let's both put our cards on the table," Francesconi wrote Kafoury this morning, "and have a candid discussion about the county."The letter says Francesconi will hold the forums ...   More
 
Monday, January 27, 2014 AARON MESH

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