Virginia Linder, currently on the Oregon Court of Appeals, has been calling friends all day and is telling them that she's considering running for the open seat on the Oregon Supreme Court.
Linder has been on the Court since 1997, and previously served as an Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Solicitor General, and state Solicitor General. Her bio is here.
She's previously been endorsed by Democratic former governor John Kitzhaber and Republican former attorney general Dave Frohnmayer. Her 1998 voter's pamphlet is here.
Gene Hallman, a respected trial lawyer and consumer advocate from Pendleton, has already filed for the race and has been building support across the state.
There seem to be widespread rumors today that Jack Roberts might not run if Linder dives in. Stay tuned.