SALEM, OR -- Former State Representative Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) is among a short list of nominees being considered for Oregon Secretary of State. Following the death of Dennis Richardson, Governor Brown asked the Republican Party to submit a list of possible replacements, with the stipulation that the interim Secretary of State agree not to run for the office in 2020.
Whisnant served eight terms as Oregon’s District 53 State Representative. He retired when Jack Zika was sworn in, in January. Whisnant would not comment on the nomination, saying it's too soon after Richardson's passing.
Also being considered to fulfill the remainder of Richardson's term: Former lawmakers Katie Eyre, Bill Kennemer and Lynn Snodgrass, as well as Chief of Staff for Secretary Richardson, Debra Royal. The Oregon Republican Executive Committee says they're confident any of the five would fulfill Richardson's promise of ensuring fair elections and holding state government financially and managerially accountable. Click HERE to read more about the committee's decision.