Washington County Democrats to host online forum
Washington County Democrats scrapped plans for a candidates' forum in King City that would have been held this coming Saturday, April 18, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But the local chapter of the Democratic Party will instead host an online-only forum with the three Democrats running for Oregon secretary of state, it announced.
The forum will be streamed live at 2 p.m. Saturday. More information is available on the Washington County Democrats' website.
State Sens. Shemia Fagan of Portland and Mark Hass of Beaverton are running for the statewide office, as is Jamie McLeod-Skinner of Terrebonne, a Jefferson County Education Service District board member who ran unsuccessfully for Congress two years ago.
"The Secretary of State is the only statewide elected office currently held by a Republican, so Democratic Party members are very interested in nominating a qualified candidate who will win back the office for our values of transparency and efficient government as we enter a census year," the Washington County Democrats website notes.
Bev Clarno, a former Republican state legislator, currently serves as secretary of state. Clarno was appointed last year after incumbent Dennis Richardson died.
Clarno is not running for a full term in 2020. Her former deputy secretary of state, Rich Vial of Scholls, has announced he will seek the Independent Party of Oregon's nomination.
State Sen. Kim Thatcher of Keizer, whose sprawling Senate district takes in parts of Hillsboro and Tigard as well as King City, Sherwood and Wilsonville, is running on the Republican side. She is joined in the Republican primary by Portland engineer and perennial candidate Dave Stauffer, who has previously run for governor as both a Republican and a a Democrat.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to note Jamie McLeod-Skinner's elected office.
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