Avakian Misplaces Afghanistan

Over the weekend, the Associated Press ran a long profile of Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian, who is one of three candidates to replace U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) in the November 8 First Congressional District Democratic Primary (Avakian faces State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton) and State Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie)). The profile provided a useful introduction for ...   More
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bonamici Says She's Raised $240,000 in Her Campaign to Replace David Wu in Congress

Suzanne Bonamici

 State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Washington County) made it official today that she’s in the running for the congressional seat vacated by David Wu. And she says she's entering the campaign with a big financial edge— $240,000 she’s raised in cash and pledges in just five days. Her campaign won’t release the actual campaign reports (they aren’t due yet), but Bonamici says the donations ...   More
Thursday, August 4, 2011 WW Staff

Avakian Picks Up Endorsements, but Not Those Rumored

Brad Avakian

Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian is off to a good start in his quest to unseat the six-term incumbent in the First Congressional District, U.S. Rep. David Wu. Earlier this week, Avakian released some polling data in attempt to show other potential candidates, such as State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton), State Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie) and former Rep. Greg Macpherson ...   More
Monday, May 30, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Brad Avakian Assembles Political Team to Challenge Wu

Brad Avakian

Brad Avakian, the elected commissioner for Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries, has hired a political adviser from Grant Park Strategies.Avakian's choice of campaign strategist is significant because it strongly suggests an announcement may be imminent about his plans to challenge U.S. Rep. David Wu in next year's Democratic primary.Grant Park Strategies is the relatively new political operation ...   More
Monday, April 11, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

One-Time Potential Wu Challenger Muses on Hosni Mubarak


As U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) fights for his political life, a favorite topic of conversation in political circles is trying to identify whom the Democratic Party might support to challenge him in a primary next year. Some of the most often mentioned names are Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian; state  Sen. Suzanne Bomamici (D-Beaverton) and former state Rep. Greg ...   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Avakian Sticks Up for Unions, Slams Kroger

Brad Avakia.

 On Feb. 15, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian filed an unusual and contentious legal brief [PDF]. Although Avakian is an experienced  lawyer, it's unusual that a bureau head would write the document himself rather than employing a lawyer from the Oregon Department of Justice, as state agencies normally do. The brief is contentious because Avakian minces no words ...   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian gets late X-mas gift

The state Attorney General's office has decided that Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian doesn't have to run for re-election in 2010, when his post would normally be scheduled on the state ballot. Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed Avakian, formerly a Democratic state senator representing parts of Northwest Portland and Washington County, to the non-partisan labor commissioner's ...   More
Thursday, January 8, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Labor Commissioner Files Harassment Complaint Against John Minnis

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner today initiated a complaint [PDF] with his own agency against John Minnis, who resigned under pressure from his job directing the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in November after a female subordinate complained he sexually harassed her. A subsequent criminal investigation by the Oregon Department of Justice resulted in ...   More
Thursday, January 7, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

BOLI Finishes John Minnis Investigation: "Substantial Evidence of an Unlawful Employment Practice"

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries today released the results of an investigation into the actions of former Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Director John Minnis. Minnis, a former Portland Police detective and Republican state senator from Wood Village, retired abruptly last November from DPSST. His retirement came after a subordinate accused Minnis, who's married to ...   More
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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