Devlin's senate seat is unchallenged

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Miller.Rick Miller will not challenge Sen. Richard Devlin’s seat in the upcoming election.

Miller, a Lake Oswego resident, was late to the race, and until this week was vague about committing to a state senate run. On Monday, he announced he would not run out of respect for his wife Erika’s health concerns.

“My wife had a small stroke over Christmas, and although she rapidly recovered from that, the effects are still there, and a full recovery is going to take about a year,” Miller told The Review. “It just became apparent that the stress of the campaign was going to take a toll on her. It just wasn’t the right time.”

The Avamere Health Services founder filed a candidate committee on April 15, but referred to the move as largely a formality. He explained he had formed An Independent Voice for Oregon in order to be in compliance with campaign laws after spending money on related political consulting services.

This is not the first time his political aspirations have been delayed by medical issues. Miller explained that his own cancer diagnoses derailed a potential 2010 run, although he said he now has a clean bill of health.

Miller left open the possibility of future campaigning, emphasizing his interests in job creation, the economy, advancing health care reform and education financing.

Devlin’s senate seat in House District 24, which he has held since 2010, is now unchallenged.

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