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Hunt mulls political future

Dave Hunt is mulling whether to run for re-election in Oregon House District 40. He's also considering a challenge to Charlotte Lehan as chair of the Board of County Commissioners or a run for state labor commissioner.

Hunt has represented Gladstone's district at the state level since 2003. He's led his party and served as House Majority Leader but was recently replaced by Tina Kotek (D-Portland). Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian opened up his position in April by launching a run for Oregon Congressman David Wu's seat in Congress.

Hunt said he doesn't expect any other possibilities for his political future and joked that he could certainly rule out moving to Washington County to submit yet another bid for Wu's seat.

He acknowledged that 'a lot of people' have been asking him which of these three positions he will run for in 2012. He's also eyeing a run in 2014 for House District 40's senate seat, currently held by Alan Olsen. That would be a more likely choice if Hunt continues in the House, because he wouldn't want to leave the BCC or labor commissioner positions mid-term.

Hunt said he plans to make a decision at the end of August at the earliest. For at least the next few weeks, he said he will gauge how many people would be willing to donate to, or volunteer for, his various potential campaigns.