A surprise vacancy in the Oregon Legislature has set off jockeying in Lake Oswego.
Andrea Salinas today announced her candidacy to fill the soon-to-be vacant 38th district seat in the Oregon House of Representatives, which represents Lake Oswego and parts of southwest Portland.
Salinas, a political consultant with Strategies 360 who has advocated on economic, health, and environmental issues, is proposing a platform to prioritize school funding, lowering prescription drug prices, and environmental issues.
Rep. Ann Lininger (D-Lake Oswego) currently represents the 38th district, but will be leaving her position in the state legislature after being appointed a judge on the Clackamas County Circuit Court almost two weeks ago.
Lininger's temporary replacement will be chosen by a joint vote between the Multnomah and Clackamas county commissions. The appointee would have to run for the office in the next state elections in 2018.
The Lake Oswego Review reported last week that at least three other people were interested in the position.
"I have successfully worked to pass laws that increase the statewide minimum wage, reduce vehicle pollution, and provide all women equal access to affordable reproductive health care," Salinas said in a statement announcing her intention to apply for the seat. "I am ready to fight to fully fund public education, hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable to lower drug prices, and make polluters pay for the harm they are imposing on our health, our children's health and our environment."