Oregon AG: Treasurer Wheeler can't seek re-election

Oregon AG: Treasurer Wheeler can't seek re-election
Ted Wheeler. KATU News video file image.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's attorney general says state Treasurer Ted Wheeler is not eligible to run for re-election when his term expires after the 2016 election.

The legal opinion issued Monday follows questions about how term limits apply to Wheeler, who became treasurer when his predecessor, Ben Westlund, died in office.

Wheeler was first appointed, then elected to finish the last two years of Westlund's term. He was re-elected in 2012, and when his current term expires will have served six consecutive years.

But Oregon's constitution says the treasurer can serve no more than eight consecutive years. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's opinion says he can't appear on the 2016 ballot because he wouldn't be allowed to serve the entire four-year term.

Wheeler, a Democrat and possible 2018 candidate for governor, says he respects the opinion.

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