OLCV endorses Jeff Cogen and Karol Collymore

Date: 
March 11, 2010

 

For immediate release: March 11, 2010

Contact: Toby Van Fleet, OLCV Communications Director,
503-224-4011 x212, toby@olcv.org

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters endorses Jeff Cogen and Karol Collymore

Portland, OR—The Oregon League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Jeff Cogen for Multnomah County Chair, and Karol Collymore in the race for Multnomah County Commission, Position 2.

The unfortunate passing of Oregon State Treasurer Ben Westlund and the appointment of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler to the post set off a scramble of filings on Tuesday, which was the last day candidates could file to run for office. OLCV then scrambled to contact and interview candidates in order to make endorsement decisions before today’s Voters’ Pamphlet deadline.

As a county commissioner, Cogen has focused on sustainability and the environment, leading a number of efforts to slow climate change, support the local food economy and preserve open spaces. He has introduced a program to grow food for hungry Oregon families and has represented Multnomah County in Metro’s regional reserves process.

"Jeff understands how clean energy and innovation can create good jobs and a stronger, more fair economy,’ said OLCV PAC Board Chair Charlie Burr. “Jeff is a proven leader and environmental champion.”

OLCV’s endorsement of Collymore is considered an early endorsement in the race for Multnomah County Commission, Position 2. An early endorsement leaves open the possibility of subsequent endorsements in the same race.

“Karol’s work to promote park spaces in neighborhoods and her focus on cleaner air and local food—especially for our kids—earned her the early endorsement,” said Burr. “Karol’s experience and knowledge of the county will make her an effective voice for healthy communities.

While working for the county, Collymore has led efforts to turn vacant county land into urban gardens, championed a cell phone recycling program, worked to locate a new farmers market in the community of St. Johns, and supported efforts on the Climate Action Plan.

The endorsements in Multnomah County are the latest in the nearly 60 OLCV has been announcing this week. OLCV has been gradually updating its list of endorsements on the OLCV website at www.olcv.org/endorsements2010.
2010 candidates for seats ranging from city council to Oregon Governor have applied for the OLCV seal of approval. Once a candidate is endorsed, OLCV’s Political Action Committee may decide to dedicate resources to that campaign.

The campaign support and grassroots efforts that can accompany an OLCV endorsement often make the necessary difference in contested races. In last year’s primary, for example, OLCV-endorsed Jeremy Ferguson won the race for Milwaukie Mayor by just 25 votes.

About the OLCV endorsement process: Any candidate seeking an OLCV endorsement must first fill out a comprehensive questionnaire covering a variety of relevant environmental issues. Following review of the questionnaire, OLCV volunteer committees conduct face-to-face interviews with each candidate and consider each candidate’s environmental record and their level of commitment to protecting Oregon’s environmental legacy, as well as their leadership skills. All endorsement recommendations from the endorsement committees are then reviewed and finalized by the OLCV PAC Board of Directors. OLCV endorsements run through the general election.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters works to pass pro-environment laws, elect pro-environment candidates, and hold all of our elected officials accountable. www.olcv.org

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