Commissioner Deborah Kafoury has announced her intention to run for chairwoman of the Multnomah County Commission.

After Jim Francesconi, a Portland attorney, State Board of Higher Education member and former Portland city commissioner, filed Monday morning to run for the highest county office and fill Jeff Cogen's seat, Kafoury entered the race.

In order to run, Kafoury plans to resign from her District 1 seat on the county commission by Friday.

Deborah Kafoury“I am running because I care about people," Kafoury said in a recent press release from her campaign. "Human services — the help we offer our most vulnerable residents and families in crisis — is what drives me.”

Elected to the commission in 2008, Kafoury said she is proud of the issues she's worked on for the county since "one of the most crippling downturns in economic history."

“I am especially proud that while we have made progress on tough issues facing our community, we brought the county financial stability in the midst of the Great Recession," she said.

Kafoury cited her work on initiatives to find permanent homes for affected families, as well as her efforts in protecting families and children who are survivors of domestic violence and rebuilding “key pieces” of county infrastructure, such as the construction of a new Sellwood Bridge.

Going forward, Kafoury said her priorities are to expand her work with the city of Portland, “to create a more coordinated and transparent process around core services, such as housing and public safety.”

She also wants to “take the next step to improve our work with domestic violence victims by creating a single access point for help,” and use her experience "to see through to completion major projects such as rebuilding the Sellwood Bridge and constructing a new, safe county courthouse.”

In addition to her position as commissioner, Kafoury also served on the county’s Audit Committee, was the board representative on the Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee and co-chaired the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee.

She still serves as co-president of the PTA at her children’s public elementary school.

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