State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is ineligible to seek re-election in 2016 because it would put him past the constitutional limit of eight elected years in a 12-year cycle.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum released an opinion Monday in response to a request from Secretary of State Kate Brown. Wheeler says he will not challenge that opinion, which is binding on state agencies but could be taken to the courts.
The Oregon Constitution, in a limit dating back to statehood, bars the governor, secretary of state and state treasurer from serving eight years in any 12-year period. The eight years, however, apply only to elected service.
Although two recent secretaries of state have served more than eight years, Wheeler’s case differs because of the circumstances of his appointment.
Read more at the Portland Tribune.