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The Race For Multnomah County Chair

OPB | April 28, 2014 12:30 p.m. | Updated: April 28, 2014 3:02 p.m.

Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.

Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury.

John Rosman / OPB

The race to see who will head Oregon’s most populous county is ramping up. Ever since former Multnomah County chair Jeff Cogen resigned amid scandal and his interim replacement declared she would not run for the office, this open seat has been one of the state’s most hotly contested.

There are a number of candidates who have filed to run for chair, but the two leading candidates by far are former county commissioner Deborah Kafoury and former city commissioner Jim Francesconi. Both announced their intentions early on and have together raised nearly a half a million dollars, though Kafoury has the fundraising edge by about $100,000.

Kafoury’s page of personal endorsements is longer than Francesconi’s list and boasts many prominent political figures, including the governor. She also won The Oregonian’s editorial endorsement, though Francesconi got public employee union backing. Francesconi emphasizes jobs, while Kafoury is more likely to talk about social issues.

We’ll have both candidates in studio and we’d like to hear from you: What issues are most important to you in this race? What questions do you have for Deborah Kafoury or Jim Francesconi?


  • Jim Francesconi: Candidate for Multnomah County chair
  • Deborah Kafoury: Candidate for Multnomah County chair


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