In the growing scrum to replace freshly-minted state senator Chip Shields in the Oregon House, Lew Frederick can claim one big endorsement: Senator Chip Shields himself.
From the statement (not online yet):
Today State Senator and former Representative Chip Shields endorsed Lew Frederick for appointment to fill his unexpired term in the State House of Representatives.
“I am impressed that Lew really knows our District and its people. He has campaigned in it for years, and talked to thousands of our neighbors in his run for County Commissioner. The district also knows him, and he carried it in his County race.”
Shields also cited Frederick’s experience on the State Board of Education: “His knowledge of statewide education issues is extensive, and he will be an asset to the House and to the caucus as we grapple with complicated education issues.”
“Lew has the life experience, the knowledge and the preparation to jump in right away. With a special session coming in February, that readiness is crucial.”
Frederick thanked Shields for the vote of confidence: “This endorsement means a lot to me because I have seen how Chip studies his decisions. I look forward to serving with him in the Oregon Legislature, and collaborating in representing North and Northeast Portland.
The Democratic Party precinct committee people will meet on October 14 to select 3-5 nominees. Within ten days of their selection, Multnomah County Commissioners will select the new State Representative.
In addition to Lew Frederick, candidates include Karol Collymore, Eddie Lincoln, Catherine Thomasson, and Steve Adamson. Previously, we've posted candidate statements from Lew, Eddie, and Karol (for the SD-22 appointment.) We'll have statements from Adamson and Thomasson in the next 48 hours. (If I've left someone out, please post a comment!)