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Democrats Pick Up Two Seats With Strong Mandate from Voters
In the 2014 General Election, Democrats expanded our 16-14 majority in the Oregon State Senate by defeating two incumbent Republican senators and picking up two new seats.
Across the state, Democratic candidates for the state Senate together won over 150,000 more votes than the bloc of Republican Senate candidates. That represents a 58% majority vote share for the Democrats and just 35% for the Republicans.
Primary Results Show Democratic Momentum for November Election
Jamie Damon Announces Run for Oregon State Senate
Eagle Creek – Former Clackamas County Commissioner Jamie Damon today announced her campaign to represent District 20 in the Oregon State Senate.
Damon – who has worked for more than 25 years as a public policy mediator and facilitator – said that she was motivated to run for the Legislature because of a lack of leadership on the priorities of rural Clackamas County voters.
“We deserve leaders who can work across the aisle to get things done for Oregonians,” said Damon. “As the State Senator from the heart of Clackamas County, I will work tirelessly to bring people together and find solutions for our families, farms, and forests.”
In 2011, Damon won appointment to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, where she served until 2013. During her tenure as a commissioner, she achieved full Board support for managing timber harvests on county lands to fund crucial programs, helped provide funding for vital senior services, and supported the creation of the new Family Justice Center, which provides victims of domestic violence legal, counseling and other services to help them recover. Damon also led initiatives to make county government more open and accessible to local taxpayers.
Damon cited supporting local businesses as her top priority. “Our communities need family wage jobs and employers need leaders who support investments in infrastructure and workforce development,” said Damon. “Clackamas County deserves a strong champion in the State Capitol. For the success of our communities, we need our jobs, our schools, and our priorities to be given the attention they deserve.”
“Jamie really has what it takes to deliver results for our community in the Legislature,” said Becky Arnold, former mayor of Estacada. “Jamie has a unique ability to bring people together, and that's exactly what we need for our rural Clackamas County communities.”
Damon currently serves as a Regional Solutions Coordinator for Governor Kitzhaber and will transition out of the Governor’s office in July.
Senate District 20 includes the cities of Oregon City, Gladstone, Canby, Estacada, Damascus, Barlow, and Johnson City, as well as the communities of Beavercreek, Eagle Creek, Jennings Lodge, Charbonneau, Mulino, Boring, and Redland.
Jamie Damon has lived in Oregon for more than 35 years and in rural Clackamas County for nearly 20 years. She has earned a reputation as a common sense leader who brings people together to find solutions for rural Oregon. Jamie lives in Eagle Creek with her husband and two daughters.
EARLY FILINGS SHOW STRENGTH FOR SENATE DEMOCRATS in 2014
September 12 marked the first day that candidates for the 2014 election could officially file their paperwork with the Secretary of State. Just 12 days later, a flurry of Senate Democrats have filed for re-election, and a top recruit has emerged to challenge an incumbent Republican senator in a Democratic-leaning district.
Senate Democrats who have filed for re-election already:
- Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn)
- Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford)
- Senator Lee Beyer (D-Springfield)
- Senator Chris Edwards (D-Eugene)
- Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose)
- Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Beaverton)
- Senator Rod Monroe (D-Portland)
Rep. Sara Gelser to Run for Senate District 8
On September 16, Rep. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) announced that she would run for the State Senate in District 8, currently held by Sen. Betsy Close (R-Albany), who was appointed to the position in October 2012.
News of Gelser's candidacy spread quickly and was met with lots of enthusiasm from Democrats and the progressive community. Check out the coverage below!
You can help Rep. Gelser in her race for state Senate by pitching in a contribution at her ActBlue page. Help her get the momentum and the money she needs to win!
Oregonians Vote to Retain Senate Democratic Majority
PORTLAND, Ore--Returns from Tuesday night's election delivered a decisive victory for the Oregon Senate Democrats, who will hold a 16-14 majority in the 2013 Legislative Session.
Out of 16 seats up for grabs in this cycle, Democrats held on to their 8 seats to preserve the balance of power and keep the majority. Key races included East Multnomah County's Senate District 25, where Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson handily won a second term, and the Oregon Coast, where Co-Speaker Arnie Roblan won an open seat contest to succeed retiring Sen. Joanne Verger.
"Democrats ran hard-fought campaigns with a message that spoke to everyday Oregonians," said Tom Powers, executive director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Fund. "Our victories in East County, on the Oregon Coast and in the Portland area show that voters overwhelmingly chose the Democratic majority to keep working for them".
In Beaverton's Senate District 14, Senator Mark Hass turned back a challenge from towing company magnate Gary Coe (R-Sylvan) by a comfortable 20 percent margin to win his second full term in the Oregon Senate. Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, appointed in December 2011 to succeed Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, won the right to serve out the remainder of her term by a 2-to-1 margin against John Verbeek.
In Portland, incumbent Senators Ginny Burdick, Chip Shields, Jackie Dingfelder and Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum all easily won election to new 4-year terms.
Democratic challengers also ran spirited campaigns in Republican-held seats.
"Our challenger candidates fought the good fight, carrying the banner for our party and giving Oregonians in these districts a clear choice for the right priorities," said Powers. "Oregonians across the state will benefit from the Senate Democratic Majority, and these candidates played a huge role in keeping our team in place".
In seats that saw the most spending and campaign activity, Senate Districts 5, 14, and 25, Democrats won 3-0.