Comings and goings: SEIU 503, House District 59
SALEM - Even during the Thanksgiving week, Oregon politicos were afoot and on to their next move.
• In an unusual choice for timing, real estate broker Bruce Cuff of Stayton chose the day before Thanksgiving — when thousands of people are on the road — to announce he is a candidate for governor. Cuff, who actually filed for election in late September, issued a news release on his candidacy Wednesday. He is seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democrat Gov. Kate Brown and is running on a pro-life, anti-sanctuary city platform. He also ran for governor in 2016.
• Brian Rudiger, executive director of SEIU 503, will be stepping down and not seeking a second term. Rudiger said he was unable to balance the demands of the job with family obligations. He said he will remain in the position until the union's board of directors selects a successor.
• The Dalles businessman Daniel Bonham has been appointed to succeed former Rep. John Huffman in House District 59. Huffman resigned from his seat to take a federal appointment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bonham, 40, was appointed by a vote of county commissioners from Wasco, Jefferson, Deschutes and Wheeler. The district includes the communities of Culver, Fossil, Madras, Maupin, Metolius, Mitchell, Mosier, Sisters, The Dalles and unincorporated parts of the four counties. Like Huffman, Bonham is a Republican.