Candidates and Ballot Measures

May 17 Primary Election

 

NOTE:  Below you’ll find a list of candidates who’ll be on the ballot, along with their websites.

We are extremely short-handed on running down info about candidates.  You will need to do your own research.  We encourage you to consult with other NLs and neighbors.  Helpful sources include:  County Voters Pamphlet (will be mailed the week of April 20) and the Military/Overseas Voters Guide (candidate info which will be included in the mailing with the County mailing).  It takes time, but there is no one who is going to do it for us.  We need to take responsibility for our own education about this if we are to be successful.

Ballot Measures

There will be NO ballot measures in this election.

Candidates for State and Federal Offices

These candidates file with the Secretary of State.  To see complete filing information for these candidates go to:  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/CFSearchPage.do

PARTISAN POSITIONS (State and Federal)

For information about partisan vs. nonpartisan races, click here.

U.S. Senator

6-year term

3 Democratic candidates–Ron Wyden is the incumbent

William E. Barlow III

Website:  www.wmbarlow.com

Email:  william@wmbarlow.com 

 

Brent Thompson

Website:  www.brentthompsonforussenate.com

Email:  brentthom2000@gmail.com 

 

Ron Wyden

Website:  www.standtallforamerica.com   

Email:  campaign@wydenforsenate.com  

 

U.S. Representative for Congressional District 2

2-year term

2 Democratic candidates running to unseat Cliff Bentz

Adam Prine

Website:  www.prine4oregon.com  

Email:  adamprine@yahoo.com 

 

Joe Yetter

Website: www.joefororegon.com 

Email:  joeleeyetter@yahoo.com 

 

Governor

4-year term

15 Democrats are running to succeed Kate Brown, who cannot run again due to term limits.

Click here for info about the gubernatorial candidates.

State Senate

4-year term

Map of senate districts in Jackson County

SD 2

Not on the ballot this election cycle.  It will be in 2024.

 

SD 3 

Jeff Golden (Incumbent–running unopposed in the primary)

Website:  https://goldenforsenate.org/ 

Email:  jeffgolden10@gmail.com 

 

SD28

Not on the ballot this election cycle.  It will be in 2024.

State Representative

2-year term

Map of house districts in Jackson County

Map of house district 6

HD 2 

Rainey S. Lambert  (only Democrat running to unseat a Republican)

Website:  www.lambertforor.us   

Email:  lambertrainey@gmail.com 

 

HD 4

No Democrat filed for this house district. The Party is looking for a write-in candidate.

 

HD 5 

Pam Marsh  (Incumbent–running unopposed in the primary)

Website:  www.PamMarshforOregon.com 

Email:  pam.marsh@gmail.com  

 

HD 6 

Dan Davis  (only Democrat running to unseat Kim Wallan)

Website:  www.dandavisformedford.com

Email:  DavisforHD6@gmail.com 


HD 56 

This is a newly created house district including parts of Jackson and Klamath Counties.

Jonathan P. Chenjeri  (only Democrat running)

Website:  www.jpcford56.com 

Email:  JPCforD56@gmail.com 

 

NONPARTISAN POSITIONS (State and Federal)

For information about partisan vs. nonpartisan races, click here.

Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)  

Also known as the “Oregon Labor Commissioner”

4-year term

Find out more about BOLI at https://www.oregon.gov/boli/

 

7 candidates of various parties are running to succeed Val Hoyle, who is seeking another office.

Click here to see the candidates

 

Judge of the Supreme Court

Judge of the Court of Appeals
Find out here about the judicial positions.

 

Candidates for County Offices

These candidates file with the Jackson County Clerk.  To see complete filing information for these candidates go to:  https://jacksoncountyor.org/clerk/Elections/Upcoming-Current-Elections/General-Primary-Elections

PARTISAN POSITIONS (County)

For information about partisan vs. nonpartisan races, click here.

Jackson County Commissioners

There are three positions on the County Commission.  Two positions are on the ballot this year.

 

Position 1

Denise Krause  (Democrat running unopposed in the primary, trying to unseat Rick Dyer)

Website:  https://www.krause4commissioner.org/

Email:  krause4commissioner@gmail.com

Position 3

Colleen Roberts is seeking re-election.  No Democrat filed for the primary.  Accordingly, there will be no candidate listed on your Democratic primary ballot.

 

We recommend that Democrats write in Al Densmore for Position 3.

Website: https://www.weloveal.com/

Here is information about Al Densmore.

Here are instructions on how to write him in.

Precinct Committee Persons  (PCP)
2-year term

 

Each political party has elected representatives who make up their respective governing bodies.  Any registered Democrat can run for election as a PCP (they can also be appointed by the party).  Each precinct in the county has PCP positions; the number of positions depends on the population of the precinct.

 

It is very possible you may see the name of someone you know on your primary ballot, who is running for this office!

NONPARTISAN POSITIONS (County)

For information about partisan vs. nonpartisan races, click here.

County Clerk  
4-year term   

Incumbent:  Chris Walker

 

Chris Walker is the only candidate who’ll be on the ballot.  This position has taken on increased significance in light of the assault on the voting process and election officials that we’ve seen across the U.S.  Even though no Democrat will be on your primary ballot, we recommend Democrats vote to re-elect Chris Walker, who has served with distinction since she was first elected in 2008.

Justice of the Peace  
6-year term

 

Find out here about the judicial positions.

Sheriff   
4-year term

Incumbent:  Nathan Sickler    

 

Nathan Sickler is the only candidate.  We have no further info at this time beyond what’s in your Voter’s Pamphlet and beyond what you’ve read and discussed with friends and neighbors.

The meaning of PARTISAN vs.  NONPARTISAN

 

Partisan races:  In Oregon, each party has its own slate of candidates.  Democrats can only vote for Democrats, Republicans for Republicans, etc.  The state has a number of political parties that may be having primaries this spring.  

 

When there are two or more Democrats vying for an office, the candidate who wins the most votes will go on to the November general election, facing off against primary winners from the other parties.  Jackson County Democratic Party does not officially endorse one Democrat over another.  The Party has published a Slate of Candidates that you can download and give voters (or you can provide a link to the Slate via text message or email).

 

As a Neighborhood Leader, you may be asked your recommendation on who to vote for.  You are welcome to share your recommendations with voters, but you must make it clear that you are not speaking for Jackson County Democratic Party.

Nonpartisan races:  Some state and county offices are nonpartisan, which means candidates of all parties will appear on the ballot without mention of party affiliation.  All voters get to select among the candidates.  If one candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, that candidate wins.  If no one wins 50 percent, there will be a run-off in the November general election between the top two candidates.

 

If a position is nonpartisan, it implies that the issues of policy addressed by these office-holders are generally not seen as driven by political considerations.