Three newcomers square off in labor commissioner race

By Stephen Hamway, The Bend Bulletin After longtime Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian declared he will not run again in 2018, the position is open to a slate of three newcomers. Jack Howard, Val Hoyle and Lou Ogden will face off in the primary election for the nonpartisan position May 15. […]

Val Hoyle all but locks up Oregon labor commissioner race

By Gordon R. Friedman, The Oregonian/OregonLive Former Democratic House Majority Leader Val Hoyle has positioned herself as all but certain to win one of Oregon’s top political offices half a year before the election is held. Hoyle, 53, so far has only nominal opposition in the run-up to the 2018 race for commissioner of the Bureau […]

Brad Avakian, Oregon labor bureau chief, will not seek re-election

By Gordon R. Friedman gfriedman@oregonian.com The Oregonian/OregonLive Brad Avakian, Oregon’s labor commissioner and a regular in state politics for two decades, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election and will step down when his term ends in January 2019. By declining to run for another term, the 56-year-old Democrat leaves a second of Oregon’s five […]