Primary Election: News Clips Roundup

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BLOG: The day after: Clackamas strategy pays off for conservatives
Sockeye Blog
“Despite a relatively low turnout rate, the election that wrapped up yesterday featured some results that will have lasting impacts for years to come. One of the most intriguing developments has been the shift in political strategy by the state’s top conservative campaign donors. Last week, we outlined this shift: conservative donors appear to have largely abandoned statewide races, and instead are focusing on local races, starting in Clackamas County.”

Turnout 32 percent in Oregon primary election
“Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith will face off in the November election for Mayor of Portland. Eileen Brady, one of the front-runners for most of the campaign, finished third. Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan will also head to the run-off after neither gained the 50 percent vote required to win outright.”

Your lobby report on Oregon’s 2012 Legislative primary election
“Hey, forget about how the legislative candidates did on Tuesday night.  How about the lobbyists and the special interests behind them?  They like to think of themselves as the permanent government in Salem anyway. Let’s start with Mark Nelson, the influential business lobbyist who is the big force behind the Oregon Committee — a group of like-minded lobbyists who strategize on legislation and political strategy.”

Voters overwhelmingly pass Multnomah County Library funding measure
“Voters approved a levy for the popular Multnomah County Library by a huge ratio — 82 percent to 18 percent — in partial returns. Measure 26-125 will renew a three-year levy of 89 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value to support the library system’s Central Library and 18 branches. The current levy expires in June. Portland voters, meanwhile, easily passed nine housekeeping measures to change the Portland City Charter.”

Steve Novick wins his city council race
Willamette Week
“Steve Novick, a political upstart four years again in a narrow U.S. Senate race, won election to the Portland City Council on Tuesday night, easily getting a majority of the votes against six lesser-known opponents. In early returns, Novick has 73 percent of the vote. His nearest opponent, Scott McAlpine, has 8 percent.”

In Metro races, Stacey and Chase win
Willamette Week
“Bob Stacey and Sam Chase have won seats on the Metro council. Stacey leads his opponent, Jonathan Levine, 85 percent to 15 percent, for Metro Council Seat 6. The seat was vacated by councilor Robert Liberty in 2011; former Gov. Barbara Roberts was appointed to fill out the term. In the Metro District 5 race, Chase was leading his four opponents with 58 percent of the vote. They’re vying to replace current councilor Rex Burkholder.”

Oregon state Rep. Mike Schaufler and state Sen. Chris Telfer lose seats
“Two incumbent state lawmakers have their  lost seats to primary challengers, suggesting, perhaps, that party regulars are willing to shake things up in Salem. One of the state’s most hotly contested primary races occurred in Bend, where Republican challenger Tim Knopp  defeated incumbent Sen. Chris Telfer in District 27. Knopp, who is executive vice president of the Central Oregon Builders Association, isn’t a newcomer to Capitol politics. He served in the House from 1999 until 2005, including a stint as Republican majority leader in 2002-2003.”

Washington County money measures win, lose; Commissioner Dick Schouten wins third term
“Proposed Washington County money measures were meeting mixed fates Tuesday night, and an incumbent county commissioner won re-election to a third term. In the race for commissioner Position 1, Dick Schouten, in partial returns, was defeating challenger Betty Bode, 56 percent to 44 percent. Schouten, who has held the seat since 2001, is now on his way to a fourth term on the five-member board. This is a very nice win tonight,’ Schouten said. ‘I got a lot of support from folks who don’t necessarily agree with me on everything.'”

Ben Unger defeats Katie Riley in House District 29 2012 Democratic primary election
“Democrat Ben Unger claimed an easy win over opponent Katie Riley, 65 percent to 35 percent, in the race for House District 29. Unger will represent the party in November against Republican incumbent Katie Eyre. The district includes western Hillsboro, Forest Grove and Cornelius. ‘Six months of hard work, a lot of volunteer hours and a lot of teamwork went into this first race,’ Unger said. ‘We’ll need every little bit of it again as we head to November.’ Unger, a political consultant who ran campaigns for Attorney General John Kroger and Measure 49, raised more than $87,000 — mostly in cash donations — for the race. Riley raised nearly $44,000, about half of which was in-kind from her husband, former representative Chuck Riley.”

Knopp beats incumbent Telfer for District 27
“In Central Oregon, former Republican House Majority leader Tim Knopp handily defeated incumbent State Senator Chris Telfer in Tuesday’s election. Republican primary voters turned out in favor of Knopp by margins of more than 2 to 1. Knopp describes himself as “Reagan Conservative.” And his message to voters was a lot like Reagan’s famous question in the 1980 campaign when he asked “Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?” Telfer’s District — Number 27 — is decidedly Republican — and Knopp was able to successfully hammer his opponent on an early vote to raise Oregon’s gas tax.”

John Ludlow, Charlotte Lehan lead in race for Clackamas County chair, Martha Schrader appears to win seat outright

“Former Wilsonville Mayor John Ludlow and current Clackamas County chairwoman Charlotte Lehan appear headed for a November runoff in the heated race for county chair. With nearly 90 percent of ballots in hand counted by 11 p.m., partial returns indicate Ludlow leads the four-way race with 28.3 percent, with Lehan in second with 27.2 percent. County Commissioner Paul Savas and state Rep. Dave Hunt trail in third and fourth with 24.3 percent and 20.1 percent, respectively.”

Students have mixed feelings about primary election
“The majority of University of Oregon students only live in Eugene for four to five years, which is why many of them say they don’t feel a need to participate in local elections. But some say they feel like they should have more of an input. If they’re registered in Lane County, they can vote here, but do Oregon students care about municipal or Lane County elections? Some say they don’t vote because they feel overlooked by candidates and are uninformed about the election. Others say they aren’t planning on staying in Eugene after they graduate and don’t see a reason to vote.”

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