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Future Ballot: Filings as of October 2007 October 24, 2007

The filing deadline for running in the 2008 election cycle isn’t until March, but many candidates have gotten an early start with the paperwork. The list below is not unlike a ballot of the future, except no one citizen would be able to vote in all 60 state representative contests. The list below contains mostly incumbents and primary fights in open seats. You’ll rarely find an incumbent and a challenger in any of these contests–the challengers are probably counting on some element of surprise. Or, perhaps in the Republicans’ case, they just can’t find anybody to run!

The Boundary will try to post this list every month or so to show progress on the filings and evolution in the contests.

Here’s the actual filings as of noon today (October 24, 2007):

United States Senator

David Loera (D), Roger Obrist (D), Pavel Goberman (D), Candy Neville (D)

Representative in Congress – First District

Mark Welyczko (D)

Attorney General

Greg Macpherson (D)^, John Kroger (D)^

Secretary of State

Vicki Walker (D), Brad Avakian (D)^, Kate Brown (D)^

State Treasurer

Ben Westlund (D)^

State Senator – Fifth District

Joanne Verger (D), incumbent

State Senator – Ninth District

Sarah Arcune (R), Bob McDonald (D)

State Senator – Fourteenth Districtballot

Mark Hass (D)

State Senator – Nineteenth District

Richard Devlin (D)^, incumbent

State Senator – Twenty-First District

Diane Rosenbaum (D)

State Senator – Twenty-Third District

Jackie Dingfelder (D)

State Senator – Twenty-Fifth District

Laurie Monnes Anderson (D), incumbent

State Senator – Twenty-Seventh District

Chris Telfer (R)^

State Senator, Twenty-Eighth District

Doug Whitsett (R), incumbent

State Representative – First District

Wayne Krieger (R), incumbent

State Representative – Second District

Tim J. Freeman (R), Mike Ward (D)

State Representative – Third District

Ron Maurer (R), incumbent

State Representative – Fourth District

Ronald Schultz (R), Dennis Richardson (R), incumbent

State Representative – Seventh District

Bruce Hanna (R), incumbent

State Representative – Eighth District

Paul Holvey (D), incumbent

State Representative – Ninth District

Arnie Roblan (D), incumbent

State Representative – Tenth District

Jean Cowan (D), incumbent

State Representative – Twelfth District

E. Terry Beyer (D), incumbent

State Representative – Fifteenth District

Andy Olson (R), incumbent

State Representative – Seventeenth District

Fred Girod (R), incumbent, Dan Thackaberry (D), Steven H. Frank (D)

State Representative – Eighteenth District

Vic Gilliam (R), incumbent

State Representative – Nineteenth District

Kevin Cameron (R), incumbent

State Representative, Twenty-Second District

Betty Komp (D), incumbent

State Representative, Twenty-Fourth District

Jim Weidner (R)

State Representative, Twenty-Fifth District

Kim Thatcher (R), incumbent

State Representative, Twenty-Sixth District

Matt Wingard (R)

State Representative, Twenty-Seventh District

Tobias Read (D), incumbent

State Representative, Twenty-Eighth District

Jeff Barker (D), incumbent

State Representative, Twenty-Ninth District

Chuck Riley (D), incumbent

State Representative, Thirtieth District

David Edwards (D), incumbent

State Representative, Thirty-First District

Brad Witt (D), incumbent

State Representative, Thirty-Second District

Deborah Boone (D), incumbent

State Representative, Thirty-Third District

Mitch Greenlick (D), incumbent

State Representative, Thirty-Fourth District

Suzanne Bonamici (D), incumbent

State Representative, Thirty-Fifth District

Larry Galizio (D), incumbent

State Representative, Thirty-Seventh District

Scott Bruun (R), incumbent

State Representative, Thirty-Eighth District

Linda Brown (D)

State Representative, Forty-First District

Carolyn Tomei (D), incumbent

State Representative, Forty-Second District

Regan Gray (D), Gordon Hillesland (D), Teddy Keizer (D), Albert Kaufman (D)^, Jules Kopel Bailey (D)^

State Representative, Forty-Third District

Chip Shields (D), incumbent

State Representative, Forty-Fifth District

Jon Coney (D), Michael Dembrow (D), Cyreena Boston (D)

State Representative, Forty-Sixth District

Ben Cannon (D), incumbent

State Representative, Forty-Seventh District

Jefferson Smith (D)^

State Representative, Forty-Eighth District

Mike Schaufler (D), incumbent

State Representative, Forty-Ninth District

Nick Kahl (D), Barbara Kyle (D)

State Representative, Fiftieth District

Bob Sherwin (D)

State Representative, Fifty-First District

Allen Taylor (D)^, Brett Barton (D)^

State Representative, Fifty-Third District

Gene Whisnant (R), incumbent

State Representative, Fifty-Fourth District

Chuck Burley (R), incumbent

State Representative, Fifty-Fifth District

George Gilman (R), incumbent

State Representative, Fifty-Sixth District

Bill Garrard (R), incumbent

State Representative, Fifty-Eighth District

Bob Jenson (R), incumbent

State Representative, Fifty-Ninth District

John Huffman (R), incumbent

State Representative, Sixtieth District

Cliff Bentz (R), Tim K. Smith (R), Dean Strommer (R)

^indicates candidate who has formed 2008 candidate committee for fundraising purposes but has not yet filed formal candidacy with the Secretary of State.


8 Responses to “Future Ballot: Filings as of October 2007”

  1. JTT Says:

    Wow, that picture of a ballot in Michigan is fascinating. They can fill in one box and vote straight party!? I remember way back in high school civics that countries with a proportional parliamentary representation system voted for a party slate like that, but I didn’t think we did it anywhere in America. Maybe it’s the independent streak in me, but I couldn’t imagine voting for the party and not the candidate. I wonder if they (Michigan voters) have less cross-over votes than we do in Oregon because of the “straight-party” option. I also wonder what would happen if someone marked their ballot for a “straight Democratic-party ballot” option and they voted for a candidate down ballot that was a Green (or Lib, NAV, Rep, etc.) Party member. Would the ballot be thrown out or just that race thrown out? Or would the actual vote in the specific race override the “straight party” vote?

  2. lestatdelc Says:

    Ahhhhh, am I missing something or are you saying the Steve Novick and Jeff Merkley have not both filed for the 2008 Ballot for United States Senator?

  3. Taoiseach Says:


    You’re not missing anything. They’ve both filed to run at the federal level, but haven’t set up at the state level yet. This is probably true of a large number of candidates, especially for higher offices where there may be a number of regulatory requirements.


    I don’t know anything about the Michigan system (though my boss probably does). I thought that ballot looked cool though (whoa…I just out-wonked myself).

  4. Glen HD28 Says:

    Nothing looks cool with Bush & Cheney written on it.
    Aw crap! I just de-cooled my comment!

  5. Scott McLean Says:

    We are going to see more candidates file. I’ve looked at it myself because I think we deserve a much better government. I’m a Democrat who thinks we need to continue with smart, progressive environmental protection.

  6. Liz Says:

    Regarding this:
    >>Wow, that picture of a ballot in Michigan is fascinating. They can fill in one box and vote straight party!? I remember way back in high school civics that countries with a proportional parliamentary representation system voted for a party slate like that, but I didn’t think we did it anywhere in America. <<

    I was an elementary school student in Michigan back so long ago that IKE was president. Before they removed the voting machines (larger than telephone booths) from the library or wherever they had been on Election Day, the elem. students were brought in one class at a time and shown what a voting machine was like.

    These were the old line machines (forget modern ideas like proportional voting, think old Daley machine Chicago type machines)where the person stepped into the booth, pulled the curtain, and then voted. They could flip individual levers (very analog mechanical levers) if they wanted to vote split ticket.
    OR, the voter could just decide to vote the party. In that case, they’d just look at the top of the ballot, choose the party, and pull a single lever which flipped all the indiv. levers below it.
    When the voter pulled the curtain pull on the inside of the booth to open the curtain, that cleared the board for the next voter, supposedly to keep the vote private.

    The way the Chicago voting finally got the political machine in trouble was a little window in the back of the booth with little analog numbers rolling over. Whenever the curtain opened, the little numbers would show if it had been a Democratic or Republican (or split, I suppose) vote. People from the old Daley machine were caught watching the way the numbers turned and then keeping track of who walked out of the booth–if it was someone who had promised to vote one way and the numbers showed someone else, that’s when political machine peer pressure took over.

    This is where the terms “straight ticket” and “split ticket” come from. As in people a couple generations older than I am who were very proud to always vote straight party ticket of their chosen party.

  7. Katy Daily Says:

    Wasn’t Devlin re-elected in 2006? I don’t think SD 19 is up in 2008. Would explain why he hasn’t yet filed.

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