OR gov sets Jan. 31 general election to replace Wu



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has scheduled a special election to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. David Wu, who resigned late Wednesday.

Party members will choose their candidates in a Nov. 8 primary election, and the nominees will face off in a general election Jan. 31.

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state Rep. Brad Witt are seeking the Democratic nomination. Sports-business consultant Rob Cornilles is running for the Republican nod.

Wu already had announced his intention to resign after The Oregonian published allegations that he had an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman. In May, the woman left a voice mail message about the encounter at Wu’s Portland office. She has not pursued criminal charges.

Wu made his resignation official in a handwritten letter to Kitzhaber, sent late Wednesday night.