By Reagan Knopp —
Following last week’s loss of Senator Jackie Winters, the first viable candidate for appointment to the Senate seat she previously held has stepped forward.
Dr. Selma Pierce has been a visible leader in Salem which comprises the vast majority of Oregon Senate District 10. In 2018, Pierce was a candidate for State Representative and in 2019 she worked as a legislative aide for Winters.
The Oregon Republican Party will soon announce a gathering of precinct committee persons from Senate District 10. This group will determine a list of three to five candidates. The candidates will appear before a joint meeting of the Marion & Polk County commissions who will interview and select a replacement.
Winters was re-elected by a large margin in 2018, but her passing triggers a special election in November 2020. This out of cycle appointment means that SD 10 voters will elect a Senator in three straight elections: 2018, 2020, and 2022.
Pierce’s full statement can be seen below.