It’s the only statewide executive office held by Republicans, but none had yet entered the race.
State Sen. Mark Hass strongly considering a run for secretary of state.
Secretary of State Bev Clarno makes big staff changes in her new office.
Bev Clarno, a former legislator from Redmond and a Republican, is to serve as secretary of state, following the death of Dennis Richardson last month.
In other news: Oregon settles a lawsuit over the Elliott State Forest.
Upon the death of Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, Gov. Kate Brown re-iterates her plan to appoint a Republican to replace him.
He was the first Republican win Oregon statewide office in 14 years.
Oregon’s top elections official proposes fining Defend Oregon, the campaign arm of the union-backed group Our Oregon, for failing to turn in 93 ballots it collected for the November election.
Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who is battling brain cancer, is further reducing his work schedule.