The Multnomah County Democrats have selected Lew Frederick (photo above) , Karol Collymore and Eddie Lincoln as final candidates for the vacant District 43 seat in the Oregon House. The vacancy is the result of former Rep. Chip Shields' appointment to the Oregon state Senate.
Seventy-nine precinct committee persons voted tonight to send the trio pf candidates in front of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, which will have the final say on the appointment at its Oct. 22 meeting.
Frederick was the first representative voted to advance, earning 54 votes on the first ballot of the first round. Collymore—who lost 3-2 to Shields for the state Senate seat last month—received 14 votes in the first round, then edged out Eddie Lincoln 36-35 on the third ballot of the second round.
“I feel like I'm the underdog in both situations,” Collymore said, referring to her loss to Shields. “I'm the youngest by far, and I haven't lived in Portland as long as some of the other candidates.”
Lincoln (photo below) was nominated on the first ballot of the third round with 42 votes.
All three candidates are African-American, which we note because some had raised concerns that the number of African-Americans in the 90-person Legislature was down to one person - state Sen. Jackie Winters (R-Salem). There had been two African-Americans in the Legislature before Democrat Margaret Carter left her Senate seat
for a state job, creating the Senate vacancy that Shields filled last month.