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  [OR] Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner resigns to take DC job
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Last EditedWesternDem  Mar 12, 2008 04:35pm
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News DateWednesday, March 12, 2008 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn a statement released this morning, Dan Gardner announced his resignation as Labor Commissioner:

Dan Gardner, Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, today announced that he will be resigning his post, effective April 7, 2008. Gardner was first elected to the statewide office in 2002, and he took office in January 2003. He was reelected in 2006 with no opposition. A third-generation journeyman electrician, Gardner has accepted a legislative policy position with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, D.C.
"This was an opportunity I could not pass up," said Gardner. "I'm returning to my roots as an advocate for working people and their families and I truly look forward to the challenge. " Gardner said the decision to resign mid-term was a difficult one and he will miss the Bureau's dedicated staff.

What next? According to Jeff Mapes:

Gardner's decision means that Gov. Ted Kulongoski will be able to appoint his replacement. We'll see if the governor goes into the ranks of the Legislature or other political office to vault a politician into statewide office - or whether he goes more for a professional bureaucrat. The office will be on the November election ballot.
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