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JOHN DAY — The woman appointed by Gov. Tina Kotek to fill the vacant secretary of state position after the former secretary stepped down in May is a John Day native and the author of a recent series of mystery novels set in Grant County.

As Oregon’s secretary of state, LaVonne Griffin-Valade and her team oversee state elections, the registration of new businesses in Oregon, the Oregon State Archives and performance audits of state agencies. Griffin-Valade said she would remain in the post until the end of 2024, filling out the remainder of the term of the former secretary, Shemia Fagan, who resigned in May after a conflict-of-interest scandal.

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