PORTLAND — Sharon Meieran announced Wednesday she has gained the endorsements of both U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, who join U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici in supporting Meieran’s candidacy for Multnomah County Commissioner.
“This extraordinary support from Oregon’s federal delegation for a Multnomah County candidate shows how truly unique Sharon Meieran is,” said Jake Foster, Meieran’s campaign manager.
Senators Wyden and Merkley have both worked with Meieran on community health issues such as the prescription opioid abuse crisis and mental health care.
“As an ER doctor, Sharon knows how to set priorities and make tough decisions. She’ll make the most out of our county’s limited resources,” said Wyden, referencing Meieran’s professional experience as an emergency room physician.
Other notable endorsers of Meieran’s campaign are Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and former Multnomah County Chair Beverly Stein. Organizations endorsing Meieran include NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon PAC, the Oregon Working Families Party, the Oregon Nurses Association, SEIU Locals 49 & 503 and the Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens. A full list of endorsers is available on her website at www.VoteSharon.com/endorsements.
Sharon Meieran won 42% of the vote in the non-partisan May primary, sending her into a run-off against the second-highest vote-getter, who received 22%. She has since received the endorsements of her top vote-getting primary opponents (those receiving more than 3%): Mel Rader, Brian Wilson and Marisha Childs.
As of Tuesday, public filings with the Oregon Secretary of State’s office show Meieran’s campaign has over $60,000 in cash-on-hand, compared to approximately $13,000 for her opponent.