Our Opinion

Portland-area voters know firsthand what Ted Wheeler accomplished as the former chair for Multnomah County. In that role, Wheeler brought a level of technocratic competence to a county government whose elected leaders had gone markedly astray.

In the past seven months - since being appointed state treasurer by Gov. Ted Kulongoski following the death of Ben Westlund - Wheeler has brought that same rational approach to his new position. Along the way he has cleaned up some former practices in the treasurer's office that needed attention - particularly those that were related to travel and expense accounts.

Wheeler, a Democrat, has a financial background in the investment world that makes him uniquely qualified to lead an office that must make major investment decisions about state funds. His Republican opponent in this election - first-term state Sen. Chris Telfer of Bend - is no financial slouch either. Telfer is a certified public accountant who served on the Bend City Council before her election to the Senate.

Telfer is a quality candidate, and two minor-party candidates are also vying for attention in this race. But voters should give Ted Wheeler the opportunity to continue for another four years the work he already has begun as treasurer.

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