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Milwaukie Councilor Karin Power running for State Rep. Kathleen Taylor's seat


The pieces are moving for elected state offices representing Oak Grove, Milwaukie and Southeast Portland.

Karin PowerCurrent House District 41 Rep. Kathleen Taylor will be vacating the seat to run for retiring Sen. Diane Rosenbaum’s seat in Senate District 21.

Milwaukie City Councilor Karin Power this week announced her candidacy for HD41; Power will be unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary.

Although the district is weighted heavily to registered Democrats, Republican Tim McMenamin is hoping that the third time will be the charm in District 41.

In 2012, Former State Rep. Carolyn Tomei (D-Milwaukie) easily defeated McMenamin in a fairly quiet race in which both candidates raised less than $50,000 each. In 2014, Taylor, a Southeast Portland resident, replaced eight-term incumbent Tomei, who decided not to run for re-election. Taylor won more than 60 percent of the vote in both counties against McMenamin.

Power, 32, is an environmental attorney with the Portland-based river restoration nonprofit The Freshwater Trust and a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to law school, she worked in nonprofit fundraising and community outreach for a foster care youth organization and a capital campaign for Seattle's Museum of History and Industry.

“During my time on City Council, I have learned how much of our local work is heavily influenced and impacted by state-level policies and budget priorities,” Power said. “As a renter and soon-to-be mother, I am running for our district's open House seat to advocate for resources and opportunities that support working families and foster strong, healthy communities here in Oregon.”

Power has been endorsed by Taylor, Tomei, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC, the Oregon Education Association and the four other members of Milwaukie City Council.