- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - State Sen. Richard Devlin is running for Oregon secretary of state.

The Democrat from Tualatin announced his plans in a news release on Thursday.

As co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, Devlin plays a key role in crafting the state budget. Before joining the Legislature in 1997, he was a member of the Tualatin City Council and the Metro Council, the Portland area’s regional government.

Devlin is likely to face a crowded field of Democrats. State Rep. Val Hoyle and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian are also likely to run for secretary of state.

Current Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins was appointed in March to replace Kate Brown, who became governor after John Kitzhaber’s resignation. Atkins has said she won’t run for the office.

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