Boring community leader seeks state senate appointment
On the heels of Sen. Alan Olsen's resignation, Steve Bates has announced that he will seek appointment to the Oregon Senate District 20 seat.
Olsen, who was first elected in 2011, plans to move to Indiana to care for family members and resigned on Monday, Jan. 11. Senate District 20 includes Estacada, Eagle Creek, Boring, Redland, Mulino, Oregon City, Canby, Barlow, Charbonneau and Aurora.
Per state law, Clackamas County and Marion County commissioners will appoint another Republican to fill Olsen's position. Commissioners must replace a resigning state legislator with another member of the same political party within 30 days of leaving office. During the 2022 election, constituents will elect someone to a four-year term.
Bates, a longtime community leader in Boring, is the former chair of the Boring Community Planning Organization, founder of the Boring Oregon Foundation and chief sponsor of the annual Boring and Dull Day. He is the founder of Oregon Fire Equipment Company and Stephen L. Bates Enterprises.
"I worked with Senator Olsen on several projects and we were successful with the exception of increasing the property tax exemption for our wounded warriors and their widows," he said, adding that Olsen served his constituents "with distinction."
For the past several years, Bates has advocated for the community of Boring and veterans at the state legislature. At his request, 17 pieces of legislation have been introduced.
"I have developed relationships at the Capitol through the years and I look forward to expanding those relationships and adding to them," Bates said.
If appointed, Bates said he will continue advocating for veterans, support efforts to reclaim and activate the Willamette Falls Locks to create a navigable waterway from Portland to Salem and assist in recovery from the 2020 wildfires.
"Through the years, it has been my privilege to advocate for my community. It would be my honor to represent and advocate for my hometown and Clackamas County as the next senator to represent Senate District 20," Bates said.
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