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Susheela Jayapal to run for Congress, resign from Multnomah County Commission seat, sources say

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Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal will announce Wednesday that she is running for Congress to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and resign from the Multnomah County Commission, two sources with knowledge told The Oregonian/ OregonLive direct knowledge of its projects.

She will be the first Democrat to enter the 3rd Congressional District race to replace Blumenauer, who announced Monday he would not seek re-election after nearly three decades in Congress. Blumenauer will continue to represent Portland in Congress until the end of 2024.

It is unclear whether other Democrats will enter the race.

Deborah Kafoury, former chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, has not ruled out the possibility that she could run for the seat.

“I’m still evaluating my options, but I won’t be making any announcements anytime soon,” she told The Oregonian/OregonLive last week.

Jayapal, an attorney, has represented North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Commission since 2019. Under the Multnomah County charter, she must resign her seat to run for another office.

Her sister, Pramila Jayapal, has represented Seattle in Congress since 2017, developing a national profile as a progressive Democrat.

Oregonian/OregonLive reporters Shane Dixon Kavanaugh and Sami Edge contributed to this report.

Jamie Goldberg; jgoldberg@oregonian.com; 503-221-8228; @jamiebgoldberg

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