August 26th, 2009 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

One More Candidate Surfaces in Senate District 22

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One more ex-pol has surfaced as a candidate to replace state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-Portland) in Senate District 22. The newest contender is former state Rep. Gary Hansen, whose political history includes stints on the Metro Council and the Multnomah County Board of Commisssioners.

"If appointed, I could step in without a learning curve," said Hansen, a 65-year-old Democrat who ran unsuccessfully most recently for a second stint on the county Board of Commissioners in 2006.

Today's story in WW about the race for the Senate District 22 appointment turned in part on whether the successor to Carter, the first African-American woman in the state Legislature, should be African-American. So I asked Hansen his thoughts on whether race should be a factor when the county board appoints a replacement from a list that will be forwarded by Multnomah County Democrats.

"I really don't think it should," Hansen said, referring instead to his political experience and 40 years of residence in the district. "I think we may be beyond that."
 
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