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Kotek Appoints Secretary Of State

(Salem, OR) -- Governor Tina Kotek has appointed LaVonne Griffin-Valade to serve as Oregon's Secretary of State. She replaces Shemia Fagan who resigned over a scandal involving her work as a consultant for a marijuana business while the Secretary of State's office audited the marijuana industry. Griffin-Valade has worked as a government performance auditor for over 16 years, including Portland's auditor from 2009 through 2014. She will serve the remaining 18 months of the current term and will be sworn in June 30th in Salem.

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