On the Ballot — May 2022

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The Oregon Republican Party is alive and rarin' to kick some Democrat butts out of office in November 2022. Hammered by diktats from the term-limited governor and super-majorities in both chambers of the legislature, Oregon and Marion County Republicans are redoubling their efforts to save the state from the black hole of Democrat rule. Oregonians are awakening to the terror of Democrat overreach as the state's former glory of a vibrant economy fueled by verdant forests and open spaces gets destroyed through malicious legislation and rules.

First, though, comes the May elections — partisan Primary and non-partisan. As Marion County Republicans work our way through campaigns to support and endorse those we believe to be the best candidates to carry the Republican brand into the general election in November 2022, we will post to this page the reasons why you should vote for them. Watch for announcements of events where you can meet and chat with our candidates on our Events page. A new feature this year is a news roll where candidates can post news articles and published opinion pieces so that you can learn more about their campaigns and perspectives on issues.

U.S. Senate

Oregon's senior member of the U.S. Senate lives in New York City, New York. 'Nuff said.

Darin HarbickHaving succeeded at business, Darin Harbick initially focused his attention on the Governor's office as his means of giving back to the State of Oregon. When that field was quickly overwhelmed with candidates, making it nearly impossible to raise his voice above the din, he accepted the sage advice of friends to look east . . . like D.C. Living in the Cascade foothills east of Springfield, he has a personal connection to the central federal issue impacting Oregon: mismanaged Federal forestland is in his back yard. As a business owner, he also experiences the devastating effects of bad immigration policy. Dealing with these and other issues is much more than an academic exercise.

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Sam PalmerCiting his "River Democracy Act" as the final straw, Sam Palmer determined to oust New York state's third senator. Rather than locking up thousands of square miles of prime forest and range lands and violating private property rights as Sen. Wyden proposes, Sam understands that the key to Oregon's future is to properly manage our bountiful natural resources. As a Grant County Commissioner, owner of a small, but successful logging company, and hospital nurse focused on surgery and oncology, Sam has the background and leadership experience upon which to build successful service to Oregon in the U.S. Senate.

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U.S. House, CD 5

Try as one might, it is difficult to figure out Oregon's 5th Congressional District. So much seems to favor Republicans yet time after time district voters send a Democrat incumbent back to D.C. Maybe it's just to keep one out of our hair. The incumbent is seeking his seventh term in Congress. Redistricting has completely recast the district, removing the most liberal elements in Multnomah and Clackamas counties but pushing the boundary eastward to encompass Bend. Several analyses conclude the district now ever so slightly favors the Republican candidate.

Jimmy CrumpackerHis forebears came to Oregon in 1850. He was raised in Portland. After graduating from Georgetown University, he made his way to Wall Street to be an investor in energy. He brought that back home and established his own investment company specializing in the energy sector. Jimmy Crumpacker is not afraid to call himself a capitalist and outsider. He recognizes that government regulation and mismanagement are killing our economy, natural resources, and personal and national independence. In Congress he will strive to move policy to ensure opportunities for good jobs reach rural Oregonians while reducing the size and scope of government. 

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Lori Chavez-DeRemerManaging the medical services business she and her physician husband founded and raising twin daughters led Lori Chavez-DeRemer on a path to expanding public service. In 2002 she earned a place on the city of Happy Valley's Parks Committee. That whetted her appetite to run for and win election to the City Council. Following her turn as Council President, she won election as Happy Valley's first Latina mayor in 2010, serving two terms through 2018. Although unsuccessful in her bid for a seat in the Oregon legislature, with much of the campaign structure still in place, she is well-positioned for this run for Congress.

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Laurel RosesHailing from the Clackamas County hamlet of Mulino, Laurel Roses epitomizes the rural heart of CD 5. She has lived her entire life in Clackamas County, graduating from Sam Barlow High School (Gresham) in 1978. Shortly after graduation she married her husband, Dave, also a life-long Clackamas County resident. Together they own and operate Dave Roses Trucking. She was a driver in convincing Mulino-area residents to incorporate as a hamlet in 2007, becoming the third such community in Oregon. Noting that the federal government owns/controls 53% of the land within the state, a primary goal she is setting for her service in Congress is to return those lands to Oregon.

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U.S. House, CD 6

Oregon's newest congressional district serves the northern portion of the Willamette Valley. It encompasses Yamhill and Polk counties while essentially following I-5 and/or 99E from Beaverton in the north through Washington, Clackamas, and Marion counties to Linn County in the south. In addition to Salem and Keizer, Marion County cities of Woodburn, Turner, and Jefferson are in the new district. The district is as pure a toss-up as there can be in Oregon when considering simply political party registration.

Amy Ryan CourserIn 2020, Marion County Republican Amy Ryan Courser set her eyes on retiring U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader. By winning four of the seven counties contained in the district, she came closer than anyone since 1994. She did not stop reaching for that goal. She has spent the last year and a half strengthening contacts in the Valley and in DC. With her home in Keizer drawn into the new congressional district with no incumbent, she is set to play a strong hand in May. "I will always advocate for Oregonians who work hard and feel their voice is not heard, especially in regard to protecting our seniors and veterans."

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Rep. Ron NobleRep. Ron Noble was first elected to the state legislature in 2016 to represent House District 24, a central portion of the new 6th Congressional District. Although his district leans Democrat, he has won each election by double digits without compromising his conservative values. He recently retired from a 28-year career in law enforcement that included eight years as McMinnville Police Chief. With a history of distinguished public service, Noble looks forward to the opportunity to continue serving and protecting the residents of CD 6. "In Congress, I'll work to make government better, not bigger, and focus on the issues that really matter to Oregonians...".

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Dr. Angela PlowheadMarion County Republican Dr. Angela Plowhead was the first person to announce a bid for the new seat. Even before the shape and location of the district were finalized, she announced her intention to seek election and received the support of Marion County Republicans. Through her clinical psychology practice based in Salem, she has clients and contacts throughout Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Clackamas, and Washington counties that comprise the district. As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she vows, "America's global strength must be trusted by our friends and respected by our foes. As a veteran, I will respect our men and women in uniform."

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As she nears the end of her final term, Gov. Kate Brown faces an electorate deeply angry with the abject failure of her administration. Toilet "humor" epitomizes the commentary read on social media. Many within her own Party dislike her and seek to distance themselve from her. One even left the party in order to mount a non-affiliated campaign (yet still a Democrat). Republicans are ready to replace the person at the top.

Bridget BartonWhile casting herself as a "relentlessly optimistic outsider", Bridget Barton is not entering her first political rodeo. She landed in Oregon from Virginia, where she graduated with a degree in philosophy from the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA)  and credentialed to teach secondary-level students. Here she immersed herself in charter schools, advocating for their introduction and expansion in order to offer parents an alternative to what she termed "big box" education. In 1997 she began publishing the Brainstorm NW print magazine, now distributed digitally as the Oregon Transformation Newsletter.

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Kerry McQuistenCommon Sense. Conservative. Grassroots. Kerry McQuisten is a seventh generation Oregonian who currently serves as Mayor of Baker City. In that role, she authored the "Common Sense Sanctuary City" resolution that gained national media attention and led to the formation of a coalition of cities and counties across Oregon who stood up to Kate Brown's mandates. She is a business owner, owning and operating a publishing company she started from the ground up in 2007. She is definitely not a politician or a perennial candidate. McQuisten was raised on a cattle ranch in Baker County, and has a particularly strong natural resources background.

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Marc ThielmanWhen he announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Governor, Marc Thielman says his "entire family stood in disbelief". It's not like he isn't busy enough as superintendent of Alsea Public School District — the ONLY school district in the state that did not close down during the state of emergency. Student enrollment grew more than 500% over last year, with students coming each day from as far away as Eugene and Cottage Grove. "I am very comfortable," he says, "talking about any of the scars of my past as they are the product of the strong stances I have taken in support of what is right, my students, and my families."

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State Legislature

This year Republicans expect to defy the odds and end the destructive era of Democrat super-majority rule. Marion County Republicans are ready to do their part. Redistricting has shuffled things around. The total number of legislators with Marion County constituents dropped from 15 to 13 (losing one from each chamber). Members of both parties were drawn out of their districts, leading to both retirements and members facing colleagues in new districts. The new legislative maps take effect in January for purposes of primary and general election campaigns and voting; the current maps are in effect for purposes of the 2022 regular session and representation until the 82nd Legislative Assembly convenes in January 2023. District headers link to PDF images of the new district lines.

Senate District 6

Cedric HaydenWhen the legislature moved his HD 7 seat to downtown Springfield, Rep. Cedric Hayden considered his options. He could sign up for another term in the House, representing the new, open, HD 12, or promote to the Senate by winning election to the also open SD 6. He chose the latter. The Senate district covers House districts 11 and 12, thus reaching from SW Marion County to SE Lane County at the county lines with Douglas and Deschutes counties. Rep. Hayden is unopposed in May and will face a first-time Democrat candidate in the fall. Rep. Hayden has been a conservative champion in the legislature, as was his father before him, since 2015.

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Senate District 8

Valerie Draper WoldeitA retired schoolteacher, newcomer Valerie Draper Woldeit more or less drew the short straw to face off against an entrenched incumbent in one of the rare solid Democrat districts in this part of the Willamette Valley. Saying Albany balances Corvallis is like saying Fat Albert balances Crying Charlie and Weird Harold together on the teeter-totter. Drawing on her faith and conservative values, she emphasize all of the traditional planks of the Republican platform. She is endorsed by Oregon Right to Life and is one of the first to actually publicly urge removing all funding for Planned Parenthood in Oregon.

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Senate District 10

Rep. Raquel Moore-GreenMarion County Republican Rep. Raquel Moore-Green, facing a dramatically altered electorate in her HD 19 portion of the district, chose to accept the Senate Republican caucus invitation to seek election to the seat previously held by Salem icon Jackie Winters. It is currently occupied by Democrat Deb Patterson who narrowly won a 2020 special election to complete Sen. Winters's term. Redistricting has favored Democrats, yet Rep. Moore-Green truly can claim to be a good fit. "Much of what I have been able to collectively accomplish for our community is based on my ability to listen to all sides of an opportunity and thoughtfully move an effort forward to fruition."

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Senate District 11

Sen. Kim ThatcherBecause Keizer, home of Marion County Republican Sen. Kim Thatcher, was drawn into a district that includes Salem and Woodburn, the prospects for the city's conservative, longest-serving (and sole remaining) legislator are cloudy. Republicans trail in registration and the old district has a long Democrat history, even though the incumbent, Sen. Peter Courtney, has finally retired. At least she will be able to campaign closer to home. Her reputation as a passionate advocate for taxpayers, working to reduce the number and impact of government regulations and open government operations to public scrutiny, makes her formidable.

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House District 11

Rep. Jami CateAlso a victim of redistricting, Marion County Republican (adopted) Rep. Jami Cate still survived relatively unscathed. While she lost her Marion County constituency in the Santiam Canyon, she still reaches into the county surrounding Jefferson. Although technically an open seat since the incumbent was drawn out of the district, Rep. Cate is, after all, running for re-election and the biggest change to the district is the number. Agriculture is still the primary interest tying the district together. In this sense, Jefferson fits perfectly, even better than the forestry interests of the canyon. With the district still anchored by her hometown of Lebanon, efforts to dislodge her face steep odds.

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House District 15

Rep. Shelly Boshart DavisIt began as a frequent-caller guest spot as one of the "Women of Ag" on "The Bill Post Radio Show". When Rep. Andy Olson announced at the beginning of the 2018 session that he would retire at the end of the term, the smart Republicans tapped Shelly Boshart Davis to succeed him. Redistricting extended the district north, reaching the southernmost city limits of Salem. In addition to agriculture and addressing the rural-urban divide fostered by Portland progressives, her top priorities include, transportation, education, small business. If common sense is ever to return to the "Marble Mausoleum" aka the Capitol, voters should retain Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis.

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House District 17

Ed Diehl

House District 17 is at the same time new and familiar. While retaining Stayton, the northern reaches of Linn County, and the Santiam Canyon, it now reaches the eastern edge of Salem. Ed Diehl has resided in the district for 25 years. He is a businessman with extensive leadership experience and actively volunteers with several boards and councils, including the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund. Witnessing the devastation to his neighbors’ lives these past few years caused by poor government decision making and erosion of our freedoms, he is determined to ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren.

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Beth JonesHouse District 17 now includes Turner and Aumsville, connecting these Salem suburbs to the Canyon. Turner resident and Marion County Republican Beth Jones, a civil rights attorney who defends law enforcement and corrections officers, has a passion to serve. A brief season of hardship prompted her to found a non-profit that assists low-income families and foster families in Polk County. Bambinos neither seeks nor accepts government funding. Her prior government and campaign experience includes a term (2013-2017) on the Dallas City Council and a primary run in 2016 for HD 23. Her goal is to revive Oregon's heritage of liberty by reining in government.

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House District 18

Rep. Rick LewisWith the departures of both Rep. Bill Post and Rep. Brian Clem, Marion County Republican Rep. Rick Lewis assumes the mantle of senior Member of the House from Marion County. Above the cacophony of voices shouting "Defund the police", his voice — ringing with the authority of experience gained as Chief of Police and Mayor of Silverton as well as military service — has advocated preserving public safety and minimizing the damage to law enforcement agencies. Although it has not been enough to save Portland, the cancer has been contained. The district was actually a beneficiary of redistricting, adding the northern reaches of the county around St. Paul.

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House District 19

TJ SullivanFor the first time in five decades, HD 19 is not connected to the communities of Turner and Aumsville. Instead it extends across SE Salem neighborhoods once part of HD 21. The seat came open when the incumbent chose to wrest SD 10 back into Republican hands and the HD 21 incumbent, drawn into the district, chose to retire. Salem native TJ Sullivan looked at the situation and knew it is his turn. Well-known in the business community, recently serving as president on the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, previous service on the Salem City Council, and deep roots in his South Gateway neighborhood, add up to making him an ideal candidate.

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House District 20

Dan FarringtonHis studies at Oregon State were directing him into a career in teaching and coaching. He chose sales rather than teaching because it paid better, but did not leave it all behind. Marion County Republican Dan Farrington has established a strong community legacy as a baseball coach and teacher by helping many youth develop their skills. In 2002 he launched Sunrise Medical Consultants to provide forensic and medical tests for insurance companies, medical clinics, and physicians. His campaign and time in the legislature will focus on improving our education, fighting for a better business climate, and restoring safety and security in our communities again.

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House District 21

Kevin MannixOne could say that Marion County Republican Kevin Mannix "walked away" before it was cool. Moving to Oregon from Virginia following graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1974, he was a Democrat. He was elected to the Oregon House in 1988 and served five terms. Realizing that his strong pro-life stance and the Democrat Party were not compatible, he became a Republican in 1997. After completing the unexpired term of Sen. Shirley Stull, he was again elected to the House in 1998. He served one term. He has chaired both the Oregon Republican Party and the Marion County Republican Central Committee.

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House District 22

Tracy CramerWhile politics is not her first love, to keep her love of freedom alive, Marion County Republican Tracy Cramer came to recognize the truth in the saying, "If you don't do politics, politics will do you". Born and raised in the Gervais area north of Keizer, she graduated from Gervais Union High School. She and her siblings worked for local farmers, including the Zielinskis and Baumans. She married a classmate and they settled in the same area. With the birth of their third child a year ago, she left her job as a dental hygienist to stay home to be Mom. With the incumbent vacating the seat to seek glory in DC, Tracy has now stepped forward to serve her community in Salem.

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Marion County

While the three Marion County Commissioner positions are still partisan and thus require a primary vote to determine candidates for a November election, the other elective positions are non-partisan. Elections to non-partisan positions are decided in May unless no candidate receives a majority.

Marion County Commission, Pos 1

Kevin CameronMarion County Republican Commissioner Kevin Cameron is the senior member of the board and a highly respected policy maker. He served in the Oregon House from 2005-2014, representing HD 19. In addition to his public duties representing the people of Marion County, Mr. Cameron devotes much of his private life to the community. As a business leader, he helped form the Corban University Business Executives and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. As a father, he has worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of Marion/Polk Counties, .the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts, Family Building Blocks, Liberty House, S-K Schools Foundation, and Salem Area Young Life,

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Marion County Commission, Pos 2

Colm WillisMarion County Republican Commissioner Colm Willis returns to the campaign trail, this time seeking re-election for a second four years. Completing his first term on the board, he can point to a record of solid accomplishment. Mr. Willis resides in Stayton, where prior to his election he was an attorney practicing business law.. His focus while on the board has followed in the vein, resolving issues faced by small business owners and entrepreneurs. As shown through his efforts, he believes that Marion County should be a place where a good education, a good job, a good home, and a secure retirement are available to every resident.

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Marion County District Attorney

Paige ClarksonAs chief law enforcement official, the District Attorney plays an out-sized role in keeping Marion County the great place to live that it is. The safety of our community requires a commitment to the principles of law and order and a fidelity to victims of crime. The May election will decide who serves the next four years. Paige Clarkson has served in the DA's office her entire working life. She started as an intern while attending Willamette University. She worked her way up to Chief Deputy DA and was appointed DA when Walt Beglau retired in 2018. She was elected that Mayand seeks re-election to the job she loves. Marion County Republicans heartily endorses her re-election.

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