By Reagan Knopp —
Yesterday, State Representative Denyc Boles announced on Twitter her intention to seek the appointment to Oregon Senate District 10.
The seat was represented by Jackie Winters for the last 16 years. Winters passed away last week while fighting cancer.
“I can bring the kind of grassroots, community activism we will need to keep this seat. If you want a job done right, sometimes you simply need to do it yourself.” said Boles.
Boles currently represents House District 19 which includes parts of South Salem, East Salem and Turner.
“I believe strongly we need to fight hard for the working families in our community and represent common sense values in the legislature and in all levels of government in our community.”
Boles emphasized that she put her name forward to allow PCPs and county commissioners to have choices in the appointment process.
Dr. Selma Pierce announced her candidacy yesterday. Polk County GOP Chair Kevin Chambers is also expected to compete for the appointment.
State law makes The Oregon Republican Party responsible for convening a meeting of Precinct Committee Persons residing within Senate District 10 within 20 days of the vacancy. They will choose a slate of 3-5 candidate. That list is then forwarded to the Secretary of State. Votes are weighted based on the number of PCPs in attendance and the number of Republican voters in the precinct.
The Secretary of State is then responsible to organize a joint meeting of Marion and Polk County commissions. They will interview and select a candidate from that list within ten days of the convention.
“I challenge anyone to out fight or out work me for the people in SD 10.” Boles concluded.