News from Clackamas County …
Following the resignation of Senator Richard Devlin earlier this year from the Oregon Senate, commissioners from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties will hold a joint session on Monday, Jan 29, to interview candidates and select a replacement for the open position.
Oregon law requires that a legislative vacancy be filled by county commissioners representing the district in which the vacancy exists. Senate District 19 includes voters in all three counties. Continue reading
More than 100 people heard seven candidates for the appointment to the State Senate District 19 vacancy speak at a well-attended forum in West Linn, sponsored by independents for Progressive Action.
The candidates are Claudia Black, Tualatin; Joelle Davis, Tualatin; Tim Loun, West Linn; Gerritt Rosenthal, Tualatin; Greg Macpherson, Lake Oswego; Rob Wagner, Lake Oswego; and Daphne Wysham, West Linn. Loun, a political newcomer, is the latest to file.
Candidates had 75 seconds to answer some questions and 45 seconds for others, in a whirlwind program that took two hours.
Topics covered included:
- Health Care for All. All endorsed Measure 101.
- Housing Problems. All agreed homelessness needs prompt, creative attention.
- Tax Reform. Tax the rich more and corporations more and tax individuals and families less.
- Women’s Right to Choose. All were in agreement as pro-choice.
- Education. (See Tax Reform.) All had it as a priority.
- Campaign Finance Reform. Eliminate big money from Oregon politics.
- Justice Reform. Oregon has a disproportionate number of minorities in its jails.
- Climate Change. Not enough being done, but some serious steps are under way.
- Jordan Cove LNG plant in Coos Bay. All opposed, though one hedged a tad and invoked labor concerns.
- Who the candidates would use as allies in the legislature. Many names were bandied.
- Extend the Max line to Tualatin. All in agreement.
- Naturopaths. Add naturopaths to physician list of those allowed to administer cannabis for medical use.
A video of the full forum is available on youtube.
The short-answer format served the evening well but at the expense of longer, more complicated answers.
Lisa Ortiz chairs the iPA group that put on the forum.
Musical chairs in the political arena may be under way in Senate District 19, which comprises House Districts 37 and 38. That district stretches from western Tualatin north to Lake Oswego and east to Stafford and West Linn.
The Oregonian reported State Senator Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, is unclear as to his re-election bid, even though he has filed for re-election. A veteran and expert on the legislature’s Joint Ways & Means Committee (which handles the entire state budget), Sen. Devlin is held in high regard by his colleagues and rarely faces a serious race at home.
His departure would open the seat for two (of 60) State Representatives to possibly advance to the 30-member Senate. Most prominent is Rep. Julie Parrish of HD 37, a West Linn Republican. Also possibly in play could be recently-appointed Democratic Rep. Andreas Salinas, of Lake Oswego’s HD 38.
Both told The Oregonian they’re not running. If one does, however, that would open up a House seat. Hence the musical chairs.
By Peter Toll
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