Domino Effect: Rev. Chuck Currie to Run for Cogen's County Seat


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Rev. Chuck Currie, a United Church of Christ minister, is the second new candidate to say he'll run for Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen's seat. Cogen aide Karol Collymore's move to file to run for her boss's seat has set off strong speculation that Cogen will run to replace county Chair Ted Wheeler, who has been tapped to replace Ben Westlund as state treasurer. "Multnomah County ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Jeff Cogen to Run for Multnomah County Chair


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Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen confirms he will run to replace Ted Wheeler as head honcho at at the county. "I've been working here at Multnomah County for three years," Cogen says. "I feel we've made a lot of progress addressing our needs. I want to step up and help continue to make Multnomah County a great government." It will be an interesting race — former Democratic U.S. ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Former MultCo Commissioner Gary Hansen to File for Cogen's Seat


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Add another name to the race: former Multnomah County Commissioner Gary Hansen says he'll run to replace Commissioner Jeff Cogen. "The county is a basic supplier of services to the most needy people in the state," Hansen says, when asked why he's running. "We're talking about the mentally ill, the disabled, seniors. The county is really where the action is." Hansen was a two-term Metro councilor ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 9, 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

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

Cogen Sworn in as Multnomah County Chair


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Promising a reign of personal humility and environmental sustainability, Jeff Cogen was sworn in this morning as Multnomah County chair. "I'm going to be guided by my personal values and the values over the last year I've discovered I share with my board," Cogen said in his acceptance speech. Cogen, who was in the final year of his first term as a county commissioner, replaces Ted Wheeler, ...   More
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Election 2010: Nick Fish, Jeff Cogen Pull Big Bucks From Nike


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Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber, running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary for his old job, isn't the only one getting political donations from Nike. The company also swooshed into Portland politics last week when it gave $2,000 apiece to two candidates who each have little-financed challengers in the May primary. The recipients of the Nike contributions are City Commissioner Nick Fish and Multnomah ...   More
 
Monday, April 19, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Saltzman, Collymore and Cogen Celebrate at Curious Comedy


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The photo above shows Karol Collymore checking the preliminary results of the primary vote. After initial results came in showing Collymore with 34 percent of the vote and in first place in an eight-candidate field in the race for Multnomah County commission, Collymore wasn't quite ready for an interview. "I'm going to wait for my legs to work again," said Collymore, who now advances to the ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Cogen Gives Birth to his First County Budget


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New Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen this morning presented his proposed 2010-2011 budget to the board of commissioners, who will now spend a few weeks wrangling with department heads before passing a final spending plan next month. It was the 10th straight year of budget cuts in Multnomah County, due mainly to declining state revenues that pass through the county and Oregon's screwed-up property ...   More
 
Thursday, May 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

MultCo Budget Wrangling: McKeel Offers to Save the DA's Misdemeanor Budget


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Like clockwork each year, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk rides into battle against the county chair's office to fend off budget cuts in the DA's office. After 29 years in office and 10 straight years of shrinking county budgets, Schrunk is regarded as a quiet master at such fights. This year he's found allies in traditionally law-and-order-oriented East County with county Commissioner ...   More
 
Friday, June 4, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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