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Press Release: August 3, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber sets special election to fill First Congressional District seat

Secretary of State to detail election process

(SALEM, Ore.) — Governor Kitzhaber today set a special election to replace Congressman David Wu after receiving a letter of resignation from the representative of Oregon’s First Congressional District.  A special primary election will be held on November 8, 2011 and a special general election will be held on January 31, 2012.  The Secretary of State’s Office will be releasing details of the special election process.
“I have received a letter of resignation from Congressman David Wu and am working with the Secretary of State's office on a special election process,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Holding both a primary and general election allows the voters of the First Congressional District full participation in selecting a replacement.”
State law mandates that a primary election be used to select Republican and Democratic nominees because the January 31, 2012 general election is more than 80 days after Rep. Wu’s August 3, 2011 resignation date. 

Media Contacts:
Christine Miles, 503-559-8795
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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