There's a new horse in the race to replace Lonnie Roberts on the Multnomah County Commission.

Fairview City Councilor Ken Quinby, who said he would formally file by Wednesday, Jan. 23, will run against Gresham Police Chief Carla Piluso and Diane McKeel, executive director of the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce.

Quinby described himself as 'middle of the road on everything,' emphasizing a pragmatic approach to solving problems. He said his campaign is not focused on a specific agenda.

'Four years from now, we're going to be talking about different issues,' Quinby said.

But Quinby did come out against Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler's proposal to wrest control of county jails from Multnomah County Sheriff Bernie Giusto. Quinby said the idea is too drastic.

'I don't want to ruffle feathers with the chair before I get elected,' Quinby said. 'But my position is if somebody isn't doing the job right, you don't take the job away, you replace the person.'

With more than seven years on the Fairview City Council over two stints, Quinby also noted that he is the only candidate in the race with experience as an elected official.

'I know how these things work,' Quinby said.

McKeel said she has worked with the commission as an economic policy adviser, and she shares a businesslike approach with the current commissioners. According to a press release, McKeel also has served on numerous boards, including the Multnomah County Library, the Mt. Hood Community College Foundation and the East Metro Economic Alliance.

Although she has not campaigned much since declaring her candidacy in November, McKeel said she is focused in economic development, health care and public safety.

Secretary of State records do not show any campaign finance activity for the McKeel campaign.

But McKeel said her campaign has been raising money and submitting the records as 'they've been required to.'

Piluso held a campaign event at Park Place Coffee in Rockwood on Thursday evening, Jan. 17.

Piluso is running on her record as a public safety advocate.

At the event, Piluso discussed equitable distribution of social service dollars and said that the Sellwood Bridge should be closed.

Her campaign finance record shows a balance of more than $3,000.

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