Wheeler Draws a Conservative Challenger for MultCo Chair


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler today drew a second challenger in his re-election bid. Mike Darger, whose somewhat-vague candidate filing (PDF) identifies him as a Gresham resident in the insurance business, claims to have been affiliated with the national conservative group Americans for Prosperity. AFP, founded by billionaire David Koch (whose holdings include Georgia-Pacific) was recently ...   More
 
Monday, March 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Cash for Cavities: Wheeler Collects Donation on Day of Dental Vote


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Uninsured kids enjoyed a bright moment last week when the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to save a free dental clinic at Creston K-8 School. Commissioner Jeff Cogen, who asked the board to spend $20,000 to keep the clinic from closing, trumpeted the move on his website as preserving a vital service. "This is a vulnerable population, and providing this support fits ...   More
 
Monday, February 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Wheeler's State of the County Speech: Gov. Ted?


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler's annual "State of the County" speech today to the City Club of Portland turned into a test-run for how this ambitious pol would handle some of the state's most pressing issues. But first came his meat-and-potatoes rundown of the issues facing the county. Entering the final year of his first term and facing little opposition in his re-election bid so far, ...   More
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon's New State Treasurer is Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler


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Here's a political stunner: Gov. Ted Kulongoski named Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler to be Oregon's new state treasurer. Wheeler takes over after the recent death of Treasurer Ben Westlund. “Ted Wheeler brings the perfect balance of expertise from both the public and private sectors to this job with an impressive record managing the county's budget to a working knowledge of the ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Deborah Kafoury: Cogen to Offer County New Brand of Leadership


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Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury praises Ted Wheeler for ending the dysfunction on the county board in 2007 after he took the chairman's job by beating Diane Linn. But Kafoury tells WW her colleague, Commissioner Jeff Cogen, will offer a new brand of leadership. As we reported today, Cogen has unanimous backing of the county commissioners to take over as county chairman early next ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Why Judy Shiprack Isn't Endorsing her County Colleagues


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Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack has made two endorsements for the May primary that observers may find surprising. In the Democratic primary race for state treasurer between former county Chair Ted Wheeler and state Sen. Rick Metsger (D-Welches), Shiprack tells WW she's endorsing Metsger. Shiprack is backing Metsger despite the fact she worked with Wheeler for more than a year ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Jeff Cogen to Take Over Next Month as Multnomah County Chair


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The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners has reached a unanimous decision to make Commissioner Jeff Cogen the new interim county chairman. He will take over early next month. The decision, finalized among the four commissioners and their staffers late last week, seeks to fill a leadership void after Gov. Ted Kulongoski tapped now-former County Chair Ted Wheeler to take over as state treasurer ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Collymore and Currie Racking up Endorsements in County Race


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Two of the candidates in the suddenly interesting Multnomah County commission District 2 race are racking up endorsements almost as quickly as former county Chair Ted Wheeler accepted the job of state treasurer this week. The District 2 race to represent North and Northeast Portland was set off after Wheeler's decision prompted Commissioner Jeff Cogen to abandon his re-election bid in that district. ...   More
 
Friday, March 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

County Scrambles to Fill Wheeler's Void


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While the Multnomah County board of commissioners this morning wades through Ted Wheeler's last meeting as county chair, the commissioners' staff members are scrambling behind the scenes to figure out how to fill the void after Wheeler is sworn in at noon as Oregon's state treasurer. All this comes in the aftermath of Tuesday's political pile-on of candidates filing to fill Wheeler's seat and ...   More
 
Thursday, March 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Roberta Phillip Files for Cogen's Seat


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Roberta Phillip, a newly hired staffer in County Chair Ted Wheeler's office, has filed to run for Commissioner Jeff Cogen's seat in District 2. Cogen today announced he's running to replace Wheeler, who has been appointed state treasurer. Phillip, who had no idea her boss would become treasurer when she started work Monday as a policy advisor to Wheeler, plans to stay with her job at the ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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