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The Latest: Governor names Clarno as secretary of state

March 29, 2019

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Brown’s decision to name a new secretary of state (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

Former Speaker of the House Bev Clarno has been named secretary of state, Oregon’s second-highest office.

Gov. Kate Brown announced the appointment on Friday, and in a statement praised Clarno for her “focus on fiscal responsibility.”

The 83-year-old Clarno, from Redmond, has been a fixture in state politics since 1988. She will succeed the late Dennis Richardson, who died from brain cancer during his term set to end in January 2021.

Clarno has agreed to the governor’s stipulation that she not run for re-election in 2020. She will be sworn in in the coming days

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11:19 a.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said that she has made a decision on the next secretary of state and that she will be making a formal announcement “very soon.”

The governor told reporters on Friday that she “made an offer” to a candidate, without elaborating further. She has committed to choosing a Republican who promises not to seek re-election in 2020.

Brown said she wants the secretary of state to focus on overseeing the election, not on running for office. The position is the state’s second-highest office behind the governor.

The new secretary of state would succeed the late Dennis Richardson, a Republican who was elected to a four-year term in 2016. He died from brain cancer in February.