Jules Bailey won a seat on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in District 1 Tuesday, with a decisive victory over Brian Wilson.

Bailey will fill the seat emptied by Deborah Kafoury when she resigned to run for Multnomah County chair. District 1 includes areas west of the Willamette River and inner-east Portland, extending north up to the Banfield Freeway.

“An election bringing a permanent person to the position will be a good start” to stabilizing the board of commissioners, Bailey said. The five-member board has had two temporary members for the past few months, in a chain of events that started when former County Chair Jeff Cogen resigned in September.

Bailey served the Oregon House of Representatives for three terms and is an economic consultant who previously worked for ECONorthwest. He holds a master of public affairs and urban and regional planning from Princeton University.

Bailey raised $286,821 for his campaign and spent $206,006. He says he will focus on the environment. “I think the county can play a really important role in reducing air toxics and we’re finally getting the city Climate Action Plan implemented,” he said. 

He also will focus on bringing families out of poverty, good fiscal management and solving the mental health care crisis.

“We’ve talked about the need for a greater emphasis on linking efforts together— good job training, helping entrepreneurs, solving our mental health crisis and making sure we’re giving people a pathway off the street,” said Bailey. “What the county needs is to have a leadership that’s focused on giving every family in Multnomah County the ability to thrive.”

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