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October 27, 2011
Representative Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) today announced his intention to run for State Senate District 5 in the 2012 election. Currently Co-Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, Roblan said he’s running for the Oregon Senate to continue to bring strong leadership and new jobs to the communities of the south and central coast.  Senate District 5, which runs along the Oregon coast from Coos Bay to Tillamook Bay, is currently served by Senator Joanne Verger, who recently announced that she would not seek re-election next year.
March 8, 2010
Democratic candidates for the Oregon Senate gathered in Salem this afternoon to submit final paperwork for filing for office. Ten incumbent Senate Democrats filed to keep their seat. Two candidates filed to fill opening seats and four candidates are challenging Republican incumbents.
April 1, 2010
Democratic leaders applauded Governor Kulongoski this morning as he signed legislation that gives Oregon small businesses and entrepreneurs greater access to business development funds. Senate Bill 1017, called the Access to Business Capital Act (ABC Act), will help create jobs by making it easier to access capital through the Oregon Business Development Fund and the Oregon Entrepreneurial Development Loan Fund.
March 8, 2010
Senate Democrats released summaries of their accomplishments for the 2010 February Session online today. The issue areas emphasize the caucus’ commitment to helping middle class families, supporting small businesses, and working to create jobs for out-of-work Oregonians.
November 11, 2009
Current Public Utility Commission Chair Lee Beyer announced today his intention to seek election to Senate District 6 during the 2010 election. Senate District 6 covers the communities of Brownsville, Coburg, Creswell, Sodaville, and Springfield.   Beyer previously represented the area before being appointed to run the PUC in 2001.
May 18, 2010
William (Bill) Dalton welcomed news on election night of his nomination as the Democratic candidate for Senate District 10, covering South and West Salem and much of Polk County, including the communities of Independence and Monmouth.  Dalton won over one other candidate in the Democratic primary.
May 18, 2010
Senator Rod Monroe won the Democratic primary for Senate District 24 this evening, covering portions of outer Southeast Portland and Happy Valley. “I am proud to be the nominee for Senate District 24.  I’m grateful to the people in my district who have voted to give me the opportunity to run in November and represent them again in Salem,” said Monroe. “My top priority is to get back to Salem, fight for more school funding and create the jobs we need to get more Oregonians back to work.”
May 18, 2010
Tonight’s election results made official that Oregon Representative Brent Barton (D-Clackamas) will be the Democratic nominee to replace retiring Senator Rick Metsger (D-Welches). Barton and his supporters celebrated the milestone as an important step on their campaign to win in November.
May 18, 2010
State Representative Chuck Riley won a commanding victory Tuesday evening in the primary race for Senate District 15, covering Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove, and North Plains.  The Oregonian called the race for Riley by a margin of 78% to 22%. "I'm excited about the election in November," said Riley. "The voters I talk to say they need change.  They say they need a leader that will find the solutions Oregon needs to boost our economy and fund good, quality schools for our kids.  As the next Senator from this district, I'm going
May 18, 2010
Supporters of local attorney Dan Rayfield celebrated the official nomination of their candidate to take on 8-year incumbent Republican Senator Frank Morse this evening. Rayfield has been campaigning since January of this year and tonight’s election marks a milestone as the campaign prepares to gear up for summer. “When I talk to voters at their door, I hear over and over that they’ve had enough of longtime politicians like Frank Morse,” Rayfield said. “It’s

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