We did it! Measure 97 failed with a 59% No vote. Chambers should be very proud of this accomplishment. We were a driving force behind the grassroots engagement in defeating this Measure.
As Chamber leaders we have a unique challenge and opportunity to impact public policy in a positive way and put our resources to work for the betterment of businesses and the community at large. Let’s continue the good work as we forge ahead.
2016 Election Results
- Governor’s Office – Kate Brown (D) vs. Bud Pierce (R): Kate Brown elected 50-44.
- Secretary of State – Brad Avakian (D) vs. Dennis Richardson (R): Dennis Richardson elected 48-43. First Republican statewide win since 2002.
- Measure 97 – Increases corporate minimum tax when sales exceed $25 million; funds education, healthcare, senior services. Measure 97 defeated with 59% NO.
- Measure 98 – Requires state funding for dropout prevention, career and college readiness programs in Oregon high schools. Passed.
- Measure 99 – Creates “Outdoor School Education Fund,” continuously funded through Lottery, to provide outdoor school programs statewide. Passed.
State Senate Races: Democrats currently hold an 18-12 advantage. Overall, it appears Republicans will potentially gain one seat, with an outside chance of gaining two. The competitive races included:
- SD 3 – Tonia Moro (D) vs. Alan DeBoer (R): Alan DeBoer leads by 535 votes. Potential Republican gain.
- SD 5 – Sen.Arnie Roblan (D) vs. Dick Anderson (R): Incumbent Arnie Roblan is hanging on by 294 votes. Potential democratic hold.
- SD 9 – Sen. Fred Girod (R) vs. Rich Harisay (D): Senator Girod won easily with 69%. Republican hold.
- SD 12 – Sen. Brian Boquist (R) vs. Ross Swartzendruber (D): Senator Boquist won with 62%. Republican hold.
- SD 25 – Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D) vs. Tamie Tlustos-Arnold (R): Monnes Anderson wins with 54%. Democratic hold.
- SD 27 – Sen. Tim Knopp (R) vs. Greg Delgado (D): Senator Knopp wins with 59%. Republican hold.
House Senate Races: Democrats currently hold a 35-25 advantage. Overall, it appears that no seats will change hands. The only outside chance is that Republicans may gain a seat in HD 51. The hotly contested races included:
- HD 9 – Rep.Caddy McKeown (D) vs. Teri Grier (R): Almost the shocker of the night. Rep McKeown holds on 49-46. Democratic hold.
- HD 14 – Julie Fahey (D) vs. Kathy Lamberg (R): Another potential upset averted. Fahey narrowly prevails in heavily Dem Eugene district, 51-48. Democratic hold.
- HD 20 – Rep. Paul Evans (D) vs. Laura Morett (R): Rep. Evans defends his seat 52-46. Democratic hold.
- HD 22 – Teresa Alonso Leon (D) vs. Patti Milne (R): Republicans best pickup opportunity doesn’t materialize. Alsonso Leon wins 53-45. Democratic hold.
- HD 23 – Rep.Mike Nearman (R) vs. Jim Thompson (I): It was thought that Rep Nearman was vulnerable, but he wins 52-37. Republican hold.
- HD 24 – Ron Noble (R) vs. Ken More (D): Hotly contested open seat results in Noble defending this vulnerable Republican district, 55-44. Republican hold.
- HD 26 – Rich Vial (R) vs. Ray Lister (D): Another potentially vulnerable Republican seat that did not turn out to be vulnerable. Vial wins 54-45. Republican hold.
- HD 30 – Janeen Sollman (D) vs. Dan Mason (R): Was thought to be a competitive open seat race, but it wasn’t. Sollman wins the seat 52-39. Democratic hold.
- HD 37 – Rep. Julie Parrish (R) vs. Paul Southwick (D): Rep Parrish keeps her seat 54-43. Republican hold.
- HD 40 – Mark Meek (D) vs. Evon Tekorius (R): This was supposed to be a very competitive district for a Republican gain, but it never got off the ground. Meek wins 51-43. Democratic hold.
- HD 51 – Janell Bynum (D) vs. Lori Chavez DeRemer (R): Bynum currently leads by 311 votes. Potential democratic hold.
- HD 52 – Rep. Mark Johnson (R) vs. Mark Reynolds (D): Rep Johnson defended his turf, 55-44. Republican hold.
- HD 54 – Knute Buehler (R) vs. Gena Goodman-Campbell (D): Rep Buehler currently leads by 1,100 votes, but still many ballots to be counted. Potential republican hold.
Many thanks for your efforts during this election cycle. You have all made a great impact.