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Robert Bruce to Run for State Senate
EARLY FILINGS SHOW STRENGTH FOR SENATE DEMOCRATS in 2014
September 12 marked the first day that candidates for the 2014 election could officially file their paperwork with the Secretary of State. Just 12 days later, a flurry of Senate Democrats have filed for re-election, and a top recruit has emerged to challenge an incumbent Republican senator in a Democratic-leaning district.
Senate Democrats who have filed for re-election already:
- Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn)
- Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford)
- Senator Lee Beyer (D-Springfield)
- Senator Chris Edwards (D-Eugene)
- Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose)
- Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward (D-Beaverton)
- Senator Rod Monroe (D-Portland)
Rep. Sara Gelser to Run for Senate District 8
On September 16, Rep. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) announced that she would run for the State Senate in District 8, currently held by Sen. Betsy Close (R-Albany), who was appointed to the position in October 2012.
News of Gelser's candidacy spread quickly and was met with lots of enthusiasm from Democrats and the progressive community. Check out the coverage below!
You can help Rep. Gelser in her race for state Senate by pitching in a contribution at her ActBlue page. Help her get the momentum and the money she needs to win!
Oregonians Vote to Retain Senate Democratic Majority
PORTLAND, Ore--Returns from Tuesday night's election delivered a decisive victory for the Oregon Senate Democrats, who will hold a 16-14 majority in the 2013 Legislative Session.
Out of 16 seats up for grabs in this cycle, Democrats held on to their 8 seats to preserve the balance of power and keep the majority. Key races included East Multnomah County's Senate District 25, where Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson handily won a second term, and the Oregon Coast, where Co-Speaker Arnie Roblan won an open seat contest to succeed retiring Sen. Joanne Verger.
"Democrats ran hard-fought campaigns with a message that spoke to everyday Oregonians," said Tom Powers, executive director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Fund. "Our victories in East County, on the Oregon Coast and in the Portland area show that voters overwhelmingly chose the Democratic majority to keep working for them".
In Beaverton's Senate District 14, Senator Mark Hass turned back a challenge from towing company magnate Gary Coe (R-Sylvan) by a comfortable 20 percent margin to win his second full term in the Oregon Senate. Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, appointed in December 2011 to succeed Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, won the right to serve out the remainder of her term by a 2-to-1 margin against John Verbeek.
In Portland, incumbent Senators Ginny Burdick, Chip Shields, Jackie Dingfelder and Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum all easily won election to new 4-year terms.
Democratic challengers also ran spirited campaigns in Republican-held seats.
"Our challenger candidates fought the good fight, carrying the banner for our party and giving Oregonians in these districts a clear choice for the right priorities," said Powers. "Oregonians across the state will benefit from the Senate Democratic Majority, and these candidates played a huge role in keeping our team in place".
In seats that saw the most spending and campaign activity, Senate Districts 5, 14, and 25, Democrats won 3-0.