Willey leads in fundraising for District 4 seat
Former Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey has raised far more than Kimberly Culbertson in their contest to represent western Washington County on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
The two candidates are seeking the District 4 seat being vacated after two terms by Bob Terry, who is running countywide for board chairman.
District 4 extends west from Hillsboro, also covering Banks, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Gaston and North Plains.
The nonpartisan position is up for election in the May 15 primary.
Willey, who served as mayor of Hillsboro from 2009 until term limits caused him to leave office last year, has so far raised $32,000 in his bid for county commissioner — as of March 8, more than seven times more than Culbertson has raised in that time. More than $16,000 has been raised this year alone.
Culbertson, an online retailer, ran for the Hillsboro City Council in 2008 and sought appointment to a council vacancy last year. She is a neighborhood activist who sits on advisory committees for urban renewal and the Hillsboro Airport Master Plan.
Willey's largest donors have included the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors and Bretthauer Oil Co. of Hillsboro, both of which have donated $4,000 to his campaign. The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce and outgoing Washington County Board Chairman Andy Duyck have donated $2,000 to his campaign, along with the president of Bretthauer Oil, Andrew Bretthauer.
Other sizable donations have come from Hillsboro City Councilor Darell Lumaco and Wayne Holm, president of North Plains' largest business, Oregon Canadian Forest Products, who have each donated $1,000 each. Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Metro Council president and former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes, and the Portland Business Alliance have also donated $500 each to his campaign.
Culbertson's campaign has raised about $800 this year, along with a $4,000 donation Culbertson gave her own campaign last year.
As of March 8, Culbertson had $4,433 cash on hand, including a $250 donation from the political committee of state Sen. Chuck Riley, who represents Hillsboro and western Washington County in Salem.
But what Culbertson doesn't have in donations, she has made up for in endorsements from many of the area's top Democrats and union groups.
County Commissioners Dick Schouten and Greg Malinowski have endorsed Culbertson, as have Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, state Sens. Chuck Riley of Hillsboro and Mark Hass of Aloha, state Reps. Susan McLain of Forest Grove and Janeen Sollman of Hillsboro, and former state Rep. Joe Gallegos of Hillsboro.
Hillsboro School Board members Erika Lopez, Mark Watson and Jaci Spross and Hillsboro City Councilor Olivia Alcaire have also endorsed Culbertson, as have as the teachers' unions for several local school districts, including the Hillsboro, Banks, Forest Grove and Gaston education associations.