March 22, 2012
Judge rules in favor of Secretary of State Kate Brown
Election for Oregon's Commissioner of Labor and Industries in November
In his ruling this afternoon, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Steven Price agreed with the Election Division’s implementation of the statutes governing the BOLI commissioner election in 2012. The law is clear, and was voted on by the legislature in 2009. The election will occur in November for a two-year term.
Judge Price ruled that absent an election in November the statute enacted by the legislature would be meaningless.
For the Secretary of State’s office, this was an issue of election law, not politics. I appreciate the timely judicial review and am pleased that it ultimately showed that our Election’s Division acted in accordance with the law and in the best interest of Oregon’s voters.
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