Sen. Mark Hass earns 'yes' vote for Secretary of State

Sen. Mark Hass's leadership in the Oregon House and Senate has earned him the Portland Tribune's nod in his race for Oregon Secretary of State.

Before we endorse state Sen. Mark Hass as Oregon Secretary of State — and we will — let us first talk about what the three Democratic candidates have in common.

Hass, of Beaverton, state Sen. Shemia Fagan of Happy Valley and Jamie McLeod-Skinner of Terrebonne all would fight for expanding voter participation; for beefed-up election security; for robust audits. All would apply an equity lens to the office. All would be in a position, post the COVID-19 pandemic, to look back at how well or how poorly Oregon responded to the worldwide crisis.