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Oregon down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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Oregon Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
May 20, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Oregon State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
Down Ballot
Commissioner of Labor and Industries

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One down ballot state executive position was up for election in the state of Oregon in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014 but the election for Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries, since it is a nonpartisan office, was held on May 20, 2014.[1]

Oregon is one of 12 states to use a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[2][3][4]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Commissioner of Labor and Industries Brad Avakian
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2008 Yes

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 11 Filing deadline
May 20 Partisan primaries and nonpartisan elections
November 4 General election

Commissioner of Labor and Industries

Current incumbent

  • Independent Brad Avakian - first appointed to the office by Governor Ted Kulongoski on April 8, 2008, following the resignation of Dan Gardner. He was elected to a full term in office on November 4, 2008. While the office is officially nonpartisan, Avakian is a Democrat. He won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]



The office of the Commissioner of Labor and Industries manages and oversees all programs of the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

On its site the Bureau lists four principal duties:[6]

  • 1. protect the rights of workers and citizens to equal, non-discriminatory treatment through the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws that apply to workplaces, housing and public accommodations
  • 2. encourage and enforce compliance with state laws relating to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment
  • 3. educate and train employers to understand and comply with both wage and hour and civil rights law
  • 4. promote the development of a highly skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through the apprenticeship program and through partnerships with government, labor, business, and educational institutions

Race background

Incumbent Brad Avakian ran for re-election, after completing a short 2-year term. The previous election was high-profile due to scheduling irregularities and allegations of partisan bias but no other candidates filed for the race this time around.[1] Avakian was unopposed for re-election on May 20 and therefore won a third term.[7]


Oregon Commissioner of Labor and Industries, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Avakian Incumbent 98.4% 367,505
     Nonpartisan Write-ins 1.6% 6,039
Total Votes 373,544
Election Results Oregon Secretary of State Unofficial Election Results.

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