August 24th, 2009 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Legislature

More Dominoes in The Race to Replace Sen. Margaret Carter


State Rep. Chip Shields (D-Portland) has a lot of competition in his bid for the appointment to replace state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-Portland), whose resignation to accept a state job takes effect this week.

But if Shields does get bumped up to represent Senate District 22, there will be a domino effect on local Democratic Party politics since his seat in House District 43 would then come up for grabs.

Lew Frederick, a communications consultant, state Board of Education member and former TV reporter, has expressed a strong interest in getting the appointment in House District 43.

Frederick — who ran unsuccessfully for the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in 2006 — tells WW that he believes Shields will get the Senate appointment. In that case, Frederick says, his experience makes him the best candidate to deal with issues of health care, education and economic development.

Also in the mix would be Catherine Thomasson, the president of the local chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility . She said today that she would be interested in running for the House seat if it turns out to be vacant, and would bring a strong focus on global warming.

One other name that Carter floated last Thursday at Concordia University's public ribbon-cutting for its new library was Charles McGee, executive director of the Black Parent Initiative. Carter told the crowd that she's been trying to get McGee to run for office. Alas, McGee said this morning that he's not interested at the moment.
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