PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four people are vying to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Diego Hernandez, who is resigning later this month from the state House of Representatives after women accused him of harassment.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the four are: Robin Castro, who ran for Portland City Council in 2020; Adrienne Enghouse, a nurse who also tried to fill the seat in the senate vacated by now Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, Cayle Tern, who works in human services, and Andrea Valderrama, a policy director for ACLU of Oregon.
Precinct committee people will vote on the candidates and ballots will be tabulated on March 15. The results will be sent to Multnomah County commissioners, who will pick the person selected to fill out the remainder of Hernandez’s term for House District 47.
Last month a panel of lawmakers determined Hernandez created a hostile work environment for three women.
The third-term Democratic lawmaker, once considered a rising star of his party, had faced allegations of harassment for months. After an independent investigation, members of the House Conduct Committee determined he harassed and created a hostile workplace at the state Capitol for the three women.