REDMOND, OR -- Governor Kate Brown has appointed a former state legislator from Redmond to Secretary of State. Bev Clarno served as Speaker of the House, Senate Republican Leader and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the regional office of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Brown says Clarno’s experience as a lawmaker and manager of a large government organization gives her the skills to oversee the Secretary of State’s Office. Clarno says there isn’t a Republican or Democrat way to oversee elections or state audits - only the honest way.
Clarno replaces Dennis Richardson, who died earlier this year from brain cancer. Brown said she wanted someone to oversee the office, but wouldn't run to become Secretary of State in 2020. Clarno was not one of the nominees submitted by the Oregon Republican Party. Following Governor Brown's announcement, House Republican Leader Rep. Carl Wilson (R-Grants Pass) issued the following statement:
“The House Republicans congratulate Bev Clarno on her appointment as Secretary of State. Bev has been a tremendous example to all women in politics and especially those who followed her career in chamber leadership. We are fortunate once again to benefit from her vast experience and common sense. Her distinguished career as a public servant in Oregon will be invaluable to all Oregonians.”