Rep. Ben Cannon, D-Portland, today announced he would be resigning his seat to become Education Policy Advisor to Governor John Kitzhaber.
Cannon has served part of Northeast Portland in the Oregon House since 2006. He is a private school teacher and said in today's press release he ran for the Legislature because he "hoped to help turn the tide on an education system that was strained to the breaking point." Cannon says he thinks Governor Kitzhaber "has helped create a rare window of opportunity for turning the tide."
Cannon often noted the challenge he faced in balancing his teaching job and family life with legislative duties. He is known as an environmental and education policy champion, and also was one of only two legislators who did not accept campaign contributions from corporate and organizational Political Action Committees.
Cannon will leave his job teaching humanities to middle schoolers at Arbor School of Arts and Sciences to take the full-time position in the Governor's office.
Under state law, the Multnomah County Commission must nominate Cannon's replacement from a list of nominees supplied by the Democratic precinct committee people in his legislative district.