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Republican Richardson Breaks Democratic Dominance Of Oregon Offices

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Statesman Journal
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Dennis Richardson has become the first Republican voted to statewide office in Oregon in 14 years. Democrats held onto the governor’s mansion, Attorney General, and State Treasurer.

But not Secretary of State. Dennis Richardson learned he won that race as he was preparing to leave the stage at the Salem Convention Center.

Richardson: “Alright. What they said is The Oregonian has called it for us. That according to them, I will be the next Secretary of State for Oregon.”

Richardson’s opponent, Democratic labor commissioner, Brad Avakian, conceded late last night.

Richardson ran on a platform of focusing on improving the performance of state agencies, through the Secretary’s auditing function. He prioritized being non-partisan in the job.

Avakian campaigned on getting voter education into public schools and extending audits to include businesses that contract with the state.

Rob Manning has been both a reporter and an on-air host at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Before that, he filled both roles with local community station KBOO and nationally with Free Speech Radio News. He's also published freelance print stories with Portland's alternative weekly newspaper Willamette Week and Planning Magazine. In 2007, Rob received two awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists, and he was part of the award-winning team responsible for OPB's "Hunger Series." His current beats range from education to the environment, sports to land-use planning, politics to housing.
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