According to a statement today, State Senator Charlie Ringo will decline to run for re-election.
Ringo represents parts of Washington County, and his 2002 campaign against right-winger Bill Witt was one of the hardest-fought and most-expensive legislative campaigns in state history.
Ringo said that he wants to devote time to his family: “My boys are 6 and 7 years old. I want to spend more time with them hiking, camping, and fishing. Reese and Joseph deserve a full-time father who spends more time with them on the Pacific Crest Trail than on the campaign trail.” ...
As a former Chair of the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Ringo brought a wealth of environmental experience to the Legislature, where he pushed for greater protections for Oregon’s rivers and forests. He also worked to craft a compromise bill to address the land use issues raised by Measure 37. ...
Will the Senate Dems find a candidate to replace him?
Does control of the State Senate hang in the balance?
What will Ringo's absence mean for issues he worked on - environment, school funding, nonpartisan legislature?