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Secretary of state candidate forum to be held next month in Lake Oswego

Tualatin's Richard Devlin among candidates invited to speak by Democratic group

Richard Devlin.Democratic candidates for Oregon secretary of state will appear at a forum in Lake Oswego on Nov. 18.

State Sen. Richard Devlin of Tualatin is among the major declared candidates. The Democratic field is rounded out by former House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, who lives in Eugene, and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, who lives in Beaverton. All three candidates have been invited to speak at the forum.

The two-hour forum is being hosted by the Willamette Women Democrats. It will begin at 4 p.m. at the Oswego Lake Country Club, located at 20 Iron Mountain Blvd., Lake Oswego. Light refreshments will be served.

Members of the public are invited to attend the forum. The cost to attend is $20, or $15 for members of the Willamette Women Democrats.

The group is asking anyone who wishes to attend to RSVP by noon Nov. 16. To register, visit its website or call 503-656-4445.

On the Republican side, two candidates have declared their candidacy for secretary of state: former state Rep. Dennis Richardson, who ran unsuccessfully last year for governor, and Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken.

The secretary of state is Oregon's chief elections and audits officer, as well as the person first in line to the governorship. The current secretary of state, Jeanne P. Atkins, was appointed by Gov. Kate Brown after Brown became governor upon the resignation of John Kitzhaber.

Atkins, a Democrat, is not running for a full term next year.