The move comes after the previous Secretary of State, former Central Point State Representative Dennis Richardson, passed away February 26th after a battle with cancer.
State law required Governor Brown to select a Republican to replace Secretary Richardson. He was the first Republican elected to the position in more than 30 years.
The governor had indicated she wanted someone in the position who would commit to not running for the position in 2020. Clarno retired from politics approximately 15 years ago.
Before Gov. Brown made the announcement, Oregon’s Republican Party released the names of 5 people it wanted the Governor Brown to consider. Katie Eyre, Bill Kennemer, Gene Whisnant and Lynn Snodgrass all served in the legislature. Debra Royal was Secretary Richardson’s Chief of Staff.
In Oregon, which does not have a Lieutenant Governor like many states, the Secretary of State is first in line to succeed the governor. Then-Secretary of State Kate Brown became governor when Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned amid scandal in 2015.
Governor Brown’s office says Secretary Clarno will take the oath of office over the next several days, and she will be sworn in ceremonially the week of April 1st.
NBC5 News anchor and reporter Kristina Zagame is from Boston, Massachusetts. She comes to us from KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri where she was the evening anchor and executive producer.
Kristina received her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina. She spent a summer interning for an international online magazine in Santiago, Chile. She also covered Hurricane Maria relief efforts in the Virgin Islands.
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