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2014 State Legislative endorsements

The Oregon Nurseries' Political Action Committee (ONPAC) has issued several endorsements in the 2014 general election.

Candidate endorsements were based on interviews, letters from the candidates, candidate positions on key issues, and voting records. Numerous members of ONPAC, representing several industry sectors, participated in the interviews.

Questions for the candidates centered on several core issues, including the drivers card, water supply development, water quality regulations, support for Oregon State University Extension and the state natural resource agencies, tax policy, and support for transportation infrastructure.

"ONPAC has consistently taken the view that candidates should be endorsed based on issues, rather than a party affiliation," said Josh Zielinski, chairman of ONPAC. "We have a longstanding reputation for bipartisanship. We take ownership of issues affecting the nursery industry, and all of agriculture, and work collaboratively with other stakeholders to find the fairest and most effective solutions."

ONPAC recognizes that different association members may have differing political views. This year's endorsements include several Republicans and several Democrats, and that has also been the case in previous elections. ONPAC feels that all of the endorsed candidates, regardless of party affiliation, will work toward supporting the nursery and greenhouse industry in the State Capitol.

The resulting endorsements include 52 candidates for the Oregon Legislature, who include members of both parties.

In addition to 52 candidates for the Oregon Legislature, ONPAC endorses Gov. John Kitzhaber and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader. ONPAC also recommends a Yes vote on Measure 88 (Oregon Driver's Card) and a No vote on Measure 92 (GMO labeling).

In a local Clackamas County measure, ONPAC urges a Yes vote on Ballot Measure 3-447. This $90 million bond measure would improve the educational facilities at Clackamas Community College. It would replace an expiring bond measure, and would not result in a net tax increase.

The full list of endorsements is as follows:



Oregon Senate

SD-17 Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
SD-19 Richard Devlin
SD-20 Jaime Damon
SD-23 Michael Dembrow
SD-26 Chuck Thomsen

Oregon House

HD-26 John Davis
HD-27 Tobias Read
HD-28 Jeff Barker
HD-29 Mark Richman
HD-30 DUAL: Dan Mason/Joe Gallegos
HD-31 Brad Witt
HD-35 Margaret Doherty
HD-36 Jennifer Williamson
HD-37 Julie Parrish
HD-38 Ann Lininger
HD-39 Bill Kennemer
HD-40 Brent Barton
HD-42 Rob Nosse
HD-44 Tina Kotek
HD-45 Barbara Smith Warner
HD-46 Alissa Keny-Guyer
HD-47 Jessica Vega Pederson
HD-48 Jeff Reardon
HD-49 Chris Gorsek
HD-50 Carla Piluso
HD-51 Shemia Fagan
HD-52 Mark Johnson


Oregon House

HD-9 Caddy McKeown
HD-10 David Gomberg
HD-32 Debbie Boone


Oregon Senate

SD-6 Lee Beyer
SD-7 Chris Edwards
SD-10 Jackie Winters
SD-11 Peter Courtney
SD-15 Bruce Starr
SD-16 Betsy Johnson

Oregon House

HD-12 John Lively
HD-13 Nancy Nathanson
HD-14 Val Hoyle
HD-15 Andy Olson
HD-18 Vic Gilliam
HD-19 Jodi Hack
HD-20 Paul Evans
HD-21 Brian Clem
HD-25 Bill Post


Oregon House

HD-5 Peter Buckley
HD-53 Gene Whisnant
HD-55 Mike McLane
HD-57 Greg Smith
HD-59 John Huffman
HD-60 Cliff Bentz



John Kitzhaber


Kurt Schrader


BM88 Drivers Card – YES
BM92 GMO Labeling – NO
BM3-447 Clackamas Community College Bond Measure - YES

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