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Vote 2020

The Source Weekly's endorsements in the May primary election, including the Oregon House race, Deschutes County Commission and Secretary of State
Endorsing candidates looks a little different in the midst of a global pandemic. With most interviews and candidate appearances happening via Zoom, YouTube or any number of other online platforms, we've been challenged to adapt in how we connect with and learn about candidates—as have voters, voters' groups and anyone engaged in the political process.

Vote Phil Chang for Deschutes County Commissioner Position 2, Democratic Primary

Three candidates are in the race, but Chang is best prepared
The May primary election is right around the corner—and three people are vying to unseat sitting Deschutes County Commissioner Phil Henderson. We believe the best choice to move forward in the Democratic primary is another Phil—Phil Chang.

Vote Jason Atkinson for U.S. Representative, 2nd District Republican Primary

Voters will have a lot of choices on their ballots in this Republican primary. Here's our pick.
The race for the Republican nomination for Greg Walden’s U.S. House seat is filled with a host of contenders—many of whom have served in the Oregon legislature. While some of those candidates have provided some colorful—and amusing—political theatre during this time of quarantine, it is in one of the less-flashy candidates that we find ourselves seeing the most promising candidate.

Vote Nick (Nik) L. Huertz for U.S. Representative, 2nd District Democratic primary

A field of five candidates is in the primary race for the U.S. House seat
Greg Walden’s long-held seat in Congress is up for grabs this November, and a crowded field populates the primaries on both the Democratic and Republican sides. On the Democratic side, we have a field of five candidates, including John Holm, who lists "currently disabled" as his occupation, with past experience as a broker; Nick Heuertz, a retail store owner; Jack Howard, an attorney and Union County Commissioner; Alex Spenser, a former campaign strategist and writer; and Chris Vaughn, a store manager who wants to bring the voice of the working class to Washington, D.C.

Endorsement: Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Secretary of State in the Democratic Primary

Three solid candidates mean this race will have a strong contender for the general election, but McLeod-Skinner has proven her commitment to rural parts of the state
Making our decision on who to endorse for the Democratic nomination in the primary for Oregon Secretary of State was a tough call. Among the contenders are three highly qualified individuals: Shemia Fagan is a state senator serving the southeast Portland area; Mark Hass is also a state senator serving the western suburbs of the Portland metro; and Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a former congressional candidate who ran a spirited campaign against Rep. Greg Walden in the 2018 race for his seat.

Vote Kim Thatcher for Secretary of State in the Republican Primary

With two candidates in the race for the Republican nomination, Thatcher is the clear choice
Two candidates are running in the Republican primary for Oregon’s Secretary of State position, including Kim Thatcher, a state senator and Dave Stauffer, an environmental inventor—but it is in Kim Thatcher that voters will find the most viable candidate.  Voters may remember Stauffer’s bid to run for governor of Oregon, as a Democrat, in 2016—a run that included a fantastical proposal to solve the Portland area’s traffic woes: Waterslides.


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