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ONPAC endorses 42 winners in the 2012 election

The Oregon Nurseries Political Action Committee supported winning candidates for the Oregon Legislature on both sides of the aisle, according to returns from the 2012 general election. All 10 of the ONPAC-endorsed candidates for the State Senate won election. In addition, ONPAC-approved candidates won in 32 out of the 37 house races in which endorsements were given. ONPAC is the political action arm of the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN). It raises funds to assist in the election of candidates who are friendly to the nursery and greenhouse industry. Endorsements are made based on a dialogue with the candidates about the issues, not partisan affiliation. ONPAC's 2012 endorsements were balanced, with 25 Republicans and 23 Democrats.

Longtime industry leader and OAN Past President Kathy LeCompte ran a tough race for House District 22 (Woodburn and Salem), but was defeated by incumbent Betty Komp, 53–47 percent.

"Kathy LeCompte distinguished herself by her hard work and advancement of the values held by members of our industry," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "It is not easy to put your name on a ballot and I am tremendously grateful for Kathy running for the state house."

During the upcoming 2013 Legislature, the OAN Government Relations team will continue to work to protect and promote the interests of nurseries, green industry allies, and family-owned small businesses.

"We had a good conversation with presumptive house speaker Tina Kotek during the election cycle," OAN Government Relations Committee Chairman Gary Furr said. "We endorsed her and feel she understands that we are based on issues, not partisanship." The election result means Democrats retain the Senate and take control of the House after two years of a 30-30 tie. The full results are at gov.oregonlive.com/electoin/2012/Legislature.

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