Democratic precinct committee persons announced Monday three possible candidates to replace Rep. Diego Hernandez; the woman who had a long history with the embattled lawmaker was their top choice to replace him.
Hernandez’s resignation went into effect Monday. The three people selected to replace him in ranked order are: Andrea Valderrama, a policy director for ACLU of Oregon; Adrienne Enghouse, a nurse who also tried to fill the seat in the senate vacated by now Secretary of State Shemia Fagan; and Robin Castro, who ran for Portland City Council in 2020.
Valderrama is perhaps the most familiar name. She has a long history with Rep. Hernandez, having filed a restraining order against him in Multnomah County Circuit Court last year, reported by Willamette Week.
Multnomah County commissioners will pick one of three Democratic finalists later this month for appointment to an East Portland state House seat.
After months of harassment allegations, followed by an investigation into wrongdoing, a week of public emotional legislative hearings, a lawsuit and finally, the threat of becoming the first person to be expelled from the state Legislature, embattled Democratic lawmaker Hernandez resigned from the state Legislature last month.