Race is on for Metro chief

Three qualified candidates are lining up to succeed David Bragdon, and the results could affect the Columbia River Crossing issue.

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Three candidates from Portland and the suburban areas are hoping to succeed David Bragdon as Metro Council president: Metro councilor Rex Burkholder; Bob Stacey, former 1000 Friends of Oregon executive director; and former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes.

The results could have a significant influence on the direction of the Columbia River Crossing issue.

And while Oregon politicos are focused now on the fate Jan. 26 of statewide Measures 66 and 67, this race is getting attention already because it carries important long-term consequences for the Metro region of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

“All three candidates are well-qualified,” says Burton Weast, a former Metro lobbyist for 20 years who is now executive director of the Clackamas County Business Alliance. “This is also the first time that I can remember we have strong suburban and Portland candidates. It kind of means Metro has finally arrived.”

Read the full story at Willamette Week.

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