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OFF ALERT 03/09/06
Primary Race Info.
The filing deadline for candidates has now passed and the primary show
will soon begin in ernest.
If you're interested in getting some early information on who is
running across the state, you can use this link to see the declared
We expect to be sending out candidate surveys as soon as the Secretary
of State makes the candidate listings official, which will likely be
early next week.
Although there are several races that might prove very interesting, one
of the most important developments is a race for Portland City Council.
In this race, current council member Erik Sten is facing anti-gun
zealot Senator Ginny Burdick.
Burdick is NOT facing reelection this year for her Senate seat, so she
does not risk losing the seat if her bid for City Council fails.
However, if she should win, she would no longer be in the Oregon
legislature making regular, if bumbling, attempts to attack gun rights
The amount of damage she can do in the City Council is currently
limited by Oregon's preemption law, so while we are not interested in
seeing Portland residents saddled with her extremism, having her out of
the State house would be a great step forward for gun rights.
Burdick started her career in politics as an appointee of disgraced
child molester Neil Goldschmidt and is still considered a Goldschmidt
"loyalist" by some. <tinyurl.com/qpkr6>
Anti-gun Senator Charlie Ringo has decided not to run again and
Republicans are targeting Senator Rick Metzger who also has a less than
stellar record on gun rights.
In the Governor's race, none of the Democrats has a pro-gun record or
ideology. Of the major Republican candidates, Kevin Mannix was the
architect of the 1999 anti gun-show bill.
When he ran for Governor last time he actually claimed to have opposed
this bill, which he WROTE, LOBBIED FOR, and CARRIED ON THE HOUSE FLOOR.
But the facts remain, he worked overtime to pass this attack on gun
rights. His bill failed but was later turned into Ballot Measure 5 in
2000, by Ginny Burdick. That passed and gun shows have suffered ever
Ron Saxton has ties to Goldschmidt and has refused to give us any
details on his position on gun rights.
That leaves Jason Atkinson. Atkinson did take time to meet with a
representative of OFF last week. While OFF does not endorse candidates,
it should be noted that Atkinson has a solid pro-gun record.
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