Candidates rush to file

Ted Wheeler’s sudden appointment as treasurer sets off a wave of candidacy filing.

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Following Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler’s sudden appointment as interim state treasurer, several candidates rushed to join Wheeler in the race for the position.

Former Treasurer Jim Hill, Sen. Rick Metsger and Sen Chris Telfer also filed for the seat during the last hours of filing day.

Wheeler’s sudden rise in state politics created a domino effect in Multnomah County, where two well-known local political figures — former state Sen. Margaret Carter and county Commissioner Jeff Cogen — and two others filed to become the county’s chief executive. And Cogen’s old seat in turn attracted 10 contenders.

“It has been the most bizarre and unexpected 48 hours that I’ve experienced in politics,” said Ben Unger, who heads the Senate Democratic Leadership Fund. “The things that happened will affect the state for a long time.”

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