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Devlin Draws a Zero; Other County Races Heating Up

By Peter Toll

Sen. Richard DevlinDistrict 19

Sen. Richard Devlin

State Senator Richard Devlin is breathing a major sigh of relief in learning that jillionaire Richard Miller has now said he will not run against him in November as an Independent candidate.

Devlin, whose Senate District 19 covers Lake Oswego, West Linn, Stafford, Tualatin and parts of Southwest Portland, had neither primary nor general opposition. But Miller, the founder of Avamere retirement and senior facilities, set up a political action committee recently. The PAC’s purpose is to support Miller’s candidacy in a race yet to be determined.

Best bet for Miller was Devlin’s seat. Devlin has served in the legislature since 1997 when he was elected to the House. In 2003 he moved over to the Senate and has been there ever since. He is considered “the money brain” of the Senate, where he co-chairs the Ways & Means Committee. Devlin is also a former Senate Majority Leader. Continue reading