Wagner, Black, Wysham chosen as SD19 nominees
Rob Wagner, Claudia Black and Daphne Wysham were chosen on Saturday evening as the Democratic Party of Oregon's three nominees to replace Sen. Richard Devlin, who was recently appointed to serve on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
Wagner lives in Lake Oswego and serves on the Lake Oswego School Board, Black lives in Tualatin and is a former policy advisor to then-Gov. Ted Kulongoski, and Wysham is a longtime environmental advocate who lives in West Linn.
The three applicants emerged from a roster of candidates that also included former State Rep. Greg Macpherson, Tualatin City Council President Joelle Davis, environmental consultant Gerritt Rosenthal and West Linn resident Tim Loun.
Wagner secured the first nomination after three rounds of balloting, and Black was voted into the second nomination spot after another three rounds. Wysham took the third nomination, defeating Macpherson in the second round of balloting.
The final appointee will be chosen by the Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas County Boards of Commissioners at a joint meeting on January 29.
Devlin's term ends at the end of this year, so the SD19 appointee will need to win in the Democratic primary and the general election this year in order to retain the seat beyond 2018.
Look for more coverage of the SD19 convention in next week's issue of The Review.