Government, politics, Salem

County to fill vacant state senate seats Friday

Washington County Commissioners are meeting virtually Friday, January 14 at 9 a.m. to interview candidates to replace District 16 Sen. Betsy Johnson who resigned Dec. 15 to focus on her run for Oregon's governorship, and at 1:30 p.m. to interview candidates to replace Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) who announced last September he is stepping down after serving seven years in the senate and 13 years overall in the state legislature.

Oregon law dictates that when a state representative resigns their seat – in Riley’s case District 15, contained inside Washington County and encompassing almost all of Hillsboro, as well as Forest Grove, Cornelius, and North Plains – the county commissioners representing that lawmaker’s district are required to fill the position.

In Senate District 16, Johnson's replacement will be appointed by commissioners from all counties Johnson's former district covered, which includes Clatsop, Columbia, Multnomah . . .

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