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Kulongoski Appoints Dukes

by Staff
Capital Press, November 26, 2004

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced Nov. 22 that he will appoint Sen. Joan Dukes, D-Svensen, to serve on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. If confirmed by the Senate, Dukes will fill the seat on the council currently held by Gene Derfler, whose term expires Jan. 15.

Dukes has served four full terms since being elected to the state Senate in 1986. Her district includes Clatsop, Tillamook and Columbia counties, and portions of Washington and Multnomah counties. She most recently won re-election to her fifth term in 2002. She served as Clatsop County commissioner from 1983 to 1987 and served as the elections supervisor for Clatsop County from 1981 to 1983.

Dukes has served on a variety of boards, commissions and task forces over the years, working on fisheries and transportation issues at the local, county and state levels. She most recently served as chair of the Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force, which brings Western legislators together to work on regional fish issues.

Upon senate confirmation, Dukes will resign from her Senate seat. County commissioners from her district will choose a successor.

From Fishletter #189

Joan Dukes Named New Power Council Member from Oregon

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has named fellow Democrat and long-time state senator Joan Dukes as one of the state's two representatives to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

Dukes lives near Astoria and has served in the state senate for 18 years, working on education, transportation fisheries and fishery issues. She recently directed a Western states' task force to bring legislators together to discuss fisheries issues.

If confirmed by the state senate, Dukes will begin her Council term in January, replacing Gene Derfler, whose public flaps with Kulongoski's staff over fish and spill issues had often put him at odds with Oregon's other member, attorney Melinda Eden of Milton-Freewater. Derfler had told NW Fishletter recently that he had received word that he would not be reappointed.

Kulongoski Appoints Dukes
Capital Press, November 26, 2004

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