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Welcome to Basic Rights Oregon’s Vote Equality Guide to pro-equality candidates. These are our endorsements for the 2014 General Election.

Electing pro-equality candidates to public office across the state is now more important than ever. Following our historic marriage victory, we have the momentum to build political power, defend the progress we have made, and create new policies to ensure the voices of LGBT Oregonians are heard and represented in our state’s critical policy decisions.

Marriage is an important milestone on a much longer journey toward full freedom and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Oregonians. As important a milestone as it is, wedding bells do not signal that our work is finished. Marriage equality will not keep LGBT young people safe in our schools. It will not ensure transgender people access to accurate identity documents or critical health care services. It will not make our military, our prisons, or our immigration system inclusive and just. It will not ensure that LGBT Oregonians can live their lives free from the sting of discrimination.

Our post-marriage work is about achieving not only legal equality, but lived equality. Lived equality means we elect people to office who support freedom, pass laws promoting freedom, and ensure that those laws are carried out so that LGBT Oregonians experience freedom in our everyday lives.

Governor | Statewide Races | House & Senate Leaders

State Senate Races | State House Races | Local Races

 

Governor’s Office

John Kitzhaber

Governor

Governor Kitzhaber graduated from South Eugene High School in 1965 and after earning his Bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, he returned to Oregon to study medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School (now OHSU). The Governor practiced emergency room medicine in Roseburg, Oregon, from 1974 to 1988. He first won election to the Oregon Legislature in 1978, serving one term in the Oregon House of Representatives. In 1980, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate and served three terms where he had the opportunity to support adding sexual orientation to Oregon’s hate crimes law. He served as Senate President from 1985 to 1993, where he led creation of the Oregon Health Plan. In 1994, and again in 1998, Oregonians elected John Kitzhaber as their Governor, and in 2010 he won election to an unprecedented third term. Governor Kitzhaber has been a longtime ally of Basic Rights Oregon and champion of equality, and he’s been especially helpful in advancing health care policies inclusive of transgender Oregonians.

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John Kitzhaber

John Kitzhaber

Governor

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Statewide Offices

Brad Avakian

Labor Commissioner

Brad Avakian served two terms in the Oregon House and was in the middle of his first term as State Senator when he was appointed by Governor Kulongoski in 2008 as Labor Commissioner. He then was elected in the general election in 2008, and re-elected in 2012. While in the legislature, Avakian was a key leader for equality legislation, including Oregon's domestic partnership and anti-discrimination laws. As Labor Commissioner, Avakian is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws that protect Oregonians from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, housing and public accommodations.

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Brad Avakian

Brad Avakian

Labor Commissioner

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House & Senate Leaders

Senate President
Peter Courtney

Senate District 11 - Salem & Woodburn

Senate President Peter Courtney has represented District 11 since 1998 and served as the Senate President since 2003. Senate President Courtney has had a long political career focused on the improvement of Oregon's health care & mental health systems, improvement of natural resources and re-investment in K-12 education, and sponsored the tuition equality bill that passed in 2013. A college professor and speech teacher, Sen. Courtney is the longest tenured legislator in Oregon. He voted for adding sexual orientation to Oregon’s hate crimes law at a time when that was a political risk for any elected official and he was a leader on landmark non-discrimination that is now Oregon Law.

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Senate President<br />Peter Courtney

Senate President
Peter Courtney

Senate District 11

Salem & Woodburn

House Majority Leader
Val Hoyle

House District 14 - West Eugene & Junction City

House Majority Leader Val Hoyle has over 30 years’ experience as a community leader and small business professional. She joined her local Parent Teacher Organization, and then volunteered with Stand for Children, the education advocacy group. She then worked as a legislative aide for State Senator Floyd Prozanski. And more recently, Rep. Hoyle was director of the 100% Access Initiative for United Way of Lane County. Her 25 years of experience in sales, distribution and retail management have given her the ability to serve on the board of the Federal District Export Council of Oregon. She is also a founding member of Eugene Chamber of Commerce’s International Trade Round Table.

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House Majority Leader<br />Val Hoyle

House Majority Leader
Val Hoyle

House District 14

West Eugene & Junction City

House Speaker
Tina Kotek

House District 44 - Kenton, St. Johns, North & Northeast Portland
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House Speaker<br />Tina Kotek

House Speaker
Tina Kotek

House District 44

Kenton, St. Johns, North & Northeast Portland

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Oregon State Senate

Alan Bates

Senate District 3 - Medford & Ashland

Before entering politics, Senator Alan Bates was Chief of Medicine at both Rogue Valley Medical Center and Providence Medical Center, and a founding board member of a primary care physicians' care group. He served three terms on the Eagle Point School Board and an appointed term on the Governor's task force on Quality in Education. In 1989, he was appointed to the Health Services Commission, which was instrumental in designing and implementing the Oregon Health Plan, where he chaired the Commission for three years. Dr. Bates was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2000. In 2004, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate. Sen. Bates strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Alan Bates

Alan Bates

Senate District 3

Medford & Ashland

Floyd Prozanski

Senate District 4 - South Lane & North Douglas Counties

Senator Floyd Prozanski was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1994. He served in the House of Representatives between 1995 and 2003, and he moved to the State Senate in 2004. He graduated from Texas A&amp;M University and later earned a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. When the legislature is not in session, Sen. Prozanski works as a municipal prosecutor and serves on various boards and commissions. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Floyd Prozanski

Floyd Prozanski

Senate District 4

South Lane & North Douglas Counties

Lee Beyer

Senate District 6 - Springfield

After military service, Senator Lee Beyer attended Lane Community College and the University of Oregon where he graduated with a degree in management. In the mid-1970's, he accepted a position as a management analyst with the Oregon Executive Department, and in 2001, Governor Kitzhaber asked Senator Beyer to join the Oregon Public Utility Commission. During his almost nine years on the Commission, Lee developed a reputation as a tough but fair regulator. He served in the House in the 1990s and was elected to the Senate in 2010.

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Lee Beyer

Lee Beyer

Senate District 6

Springfield

Chris Edwards

Senate District 7 - North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara & Junction City

Senator Chris Edwards earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and served as the fees chair for the Oregon State University Student Government. In 2006, he was elected to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives where he served for three years before being unanimously appointed by the Lane County Commission to serve in the Oregon Senate. Sen. Edwards strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Chris Edwards

Chris Edwards

Senate District 7

North Eugene, West Eugene, Santa Clara & Junction City

Sara Gelser

Senate District 8 - Albany & Corvallis

As a parent, educator, minister and community organizer, Representative Sara Gelser is very much aware of the challenges gay and transgender Oregonians face. Rep. Gelser has served House District 16 since 2005 and was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on Disability in 2010. Fighting for individuals with disabilities is one of her top priorities. A long-time ally of Basic Rights Oregon and advocate for women, Rep. Gelser has proven her support of LGBT Oregonians and will put that experience to work in the State Senate. She strongly supported landmark non-discrimination legislation was a champion on anti-bullying legislation both of which are now Oregon Law.

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Sara Gelser

Sara Gelser

Senate District 8

Albany & Corvallis

Chuck Riley

Senate District 15 - Hillsboro & Forest Grove

Seeking election to the Senate and formerly representing House District 29 until 2011, Chuck Riley is running for State Senate. During his three terms as a State Representative, Riley fought for protections for the environment and supported Oregon’s non-discrimination and domestic partnership laws. A former code breaker for the US Air Force, Riley will bring a long career of problem solving to Salem as State Senator. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Chuck Riley

Chuck Riley

Senate District 15

Hillsboro & Forest Grove

Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Senate District 17 - Northwest Portland & Beaverton
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Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward

Senate District 17

Northwest Portland & Beaverton

Richard Devlin

Senate District 19 - Lake Oswego, Tualatin, West Linn & Southwest Portland
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Richard Devlin

Richard Devlin

Senate District 19

Lake Oswego, Tualatin, West Linn & Southwest Portland

Jamie Damon

Senate District 20 - Canby, Oregon City & Gladstone
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Jamie Damon

Jamie Damon

Senate District 20

Canby, Oregon City & Gladstone

Michael Dembrow

Senate District 23 - Mt. Tabor, Maywood Park, Parkrose, Southeast & Northeast Portland
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Michael Dembrow

Michael Dembrow

Senate District 23

Mt. Tabor, Maywood Park, Parkrose, Southeast & Northeast Portland

Rod Monroe

Senate District 24 - Hazelwood, Harmony, East Portland & North Clakamas County
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Rod Monroe

Rod Monroe

Senate District 24

Hazelwood, Harmony, East Portland & North Clakamas County

Robert Bruce

Senate District 26 - Hood River & East Multnomah and Clackamas Counties
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Robert Bruce

Robert Bruce

Senate District 26

Hood River & East Multnomah and Clackamas Counties

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Oregon State House

Peter Buckley

House District 5 - Ashland

As a committed advocate for children and the community, Representative Peter Buckley has spent more than 20 years managing and fundraising for non-profit organizations such as Head Start, Boys and Girls Club and Pacific Art Center. Passionate about education, Buckley has made improving Oregon schools a priority of his time in the House. A long-time ally of LGBT Oregonians, Rep. Buckley was elected to the Oregon House in 2005 and pledges to continue standing up for fairness and equality. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Peter Buckley

Peter Buckley

House District 5

Ashland

Paul Holvey

House District 8 - South Eugene, Veneta & Loraine

A Eugene native, Representative Paul Holvey has long been an advocate for progressive causes. He is actively pro-labor as a representative for Pacific Northwest Carpenters and has worked with many organizations advocating for workers’ rights. Holvey has sponsored legislation to improve air quality, and food safety as well. Elected to the Oregon House in 2005, Rep. Holvey has also been recognized for his advocacy by the Eugene Human Rights Commission. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Paul Holvey

Paul Holvey

House District 8

South Eugene, Veneta & Loraine

Caddy McKeown

House District 9 - Coos Bay

Born and raised in Coos Bay, Representative McKeown served on the Coos Bay School Board for eleven years after being a longtime volunteer parent in the school district. She also worked for the Oregon Student Assistance Commission for eight years and served for nine years on Board of Commissioners of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. Rep. McKeown was elected to represent District 9 in 2012.

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Caddy McKeown

Caddy McKeown

House District 9

Coos Bay

David Gomberg

House District 10 - Central Coast

Representative Gomberg received his education in Oregon, holding both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Political Science from Oregon State University and a MBA from Willamette University. He is a small business owner, with three stores on the Oregon Coast, as well as being the owner of the biggest kite in the world (10,400 sq. ft.). He was elected to serve District 10 in 2012, and has seats on both the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services and the Small Business Task Force. Creating jobs, supporting community colleges and small business development, and providing help for working families remains Rep. Gomberg’s top priorities.

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David Gomberg

David Gomberg

House District 10

Central Coast

Phil Barnhart

House District 11 - Central Lane & Linn Counties

Representative Phil Barnhart was elected to the Oregon House in 2001. A lawyer and psychologist, Barnhart entered politics out of concern for the education system, health care and the environment in the state he was raised in. As a representative of central Lane and Linn counties, Rep. Barnhart has worked to protect his constituents against discrimination and he will continue to do so if re-elected. He strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Phil Barnhart

Phil Barnhart

House District 11

Central Lane & Linn Counties

John Lively

House District 12 - Springfield

Although 2013 was his freshman year in the Oregon House, Oregon native, Oregon educated, veteran of the Vietnam War, husband, father and grandpa, Representative John Lively has given most of his adult life to service. As Springfield City Councilor and later Mayor, Rep. Lively served on many non-profit boards, including Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation, McKenzie Willamette Hospital, and Friends of Lane Community College. Working in the private sector gave Lively first- hand knowledge of the challenges of maintaining good wages and benefits for employees, and uses that knowledge to effect change in Salem.

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John Lively

John Lively

House District 12

Springfield

Nancy Nathanson

House District 13 - Eugene

First elected to the Oregon House in 2007, Representative Nancy Nathanson is seeking reelection in House District 13. A lifetime of public service, Rep. Nathanson has also served 12 years on the Eugene City Council, and multiple civic boards, commissions and committees. She has received several civic awards and honors, demonstrating her commitment to public service. An advocate for marginalized communities, small business and the environment, Rep. Nathanson is committed to voicing the concerns of the LGBT Oregonians in the House. She strongly supported landmark non-discrimination and anti-bullying legislation that is now Oregon Law.

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Nancy Nathanson

Nancy Nathanson

House District 13

Eugene

Dan Rayfield

House District 16 - Corvallis

Seeking election to the House, Dan graduated from Western Oregon University in 2003 and received his law degree from Willamette University in 2006. He clerked for Benton County District Attorney, and then went into private practice. He has seen both sides of legal practice, and wants to use that experience to serve Oregon. A top priority for Dan will be holding insurance companies accountable for their actions. He also wants to give a firmer footing to K-12 and higher education funding to build a skilled workforce and create jobs, particularly in innovative methods of energy production.

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Dan Rayfield

Dan Rayfield

House District 16

Corvallis

Paul Evans

House District 20 - West Salem
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Paul Evans

Paul Evans

House District 20

West Salem

Ken Moore

House District 24 - McMinnville, Dundee & Yamhill County
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Ken Moore

Ken Moore

House District 24

McMinnville, Dundee & Yamhill County

Tobias Read

House District 27 - Beaverton, Raleigh Hills & Progress
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Tobias Read

Tobias Read

House District 27

Beaverton, Raleigh Hills & Progress

Jeff Barker

House District 28 - Aloha
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Jeff Barker

Jeff Barker

House District 28

Aloha

Susan McLain

House District 29 - Hillsboro & Forest Grove
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Susan McLain

Susan McLain

House District 29

Hillsboro & Forest Grove

Joe Gallegos

House District 30 - Hillsboro, Glencoe & Orenco
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Joe Gallegos

Joe Gallegos

House District 30

Hillsboro, Glencoe & Orenco

Brad Witt

House District 31 - Clatskanie & St. Helens
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Brad Witt

Brad Witt

House District 31

Clatskanie & St. Helens

Mitch Greenlick

House District 33 - Northwest Portland
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Mitch Greenlick

Mitch Greenlick

House District 33

Northwest Portland

Ken Helm

House District 34 - Beaverton & Washington County
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Ken Helm

Ken Helm

House District 34

Beaverton & Washington County

Margaret Doherty

House District 35 - Tigard & Southwest Portland
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Margaret Doherty

Margaret Doherty

House District 35

Tigard & Southwest Portland

Jennifer Williamson

House District 36 - West Portland
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Jennifer Williamson

Jennifer Williamson

House District 36

West Portland

Ann Lininger

House District 38 - Lake Oswego
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Ann Lininger

Ann Lininger

House District 38

Lake Oswego

Brent Barton

House District 40 - Clackamas, Gladstone & Oregon City
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Brent Barton

Brent Barton

House District 40

Clackamas, Gladstone & Oregon City

Kathleen Taylor

House District 41 - Milwaukie & Sellwood
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Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor

House District 41

Milwaukie & Sellwood

Rob Nosse

House District 42 - Inner Southeast Portland

Rob Nosse is a lifetime advocate for LGBT rights as an activist and organizer in Oregon for over 20 years.  Rob has previously served as the labor representative for the Oregon Nurses Association, and has been a longtime supporter of affordable college, universal health care and workers rights. Rob has been appointed to fill the vacancy for House District 42 until the election results this November, having prevailed earlier in the Democratic primary for the position.  Rob &amp;amp;amp; husband Jim live with their two children in SE Portland.

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Rob Nosse

Rob Nosse

House District 42

Inner Southeast Portland

Lew Frederick

House District 43 - Albina, Piedmont, Alameda, North & Northeast Portland
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Lew Frederick

Lew Frederick

House District 43

Albina, Piedmont, Alameda, North & Northeast Portland

Barbara Smith Warner

House District 45 - Hollywood, Parkrose & North East Portland
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Barbara Smith Warner

Barbara Smith Warner

House District 45

Hollywood, Parkrose & North East Portland

Alissa Keny-Guyer

House District 46 - Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor & Southeast Portland
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Alissa Keny-Guyer

Alissa Keny-Guyer

House District 46

Laurelhurst, Mt. Tabor & Southeast Portland

Jessica Vega-Pederson

House District 47 - Powellhurst, Hazelwood & East Portland
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Jessica Vega-Pederson

Jessica Vega-Pederson

House District 47

Powellhurst, Hazelwood & East Portland

Jeff Reardon

House District 48 - Happy Valley, Harmony, Lents & East Portland
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Jeff Reardon

Jeff Reardon

House District 48

Happy Valley, Harmony, Lents & East Portland

Chris Gorsek

House District 49 - Troutdale
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Chris Gorsek

Chris Gorsek

House District 49

Troutdale

Carla Piluso

House District 50 - Gresham
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Carla Piluso

Carla Piluso

House District 50

Gresham

Shemia Fagan

House District 51 - Clackamas, Sunnyside, Gresham & East Portland
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Shemia Fagan

Shemia Fagan

House District 51

Clackamas, Sunnyside, Gresham & East Portland

Stephanie Nystrom

House District 52 - Hood River, Cascade Locks & East Multnomah County
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Stephanie Nystrom

Stephanie Nystrom

House District 52

Hood River, Cascade Locks & East Multnomah County

Craig Wilhelm

House District 54 - Bend
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Craig Wilhelm

Craig Wilhelm

House District 54

Bend

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Local Races

Karin Power

Milwaukie City Council, position 4 - City of Milwaukie

A graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and attorney with the Freshwater Trust, Karin is running to strengthen Milwaukie’s future by building positive coalitions and stronger civic engagement across socioeconomic, age, and ethnicity lines, especially with new residents arriving ahead of light rail. Karin and her partner Megan were the first couple to receive a same-sex marriage license in Clackamas County when it became legal in Oregon in May.

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Karin Power

Karin Power

Milwaukie City Council, position 4

City of Milwaukie

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