Eugene, Ore. – 2010 is shaping up to be a huge election year in the state of Oregon. The city of Eugene and its residents are paying close attention to the governor candidates and the 7 different measures on the Oregon voter’s ballot.
The democratic nominee on the ballot is John Kitzhaber. Kitzhaber served as Oregon’s governor from 1995-2003. If Kitzhaber wins he will become the first governor to serve the state of Oregon for three terms.
Chris Dudley is the republican candidate in the Oregon governor race. Dudley played in the NBA for 16 years, 6 of those seasons were with the Portland Trail Blazers. Dudley does not have any previous politician experience but earned political science and economic degrees from Yale University.
The candidate who wins the governor’s race will have to deal with high unemployment rates and a suffering economy.
Eugene resident Danielle Rath, is concerned about Chris Dudley’s policies, especially the ones concerning low wage workers. “He wants to cut servers and bartenders down below minimum wage, which is going to be a huge break for us,” says Rath.
The state of Oregon expects a great turnout for the elections this year however some voters still seem skeptical about both candidates running for governor. Denise Downs, a facility manager for parks and recreation, is not very optimistic about Oregon’s political state. “I don’t think there’s going to be much of a difference for me, I don’t have a lot of confidence in the candidates running, those already in office and those running against them,” says Downs.
There are seven measures on the 2010 Oregon ballot this year. Measures 71 and 72 are both administrative governmental issues. Measure 71 requires that legislature meetings be held every year instead of every other year. Measure 72 “authorizes lowest-cost borrowing for the state’s real and personal property projects.”
The highly talked about measure in Eugene is number 74. If passed Measure 74 would allow licensed farmers to grow marijuana and distribute it to people who are medically qualified.
Eugene local, Tahea Evenstad, doesn’t see a lot of need for change in the city or state. “I’m hopeful there wont be any big changes because a lot of the major players are running on incentives for the wealthy, not the average person,” says the Science Factory employee.
The results will be in soon and it will be interesting to see how the state of Oregon voted. Who will win the governor race? What measures will pass? What measures will not pass? Stay tuned.