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Bev Clarno selected to finish term of Oregon secretary of state

SALEM - Gov. Kate Brown has tapped former legislator Bev Clarno to be Oregon’s 37th secretary of state.

The announcement came Friday, just over a month after former Secretary of State Dennis Richardson died.

Clarno will finish Richardson’s term, which will conclude in January 2021.

In filling Richardson’s term, Brown sought a Republican with no intent of running for election in 2020. Brown has said she doesn’t want to give an incumbent bump to anyone running for the office.

A large list was formed after people nominated themselves or others. Oregon Republicans also proposed five candidates. Twenty candidates advanced into an initial round, said Chris Pair, Brown’s communications director.

Brown interviewed three finalists, asking about their “vision for the Office of Secretary of State, their approach to Dennis Richardson’s legacy, management of . . .