AFSCME Local 88 Endorses Jim Francesconi


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.


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"


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

Murmurs: News Hotter Than Jeff Cogen’s Love of Parades.

The lesson from the Oregon Department of Justice investigation of former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen: If Cogen had resigned when the story of his affair broke in July, there probably woul   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury Will Resign Friday To Run for Board Chair


Multnomah County Commisioner Deborah Kafoury tells WW that she will resign her seat Friday to run for County Chair.“I’m really proud of the work that we have done at Multnomah County," Kafoury says. "We have made some real gains since I've been on the commission.” Kafoury's announcement is not surprising. Since former chairman Jeff Cogen admitted in July that he'd had an affair with a county ...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Role-Playing Games

Jeff Cogen’s resignation means local pols are maneuvering for new chairs.

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Jeff Cogen has simplified the 2016 election for Charlie Hales. The embattled Multnomah County chairman announced last week he’ll resign Sept. 16—two months after revelations of his affair wi   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Deborah Kafoury Will Run for County Chair—But Not Yet


Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury tells WW she's planning to run for Jeff Cogen's vacated county chair job, confirming months of speculation.But Kafoury says she isn't ready to launch her campaign, which would require her to resign her current seat on the board."At some point, I intend to run for chair, quit my job and campaign," Kafoury tells WW. "But the time for that is not right now."Kafoury ...   More
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

To Lead or Not to Lead

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury wants Jeff Cogen off the Multnomah county board. Is she willing to go for his job as well?

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Deborah Kafoury won election as fifth-grade class president of Irvington Elementary School in 1977 by deploying a secret weapon: a political button-making machine. “Her mom was an elected of   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

The Five Most Sexist Remarks Used to Defend Jeff Cogen from "Mean Girls"


Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen's battle to save his job Thursday degenerated from a sex scandal into a war of the sexes. That's partly because Cogen is trying to salvage his career when the health department employee he had an affair with, Sonia Manhas, resigned under duress Wednesday. Women leaders—including County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and the Oregon ...   More
Friday, July 26, 2013 Emily Schiola, Sara Sneath and Katie Gilbert

Multnomah County Commissioners Demand Jeff Cogen Resign


Multnomah County commissioners have issued an emergency resolution demanding County Chair Jeff Cogen resign.The demand comes hours after the county employee with whom Cogen had an affair, Sonia Manhas, quit her job—saying she was pressured to resign by county officials. The resolution is on the agenda for tomorrow morning's County Commission agenda at 9:30 am. It carries no legal power, but it shows ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD and AARON MESH


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