The rumor mill is abuzz with the latest Secretary of State candidate. This time it falls on State Senator Rick Metsger (D-Welches). It is hard to gauge because last cycle he flirted with a governor’s run. A Metsger run does have intriguing possibilities. Currently there are two other Democratic Primary Challengers, Sen. Vicki Walker (D-Eugene) and State Senator Kate Brown (D- Portland). Metsger has a starkly better voting record on taxes and small business issues than both Brown and Walker, which might make him appealing to the business community and trade groups which are dying for a more favorable candidate.
A three way could create an interesting split in the primary.
As is commonly known, the next Secretary of State will play a vital role in Oregon’s 10 year re-districting formula. The stakes could not be higher.