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2016 State Legislative endorsements

The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee has issued endorsements in 34 Oregon House races and 10 Oregon Senate races.

"ONPAC has endorsed these candidates because they have shown themselves to be nursery friendly," ONPAC chairman Josh Zielinski said. "The endorsement process is bipartisan and member driven, and based on interviews as well as the candidate's record. We have endorsed 26 Republican candidates and 20 Democratic candidates, including two races in which we issued a dual endorsement."

The committee also recommended against Ballot Measure 97, a proposed gross receipts tax on businesses with income greater than $25 million.

"The tax applies to income and not profits, so it's effectively a backdoor sales tax that hits low-margin, high-quantity businesses the hardest," Zielinski said. "Coming on the heels of paid sick leave, higher minimum wages and other new mandates that have imposed on businesses lately, we're very concerned about the impact this new, $3 billion tax would have on Oregon's overall business climate."

OAN members are invited to participate in ONPAC and also to donate to the campaign fund to help elect nursery friendly candidates. For more information, contact Jeff Stone at jstone@oan.org.

The full list of endorsements is as follows:


OREGON LEGISLATURE

TRI-COUNTY AREA

Oregon Senate

SD-14 Mark Hass (D)
SD-18 Ginny Burdick (D)
SD-25 Lauri Monnes Anderson (D)

Oregon House

HD-24 DUAL: Ron Noble (R) /Ken Moore (D)
HD-26 Rich Vial (R)
HD-28 Jeff Barker (D)
HD-30 Dan Mason (R)
HD-31 Brad Witt (D)
HD-34 Ken Helm (D)
HD-35 Margaret Doherty (D)
HD-37 Julie Parrish (R)
HD-39 Bill Kennemer (R)
HD-40 Mark Meek (D)
HD-44 Tina Kotek (D)
HD-45 Barbara Smith Warner (D)
HD-48 Jeff Reardon (D)
HD-50 Carla Piluso (D)
HD-51 DUAL: Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R)/Janelle Bynum (D)
HD-52 Mark Johnson (R)

OREGON COAST

Oregon Senate

SD-5 Arnie Roblan (D)

Oregon House

HD-9 Caddy McKeown (D)
HD-32 Debbie Boone (D)

WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Oregon Senate

SD-9 Fred Girod (R)
SD-12 Brian Boquist (R)

Oregon House

HD-7 Cedric Hayden (R)
HD-12 John Lively (D)
HD-15 Andy Olson (R)
HD-16 Dan Rayfield (D)
HD-17 Sherry Sprenger (R)
HD-18 Vic Gilliam (R)
HD-19 Jodi Hack (R)
HD-21 Brian Clem (D)
HD-22 Patti Milne (R)
HD-25 Bill Post (R)

SOUTHERN/EASTERN/CENTRAL OREGON

Oregon Senate

SD-1 Jeff Kruse (R)
SD-2 Herman Baertschiger (R)
SD-27 Tim Knopp (R)
SD-29 Bill Hansell (R)

Oregon House

HD-53 Gene Whisnant (R)
HD-54 Knute Buehler (R)
HD-55 Mike McLane (R)
HD-58 Greg Barreto (R)
HD-59 John Huffman (R)
HD-60 Cliff Bentz (R)

BALLOT MEASURES

BM97 Gross Receipts Tax - NO

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