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We’re entering a rapid early shakethrough on candidates for the suddenly-open Oregon 5th, to be vacated by six-term Democrat Darlene Hooley, and some of the first focus seems to be arriving among the Republicans.
Mike Erickson, the Clackamas businessman who opposed Hooley in 2006 (spending a pile of money and getting clobbered nonetheless), had been making moves toward a rematch, had indicated interest (though there had been some talk of a state treasurer run), and now seems to have all but declared his candidacy for the newly open seat. Understandable, and also understandable if he was hoping that would mean a quick gathering of support from other Republicans.
Some support he’ll doubtless get, but he almost certainly will not have the field alone.
Highly interesting was today’s report that state Representative Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, who had been readying himself for a run for state Senate, is “looking at the 5th District, and dusting off campaign plans, but no decisions will be made until March” – meaning, until the legislative session adjourns.
Which on its face sounds inconclusive until you read the rest of the story: “He said he would not be deterred by the plans of Mike Erickson . . . Erickson was making the rounds of the Capitol on Monday in the company of Vance Day, a Salem lawyer who is the Oregon Republican Party chairman.”
In related developments, Kevin Mannix (twice for governor, twice for attorney general, many initiatives) is on the fence about whether to run. Nor, of course, are these three the only options; at least a dozen other names are floating around.
Looks like a highly watchable primary. And we don’t even have a clear picture yet of what the Democrats will come up with.Share on Facebook