Democrat Candidates Running for Office

Find My District

You might be thinking… I have no idea who my state senator is… what house district do I belong to? Use these tools below to discover who your representatives are today, and, what senate and house districts you belong to!

Representing Oregon in U.S. Congress

Jeff Merkley

U.S. Senator of Oregon (incumbent)

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Suzanne Bonamici

U.S. Representative, District 1 (incumbent)

Oregon State Executive Branch

Shemia Fagan race to watch with a trophy ribbon

Oregon Secretary of State

Tobias Read

Oregon State Treasurer (incumbent)

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Ellen Rosenblum

Oregon State Attorney General (incumbent)

★★ Oregon State Legislature: FOCUS FOUR 2020 ★★

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Lynette Shaw seat to flip with a trophy ribbon

State Representative, District 24

The Republican walkouts of 2019 and 2020 inspired a lot of people to run for office. That’s what Lynnette Shaw was motivated to do.

Lynette Shaw is a targeted race. Republicans do not want to lose this seat.  She is up against aggressive conservative funding.

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State Representative, District 26 (incumbent)

 For most incumbents, their first re-election is their toughest race. That’s where Courtney is this year. Neron is one of the Republican’s top-priority targeted recovery races in the state. Republicans had not expected to lose this seat in 2018, and they want it back.

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Debbie Boothe-Schmidt race to watch with a trophy ribbon

State Representative, District 32

Candidate Debbie Boothe-Schmidt is in an underfunded race to retain this volatile seat against the timber-funded Republicans.

 If Democrats are able to mobilize in this district that goes from Astoria to Banks we will be able to hold on to this seat, but this is a tough race that needs our dedication and energy!

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Rachel Prusak race to watch with a trophy ribbon

State Representative, District 37 (incumbent)

Incumbent Rachel Prusak is, like Neron, in a targeted race where money is no object for the Republicans to recover this seat.

In 2018 Rachel Prusak defeated well known Republican incumbent Julie Parrish. It took a lot of door-knocking, calls, and texts. we cannot take this seat for granted!

Why Are They Key Races?

Why are some of our Dem races considered key or critical?

Much of understanding comes from polling, fundraising, and the actual year. Three of these legislative seats we’re only won in 2018, so they have a lot of attention from Republicans. They are looking to gain those seats back.

Every seat is important in order to maintain our supermajority, but as you can imagine there are some districts that are solid blue, and some that are bluish-purple; meaning if we don’t fight for every vote and get high turnout, we could easily slip back and lose the seat again.

For our two incumbents, these seats are considered at risk for this reason. We have to pay close attention, volunteer, make phone calls and donate. Do whatever we can to help these candidates get reelected.

Debbie is in a particularly unique situation because the seat was won in 2018 by Tiffiny Mitchell, a Democrat, but she and her family will be moving out of state. Debbie has to maintain the seat for Democrats while being new to the playing field. She needs you! Help her help Democrats keep this seat!

Lynette is considered a bit of an uphill battle, but, because of the walkouts that all Oregonians witnessed from Republicans, we do have a shot at the seat. Lynette is intelligent, well-spoken, and knows how to connect with her voters. If we can put enough focus and energy towards this campaign, we may be able to flip one more seat to add to our supermajority.

In order for Oregon to continue to lead as a beacon of progressive values, it is important to hold that supermajority. What became clear and in 2019 was that even with a supermajority, the Republicans can walk out when they don’t like something. When they walk out … we cannot conduct business. The more seats held by Democrats, the less of a weapon the walkout can be against our commitment to Progressive values.

It comes down to defending our incumbents that get targeted by the GOP and interest groups, and seeking to expand the map as the electorate continues to become more progressive.

Meet Our Newest Democratic Candidates

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Bernadette Hansen seat to flip with a trophy ribbon

State Senator, District 12

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Kate Lieber

State Senator, District 14

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Ramiro Navarro seat to flip with a trophy ribbon

State Representative, District 25

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Wlnsvey Campos

State Representative, District 28

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Dacia Grayber

State Representative, District 35

New Candidates

The candidates running for these positions are all first-time candidates and will be new to government legislature. In some cases, we are looking to fill the seat of a recently retired elected, or, we are trying to flip a Republican seat. As soon as you get your ballot– vote and vote early! We want to hold on to the districts we have, and let’s flip two more seats!

Keep it blue!

Sheri Schouten
State Representative
District 27

Zip Codes: 97005, 97008, 97223,
97225, 97007

What to know: Incumbent, running
against a Republican candidate.

Susan McLain
State Representative
District 29

Zip Codes: 97113, 97116, 97123, 97124

What to know: Incumbent, running
against a Republican candidate.

Janeen Sollman
State Representative
District 30

Zip Codes:97006, 97106, 97113,
97116, 97123, 97124, 97133, 97229

What to know: Incumbent, running
against a Republican candidate.

Brad Witt
State Representative
District 31

Zip Codes: 97109, 97124, 97133,
97144, 97229, 97106

What to know: Incumbent, running
against a Republican candidate.

Maxine Dexter
State Representative
District 33

Zip Codes: 97005, 97006, 97225,
97229

What to know: Incumbent, running
against a Republican candidate.

Ken Helm
State Representative
District 34

Zip Codes: 97005, 97006, 97124,
97225, 97229

What to know:  Incumbent
(unopposed)

Ginny Burdick
State Senator
District 18

Zip Codes: 97007,97201,97204,
97205, 97209, 97210, 97219, 97221,
97223, 97224, 97239

What to know:  Incumbent
(unopposed)