AFSCME endorses Kulongoski

Oregon AFSCME Council 75 has endorsed Gov. Ted Kulongoski for re-election.

“It’s the most lengthly process we’ve ever undertaken,” said Ken Allen, executive director of the council, which represents some 24,000 workers.

In June, the council’s political action committee interviewed candidates, had them fill out an issue-related questionnaire, and reviewed their legislative voting records. At meetings July 14-15, PAC and the council’s Executive Board voted overwhelmingly to endorse the Democratic incumbent.

AFSCME will take that endorsement to the Oregon AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education (COPE), which meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at Sheet Metal Workers Local 16, 2379 NE 178th Ave., Portland.

Also on the agenda will be endorsements for legislative races and positions on ballot measures in the November general election.