PBJ Cites CFM Blog

Oregon Insider's look ahead at a doozy of an election season in 2016 drew the attention of the Portland Business Journal, which ran a condensed version of the story and carried a direct link to the blog.

In a piece headlined "Whispers begin about Oregon's 2016 election candidates," Andy Giegerich cited Oregon Insider and CFM as a "leading voice in the policy realm" because its public affairs and lobbying client work in Salem, Washington, DC and Portland.

Oregon Insider noted that all but one statewide elected office in the state will be contested next year, including a potential primary battle for Oregon Senator Ron Wyden prompted by organized labor's opposition to Wyden's support for fast track authority to negotiate international trade agreements.

Governor Kate Brown must vie next year to keep her job for what would have been the final years of John Kitzhaber's fourth term. Kitzhaber resigned amid an influence-peddling scandal, which led to Brown's ascension as governor. Brown could face a challenge in the Democratic primary and is sure to have a Republican opponent, even though there is no clear, high-profile frontrunner.

There also will be open races for secretary of state and state treasurer and possibly for labor commissioner if incumbent Brad Avakian decides to run for another office. Treasurer Ted Wheeler is barred from seeking re-election to his current post and may seek another state or a high-profile local post.

The 2016 election will center on a wide-open presidential race, which could have repercussions in Oregon as candidates build grassroots organizations that also can tout down-ballot candidates.

"Except for Senator Jeff Merkley, just about everyone and everything could be on the ballot next year," says CFM Partner Dan Jarman. "It is shaping up as one of the most interesting elections in a long time."

Oregon is well known for ballot measures. While it is still early to know what all could be on the ballot, chances are it will add even more spice to already saucy election season.