In years past, the OEA has been a relatively reliable endorser of Democratic candidates.
This year, however, their endorsement appeared to be up in the air. After declining to make any endorsement in the primary election, the teacher's union hosted all three candidates for governor and heard their pitches on Friday night.
After hearing from Ron Saxton, Senator Ben Westlund, and Governor Ted Kulongoski, OEA members...
...voted to endorse Kulongoski over Republican rival Ron Saxton, who won Tuesday's GOP primary, and independent contender Ben Westlund, who's collecting signatures in hopes of earning a spot on the fall ballot. ...
OEA President Larry Wolf said Kulongoski was the overwhelming choice of the union members, in part because of his advocacy for boosting state school funding to $6 billion in 2007-2009.
Wolf said the union members roundly oppose Saxton, largely out of concern that Saxton wants to reduce their pension benefits and privatize various parts of school district operations.
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