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PORTLAND, Ore. – Today, the Portland Business Alliance board of directors announced its endorsement of Deborah Kafoury for Multnomah County Chair. The Alliance board also announced candidate endorsements for Multnomah County Commission District 1 and 2 and a number of other races.
“The Alliance has worked with Kafoury and we believe she is the candidate best equipped in both experience and character to lead the county the next four years,” said Sandra McDonough, president & CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “During her tenure on the county commission and in other elective offices, we have been impressed with Kafoury’s leadership on the issues most directly related to the county mission, including service to the less fortunate in our community, as well as her commitment to small business, workforce training and job development. We also see that she has a proven track record on the management of big projects, such as reconstruction of the Sellwood Bridge, which will be crucial in the role of county chair.”
In addition to the endorsement in the race for Multnomah County Chair, the Alliance board endorsed Jules Bailey for Multnomah County Commission District 1 and Loretta Smith for Multnomah County Commission District 2. The endorsements were based on the candidates’ commitment to job creation, small business vitality and economic development. The board also made endorsements in city and county races in Portland, Clackamas and Washington Counties. A full list of endorsements can be found on the Alliance endorsements page.
Alliance board endorsements are based on a process that includes interviewing the viable candidates for the political office and reviewing their responses to a Value of Jobs candidate questionnaire. Two-thirds of the board members present at the meeting where endorsements are decided must agree before an endorsement is made.