Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s decision to step down drew the approval of a vast majority of Pamplin Media Group readers in an unscientific survey.

Following this week’s major political bombshell — Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s resignation under fire — readers were asked if they thought she made the right decision.

Fagan’s resignation on Tuesday came after less than a week of whirlwind news, including that she had accepted a consulting contract with a well-connected cannabis company that had been a major contributor to her political campaign, and also while her audit division was looking into regulations of the pot industry. In a matter of only a few days, Fagan went from denying there was a conflict, to apologizing for the conflict, to resigning over the conflict.

Dana Haynes is Editor-In-Chief at Pamplin Media Group.

Editor in Chief

“My wife, Katy, and I live in the heart of Portland and wouldn’t have it any other way. I started journalism in high school, then at Clackamas Community College and Lewis & Clark College, and my first job after graduation was with the West Linn Tidings. I’ve spent more than 25 years in Oregon newspaper newsrooms, dailies and weeklies, and I love what I do. This is such a great city, and it’s an honor to cover it in all its wholeness and complexity.”

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