Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal has submitted her resignation from the county board effective Nov. 1, according to multiple sources. She is stepping down to pursue the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).
Leaving his seat will allow Jayapal to focus on what will likely be an intense competition for a seat last open in 1996, when Blumenauer won a special election to replace him now. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in the district that covers much of Portland.
Jayapal, a former corporate lawyer, first won election to the County Council representing District 2 (North and Northeast Portland) in 2018 and was re-elected in 2022. Under the terms of the charter of Multnomah County, she must resign her seat to run for another office. . “No Multnomah County elected official may run for another elected office in the mid-term without first resigning,” the charter states. “Application for another position mid-term is equivalent to a resignation, from the date of submission. »
When taking office, Multnomah County commissioners appoint a successor, should they leave office before the end of their term. Jayapal named Jesse Beeson, executive director of the Oregon Health Foundation, a Portland nonprofit, as his replacement.
That means Beeson, whose current job pays $193,000 a year, according to the Northwest Health Foundation’s tax filing, would work a second full-time job until Jayapal’s is elected next May or November .
Jayapal did not respond to a request for comment.