‘Farmer’ Dan Thackaberry has filed to run for state representative again in House District 17, which includes the Santiam Valley, Lebanon, Sublimity, Aumsville and Sweet Home.
Thackaberry, a former Lebanon city councilor, lost to former representative Fred Girod in 2006 by a margin of 8,682 to 12,658. In that race, former Rep. Jeff Kropf dropped out mid-season to tend to his KXL radio program. Girod has also filed to run again, making it a rematch in the Santiam Valley for 2008.
One might think that the House Democrats do not expect to pick up House District 17 from the Republicans, but if this race were run on moustache quality alone, it’d be Thackaberry by a more than a few follicles over the patchily-goateed Girod.
Let’s also say that Girod, a dentist, has made himself quite the conservative curmudgeon in the Oregon House. He gravitated all the way to the right-wing fringe during the 2007 session, voting against civil unions, anti-discrimination, access to birth control, and in opposition to almost every pro-environment bill–moves which gave him a 20% score from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. He made no attempt at moderation.
By contrast, in the 2006 contest Thackaberry picked up the endorsements of the Farm Bureau, The Stayton Mail and former state Senator Hector Macpherson, a Republican who authored SB 100–Oregon’s landmark land use bill.
Watch for the district’s support of Measure 49 in a few weeks to gauge which way this district might swing.