Photo courtesy of the Oregon Legislature
In a 5 January e-mail addressed to fellow senators, Senator Alan Olsen announced that he will resign his office effective Sunday, 10 January 2021, the day before legislators are sworn in to begin the new session. He provided no details behind his decision other than the need to put his family first. He had two years remaining in his term.
County commissioners from Clackamas and Marion counties have until 9 February to select a person to serve the remainder of the term. Republican PCPs in the district will gather to nominate three to five candidates to present to the commissioners. Because there are no Marion County Republican PCPs representing the approximately 60 residents of the small portion of the district that sweeps into the county to reach the city limits of Aurora in Marion County, all of the PCPs will be from Clackamas County and the votes of the Clackamas County commissioners will carry much more weight than those of the three Marion County commissioners. Once the new senator is sworn in, we will provide the individual's profile here.