- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon state Sen. Chip Shields says he won’t run for re-election.

The Portland Democrat announced his decision on Friday.

Shields says in an email to his supporters that it’s time to step aside after 10 years in the Legislature. He says he’ll devote more time to his position on the board of the Oregon Foster Parent Association.

Shields is known as one of the Senate’s most liberal members and for bills targeting insurance companies.

He was the subject of an ethics complaint earlier this year after he asked Rep. Lew Frederick to introduce a bill that may have benefited his family’s business. A Senate disciplinary committee dismissed the complaint filed by the Oregon Republican Party.

Shields’ decision opens the door for a contentious Democratic primary in the North Portland district.

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