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Governor Kitzhaber Statement on the Pending Vacancy in the First Congressional District


Location: Salem, OR

Governor Kitzhaber issued the following statement today regarding Congressman David Wu's announcement of his intention to resign his seat in Congress.

"With Congressman Wu's announcement this morning that he intends to resign after the debt-ceiling issue is resolved, many Oregonians -- particularly those in the 1st Congressional District -- want to know what will happen with his seat. I want a fair process that will include as many Oregonians as possible to ensure that the people in the 1st Congressional District have adequate representation in Washington, DC. But to do that, I must first have Congressman Wu's official resignation, which I have not yet received. Once that is in hand, I intend to call for a special election to elect a Representative to Oregon's 1st Congressional District, with sufficient time for the Secretary of State to call a special primary."

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