On the Ballot — November 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.

Oregon Republicans nominated their candidates for the general election on 17 May. We congratulate all of them and look forward to strong campaigns taking us to victory in November. 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 newsletters, articles, and published opinion pieces so that you can learn more about their campaigns and perspectives on issues. Congressional and State Legislature maps are linked at each district heading, too.

U.S. Senate

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

Jo Rae PerkinsUndeterred by her loss to Sen. Jeff Merkley in 2020, Oregon Republicans again nominated Jo Rae Perkins to face off against Oregon's senior senator Ron Wyden. She prevailed in a crowded field of seven candidates, gaining pluralities in 25 of Oregon's 36 counties, receiving 33% of all votes cast. Her closest rival, Darin Harbick, received just under 31%. She pledges to work for all Oregon and will push Congress to clean up its act by passing only those bills that are clearly within the prescribed limits laid down in the Constitution (Art. 1, § 8). When they are not, "I am required to vote 'No'. I will always vote against tyranny and will always vote for your Liberty and Freedom."

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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 was seeking his seventh term in Congress but Democrats chose the much more radical challenger. Redistricting has completely recast the district, removing the most liberal elements in Multnomah and Clackamas counties but pushing the boundary eastward to encompass Bend. Some analyses conclude the district now ever so slightly favors the Republican candidate.

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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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.

Mike EricksonWith seven candidates competing for the nomination, Mike Erickson captured twice as many votes as his nearest rival. He twice ran for Congress as the Republican nominee when most of the district was part of CD 5 (2006, 2008). His 2008 attempt was tanked by an abortion-related scandal that contradicted his strong pro-life rhetoric and the Republican Party platform. The Democrat campaign playbook has naturally revived that story. Of more immediate concern to voters is how to deal with horrific economic conditions, exacerbated by supply chain issues. As CEO of a successful supply chain and logistics consulting firm, he is just the person Oregon needs to send to DC.

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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.

Christine Drazan

The nomination of Rep.Christine Drazan sets up an interesting showdown between legislative colleagues. One thing is certain: there is no love lost between the Democrat and Republican candidates. This will be one epic battle. She was the choice of 22.5% of Republican voters; former Rep. Bob Tiernan received another 17.5%. In all, only nine of the 19 candidates received a higher percentage than "Write-in". As it was during her time in the legislature, the state of education will be the focus of her campaign. Lowering taxes and making urban neighborhoods safer will also receive much-needed attention.She looks forward to bringing common sense back to the Capitol building.

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Bureau of Labor & Industries

"Under-reported", "below-the-radar", "ignore at your peril" — three ways to describe the non-partisan contest between two partisans. Restauranteur and former Rep. Cheri Helt (R - Bend) snagged enough votes in the May election to force a runoff in November. There are hushed whispers circulating around the state that Democrats could be willing to give up the Governor's office as long as they can hold on to BoLI. That's because through the oversight and regulatory authority the office exercises over Oregon's industrial sector and due to its independence from both the governor and legislature, Democrats would have free rein to enact the full slate of their environmental agenda. 

Cheri Helt

Just arrived Oregon in 2004, Cheri Helt and her husband poured their life savings into their start-up restaurant. Eighteen years later they employ 60 people. Her campaign is focused on making life better for all workers — employers as well as employees. "I bring 18 years of firsthand knowledge of the impacts rules and regulations have on employees and employers. Oregon needs balanced policies and systems we can count on." Her impressive list of endorsements — including both Christine Drazan and Betsy Johnson — speaks to her stated desire to eschew partisan arguments and seek actual solutions.

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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 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, and 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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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 Circuit Court, Pos 14

Amy QueenThe question Amy Queen has to answer most often is, "We vote for judges?". Attorneys learned long ago that the safe way to arrive on the judicial bench is to bide one's time and wait for a friendly governor to appoint you. Amy is an 18-year veteran of the Marion County District Attorney's office where she supervises the Domestic Violence Trial Team and manages the Case Support Team, as well as being the Public Information Officer. The panel advising Gov. Brown recommended her for this position over the candidate she ultimately chose. The governor then contributed $5,000 to his campaign.

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Keizer City Council, Pos 4

Soraida CrossSoraida Cross is the epitome of the City of Keizer's slogan: Pride, Spirit, and Volunteerism. Volunteering, she says, "drives me. It's the right thing to do". She currently serves on the city's Volunteer Coordinating Council, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the YMCA of Marion and Polk Counties, and Salem-Keizer Public Schools, CTEC Industry Alliance Council. Above all, she is a CASA volunteer, advocating for children caught in the foster care system. Incidentally, she works for Vips Hospitality as General Manager of Phoenix Inn & Suites in Salem. She is heartily endorsed by Keizer Councilors Dan Kohler and Shaney Starr along with Mayor Cathy Clark.

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Salem City Council, Ward 4

Deanna GwynWhen incumbent Jackie Leung opted to make a bid for the legislature, Deanna Gwyn recognized the opportunity to bring a conservative voice of reason back to city government. Only six votes separated Deanna and her opponent in May. But it was the 13 write-in votes that forced this run-off election since neither candidate attained the simple majority. Only the residents of Ward 4, which takes in deep south Salem from Kuebler Rd to the southern city limits between I-5 and roughly Lone Oak and Liberty, vote in this contest. Three themes inform her campaign: Providing Leadership to End the Homeless Crisis; Ensuring Salem Families Feel Safe; Making Salem's Homes Affordable.

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