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On May 19, voters in Oregon will elect party candidates for the Oregon Secretary of State to proceed to the general election. The Secretary of State is first in the line of succession to the Oregon Governor, as happened in 2015 when Secretary Kate Brown rose to replace Governor John Kitzhaber after his resignation. Jean Atkins was named as interim Secretary for the completion of Secretary Brown’s term. Dennis Richardson was elected in 2017 and the current Secretary, Bev Clarno, was named by Governor Brown to replace him after his death in February of 2019.

The Secretary is responsible for overseeing the Elections Division, the Audits Division, the Corporate Division, the State Archives, the staff within the office of the Secretary of State. The Secretary is one of three members of the State Land Board.

Candidate filing for this primary is open until Tuesday, March 10th. We will invite any late filers. To date, five democratic candidates have filed and one has withdrawn (Oregon Representative Jennifer Williamson). One republican candidate has filed, though another has announced the intention of running. Candidate information is reprinted from their ORESTAR filing:

Dave Stauffer (republican) Securities Analyst for the State of Oregon, Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Finance and Corporate Securities.  Accounting and Business Associate Professor. Retired Attorney at Law.

Shemia Fagan (democratic) State Senator | District 24. Civil-rights attorney | Managing Partner | HKM Employment Attorneys LLP. State Representative | District 51 (2013-2017). Associate Attorney, Ater Wynne LLP (2009-2014)

Mark Hass (democratic) Oregon State senator. State legislator, account manager, journalist.

Jamie E McLeod-Skinner (democratic) Attorney and Natural Resources Consultant. City Manager, Regional Director, Board Member, Senior City Planner, Organizational Effectiveness Management Analyst, Program Manager, Law Clerk, Environmental Planner, Public Works Consultant, Assistant Civil Engineer, Agricultural Engineering Research Assistant, Mediator.

Cameron Smith (democratic) State director. Agency Director, Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. Agency Director, Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Senior Policy Advisor, Governor Kate Brown. Senior Policy Advisor, Governor John Kitzhaber. Senior Policy Advisor, Governor Ted Kulongoski. Captain, United States Marine Corps