James Buchal

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James Buchal
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Oregon, District 3
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard College
Master'sYale School of Management
J.D.Yale Law School
Campaign website
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James Buchal is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Oregon. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] Buchal is also running as an Independent and Constitution Party candidate.[2][3]

Buchal is a three-time candidate for Oregon House of Representatives. He was a 2012 Republican candidate for Attorney General of Oregon. He was defeated by incumbent Ellen Rosenblum in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]


Buchal is a property rights lawyer.


  • B.S. in Physics from Harvard College (1981)
  • Yale School of Management
  • J.D. Yale Law School (1985)



See also: Oregon's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Buchal is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Oregon's 3rd District. Buchal ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] Buchal is also running as an Independent and Constitution Party candidate.[2][3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Oregon attorney general election, 2012 and Oregon state executive official elections, 2012

Buchal ran for attorney general of Oregon in 2012. He faced interim attorney general Ellen Rosenblum (D), Chris Henry (Progressive) and James Leuenberger (Libertarian, Constitution Party) in the general election on November 6, 2012, and he was defeated by Rosenblum.[5][6]

Attorney General of Oregon General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Rosenblum Incumbent 56.3% 917,627
     Republican James Buchal 39.2% 639,363
     Libertarian James Leuenberger 2.8% 45,451
     Progressive Chris Henry 1.7% 28,187
Total Votes 1,630,628
Election Results via Oregon Secretary of State.


Buchal received enough write-in votes to qualify him for the GOP slot on the 2012 general election ballot for attorney general.[7]

Oregon Attorney General Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
James Buchal (Write-In) 50.4% 12,816
Misc. 49.6% 12,622
Total Votes 25,438
Election Results Via:Oregon Secretary of State.

Write-in candidacy

Because no Republican candidates filed for the attorney general election in 2012, the GOP decided to pin its hopes on Buchal as a write-in candidate. Last time the Republicans failed to field a primary candidate for the office, in 2008, Kroger (D) won both the GOP and Democratic party nominations. About that incident of bipartisan convergence, Oregon's GOP chief of staff Greg Leo told the press on May 3, “It’s grated on us so much that we said next time we have a vacancy for statewide office, let’s do a write-in campaign and make sure a Republican fills that spot.”[8]

Buchal received the requisite amount of the primary write-in votes to be able to compete in the general election contest, which took place on November 6, 2012.

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Buchal lost the election to the position of Attorney General of Oregon in 2012. During that election cycle, Buchal raised a total of $38,316.

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