Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian Flexes Fundraising Muscles


Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian still has not officially announced his candidacy for secretary of state. But his strong recent fundraising speaks to his intentions.WW reported in August that Avakian, a former Washington County lawmaker, was telling people he planned to run. This month, he's raised $29,000, bringing his total raised for 2015 to $92,000. That's more than the $71,000 raised in 2015 by ...   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian Will Enter Race for Secretary of State


The race for what will be a vacant secretary of state's office in 2016 is shaping up as next year's most competitive statewide contest. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has told numerous people this week that he will enter the Democratic primary. That decision will likely pit him against state Rep. Val Hoyle (D-Eugene), who earlier stepped down from her post as House Majority Leader to run for secretary ...   More
Thursday, August 20, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian Files Civil Rights Complaint Against Daimler Trucks North America

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales says he's "very concerned" by claims.


State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of minority employees of Daimler Trucks North America, alleging the company ignored decades of racial intimidation at the Portland manufacturing plant.Avakian’s actions elevate complaints, first reported Sept. 3 in WW, from four African-American employees at Daimler’s Swan Island manufacturing plant who say the company ...   More
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Video Games on Lovejoy

Oregon’s Labor Commissioner sets his sights on investigating abortion protesters.

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Pastor Chuck O’Neal paces in front of Lovejoy Surgicenter, the Northwest Portland abortion clinic, wearing shorts, a black backpack and a wireless microphone. Members of O’Neal’s Beaverton G   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Risky Business

There’s a time for playing it safe... and our 2012 Endorsement Issue says this is one of them.

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Portland, you have a gambling problem. We’re telling you this as a friend. For too many years, the voters of this city have rolled the dice on engaging but tro   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Where Eagles Won’t Dare

Some Eagle Scouts protest the Boy Scouts’ gay ban by returning their badges. Not these Oregon leaders.

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A Boy Scout must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful and the like. But to obtain the highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout must also prove his service has had an impact on his community. Th   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 SAM STITES

Brown’s Labored Credibility

A legal opinion shows the Secretary of State mishandled the labor commissioner’s race.

State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) has cause to be irate. Starr is running for state labor commissioner, a nonpartisan race that suddenly appears partisan.   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Judge Rules Against Starr; Labor Race in November


A judge in Marion County Court today ruled against State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro). Starr sued to block Secretary of State Kate Brown from placing the election for labor commissioner on the November general election ballot rather than on the May primary ballot. Until late last Friday Starr, who is challenging incumbent Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian thought the race was in May, as did Avakian. ...   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Starr Files Lawsuit To Get On May Ballot: Updated

Bruce Starr

State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) this morning filed a lawsuit (PDF) in Marion County Court, asking a judge there to order Secretary of State Kate Brown to place Starr's challenge to incumbent Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on the May ballot.As WW first reported yesterday, both Starr and Avakian have been working under the assumption that they would face each other in the May primary. Theirs is ...   More
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Buehler Accuses Brown of "Machine-Style Politics": Updated

Knute Buehler

Dr. Knute Buehler, the Bend surgeon who is challenging incumbent Secretary of State Kate Brown, blasted her this morning in an interview with WW. Buehler is upset about Brown's last minute decision to push the Labor Commissioner's race from the May election to the November ballot. Both incumbent commissioner Brad Avakian (who is a Democrat) and State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) expected to face ...   More
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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