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Oregon AG race starts on odd note

UPDATE • Rosenblum announces after husband's newspaper declares conflict of interest

Retired state Court of Appeals Judge Ellen Rosenblum will run for the Democratic nomination for Oregon Attorney General, according to a conflict of interest statement in Willamette Week newspaper.

The statement was published Wednesday to say the newspaper would not cover the race because Rosenblum is married to its publisher and co-owner, Richard Meeker.

The statement, attributed to editor and co-owner Mark Zusman, said: 'While, in my opinion, Rosenblum would be an outstanding AG, this newspaper has a conflict of interest. That's why, as difficult as it may be to write this, we will not be covering the race of making any endorsement.'

The statement also repeated speculation that former Oregon U.S. Attorney Dwight Holden will also run for the Democratic nomination. Incumbent Oregon Attorney General John Kroger is not running for re-election because of an undisclosed illness.

Rosenblum formally announced for the office a few hours after Willamette Week hit the streets. In a press released issued late Wednesday morning, she said, "The attorney general is the people's lawyer, and I have the depth and the range of experience to be a strong advocate for the people of Oregon," Rosenblum said. "Our next attorney general needs to be able to fight for consumers, to work to improve public safety, and to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in our society, particularly families and children in need. I have a track record of success in all of these critical areas. My deep roots in Oregon and my years of experience in the legal trenches, as well as on the bench here, make me the candidate best qualified for the job of Oregon attorney general."