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Dan Forester, who previously worked at Multnomah County Elections, will now head the Washington County department.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY - Dan Forester, who worked for eight years at the Multnomah County Elections Division, has been selected as the new manager of Washington County Elections. Washington County has a new elections manager for the first time in over three decades.

Dan Forester, a former employee of the Multnomah County Elections Division, has been tapped to replace Mickie Kawai, who has retired from managing the Washington County Elections Division after 35 years.

Forester worked at Multnomah County Elections for eight years, in many different roles, according to a press release from Washington County. He most recently managed a project to improve that elections division calendar and ensure ballot tabulation accuracy.

Forester attended the University of Minnesota-Morris and moved to Oregon in 2000, the release says. Prior to his career in elections, he spent 15 years in magazine publishing as a marketing and circulation manager.

"I am confident in Dan's leadership and with his extensive elections experience and knowledge, that he will continue to uphold the integrity, security and privacy of each election cycle for our thousands of Washington County voters," said Washington County assessment and taxation director Joe Nelson in the press release. "I would also like to congratulate Mickie Kawai for her retirement and successful history in making changes instrumental to the elections process we are so passionate about."

Forester took over in his new role on June 27. His first election at the helm of the Washington County Elections Division will be in November.


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