Treece has far outraised her challenger in WashCo District 2 race
Washington County Commissioner Pam Treece, running for a second term to her District 2 seat, has dwarfed her challenger in campaign fundraising this year.
Treece has raised just under $29,400 from outside contributions, compared to only $200 for her challenger, Don Frazier.
Treece has over $30,000 on-hand to spend on campaign strategizing, advertising and mailers, while Frazier has just $34 left over after paying $166 to the U.S. Post Office in Beaverton.
Frazier's lone campaign contribution comes from his own company, Campbell-Frazier LLC.
"I'm not very good at this stuff," Frazier told Pamplin Media. "It's true that I've raised under $800 and I'm learning to fly with it."
Treece said she's still taking her challenger seriously and campaigning robustly despite her fundraising advantage.
"When a candidate files, you have to take that seriously," she said. "And you develop your strategic plan for your candidacy based on the fact that you have an opponent. I feel very confident about my candidacy."
Many of Treece's contributions come from entities associated with the construction trade, including developers and unions associated with contracted workers.
She received $5,000 from Metropolitan Land Group, a real estate investment firm, to go along with $2,500 from the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors. She also has donations from labor groups like the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters and the Plumbers & Steamfitters PAC.
Treece says that she "bristles a bit" at the notion that her contributions stem from a cozy relationship with developers. Instead, she says it's a tribute to the many different kinds of professional relationships she's built, across many different sectors.
"It's because of relationships I've developed over the years," Treece said. "They're in the business world and in my personal world, so they're in all sorts of areas."
She pointed out that the IBEW Local 48 union that represents electrical workers has supported her campaign, and that likely stems from her 21-year career working for Pacific Power.
She's also received money from Oregonians for Affordable Housing, the Professional Firefighters PAC, Comcast, Hampton Lumber, and the Liuna Local 737 union.
The election is on May 17 and ballots must be dropped off or post marked by 8 p.m. that day. If either candidate for District 2 commissioner receives a majority of votes, they are elected to a four-year term that begins January 2023.
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