SEIU locals back Collymore for county position


Services Employees International Union (SEIU) Locals 49 and 503 have endorsed Karol Collymore for Multnomah County commissioner.

Collymore worked as a staffer for Jeff Cogen when he was a county commissioner. Cogen vacated his seat in May to run for the open county chair. He was elected, and now Collymore is running to fill the unexpired term.

Collymore beat out a field of seven candidates seeking the post in the May primary, garnering 35.9 percent of the vote. Second place went to Loretta Smith, a field representative for Sen. Ron Wyden, with 18.4 percent.

Since no candidate received 50 percent plus one, Collymore and Smith are in a runoff in November.

In addition to SEIU, Collymore has endorsements from Communications Workers of America Local 7901 and Multnomah County Employees Local 88, which issued a dual endorsement in the race. Local 88 is an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees,

Smith has been endorsed by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council, the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, the Oregon Nurses Association, Teamsters Joint Council 37, and the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 82.


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