February 14, 2018 12:00 p.m.
Officials with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office have issued instructions for the Oregon Republican Party to be used for the upcoming vacancy of the seat that has been held by Jeff Kruse in the Oregon State Legislature.
Kruse represents Senate District One and will leave the legislature on March 15th, following his resignation last Thursday. That district includes much of central and southwestern Douglas County, all of Curry County, much of Coos County, northern and western Josephine County and the far northwest area of Jackson County. Since the district covers so many areas, the process for those involved to find a replacement for the Roseburg Republican becomes a bit complex.
GOP officials must nominate no fewer than three and no more than five potential replacements. Those people must have been a Republican for at least 180 days prior to the date of the vacancy, and must have lived in Senate District One for at least one year prior to the date of the appointment.
Once the three to five nominees are chosen, County Commissioners in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties must meet to select one person to fill Kruse’s seat in the legislature.
Under state law, when a vacancy occurs in a legislative district encompassing two or more counties, each county is entitled to one vote for each 1,000 of its electors that lived in the county when the vacancy occurred. Based on the number of registered electors on the date the resignation became binding, each county commissioner is allotted a particular number of votes:
*In Coos County 17,397 voters are in Senate District One so that board gets 17 votes.
*In Curry County there are 16,453 voters so that board receives 16 votes.
*In Douglas County, 47,872 voters are in Senate District One so the board gets 48 votes.
*In Jackson County only 1,082 voters are in Senate District One, meaning that board gets 1 vote.
*In Josephine County, 7,353 voters are in the Senate District One so that board gets 7 votes.
The person selected will only fill the seat for the rest of 2018 according to state law. The remaining two years of the term will be filled in the November 2018 election with the person elected, taking office at the start of 2019.