Senate District 1 Appointment Process

​​​​​​Updated December 23, 2022

Effective January 1, 2023, there will be a vacancy in the office of State Senate District 1 due to the resignation of Senator Dallas Heard.

Below is information on the appointment to fill Senate District 1:

Because Sen. Heard was not up for reelection until 2024, and the district he was elected to in 2020 was impacted by redistricting, there are special considerations for this appointment:

The person selected to fill the vacancy must meet the qualifications of both ORS 171.068 and Oregon Const, Art IV, Sec. 3 (2)(c)​.

In other words, they must be currently registered to vote in a residence that is within the boundaries of the former district AND they must have resided within the current district for a year before the appointment (or since January 1, 2022, if the appointment occurs before January 1).

Next Steps

The Republican Party may nominate no fewer than three and not more than five qualified persons to fill the vacancy. The nominating convention shall be scheduled and conducted according to party rules.

ORS 171.051(2) requires each nominee to be a citizen qualified to hold the office, an elector of Senate District 1 and a member of the Republican Party for 180 days prior to the date of the vacancy. The nominee must be registered to vote in the district from which the former Senator was elected per ORS 171.068(2). In addition, Article IV, section 3 of the Oregon Constitution requires that the appointee shall have been an inhabitant of the district for at least one year prior to the date of the appointment.

It is the responsibility of the Republican Party to ensure that all nominees meet these qualifications and provide a signed “Willingness to Serve” statement to the Secretary of State upon submission of the names.

The Secretary of State shall be notified of the persons nominated not later than January 23, 2023.

Once the three to five nominees are chosen, the Coos, Curry and Douglas County Board of Commissioners must meet to select one person to fill the vacancy. The vacancy must be filled by appointment not later than January 31, 2023.

Additional Information

In accordance with ORS 171.062 and ORS 171.064, 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 or major fraction of 1,000 (more than 500 registered electors, but less than 1,000) residing within the district at the time the vacancy occurred. However, any county having electors in the district shall be entitled to at least one vote. Each county commissioner is allotted the following number of votes:​

​County
​Number of Registered Electors
​Votes per County
​Number of Commissioners
​​Votes per Commissioner

Coos19,465
​19
​3
​6.33
​Curry
​19,298
​19
​3
​6.33
Douglas​
​73,582
​74
​3
​​24.66