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Hear Secretary of State Democratic candidates at Oswego Lake Country Club

The Willamette Women Democrats will host a Secretary of State Democratic candidate forum from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 18 at Oswego Lake Country Club, 20 Iron Mountain Blvd. Three candidates have been invited to speak about why they seek your vote for the position: Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian; state Sen. Richard Devlin, who represents areas including Lake Oswego, West Linn, Southwest Portland and Tualatin; and state Rep. Val Hoyle, who represents areas including West Eugene and Junction City.

The Secretary of State is the first in line of succession to the governor and is the chief executive officer, auditor and archivist for the state. Elected directly in a statewide ballot, the Secretary of State represents all Oregonians. In this forum, the Democratic candidates will explain how they would address these various responsibilities. Jeanne P. Atkins was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Kate Brown earlier this year when Brown became governor, replacing John Kitzhaber. Kitzhaber stepped down amid public turmoil around ethics complaints against First Lady Cylvia Hayes regarding her governmental involvement. Atkins has said she does not plan to run for election for the office of Secretary of State.


Avakian was appointed to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry in 2008, by Gov. Ted Kulongoski and elected to that position later that year. Prior to becoming Labor Commissioner he served in both the Oregon House and Senate, representing Senate District 17 in Washington County.


Devlin is the co-chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee and served as the Senate Majority Leader from 2007-2010. He was first elected in 1996 to the State House where he served three terms and then was elected to the State Senate in 2002 where he represents the state’s 19th Senate district.


Hoyle has been the Majority Leader for the Oregon House since 2012. Under her leadership, Democrats passed the largest K-12 schools budget in state history and provided tools to help small businesses to expand. She represents House District 14 which encompasses West Eugene, Junction City and Cheshire since 2009.

The public is invited to attend the program. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP by noon Nov. 16 online at w2dems.com or call 503-656-4445.

Willamette Women Democrats is a locally organized, nonprofit, progressive organization established to provide informative programs, promote progressive policies and encourage women to be politically active.



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