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Parrish says 'no thanks' to secretary of state run

STATE REP. JULIE PARRISHState Rep. Julie Parrish of West Linn made it clear Tuesday: She will not seek the Republican nomination for Oregon secretary of state next year.

“I’m taking that off the table right now,” Parrish told reporters.

Parrish says she hopes the clarification will ease the way for lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House to consider ethics and public-records changes she is sponsoring.

The House Rules Committee has rescheduled a hearing on those bills after it substituted a session on a Senate-passed bill requiring criminal background checks for most firearms sales between individuals.

Parrish says she sought to dispel speculation about her political plans, which now likely involve running for a fourth term in the House.

She says her first priority remains qualifying a 2016 ballot initiative to earmark 5 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds for veterans’ programs. It failed to get out of the House two years ago.

Parrish, 40, represents a district that cuts across Clackamas and Washington counties. She is one of the few Republicans to represent a suburban Portland district.

After Democrat Kate Brown succeeded John Kitzhaber as governor Feb. 18, she named Democrat Jeanne Atkins as her successor as secretary of state for the 22 months remaining in Brown’s second term. Atkins has said she will not seek election to a term of her own, so the office is up for grabs in 2016.

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