A Whole Bunch More County Commissioner Candidates

There are a bunch of late filings for the commissioner's job in Multnomah County on what's already been a crazy day of new candidates. Among the last-minute candidates: Loretta Smith — who's worked as a staffer for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.); political consultant Tom Markgraf, a staffer for U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.); film producer Enrique Arias; Maria Rubio, an ex-staffer for ...   More
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Emerge Oregon Storms Multnomah County Election

Last year a group of women who were tired of men dominating Oregon electoral politics got together to form Emerge Oregon. The organization is affiliated with a national movement active in other states. Emerge Oregon puts participants through seven months of training to prepare them to run for elected office. Yesterday, three current or former Emerge participants filed to run for the Multnomah ...   More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Candidates Gone Wild Takes Over The Aladdin Theater on April 26!

Witness acts of political mischief hosted by Storm Large! See candidates do battle! Included on that list of worthies are Metro president wannabes Rex Burkholder, Tom Hughes and Bob Stacey and candidates for Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Drink beer, listen to live performances, be entertained by surprise guests! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll pee your pants! The event takes ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Christie Wright

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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


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