Filing Day In Oregon Paints Bleak Picture For GOP

Mar 7, 2012

SALEM, Ore. -- Candidate filings are in for Oregon's May primary. As Oregon Public Broadcasting's April Baer reports, Republican candidates will be scarce in some statewide races.

The state Republican party hasn't found candidates to run for State Attorney General or State Treasurer. A Republican surgeon from Bend, Knute Buehler, will run for Secretary of State against incumbent Democrat Kate Brown, who faces a primary challenge from Paul Damian Wells.

There were no last minute additions in the state Attorney General's race. So former appellate judge Ellen Rosenblum will run against former federal prosecutor Dwight Holton in the Democratic Primary. Democratic State Treasurer Ted Wheeler will run unopposed

Commissioners in fiscally-strapped Lane and Curry Counties will seek re-election, at a time when they're making hard budget decisions. Portland's Mayoral race has drawn 23 contenders.

State Senator Bruce Starr filed to run against incumbent Brad Avakian for Labor Commissioner. This is a non-partisan race, but voters may see a contrast in their views. Starr has been a GOP member for years, and Avakian recently made an unsuccessful run for Congress within the Democratic primary.

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