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Lou Ogden is running instead for state labor commissioner, which two others have filed for; withdrawal leaves four candidates for open Washington County post.

(This corrects a previous version of this story.)

Lou Ogden has officially withdrawn as a candidate for chairman of the Washington County Board of Commissioners and instead has filed for the position of commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Ogden, in a withdrawal document filed Wednesday, Feb. 21, with the county elections office, said his intent is to run for state labor commissioner, which he filed for immediately after his county withdrawl was confirmed, he said.

Ogden has been Tualatin mayor since 1994, after spending two years on the council. He cannot seek re-election as mayor because of term limits, and recently gave his final State of the City address.

Two candidates have filed for commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which incumbent Brad Avakian of Beaverton is vacating after 10 years. They are Val Hoyle of Eugene, former majority leader of the Oregon House, and Jack Howard of La Grande, a Union County commissioner.

Like the Washington County position, the commissioner is elected on a nonpartisan basis. If no one wins a majority in the May 15 statewide primary, the top two finishers advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Ogden said the labor commission position fits in well with two of what have become his three goals while in public office. Those include keeping the economy going strong and working to place more people into the economy who have better skills. He said that position would allow him to broaden his reach to include everyone in the state and not solely in Washington County.

Four candidates have filed for the Washington County chairmanship, which Andy Duyck is vacating after eight years, and a total of 24 years on the county board.

They are Commissioner Bob Terry of Hillsboro, who now represents District 4 on the board; Ryan Deckert of Beaverton, a former state legislator and former president of the now-merged Oregon Business Association; Kathryn Harrington of Beaverton, Metro Council member, and Shabba Woodley of Beaverton, a telecommunications sales representative.

The filing deadline for the primary is March 6. Candidates can withdraw from the ballot by March 9.

(Tigard-Tualatin Times reporter Ray Pitz also contributed to this story.)

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