His resignation will be effective September 1.
“This has been an incredibly difficult decision. Today, I feel a bittersweet mix of sadness for what I’m leaving behind and excitement for what the future holds in store,” Cannon said in a statement.
“Before anything else, I am a teacher and a father. When I ran for the Legislature in 2006, it was because I hoped to help turn the tide on an education system that was strained to the breaking point. The unfortunate reality is that those strains are even greater today. But with his achievements in the first six months of this year, I believe Governor Kitzhaber has helped create a rare window of opportunity for turning the tide,” Cannon said, adding that “As his Education Policy Advisor, I will be in a position to help ensure that his initiatives are developed with wisdom and implemented for success.”
Under Oregon law, the remainder of Cannon’s term will be filled within 30 days by an appointee of the Multnomah County Commission from a list of nominees supplied by the Democratic Party. Regular primary and general elections will be held in 2012 for the next full term that begins in 2013.
House Democratic Leader and State Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland) said, “Ben Cannon has done remarkable work for his constituents and the people of Oregon. Ben led the House effort this session to update the Bottle Bill. He fought diligently to protect our children from the toxic chemical BPA. As a teacher he has provided a much needed voice advocating for education improvements in Oregon. In his new position, I know he will put the children of Oregon first. We’ll be sorry to lose him from our House Democratic Leadership team, but we’re excited about this new opportunity he has been given.”