Today at the state capitol, there will be a gathering in the House chamber for the last few hours of filing day. Lots of lobbyists, hacks, reporters, and politicians hang out to watch the Big Board of candidate filings.
So, I thought we'd do the same here. This is the Big Board for the House. (Check out Senate races here.)
I'll be updating throughout the day (though if you see an update I don't have, be sure to post it in the comments!)
As of Tuesday 9:22 p.m. (This appears to be the final update.)
Democratic open seats
The two coastal seats - HD-9 and HD-10 - are the two that Democrats are likely most concerned about, as they've been very competitive races in the past. Republicans probably think they have a shot at HD-40, but the district leans Democratic and Brent Barton is a relentless campaigner.
In HD-36, there's a competitive primary featuring Sharon Meieran and Jennifer Williamson (who doesn't appear to have filed yet.) And in HD-47, there are three Democrats vying for Rep. Smith's seat. Update, 4:20 p.m.: Williamson has now filed. Interestingly, she appears to be the only legislative candidate in the state to file via petition, rather than by simply paying a fee.
|9||DEM||Caddy McKeown||Incumbent: Rep. Arnie Roblan|
|10||GOP||Jerome Grant||Incumbent: Rep. Jean Cowan|
|12||DEM||John Lively||Incumbent: Rep. E. Terry Beyer|
|12||DEM||Sandra L. Mann|
|36||DEM||Benjamin Jay Barber||Incumbent: Rep. Mary Nolan|
|40||DEM||Brent Barton||Incumbent: Rep. Dave Hunt|
|47||DEM||Andrew Haynes||Incumbent: Rep. Jefferson Smith|
|47||DEM||Jessica Vega Pederson|
Republican open seats
As might be expected in this heavily Republican district, there are no Democrats seeking HD-56.
|56||GOP||Gail Whitsett||Incumbent: Rep. Bill Garrard|
Democrats with Republican challengers
The Republicans seem to have decided that the thing to do is line up no-hope challengers to a bunch of safe Democratic incumbents - particularly in Washington and Lane counties.
Rep. Betty Komp, of course, almost always has a tough race in HD-22. Her opponent hasn't started raising money yet, and I'm not yet clear on how her district shifted in the new map, so we'll be watching that one. Update, 4:20 p.m.: Komp has now drawn a second GOP opponent - Kathy LeCompte, owner of Brooks Tree Fram and the past chair of the Nursery PAC (a group that has fought tooth and nail against minimum wage laws.) Looks like a serious challenge. Once again, it's all hands on deck for Betty Komp.
Update, 8:45 p.m.: Rep. Debbie Boone (D-Cannon Beach) has now drawn an opponent. Jim Welsh is the owner of Manzanita Fresh Foods and a Nehalem City Council member. Also, Rep. Brian Clem (D-Salem) has drawn an opponent. Dan Farrington owns a business that provides some sort of operational assistance to medical office. While Boone seems to always face a tough race, Clem seems to have consolidated support in his previously tough swing district.
|5||DEM||Rep. Peter Buckley|
|5||GOP||Sandra A. Abercrombie|
|8||DEM||Rep. Paul R Holvey|
|11||DEM||Rep. Phil Barnhart|
|13||DEM||Rep. Nancy Nathanson|
|14||DEM||Rep. Val Hoyle|
|16||DEM||Rep. Sara A. Gelser|
|21||DEM||Rep. Brian Clem|
|22||DEM||Rep. Betty Komp|
|22||GOP||Tom M Chereck Jr|
|27||DEM||Rep. Tobias Read|
|28||DEM||Rep. Jeff Barker|
|31||DEM||Rep. Brad Witt|
|32||DEM||Rep. Deborah Boone|
|33||DEM||Rep. Mitch Greenlick|
|34||DEM||Rep. Chris Harker|
|35||DEM||Rep. Margaret Doherty|
|38||DEM||Rep. Chris Garrett|
|41||DEM||Rep. Carolyn Tomei|
|41||GOP||Timothy E McMenamin|
|44||DEM||Rep. Tina Kotek|
|45||DEM||Rep. Michael Dembrow|
|45||GOP||Anne Marie Gurney|
|50||DEM||Rep. Greg Matthews|
Republicans with Democratic challengers
By contrast, the Democrats appear to have recruited a bunch of top challengers to Republicans.
In particular, we'll be closely watching the primary race in HD-29 between Ben Unger and Katie Riley for the right to face off against Rep. Katie Eyre.
Metro Councilor Carl Hosticka will be a formidable challenger to Rep. Julie Parrish in HD-37. Shemia Fagan, a David Douglas School Board member, has put together a very tough challenge to Rep. Patrick Sheehan in HD-51 (and I'm told that the district shifted substantially toward the Democrats in in the new map.)
And I'm hearing great things about two others: In HD-49, Chris Gorsek - a former Portland Police officer and criminal justice instructor at MHCC - recently announced his challenge to Rep. Matt Wand. And in HD-30, Adriana Cañas - a Hillsboro School Board member - is taking on Rep. Shawn Lindsay. Expect to hear a lot more about Gorsek and Cañas in the weeks to come.
Update, 4:20 p.m.: Speaker Bruce Hanna now has two Democratic challengers. Hard to imagine either would make a race of it, but here's holding out hope.
|1||GOP||Rep. Wayne Krieger|
|7||GOP||Rep. Bruce Hanna|
|15||GOP||Rep. Andy Olson|
|17||GOP||Rep. Sherrie Sprenger|
|19||GOP||Rep. Kevin Cameron|
|20||GOP||Rep. Vicki Berger|
|20||DEM||Kathy T Graham|
|23||GOP||Rep. Jim Thompson|
|24||GOP||Rep. Jim Weidner|
|25||GOP||Rep. Kim Thatcher|
|26||GOP||Rep. Matt Wingard|
|29||GOP||Rep. Katie Eyre|
|30||GOP||Rep. Shawn Lindsay|
|30||DEM||Adriana H Cañas|
|37||GOP||Rep. Julie Parrish|
|39||GOP||Rep. Bill Kennemer|
|39||DEM||Christopher Cameron Bangs|
|49||GOP||Rep. Matthew Wand|
|51||GOP||Rep. Patrick Sheehan|
|52||GOP||Rep. Mark Johnson|
|54||GOP||Rep. Jason Conger|
|54||DEM||Nathan R. Hovekamp|
|55||GOP||Rep. Mike McLane|
|59||GOP||Rep. John E Huffman|
|59||DEM||Gary L Ollerenshaw|
Democrats with primary challengers
This is absurd. John Sweeney is a perennial candidate. Not sure why he's causing trouble for Rep. Jules Bailey, one of the best legislators in the building. Update, 9:22 p.m.: Sweeney is no longer running against Bailey, shifting over instead to run against Congressman Greg Walden. Yeah, that's a better choice!
Also, by the close of filing day, I expect HD-48 to move here - with a primary challenger or two for Rep. Mike Schaufler. That's been long-awaited and will be a much bigger story. Update, 10:15 a.m.: It's official - Jeff Reardon is taking on Rep. Schaufler. Update, 9:22 p.m.: And, of note, former Labor Commissioner Mary Wendy Roberts is not.
|48||DEM||Rep. Mike Schaufler|
|48||GOP||George (Sonny) Yellott|
Republicans with primary challengers
Rep. Bob Jenson has picked up three primary challengers and a Democratic opponent. I haven't been watching this one until now - so stay tuned.
Update, 4:26 p.m.: A Republican named Jack Swift has filed for HD-3, currently held by Rep. Wally Hicks. For now, I've got it here - but Hicks is expected to jump into the Senate race vacated by Sen. Jason Atkinson. Update, 11:27 p.m.: Forgot to note this here -- Hicks didn't budge. No word on whether Swift drops out, or whether this is a legit primary challenge.
|3||GOP||Rep. Wally Hicks|
|58||GOP||Rep. Bob Jenson|
|58||DEM||Heidi Van Schoonhoven|
|58||GOP||Brent H Smith|
|58||GOP||Jack L Esp|
Incumbents without challengers
There's not a lot that's surprising here, except HD-32, where Rep. Debbie Boone had just 52% in 2010. Update, 8:45 p.m. Boone now has a challenger. See above.
|42||DEM||Rep. Jules Bailey|
|43||DEM||Rep. Lew Frederick|
|46||DEM||Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer|
|2||GOP||Rep. Tim Freeman|
|4||GOP||Rep. Dennis Richardson|
|6||GOP||Rep. Sal C Esquivel|
|18||GOP||Rep. Vic Gilliam|
|53||GOP||Rep. Gene Whisnant|
|57||GOP||Rep. Greg Smith|
|60||GOP||Rep. Cliff Bentz|
All in all, it seems to me that the upside is mostly on the Democratic side.
Anything I've missed? Let's hear it in the comments.
By Kari Chisholm
March 06, 2012
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