A majority of commissioners in Oregon’s largest county turned over Tuesday, as three new members were sworn in.
The Multnomah County commission is once again in the hands of five women. That was the situation for part of 2013 and 2014. But it’s the first time the women are all elected members since 2000.
Emergency room doctor Sharon Meieran now represents central Portland District 1.
Former state rep, Jessica Vega Pederson is commissioner for District 3 – East and Southeast Portland. And new commissioner Lori Stegmann told supporters she’s proud to have grown up in a poor part of Gresham, and now to represent the east county district.
“But what is especially meaningful to me is that I am the first Asian-American ever to serve on the commission,” Stegmann said as the room filled with applause. “This is a milestone that’s long overdue… thank you.”
Chair Deborah Kafoury notes that Multnomah County is now led by a majority of women of color for the first time.
Meieran, Stegmann and Vega Pederson join Chair Kafoury and Commissioner Loretta Smith to make up the five-member county board.
Multnomah County had been led by four women and one man, Jules Bailey,through the end of 2016. Bailey gave up his seat on the county commission to run unsuccessfully for Portland mayor.