The Post-Session Shuffle

Do you hear that sound? That pitter-patter of feet is what's known as the post-session shuffle, where legislators and staff leave their posts to run for office and work for other organizations, or replace those who left. Here's the list of confirmed and rumored switcheroos:

Reps. Mary Nolan, D-Portland (left), and Brad Witt, D-Clatskanie, are leaving the Oregon House to pursue other elected positions.Oregon House

Rep. Mary Nolan, D-Portland, is running for Portland City Council against Amanda Fritz. Sharon Meieran, a lawyer-turned-emergency room doctor, is thinking about running as a Democrat to replace Nolan.

Rep. Jeff Barker, D-Aloha, says he'll likely retire at the end of his term. No word yet on serious candidates looking to replace him.

The David Wu Dominio Effect

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and Rep. Brad Witt are running against Congressman David Wu in next year's Democratic primary, leaving two open seats.

If Senator Suzanne Bonamici, D-Portland, jumps into the race, there will be a third open seat.

Rumors say Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum, D-SE Portland, who is up for re-election, may leave her seat to run for Avakian's post. Since she is up for re-election in this cycle, her decision could open up another Senate seat. If she aims for higher office, that opens her seat to Reps. Jules Bailey, D-SE Portland, and Carolyn Tomei, D-Milwaukie, or a fresh face.

Paul Evans, former Monmouth mayor and former Governor Ted Kulongoski's military advisor, reportedly is "seriously considering" running for Witt's district. 

Rep. Dave Hunt, D-Gladstone, who recently lost his post as Democrat caucus leader, says he also is considering jumping into the race for Labor Commissioner. Another choice, Hunt says, is to run for chair of the Clackamas County Commission facing Charlotte Lehan.

Staff Changes

Governor Kitzhaber's Legislative Dreictor Brian Shipley left shortly after session ended to take a Director of External Affairs position at Forest Capital Partners. Dmitri Palmateer will replace Shipley in the Governor's office, leaving Senator Jeff Merkley staff where he served as statewide business liaison.

Debbie Koreski who worked for Hunt, is staying on as chief of staff for new House Democratic Leader, Rep. Tina Kotek, D-Portland.