Terry launches bid for county chairman
Bob Terry formally launched his campaign with a boost from the man he hopes to succeed as Washington County board chairman.
"Bob is a friend, and I will personally vote for him," said Andy Duyck, who is leaving after eight years as chairman, and 24 years overall on the board.
When Duyck ran for chairman in 2010 after 16 years as the District 4 commissioner, his former position was won by Terry — then a nursery owner and a public member of the county budget committee for 14 years. Terry was re-elected in 2014, when he defeated former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse.
Four other candidates so far are filed for the nonpartisan position in the May 15 primary — the top two finishers advance to the Nov. 6 general election if no one wins a majority countywide — and Duyck had not endorsed anyone.
He said of Terry, "He has helped us keep Washington County on the right track. It did not happen overnight — and it can be lost overnight if we make the wrong decision."
About 80 people showed up at Terry's fundraiser Jan. 24 at a Hillsboro business.
Although Terry announced his candidacy last year, as did others, he said he waited until now for a formal launch.
"We didn't start last June, like everybody else did. Perhaps we should have, but the campaign is going to be running for a year," Terry said. "I didn't want to see it running two years, because it would end up costing even more."
But at $16,513 as of Feb. 9, Terry had the least cash on hand of the four candidates with experience in public office. Former state legislator Ryan Deckert, Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington and Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden all have more in their campaign chests. Shabba Woodley, who ran in the 2016 Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, has far less.
"But we had more people there than at any of my other kickoffs, and they were really hyped, more so than I have seen in the past," Terry said. "The campaign is doing fine, and I am getting out, but it is in its infancy."