Former congresswoman to run for Wash. county commission seat

Former congresswoman to run for Wash. county commission seat
FILE - Former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Former U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Furse says she’s getting back into politics and will run for Washington County commissioner.

Furse called KATU’s Steve Dunn on Wednesday to tell him she’s running for District 4 on the county commission, which is currently held by Bob Terry.

Furse, a Democrat, served six years representing Oregon’s First Congressional District.

Furse told Dunn she thinks a “change in priorities” is in order in the county and wants to work to make a difference.

Later in a press release, Furse touted her work in Congress to help bring light rail to Hillsboro.

She’ll officially file for the seat Thursday.

Furse could potentially challenge Terry, who has filed for re-election, in November depending on what happens in the May primary.

Terry couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon. A spokesman for the county said he's currently out of the state.