Agents' Advocate Bulletin
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Flood Insurance Advisory Committee Seeks Members
The Division of Financial Regulation would like to convene an advisory committee to discuss possible rulemaking with regards to training requirements for flood insurance agents.
We need to have several PIAO/I member agents on this advisory group. Please let me know soon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating and whether you can attend personally or if you’re just available by phone. I will let you know the dates when they’re available. We need to help develop some common-sense rules which means we need to have agents on the committee, not just your lobbyist.
2018 Candidate Filings
Click here for 2018 Oregon State Senator Filings chart
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PIA-Oregon-PAC Needs Your Help
Our PIA state political action committee, PIA-Oregon-PAC, needs your contributions for 2018. We run an Insurance Education Program for New Candidates to help support our message, too. Please send either corporate or personal checks made out to PIA-Oregon-PAC to Sue Smith, PIA Western Alliance, 3205 NE 78th St. Suite 104, Vancouver WA 98665.
Press Releases About Candidate Filings
Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson Touts Momentum for Oregon House Democrats on Filing Day
SALEM - Oregon House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland) issued the following statement as candidate filing for the 2018 primaries closed today:
“Oregon House Democrats are thrilled to announce Democrats have filed to run for state representative in 55 house districts across the state.
“The enthusiasm we’re seeing from Democratic candidates tonight is proof that the work we are doing to stand up for equity and fairness for every Oregonian is resonating all over the state. Leaders in nearly every house district, energized by our shared values, have stepped up, and are ready to work hard to keep our state moving forward.
“Among the outstanding candidates who have filed to run as a Democrat for state representative is Nathan Boddie in House District 54 (Bend). Nathan is a physician and Bend city councilor who, since September 2017, has been working hard to mount a campaign with strong community support. Nathan is joined by Michael Ellison, a union electrician and environmental activist in House District 19 (Salem), and Ryan Spiker, an auditor and military veteran in House District 26 (Wilsonville).
“Oregon is leading the resistance against the Trump administration, as demonstrated by our Democratic-led victories during the 2018 legislative session on health care affordability, net neutrality, common sense gun safety, and affordable housing. Our members have a lot to be proud of and our candidates have a lot of momentum heading into the election.
“An unprecedented 39 state legislative seats have flipped throughout the country from Republican to Democrat since Trump was elected, and Oregon House Democrats are committed to making sure that number continues to grow.”
Senate Democrats Poised to Pick Up Seats in 2018
SALEM—Today marks the deadline for Oregon candidates to file to run for office, and Oregon Senate Democrats proudly announced their lineup of candidates for the 2018 election. There's a Democratic candidate running in each Senate District up in 2018.
“In 2018, Senate Democrats have an excellent slate of candidates. We have a Democratic candidate running in every senate district up this year, and their victories in November will expand our majority in the Oregon Senate,” said Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick (D-Portland). “Our candidates will fight for the things that Oregonians want: more funding for public education, helping people across the state find jobs, and ensuring access to affordable health care.”
Each of the 10 incumbent Democratic Senators facing re-election this year has filed to seek another term. That includes Senators Sara Gelser and Chuck Riley, who were first elected to the Senate in 2014, as well as Senators James Manning and Rob Wagner, who recently were appointed to the Senate and are running to serve full terms.
“This team has shown it can bring people together and make things work for all of Oregon and her people. We need to keep this team together.” said Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn), who’s running for re-election in District 11.
Six energetic, hardworking candidates have filed to run in districts currently held by Republicans. In four of those districts, the Democratic Party has a registration advantage:
Senate District 26
Chrissy Reitz, who serves on the Hood River County School Board, will compete against Sen. Chuck Thomsen in a district where Democrats have 6,000 more voters than Republicans. Measure 101, which Thomsen opposed, passed in SD 26 with a 59-percent Yes vote. Hillary Clinton carried the district by 5 percentage points over Donald Trump in 2016.
Senate District 3
Four Democrats have filed to run in an open seat: Athena Goldberg, Jeff Golden, Julian Bell and Kevin Stine. Democrats held SD 3 for 12 years and have the edge to win it back in 2018. In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried the district by 8 percentage points, winning by more than 6,000 votes. Measure 101 passed with a 67-percent Yes vote in SD 3.
Other Republican-held districts
In central Clackamas County, health care advocate Charles Gallia will challenge Sen. Alan Olsen in a swing seat.
For Senate District 10 in the Salem area, Deb Patterson will take on Senate Minority Leader Jackie Winters (R-Salem).
Sarah Grider, of Newberg, and Paul Diller, of Wilsonville, will run for District 13, held by Sen. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer).
And Solea Kabakov (D-The Dalles) will run in Senate District 30 against Sen. Cliff Bentz (R).
“Oregon voters have the opportunity to elect an outstanding group of Democratic candidates who will deliver on their priorities,” Sen. Burdick said.
Since the 2016 election, Democrats have flipped nearly 40 seats previously held by Republicans.
The deadline to cast a ballot in Oregon’s Primary Election is 8 p.m. on May 15.
PIA Oregon Lobbyist
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Wilsonville, OR 97070