Oregonians Face Numerous Decisions in May 15 Primary

The May 15 Oregon Primary is just around the corner, and Oregonians can expect a long slate of open offices on the ballot during the 2012 primary and general elections. The Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA), along with a number of other credit union advocates, will be meeting with candidates in several of the contested primary races over the next few weeks to make decisions on political action committee (PAC) contributions.

With the general election scheduled for Nov. 6, all five U.S. representatives, all 60 state representatives, 14 state senators and numerous other statewide positions will face the ballot this year. Every two years, all 435 voting positions in the U.S. House of Representatives go up for re-election. The same happens every two years for Oregon’s 60 state representatives. State senators in Oregon serve four-year terms, alternating between 16 and 14 members up for re-election every two years.

The 2012 ballot will also see candidates for attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer, all of whom serve four-year terms. The current state treasurer, Ted Wheeler, will serve only two years, as his predecessor, Ben Westlund, died a little more than a year after being elected.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo won’t see her four-year term come to an end for another three years, but after that time, her position will no longer be an elected one. The office will be turned over to the governor, who then has the authority to appoint an assistant superintendent of public instruction.

Numerous state judicial positions will grace the ballot as well. Unlike many other state offices, judicial candidates must remain nonpartisan. A judicial candidate with at least one opponent must receive more than 50 percent of the primary vote or a runoff election will be held during the general election in November.

Only voters registered with a given party can vote in the primary, though parties may have the option to invite unaffiliated voters to participate. Typically, however, independent voters are left out of the process entirely unless they choose to register with a party.

 

Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Vice President of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Stacy Augustine, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

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