The Boards of Commissioners from Multnomah and Washington Counties, meeting jointly, have just appointed former representative Mark Hass to represent District 14 in the Oregon Senate. Hass will serve out the remaining term of former senator Ryan Deckert, who is now president of the centrist Oregon Business Association. Hass has also filed his candidacy for the Oregon Senate in the 2008 primary election.
Hass and 3 other candidates for the seat had been nominated by a Democratic Party convention representing area Democrats. The other candidates were Mike Bohan, Beaverton City Councilor Betty Bode, and Shantu Shah.
No word yet on how close the vote was to appoint Hass over the other three.
UPDATE: Kathleen Gorman of the Oregonian has a detailed rundown of the selection process, including the vote count:
Eight of the 10 commissioners voted for Hass during a 2 1/2-hour meeting at Beaverton City Hall. Washington County Commissioner Desari Strader abstained, citing her displeasure with the Legislature usurping local control on various issues. Multnomah County Commissioner Lonnie Roberts was absent.
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“I think you have the experience and that experience is going to speak volumes in the state,” Washington County Commissioner Roy Rogers told Hass.
“In this particular case, experience matters,” Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler said by conference call before casting his vote.
For more background, see these previous Boundary posts:
- Commissioners Will Pick New Senator Nov. 20
- For Democrats, Hass Top Pick to Replace Deckert
- Date Set for Democrats to Replace Deckert
- SD 14: Return of the Hass, or a New Hope?