County Candidate Gets Big Lift from Ron Wyden (Updated with New Numbers)


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In a rare move for Portland politics, a sitting U.S. senator has put his weight behind a candidate for local office. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has plowed $5,000 from his federal PAC into Loretta Smith's campaign for Multnomah County commissioner. Smith has been an aide to Wyden for 20 years. Josh Kardon, Wyden's former chief of staff, has also given $1,000 to Smith's campaign. Those contributions ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Multnomah County Race: Markgraf Surges in Money Chase, Currie Takes Most from Out-of-State


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With less than a month to go before the May 18 primary, one candidate in the seven-way race for Multnomah County commissioner has recently surged into the top three for fundraising prowess. Tom Markgraf, a communications consultant and former aide to U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), has now raised $27,586 in campaign contributions — putting him at a close third behind Rev. Chuck Currie ...   More
 
Friday, April 23, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Election Hangover Report


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We're just staggering back to life here at WW after a post-election soiree at nearby Joe's Cellar that lasted into the wee hours. But I'd hate to deprive anybody about the insightful analysis we shared over a few pitchers, so here are some highlights as we pored over the local and state numbers: 1) There was general surprise that Washington County Commissioner Andy Duyck won the county chairman's ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 HANK STERN

MultCo Sheriff Endorses Loretta Smith for County Commission (Updated with Kafoury for Collymore)


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Three days into what's now the general-election race for Multnomah County commissioner, candidate Loretta Smith today picked up an interesting endorsement in her contest against Karol Collymore. Smith today announced she's been endorsed by county Sheriff Dan Staton, who easily beat out corrections Sgt. Mohammad Ra'oof in Tuesday's primary. Staton won the election to finish the rest of former ...   More
 
Friday, May 21, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Money Watch: Trail Blazers, Nick Fish and Mississippi Studios in the MultCo Race


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The Portland Trail Blazers, City Commissioner Nick Fish and Mississippi Studios are among the big names pouring money into the race for a Multnomah County Board of Commissioners seat representing North and Northeast Portland. The latest round of campaign finance disclosures shows candidate Loretta Smith collecting $500 from Fish and $1,000 from the Trail Blazers. As previously reported in ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Awkward: Collymore and Stacey Booted off Stage Over Columbia River Crossing


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More fallout over the issue of who supports the Columbia River Crossing project and who doesn't occurred over the weekend at the Labor Day picnic in Oaks Park. As we've previously reported, trade unions are raining endorsements and money on Tom Hughes and Loretta Smith—candidates for Metro president and Multnomah County commission, respectively, who strongly support building a new I-5 ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Money Watch: Collymore Bags Biggest Contribution Yet in General Election MultCo Race


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Following up on our election story this week, we note that Karol Collymore recently hauled in the largest single contribution to date in the fall race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Service Employees International Union Local 49 donated $5,000 to Collymore's campaign on Sept. 17. The union represents about 100 janitors who subcontract ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Amanda Fritz Chooses Sides in the Multnomah County Commission Race


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Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has thrown her weight behind Loretta Smith in the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. On her personal blog, Fritz (photo by Darryl James) says it was a tough choice between Smith and her opponent in the race, Karol Collymore. "It is truly exciting and satisfying that there are two dynamic, ...   More
 
Friday, October 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Money Watch: Home Stretch in the Multnomah County Commission Race


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Heading into the final week of the election for the seat representing North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, candidates Loretta Smith and Karol Collymore are attracting some big-name donors. Smith (left in the photo above) remains ahead of Collymore (on the right in the photo) in the fundraising race. Smith has pulled in $106,000 since the campaign began ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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