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Clarno tries again to retire after stint as Oregon secretary of state

Bev Clarno retired in January 2021 after serving as Oregon secretary of state. She is the last Republican to hold statewide office. (Oregon Secretary of State's Office photo)

SALEM – Bev Clarno, the last Republican to hold statewide office in Oregon as the new year dawned, said the imbalance in political power in the state is leaving many Oregonians frustrated.

The veteran Oregon politician finished her term as secretary of state, succeeded on Jan. 3 by Shemia Fagan. Her departure leaves Democrats holding all top state offices and controlling both the Senate and House.

In an interview, Clarno noted that single-party control isn’t good for citizens or the public, She said the frustration of those who feel left out was on display last week in the insurrection at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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