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Mon Dec 12, 2011, 12:59 PM


Chris Harker wins recommendation for nomination to replace Susan Bonamici in State Senate last night

Attended the Nomination Convention last night to create a list of recommended candidates to replace Susan Bonamici in the State Senate who's now running to replace David Wu as our congressman here.

The three nominees to replace Bonamici to be sent to the Washington and Multinomah board of commissioners are in order of votes:

1 - Chris Harker
2 - Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
3 - Paul Terdal


Going as it has pretty much in the past, the board will select the number one choice of this election, Chris Harker to be the new State Senator.

This means that there will be a vacancy to be filled in the State House to fill Chris Harker's spot there, which he will resign shortly if and when he's approved to fill the State Senate seat. So timing is even more critical to vote for his replacement, as right now the State House is an even split of Dems and Republicans, and one session where the Dems miss one seat could be disastrous. So, if you have some recommendations for who we put in or issues you want to see put forth to the candidates to replace Harker to be considered, PM me or talk to another PCP you might know in this district, who will be voting on them shortly. This convention will most likely be happening in early January.

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Reply Chris Harker wins recommendation for nomination to replace Susan Bonamici in State Senate last night (Original post)
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Thu Dec 22, 2011, 04:24 AM

1. Hmm.... It looks like the commissioners choose to override PCP choice of Harker...


... and picked Elizabeth Steiner Hayward instead. It would appear that there was a bit of county bias joined along with three Republican commissioners (the minority) that teamed up to do this and basically tell us PCP's who voted for a more experienced Chris Harker to take this seat that our vote in effect didn't count in what we thought was best for and what represented the interests of this district in lieu of an actual primary.

My guess is that the Republicans voted for her thinking that since she doesn't have much experience as a politician yet, that they can:
a) take advantage of this in trying to run over her in the State Senate when sessions come up moreso than a rep from the State House like Chris Harker with more experience.
b) they will have a far greater chance of getting a Republican to take this seat in 2012 election if she's the incumbent instead of Harker.

That's not picking a rep that one feels best represents the interests of the voters in the district, but playing political games and agendas.

It's sad, because though I don't know Mrs. Hayward that well, it's probably also unfair to her as well. She worked very hard to get the vote. Now from the sounds of it she sounds also a bit more conservative than Harker, but its hard to tell with that brief meeting we had. She still could do a damn good job, so I'm going to giver her a shot.

Just don't appreciate how this process went down, and how the whole political landscape is turning more in to a game each day than it is an environment that hopefully we have a way of choosing the best person to represent us all.

Story in Blue Oregon on the events today.


The comments here are interesting. I'm not sure I'm as extreme a voice as those seem to be on either side, but it is a sad set of comments. Almost felt like I was told the time I spent to go there when I had a lot of other things to do this hoilday was a waste of my time, which I don't like to be told when I think something is important.

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