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In Oregon, the 2020 election season is officially underway

Thursday marked the first day for major party or nonpartisan candidates to file declarations of candidacy with the secretary of state's office.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 5:28 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2019 5:28 PM

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In Oregon, the 2020 election season is officially underway.

Thursday marked the first day for major party or nonpartisan candidates to file declarations of candidacy with the secretary of state's office.

One of the top state races is for secretary of state, the second-highest statewide office after the governor and currently held by a Republican.

Filing papers as Democratic candidate for that office was Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who in 2018 tried to unseat Republican Rep. Greg Walden who represents a U.S. congressional district that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016. McLeod-Skinner lost but came closer than any Democratic challenger to Walden has in past elections.

State Sen. Mark Hass, a Democrat and veteran of the Legislature, also submitted candidacy documents for secretary of state. The office-holder is next in line to be governor and is in charge of elections, government audits and has other key functions.

Secretary of State Bev Clarno urged Oregonians to run for an office. Her office said there have been few candidates in recent elections, which restricted voters' choices.

Either no one filed to run, or only one person filed, in 92% of state representative seats in the 2018 primary, Clarno's office said. In 85% of state senate seats, either no one filed to run or only one person filed.

"As a lifelong volunteer, and serving in the Legislature and now as secretary of state, there is only one way to change things. I urge you to get involved and run for an office," Clarno said.

In the last election, Democrats won a supermajority in both chambers of the Oregon Legislature. Still, they lacked the numbers to produce a quorum by themselves in the senate, which Republicans took advantage of by staging two walkouts to push their agenda.

Democratic Party of Oregon Chairwoman KC Hanson said Democrats are looking to capitalize on Trump's record and dissatisfaction over the GOP boycotts.

"In Oregon, we'll be focused on re-electing our Oregon Democrats and on taking back the secretary of state's office," Hanson said. No Republicans had declared their candidacy for the office as of Friday afternoon.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, a Democrat, is thus far the only candidate to declare for that office.

Other Oregon offices up for a vote include state treasurer, 16 of 30 state senate seats and all 60 state representative seats.

Oregonians will also be voting for president, U.S. senator and U.S. representative. Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, who at one point was pondering a bid for the presidency, has said he'll run for re-election instead but did not immediately file papers.

Campaign websites and social media accounts for candidates have sprung up on the internet, as candidates strive to get their messages directly to voters.

McLeod-Skinner declared in her Twitter account that she won't accept campaign donations from pharmaceutical companies because of the opioid epidemic in Oregon. She challenged others to do the same.

Hass, for his part, on Facebook touted his role in the Legislature's passage this session of a new tax on large Oregon businesses to boost school funding.

"Critics said it was impossible. But we did it," Hass said in a video, promising to bring that passion and experience to the secretary of state's job.

Clarno was appointed secretary of state to fill out the remaining term of Dennis Richardson, who died of cancer, under the agreement she won't be a candidate in 2020.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 40443

Reported Deaths: 635
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah8743155
Marion5590106
Washington546973
Umatilla329543
Clackamas299065
Lane221226
Malheur186634
Jackson15556
Deschutes107413
Yamhill95615
Linn76414
Polk63915
Jefferson5979
Morrow5426
Lincoln50913
Union4582
Benton4186
Klamath4013
Wasco33515
Douglas3314
Hood River2721
Josephine2583
Columbia2491
Clatsop2340
Coos2290
Baker1132
Crook872
Tillamook700
Curry561
Wallowa402
Lake340
Sherman180
Harney170
Gilliam110
Grant100
Wheeler10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 886939

Reported Deaths: 17167
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2904866944
Riverside650561275
San Bernardino609451065
Orange576351423
San Diego53263863
Kern33551413
Fresno30220430
Sacramento24811474
Santa Clara23591382
Alameda22932435
San Joaquin21436484
Contra Costa18273238
Stanislaus17403394
Tulare17317279
Ventura13930160
Imperial12610336
San Francisco11969137
Monterey1115884
San Mateo10918157
Santa Barbara9671119
Merced9386153
Sonoma9016134
Kings817383
Solano720574
Marin7036127
Madera492873
San Luis Obispo408032
Placer402355
Yolo309958
Butte302651
Santa Cruz272524
Napa190814
Sutter182112
Shasta178629
San Benito141114
El Dorado13024
Yuba128010
Mendocino111121
Tehama7938
Lassen7611
Lake67815
Glenn6473
Nevada5988
Humboldt5609
Colusa5486
Calaveras33917
Amador31316
Tuolumne2574
Inyo21815
Siskiyou1860
Del Norte1751
Mono1752
Mariposa782
Plumas610
Modoc270
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
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