Wheeler Lays Out His Requirements for Oregon Senate (And Asks for Yours)

Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler tells WW he has three qualifications he wants to see in candidates seeking to replace outgoing state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-North/Northeast Portland). And Wheeler is in a key position to lay down those requirements for contenders. The five-member board of commissioners he heads will vote Sept. 24 on who will replace Carter, choosing from up to five candidates ...   More
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Ted Wheeler Screams from His Hospital Bed (with Audio)

In between calls to his staff and updating his Twitter account, Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler spoke with WW from St. Charles Hospital in Bend to say he's recovering from a ski accident at Mount Bachelor on Saturday. Wheeler suffered two broken vertebrae and a broken shoulder in the fall. He says he doesn't expect he'll need surgery and hopes to return home to Portland later today. "My ...   More
Monday, November 30, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

'Mountain Man' Ted Wheeler on Mt. Hood and Locator Beacons

Rescuers today called off the search for two missing climbers on Mt. Hood. But while the five-day operation is now over, the debate is sure to continue over whether climbers should be required to carry emergency beacons. The devices, known as Mountain Locator Units or MLUs, allow searchers to pinpoint a climber's location. Rules to require such beacons have been proposed in the past. But many ...   More
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Wheeler Quietly Kicks Off MultCo Re-Election Campaign (with Correction)

Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler hasn't yet officially declared he's running for re-election. But the one-term county boss is quietly laying the groundwork for his 2010 campaign, shelling out $2,500 this month to local political communications firm Mandate Media. Wheeler confirms to WW he's running again for county chair — despite some observers expressing hope he'll run for City ...   More
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Ted Wheeler Files For Re-Election

For the record, Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler filed today [PDF] for re-election to another four-year term. In terms of least surprising news, this ranks somewhere between the sun rising and the sun setting each day. But we note this to record the other following pieces of news: 1) Wheeler currently has one opponent, retired physicist James Lee [PDF], who ran in 2008 for mayor of Portland. 2) ...   More
Friday, January 22, 2010 HANK STERN

State of the City Follow-Up: Adams To Delay Funding For Sellwood Bridge To Build Sidewalks

Among the many announcements from Mayor Sam Adams in his "State of the City" address last week was one related to sidewalks. Specifically, Adams announced last Friday he was going to devote $16 million to building new sidewalks in parts of the city that still lack them. "If I'm talking innovation and greater resilience through transportation, I gotta talk about sidewalks," Adams said in his ...   More
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

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

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?

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

Wheeler Draws a Conservative Challenger for MultCo Chair

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

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

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


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