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City Auditor endorses Wilson in county race

Portland City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade has endorsed businessman Brian Wilson in his race against state Rep. Jules Bailey for the Multnomah County Commission.

“I’m endorsing Brian Wilson in his race for County Commissioner for three simple reasons. He’s a great human being. He’s committed hundreds of volunteer hours to making Multnomah County more effective and responsive to the community it serves. He cares deeply about our citizenry and has some straightforward ideas about what will make our community a more just, fair, open, and equitable place to live,” Griffin-Valade said in a statement released by the Wilson campaign.

Griffin-Valade is the second elected Portland official to endorse Wilson after Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

Bailey, a Democrat who represents House District 42, has received many more endorsements from elected officials overall than Wilson, however. They include Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, Metro Council President Tom Hughes, Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick and numerous other state legislators.

Bailey has also raised more money than Wilson. The most recent campaign filings show he has raised around $44,000 this year and currently has over $143,000 in the bank. Some of that money was transferred from Bailey legislative re-election campaign.

In comparison, Wilson has raised just under $29,000 this year and has a little more than $24,000 in the bank.

Wilson and Bailey are running for the Multnomah County Commission seat that Deborah Kafoury had to vacate when she entered the race for Multnomah County Chair.