County commissioners select Dembrow to replace Dingfelder in Senate

Portland, Ore. - Multnomah County Commissioners selected state Rep. Michael Dembrow to replace state Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, who resigned last month to work for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.

Commissioners interviewed three finalists before they made their decision. The runners-up were Enrique Arias and CM Hall.

Dembrow, 62, will represent Senate District 23, which covers parts of east Portland. He did represent House District 45, which includes Northeast Portland.

He was elected to the House in 2008.

According to the county in a news release, Dembrow said he will run in the May primary to fill out Dingfelder's term, which runs through 2016.

Both Dembrow and Dingfelder are Democrats. According to state law, nominations to fill vacancies must be made by the same party.

Dembrow will be sworn in at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Senate chamber in the Capitol, the office of Senate President Peter Courtney said in a statement.

"Michael Dembrow will be an extraordinary state senator," Courtney said in the statement. "He's very versatile. He's talented. He's learned. Much will be expected from him and I know he will deliver. We're ready to get him sworn in and put him to work."

Dembrow teaches English, writing and film studies at Portland Community College's Cascade campus.