House Passes Bill Suspending Measure 57's Mandatory Sentences, Saving $$

The Oregon House today passed a bill aimed at resoling the dispute over funding Measure 57 and releasing prisoners to close the state budget gap. Rep. Chip Shields (D-Portland) crafted a compromise measure he says will "keep faith with the voters" who passed Measure 57 last fall. The measure includes stiffer sentences for some property crimes and calls for more drug treatment. Measure 57 ...   More
Friday, June 26, 2009 Katie Litvin

Rep. Chip Shields Wants Sen. Margaret Carter's Seat in Salem

We've noted before the remarkable ambition of state Rep. Chip Shields (D-North/Northeast Portland). So it came as little surprise when Shields this morning rushed to claim the seat of departing state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-North/Northeast Portland) before her seat even got cold. Carter, the first African-American woman elected to the Oregon Legislature, announced over the weekend she's leaving ...   More
Monday, August 17, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Margaret Carter's Senate Seat: Tina Kotek Is Not Interested

State Rep. Tina Kotek (D-North/Northeast Portland) said this afternoon she's not interested in making a bid to replace Sen. Margaret Carter, who's leaving the Legislature after 25 years for a job at the state Department of Human Services. "I feel like I can do more good for my constituents if I stay where I am in the House instead of starting over in the Senate," Kotek says, noting her role ...   More
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Add Fred Stewart to The Growing List Interested in Margaret Carter's Senate Seat

The list of candidates interested in the appointment to replace state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-Portland) got longer today when former City Council candidate Fred Stewart said he's running for the job representing Senate District 22. Stewart, the 44-year-old president and CEO of Stewart Group Realty as well as the former longtime head of the King Neighborhood Association, says he respects the ...   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 HANK STERN

More Dominoes in The Race to Replace Sen. Margaret Carter

State Rep. Chip Shields (D-Portland) has a lot of competition in his bid for the appointment to replace state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-Portland), whose resignation to accept a state job takes effect this week. But if Shields does get bumped up to represent Senate District 22, there will be a domino effect on local Democratic Party politics since his seat in House District 43 would then come up ...   More
Monday, August 24, 2009 HANK STERN

One More Candidate Surfaces in Senate District 22

One more ex-pol has surfaced as a candidate to replace state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-Portland) in Senate District 22. The newest contender is former state Rep. Gary Hansen, whose political history includes stints on the Metro Council and the Multnomah County Board of Commisssioners. "If appointed, I could step in without a learning curve," said Hansen, a 65-year-old Democrat who ran unsuccessfully ...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 HANK STERN

And The New Senator From District 22 is ...

state Rep. Chip Shields (D-Portland). Shields won the promotion today from the House to the Senate when the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to appoint him to replace Margaret Carter, who stepped down last month to take a state job. "What I'm hopeful to deliver is real results right away for Senate District 22 particularly with the critical February session just over the ...   More
Thursday, September 24, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

And Then Were Three: The Finalists To Replace Margaret Carter

Multnomah County Democrats have chosen three candidates as contenders to replace former state Sen. Margaret Carter, who left office last month to take a state job. The three people forwarded last night by a meeting of county Democrats for the county Board of Commissioners to consider next week as the new senator in Senate District 22 are state Rep. Chip Shields; former state Rep. Jo Ann Bowman; ...   More
Friday, September 18, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Big-Name Black Leaders Endorse Roberta Phillip for Senate District 22

A small group of prominent African-American leaders has endorsed a relative political unknown as their choice among the Democrats seeking to replace state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-North/Northeast Portland). The endorsement from this group is especially intriguing since a large part of the conversation about Carter's replacement has turned on the question of race. Carter was the only African-American ...   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

The Three Finalists in Oregon House District 43

The Multnomah County Democrats have selected Lew Frederick (photo above) , Karol Collymore and Eddie Lincoln as final candidates for the vacant District 43 seat in the Oregon House. The vacancy is the result of former Rep. Chip Shields' appointment to the Oregon state Senate.Seventy-nine precinct committee persons voted tonight to send the trio pf candidates in front of the Multnomah County Board ...   More
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL


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