Oregon State Senate elections, 2008

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Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 20, 2008, and a general election on November 4, 2008.[1] Sixteen seats were up for election.

Qualifications

Article 4, Section 8 of the Oregon Constitution states:

  • No person shall be a Senator or Representative who at the time of election is not a citizen of the United States; nor anyone who has not been for one year next preceding the election an inhabitant of the district from which the Senator or Representative may be chosen. However, for purposes of the general election next following the operative date of an apportionment under section 6 of this Article, the person must have been an inhabitant of the district from January 1 of the year following the reapportionment to the date of the election.
  • Senators and Representatives shall be at least twenty one years of age.
  • No person shall be a Senator or Representative who has been convicted of a felony during:
    • The term of office of the person as a Senator or Representative; or
    • The period beginning on the date of the election at which the person was elected to the office of Senator or Representative and ending on the first day of the term of office to which the person was elected.
  • No person is eligible to be elected as a Senator or Representative if that person has been convicted of a felony and has not completed the sentence received for the conviction prior to the date that person would take office if elected. As used in this subsection, “sentence received for the conviction” includes a term of imprisonment, any period of probation or post-prison supervision and payment of a monetary obligation imposed as all or part of a sentence.
  • Notwithstanding sections 11 and 15, Article IV of this Constitution:
    • The office of a Senator or Representative convicted of a felony during the term to which the Senator or Representative was elected or appointed shall become vacant on the date the Senator or Representative is convicted.
    • A person elected to the office of Senator or Representative and convicted of a felony during the period beginning on the date of the election and ending on the first day of the term of office to which the person was elected shall be ineligible to take office and the office shall become vacant on the first day of the next term of office.
  • Subject to subsection (4) of this section, a person who is ineligible to be a Senator or Representative under subsection (3) of this section may:
    • Be a Senator or Representative after the expiration of the term of office during which the person is ineligible; and
    • Be a candidate for the office of Senator or Representative prior to the expiration of the term of office during which the person is ineligible.
  • No person shall be a Senator or Representative who at all times during the term of office of the person as a Senator or Representative is not an inhabitant of the district from which the Senator or Representative may be chosen or has been appointed to represent. A person shall not lose status as an inhabitant of a district if the person is absent from the district for purposes of business of the Legislative Assembly. Following the operative date of an apportionment under section 6 of this Article, until the expiration of the term of office of the person, a person may be an inhabitant of any district.

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Oregon in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[2]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2012 37 $7,962,888
2010 41 $8,704,179
2008 29 $2,779,111
2006 40 $6,103,385
2004 36 $7,016,263
2002 37 $6,330,449
2000 30 $5,255,383

During the 2008 election, the total contributions to the 29 Senate candidates was $3,991,912. The top 10 contributors were:[3]

2008 Donors, Oregon State Senate
Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Leadership Fund Of Oregon $249,206
Oregon Senate Republican Leadership Fund $171,606
Oregon Healthcare Association $87,304
Coalition for a Healthy Oregon $83,750
Northwest Grocery Association $77,000
Oregon Soft Drink Association $68,130
Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association $66,112
Oregon Restaurant Association $62,248
Oregon Education Association $61,522
Doctors For Healthy Communities $61,500

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Eldon Rollins Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Jeff Kruse Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Eldon Rollins: 16,461
Republican Party Jeff Kruse: 38,366 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Richard Koopmans Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Jason Atkinson Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Richard Koopmans: 17,570
Republican Party Jason Atkinson: 39,265 Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Joanne Verger Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Joanne Verger Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Steven H. Frank: 4,317
  • Bob McDonald: 6,940 Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Herman Joseph Baurer: 1,209
  • Sarah Arcune: 1,420
  • Fred Girod: 9,320 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bob McDonald: 19,753
Republican Party Fred Girod: 31,201 Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Kevin Nortness Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Brian Boquist Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Kevin Nortness: 21,480
Republican Party Brian Boquist: 33,264 Green check mark transparent.png

District 14

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Mark Hass Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Lisa Michaels Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Hass: 35,847 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Lisa Michaels: 16,850

District 17

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Suzanne Bonamici Green check mark transparent.png

District 18

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Ginny Burdick Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • John Wight Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ginny Burdick: 41,916 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party John Wight: 17,809

District 21

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Diane Rosenbaum Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Diane Rosenbaum Green check mark transparent.png

District 22

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Margaret Carter Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Margaret Carter Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Sean Cruz: 3,110
  • Jackie Dingfelder: 21,497 Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • No candidates filed.

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Jackie Dingfelder Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Laurie Monnes Anderson Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Dave Kim (write-in) Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Laurie Monnes Anderson: 27,013 Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Dave Kim: 19,036

District 27

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • Maren Lundgren Approveda
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • John P. Robbins: 4,132
  • Chris Telfer: 9,787 Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Maren Lundgren: 28,379
Republican Party Chris Telfer: 42,061 Green check mark transparent.png

District 28

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Doug Whitsett Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Doug Whitsett Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • David Nelson Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party David Nelson Green check mark transparent.png

District 30

Democratic Party May 20 Democratic primary:
  • No candidates filed.
Republican Party May 20 GOP primary:
  • Ted Ferrioli Approveda

November 4 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ted Ferrioli Green check mark transparent.png

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