We've just received word from the Elections Division: As expected, Senator Frank Shields has withdrawn his candidacy for re-election to State Senate #24.
That leaves Jesse Cornett and Rod Monroe as the only two Democrats in the race.
It appears that Shields had intended to withdraw after the filing deadline in order to ensure a clear path for his friend and housemate Rod Monroe. But word got out early on filing day, and Jesse Cornett filed with only 30 minutes to go. That story is here.
Meanwhile, the hastily-arranged kick-off party for Jesse Cornett for State Senate is scheduled for tonight at 5:30 at Roots Brewing, Oregon's only all-organic brewery. 1520 SE 7th Ave (& Hawthorne), Portland.