This Election -- Oregon Finally Deserves Some Balance

Sunday, October 09, 2022 12:45 PM | Benjamyn Seamans (Administrator)

By: ORHA Legislative Committee
October 01, 2022

With one-party control and supermajorities in the legislature, it’s natural that policy is driven down a one-way progressive street with no stop lights to slow it down.  Negotiation and moderation begin to fade and party politics shift so far in one direction that the electorate clamors for the pendulum to come back.

The 2022 election could be the year that the pendulum swings back to the middle— a corrective course of those unhappy with the direction Oregon is heading.  Homelessness, Crime and Public Safety are top of mind for voters this Fall and will decide the fate of those running for office. 

Oregon’s political climate should yield a more balanced legislature this November with the expectation that both the Oregon House and Senate could fall below the Democrat 3/5ths supermajorities of 18 and 36 in both chambers.  The Senate has the clearer path to reduce the democrat majority from 18D-11R-1I to a 15-15 split or even a 16-14 Republican majority (including the conservative Independent) if they win every targeted race.  The House Republicans are expected to narrow the gap from 38D-22R to 35D-25R or even closer if they win a few more targeted races.

The Governor’s race is an historic three person—all women race with former Speaker of the House Tina Kotek (D-Portland), former House Republican Leader Christine Drazan (R-Canby) and former Ways and Means Co-Chair Betsy Johnson who was a life-long Democrat in office but is now running as a non-affiliated candidate. 

With the Governor’s race now firmly a two-way contest between Republican Christine Drazan (R-Canby) and Democrat Tina Kotek (D-Portland), the stakes could not be higher.  Last week, three polls were released illustrating the following:

Nelson Research
(R) Drazan 33.4% (+1.9)
(D) Kotek 31.5%
(I) Johnson 19.2%

Clout Research
(R) Drazan 39% (+4)
(D) Kotek 35%
(I) Johnson 16%

DHM Research
(R) Drazan 35% (+2)
(D) Kotek 33%
(I) Johnson 21%


This election could be historical with your help!

It’s time we transition into a post pandemic world where balance is restored.

This November election is critical.  Either we elect a Governor and legislators who will help us manage our properties or we may face future set-backs with further eviction moratoriums, rent control and/or the loss of no-cause evictions.  

This is a special “balance” appeal for our PAC so we can defend ourselves or face the consequences.  So it’s time once again to please contribute to the Oregon Rental Housing KEY-PAC.

Your contribution of $1,000, $500, $250 or $100 will go a long way this election cycle to help stop these attacks!  A lot is at stake next legislative session.

ORHA’s legislative successes are built upon getting the right legislators elected!  Regardless of a candidate’s political affiliation, ORHA KEY-PAC helps elect candidates who will help protect your ability to own, operate and manage rental property.

So please, support the ORHA KEY-PAC and support legislators who will understand and protect our industry.

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