While Salem is setting up the memorial ceremony, however, politicians are scrambling to figure out who will replace the late treasurer. As OPB put it, "The death of Oregon state Treasurer Ben Westlund from lung cancer Sunday morning came at an especially awkward time. " The filing deadline for the treasurer's seat is this Wednesday at 5 PM and suddenly the state is facing an open race.
Carla Axtman at BlueOregon gives a rundown of the scuttlebutt on who might run: Rick Metsger? Steve Novick? Ted Wheeler? Who could fill Westlund's bipartisan shoes?